Big Screen Movie Reviews

After the Blow

Local filmmaker Bill Perrine and his camera follow Octagrape on tour

In the early 1990s, British radio disc jockey John Peel created UK stars out of San Diego’s post-punk band Trumans Water. He thought Trumans was a seasoned band that had spent years playing together. He ...

A vibrant visit from one of Pixar’s pencil-pushing pros

The Good Dinosaur is now roaming at a theater near you

To build interest in their latest feature, The Good Dinosaur (opening today), Pixar sent some of the artists involved in its production out into the world to talk about their work. Last month, story artist ...

Katniss’s concentric circles of concern

Interview with Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson

Matthew Lickona: If you had to say, “If The Mockingjay Part 1 was x, then Part 2 is y,” how would you describe that difference? Nina Jacobson: I would say that Part 1 is a ...

John Crowley reimagines Brooklyn

A three Kleenex (boxes) little period melodrama

An Irish immigrant is set adrift in an impeccably reimagined 1950s New York.

Arab Film Festival 2016

Perspectives on people, culture, art, history, and politics

The Arab Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts this week and with it a promise to “provide realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history, and politics.” The jury’s still out on ...

Conference call with cinematic deity Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Director’s first film in eight years opens November 13

“He’s really just a regular dude,” said Eugene, the interpreter trying to calm my nerves while waiting for cinematic deity Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Millennium Mambo, Flight of the Red Balloon) to finish his cigarette and join ...

Scorsese to take on Bernstein

Will commercialism sabotage the classical story?

A Martin Scorsese film about Leonard Bernstein has been confirmed as an upcoming project. Bernstein was the high priest of classical music in the United States and one of a handful of conductors who thrived ...

Over 130 shorts and features from over 15 countries

Sixteenth annual San Diego Asian Film Festival returns to Mission Valley

The San Diego Asian Film Festival, now entering its 16th year, is nothing if not loyal. UltraStar Mission Valley has been their home base for as long as I can recall. In a city known ...

Shout-out to King Kong’s breath

Movie picks from Temecula

High School Musical (2006): Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella is an undeniable phenomenon. As are her eyes and smile. Blonde Ashley Tisdale likes to wag her tail. Her brother is a great dancer. The supporting cast ...

An ear-bleeding anthology of vintage horror film radio spots

Shhh! Do you hear that? It's an exculpatory aggregation of fear-drenched hoopla meant to shock and alarm. "You'll shiver as you ride the river of the dead!" "The ghoulish story of a wild motorcycle gang ...

Truth is, Oscar season is upon us

Do younger audiences remember who Dan Rather is?

Cate Blanchett is seated before a panel of aggressive, mostly male Republican types, being grilled about her involvement in a scandalous, headline-grabbing story. A quick-to-YouTube camcorder doc titled Hillary Goes Benghazi? Not yet. Truth is, ...

Servants of cinema

Film Forum curator and Ken Cinema manager move on

A little over a year after pouring wads of dough into building a new screening facility for the San Diego Central Library to ostensibly house their popular Film Forum program, Ralph DeLauro, series curator for ...

Paul Espinosa Film Festival makes a homecoming

Kensington filmmaker honored with month-long retrospective

Perhaps it was the decade-long absence, but Paul Espinosa is one of those local treasures we don’t hear enough about. The award­-winning writer, producer, director, social activist, and Kensington resident is currently being honored with ...

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