Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks contributes to the Reader's movie section.

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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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