Big Screen Movie Reviews

Director enjoys making his characters suffer in The Light Between Oceans

Steady torrents of anguish

Light is hardly the word to describe the melodramatic slog that awaits viewers in writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans. After a tour of killing Jerrys in the Great War, bachelor Tom (Oscar®-nominee Michael ...

Dig a hole: Gene Wilder

Face of ’70s comedy dead at 83

Gene Wilder was such a brilliant actor that he fooled audiences into believing one of his most revered creations, Willy Wonka, was something other than a magnetizing Nazi goon offering kids a Golden Ticket to ...

Lo and behold a movie this weekend!

Movies opening this week: Lo and Behold, Hands of Stone, and more

It’s a quiet week on the new-release front, at least in terms of what we were able to see. I wanted Werner Herzog’s take on the Internet in Lo and Behold to be a little ...

Sing Street and Kan-Kan rock Chula Vista Library

Movie and mini-concert on Wednesday, September 14

The last time Ralph DeLauro brought movies and music to the lives of his followers was at a screening of The Wrecking Crew held last November at the Central Library. It was one of the ...

Exitos del Cine Latino

Coming soon to a theater near you...if you live in the South Bay

Last week brought news of Exitos del Cine Latino, a brand-new week-long film festival, running August 26 to September 1 at AMC Plaza Bonita, that boasts 14 San Diego premieres. Be on the lookout for ...

Ben hurts...but these ten remakes don’t

Ten movie remakes that outclass the originals

If the Chuck Heston interpretation of Ben-Hur is comparable to a Classics Illustrated comic book, M­G­M’s new digital facelift should never have left Turner Network Television. The third (and hopefully final) theatrical reboot, this Ben ...

The single greatest, most influential sports film ever made

Triumph of Olympia

It is the ultimate glorification of sports on film and a testament to the man Max Bialystock would later call, “The Hitler you loved, the Hitler you knew, the Hitler with a song in his ...

SD Surf Film Festival makes a splash with Best of Fest

Five-week celebration comes to La Jolla August 18

Those who missed out on last May’s San Diego Surf Film Festival — I was surfing the net that weekend — are about to be tossed a life preserver. Huey, the God of Surf, has ...

Baked Sausage, undercooked Dragon, and stewed Streep

For a good movie this week, try Hell or High Water

With the Lickona bunch vacationing in New York, this week’s aggregation of new releases falls on my watch. Speaking of aggregation, according to the generally aggravating Rotten Tomatoes, Hell or High Water is Certified 100% ...

Exitos del Cine Latino offers South Bay cinephiles a festival

Runs August 26 to September 1 at AMC Plaza Bonita

The Media Arts Center is nothing if not ambitious. Monday brought news of film curator Moisés Esparza’s inspired commitment to second-run bookings. Next week is a three-film tribute to the late Iranian master, Abbas Kiarostami. ...

Here comes Hell or High Water

Interview with director David Mackenzie and costar Gil Birmingham

The stars align in the Western sky. Hell or High Water is the sort of film that tempts the critic — well, tempts me, anyway — to start writing the sort of copy that might ...

Second-run becomes top priority at Digital Gym

“Last chance indies” series extends theatrical life

Second-run theatres appear to have gone the way of video cassettes. The once popular “dollar houses” offered audiences a chance to catch big releases on their way to home video, generally at a cost of ...

Knitting the middlebrow

Movies opening this week: Indignation, Suicide Squad, The Innocents, and more

How do I know that I am, at heart, a middlebrow critic? Well, partly because I have yet to join my fellow critic Scott in his celebration of the Jackass franchise. But also because I ...

Remembering Marilyn Monroe on the anniversary of her death

An exclusive photographic journey of the news of the day

It was 54 years ago today that Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her apartment of an apparent overdose. Suicide? Murder? Accident? Joe Kennedy? The debate rages to this day as the legendary sex symbol ...

Max Rose, from the ashes

Jerry Lewis’s first non-animated performance in two decades

Who is our greatest (hardly) working director? Godard? Scorsese? Wenders? Arthur Hiller? Oh, yeah! Timpani! It’s Jerry Lewis! I’ve spent more of my adult life defending Jerry Lewis than any other pussycat mush genius on ...

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