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Meet Watermark's Edward Burtynsky

The personal appearances just keep coming at Landmark. First Charlie Siskel in La Jolla and now Edward Burtynsky in Kensington. Director/executive producer and photographer/artist Edward Burtynsky will be at The Ken on Sunday, April 20 ...

Meet Finding Vivian Maier's Charlie Siskel

Co-director comes to Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas.

Charlie Siskel — who, along with John Maloof, produced and directed the documentary Finding Vivian Maier — will stop by the Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas this weekend for a pair of audience Q & ...

It ain't over until they haul the projector out of The Ken

The Loma Theatre marquee came into view while snaking up Rosecrans en route to a meeting with members of the family that owns The Ken Cinema. Now Playing: “Barnes & Noble” and “10% Off On ...

Weighing in with A Haunted House 2’s Marlon Wayans

A little over an hour after watching Marlon Wayans demystify Fox5’s Raoul Martinez’s Clark Kent complex found me poolside at the W waiting to speak with a member of one of comedy’s reigning royal families. ...

Ken Cinema to close on April 27

First the San Diego Opera and now this. Here’s what’s known: I have it on good authority that Landmark Cinemas, the company that operates the theatre, was not able to renew the lease on San ...

Dig a hole: Mickey Rooney

Death finds Andy Hardy

Sunday began with a prophetic Facebook post. Big Screen devotee Rob “Colonna” Martinez placed an article on my wall from the December 15, 1959 issue of Time magazine that dished the backstory on a drunken ...

David Gordon Green on his not-so-ordinary Joe

Director David Gordon Green is currently out promoting Joe, a rich, atmospheric comedy noir starring Nicolas Cage as a backwoods professional tree-poisoner and Tye Sheridan as the teenage boy in need of protection from a ...

Kicking, clawing

Raiders gonna raid

Pit anywhere from 5 to 15 thugs against one lone tough and instead of a dogpile, the bad guys line up like they’re in a bakery waiting for their numbers to be called. (Don’t any ...

Exit Through the Gift Shop's Brian Cross to launch opening night of Filmatic Festival

UCSD's four days of media exploration and creation runs April 24–27.

ArtPower! at UC San Diego is poised to debut their first annual Filmatic Festival later this month in Atkinson Hall, headquarters of the Qualcomm Institute on the UC San Diego campus. The event, billed as ...

Teenage: A four-decade panacea of pop culture

Eruption of youth

Prior to 1904 and the National Child Labor Committee that was formed in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, there was no such thing as a period of adolescence. One was either a kid or ...

Andrew Rubin on his journey with Ride with Larry

Locally produced doc screens April 13

Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal's Ride with Larry, the enrichingly uplifting documentary profile of Larry Smith, a retired cop with Parkinson's who rode his bicycle across South Dakota to inspire others living with ...

Your invite to a birthday bash at the Digital Gym

A few days after the red carpet was put in mothballs comes a reminder that the San Diego Latino Film Festival doesn’t end following its annual two week run. Lisa Franek, program director at the ...

An appreciable pig obsessed with women and golf

Local links

After a pithy, 60-second opening treatise on the virtues of living in San Diego, this locally produced, low-budget romantic drama settles in for ten minutes of expository narration, courtesy of star Tom Sizemore directly addressing ...

Latino Film Festival Q&A with crew of Levantamuertos

Friday was a grand night for moviegoing at this year’s San Diego Latino Film Festival, where I had the pleasure of introducing a couple of pictures on behalf of the San Diego Film Critics Society. ...

Audrey Hepburn: junk food merchant

What would you do for a Klondike Bar? Preferably choke on one before ever again biting into a Dovebar. M&M/Mars, the company that acquired the Dove line in 1986, has decided the best way to ...

Fifteen stellar minutes with Stellan Skarsgård

Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Part 1 opens Friday at Landmark Hillcrest

Lars von Trier’s latest, most outrageous releases, Nymphomaniac: Part 1 and Nymphomaniac: Part 2 are tough sells. That more than likely accounts for why so many of the film’s big name stars, give or take ...

West Side Spielberg?

When you’re a hack, you’re a hack all the way!

“I always wanted to make another picture about sharks,” Steve Spielberg joked during last night’s fever dream, “and given the success of The Terminal, I wouldn’t mind throwing in a couple of jets to spark ...

¡Bienvenidos al Festival de Cine Latino de San Diego!

My piñata runneth over as the most wonderful time of the year for los amantes del cine locales — the 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival — rolls into town for the next 11 ...

Billy Connolly on playing a zombie dog, mohawks, and Billy over William

Actor/comedian performs at the Balboa Theatre Tuesday night.

Scottish funnyman Billy Connolly, The Big Yin himself, is coming to town. The actor, singer, cartoon voice artist, and comedian will perform live at the Balboa Theatre on March 11. With a guy like Billy ...

Visitors is Paranormal Activity for eggheads

Staring Contest

Godfrey Reggio uses precisely 74 shots to tell his story. With only four behind me and 70 left to go, the film’s thesis was already stated and its conclusion long foregone. Do I grab a ...

Earl Stiff's Oscar recap

From the opening strains of Hooray for Hollywood, viewers knew they were in for something wonderfully original when Alan Degenerate took to the stage of the Raymond & Dottie Chandler Pavilion to host last night’s ...

Free screening of Casablanca at Landmark Hillcrest

Hey, Turner Classic Movies! You must remember this: there is more to vintage cinema (and the vast holdings in the M-G-M/Warner Bros. vaults) than, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," "We'll always have ...

Lights! Camera! The first annual San Diego Film Awards!

Awards gala takes place March 6 at Horton Grand.

TIMPANI! Ladies and gentlemen, the Film Consortium San Diego is proud to announce the star-studded, first ever San Diego Film Awards! A relative new kid in town, the FCSD "has been actively working to mobilize ...

South Carolina woman imprisoned for failure to return VHS rental

We turn to Kensington Video's Winnie Hanford for answers.

If anyone should be doing hard time on account of this crime against cinema, it's Jane Fonda and future Amateur Hour hostess, JLo, not some poor simp in South Carolina who failed to return a ...

Who ordered the WWE sanctioned sequel to Jingle All The Way starring Larry the Cable Guy?

Please Christmas, don't be late!

Christmas and professional wresting go together like Larry the Cable Guy and nothing even remotely amusing. Somewhere Daryl F. Zanuck is vomiting blood. 20th Century Fox Home "Entertainment" and WWE "Studios" are joining forces on ...

Brian Regan confirms blue is not necessarily the funniest color

If fierce logic is something you demand in a stand up, then put Brian Regan’s name at the top of the list. It’s not enough for Regan to make an audience laugh. He dares the ...

The wrong kid

Forty-five years after the Japanese practice of nurses identifying newborns by names written in Magic Marker on the soles of their feet was thought to have ceased, it took one thoughtless orderly to forever alter ...

March's ArtPower! "Foovie," Yung Chang's The Fruit Hunters

We haven't heard much of Yung Chang in these parts since Up the Yangtze, his exacting impressionistic documentary on China's ever-changing landscape during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, played the Landmark Hillcrest in ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman to be digitally inserted into final Hunger Games sequel

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Philip Seymour Hoffman died leaving behind only one crucial scene to film in order to tie up his character's plot thread in the final Hunger Games sequel. It was today ...

Jewish film fest faves

The punch.

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival ushers in its 24th year with a showcase of 60 shorts, documentaries, and features chosen from across the globe. With this year’s film festival comes two fresh faces: publicist ...

I, Frankenstein? Wait for iPhone!

From the producers of Underworld and one of the the scripters responsible for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl comes...frankly, if that ignominious ancestry doesn’t scare you off, nothing will. January ...

G.B.F. will make you LOL

Trying to capitalize on the latest media craze of gay men as fashion accessories, a trio of prom queen probables (Sasha Pieterse, Xosha Roquemore, and Andrea Bowen) battle over friendship rights to their recently outed ...

Lufthansa heist that inspired Goodfellas finally solved

At the time, it was the biggest cash robbery ever committed in the United States. Not the daring 1978 Lufthansa heist at New York's JFK International Airport that inspired Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. I'm talking about ...

African-American Museum of Fine Arts opens February 1

Gaidi Finnie was one of the first people I met upon arriving in San Diego during the winter of 2000. He acted as co-director of the Museum of Photographic Arts during my tenure as their ...

Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Next to edible pizza, Italian beef "sangwitches," and Pekin House egg rolls (made with baby shrimp, morsels of barbecued pork, and peanut butter to bind them), squirrels are what I most miss about Chicago. Apart ...

Strong Lineup at the Fourth Annual Human Rights Film Festival

“What would I be if I weren’t strong?” asks one of the characters in director Jeremy Teicher’s Tall As the Baobab Tree. Strength is a quality that reverberates throughout the six films to be screened ...

Earl Stiff on the 2014 Oscar noms

Who needs a Big Ben wind-up to sound the alarm on the morning of Oscar nominations day? Long before the cock crowed, this reporter was parked in front of his trusty Trinitron waiting to have ...

Hiya, Kaya! 15 minutes with the winning Ms. Scodelario

Bad news: You have until today to see Kaya Scodelario’s American big screen debut, The Truth About Emanuel, at the Gaslamp. The good news is you can watch it tonight on VOD. The camera loves ...

Eat your roots

Not unlike the Japanese tourist who kicks off Paolo Sorrentino’s latest cinematic feast by collapsing under the scenic force of his search for the great beauty of Rome, I find myself more than a bit ...

Random thoughts on the 2014 People's Choice Awards

What are you cretins thinking?

Aren't the people's choice awards handed out every Monday morning when the weekend box office receipts hit the trades? It’s been years since I sat down and watched a telecast of The People’s Choice Awards ...

Golden Globes live blog this Sunday

Will it be Redford or Streep? Captain Phillips or Philomena? The Croods or Despicable Me 2? Masters of Sex or The Big Bang Theory? Do you really care who or what takes home a Golden ...

Curtain down on Reading Cinemas' 40-Foot Films series

No sooner had I finished praising Reading Cinemas and Jennifer Deering for their illustrious 40-Foot Films series do I check to see what films are on the January schedule. None. It's over. Finished. Kaput. Even ...

The Best Films of 2013

People who complain that 2013 has been a lousy year for movies are spending too much time in a multiplex with only three letters in its name. Of the twenty films I single out as ...

The ten worst films of 2013

If a film is so bad that I can’t make it all the way through to the end, then it automatically qualifies as one of the year’s worst. This year found me making a mad ...

Scorsese’s fugazis

Cocaine trilogy, completed

Having never read Jordan Belfort’s autobiography, The Wolf of Wall Street — which forms the basis of Martin Scorsese’s latest, most outrageous essay on common denominators living the life of upscale, drug-enhanced, and power-infested businessmen ...

Merry Movie Christmas from The Big Screen

Tonight brings a stereotypical Jewish Christmas Eve: Chinese food and a movie. The festive pre-show meal takes place at China Too on Fifth, the only Cantonese chow house in town where ambiance is defined by ...

Big Screen Christmas Mailbag

Scott Marks responds to a critic while getting his hair cut.

When you consider all the questionable "bile" this column pumps, I am amazed to report that one Joseph Genoese has decided to take offense to a goof column written under the guise of "Earl Stiff." ...

Dig a Hole: Tom Laughlin

Americans free to once again hate neighbors and cheat friends.

When news hit this desk that Tom Laughlin died earlier this month of complications from pneumonia, I...just...went...BERSERK! You want berserk? I was in the audience the night Laughlin four-walled the UA Cinema 150 in Oakbrook, ...

Dig a hole: Joan Fontaine

Olivia de Havilland wins!

The mention of Melanie Hamilton in GWTW or the second Mrs. de Winter in Rebecca might be enough to jog a few memories, but seeing how it's been over 20 years since either Olivia de ...