Big Screen

That Movie You Love, Part Four

The analysis will include John Rambo and Ethan Hunt

If Part Two is a sequel and Part Three a threequel, what term describes a film franchise’s fourth installment? Four-Shit would be a fitting brand, seeing as most of them are, but my editor will ...

Long Strange Trip, one night only

Get the untold story of the Grateful Dead on Thursday, May 25

Not unlike an actual Grateful Dead concert, Amir Bar-Lev’s candid Dead doc Long Strange Trip plays one night only — Thursday, May 25 — and runs just slightly over four hours. My initial interest in ...

Death, illness, poop, and divorce

Unpleasantness abounds in this week’s new movies, including Alien: Covenant and Obit

I’m probably more fascinated by H.R. Giger and his xenomorph than is entirely healthy, so it took me a little while to get over the fact that the aliens aren’t really the star, or even ...

How the world got to be the way it is

Director Vanessa Gould discusses Obit

Obit, Vanessa Gould’s documentary look at the obituary department of the New York Times in action, is as deceptive in tone as it is perceptive in vision. A strange air of calm rumination pervades the ...

The struggle is real. Or maybe just in your head.

Conflict, external and internal, in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Buster’s Mal Heart

In case my review of the (don’t call it quirky, don’t call it quirky) quirky psycho-thriller Buster’s Mal Heart didn’t fully convey it, I want to further express my delight at the film’s portrayal of ...

The cool mom

Jonathan Levine discusses Snatched, Schumer, and Goldie

There’s been an ugly trend of late where Oscar-winning actresses who have been out of the limelight for some time return to play flamboyantly kooky mother figures. Jane Fonda did it twice (Monster-In-Law, Georgia Rule) ...

Doug Liman on The Wall

The sniper is so far away that you’ll be dead before you hear the gunshot

Doug Liman’s The Wall pits two American soldiers (John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the latter looking like Jake Gyllenhaal and talking like Casey Affleck and acquitting himself admirably) against an Iraqi sniper in the pipelined, ...

Family matters on film

This week’s new releases include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, A Quiet Passion, and more

“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ’em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you ...

Extreme cinema

La Mesa gets Titan XC, Reading Cinema’s large-screen exhibition

“Stub me,” I asked while stopping to split my ticket with the usher on duty at Reading Cinemas Grossmont Center. My left hand was preoccupied with notebook and silo of Coke, so I extended my ...

A Quiet Passion actress Catherine Bailey on Emily Dickinson

Very funny, very serious

Terence Davies’s slow and sumptuous A Quiet Passion turns the famously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson (played mostly and hauntedly by Cynthia Nixon) into an unenthusiastic but unshakable martyr for her sex. It’s not that she ...

Scott Marks on KPBS

Marks discusses one of his favorite films, Lemon Drop Kid, which contains the classic Christmas song, "Silver Bells."

Deepwater Horizon trailer

Sing Street trailer

Mr. Pig trailer

Thelma & Marty

13-minute clip Of Martin Scorsese & Thelma Schoonmaker In The Editing Room.

100 Years At The Movies

Originally shown at the Academy Awards in 1994 on the 100th Birthday of Film.

Equilibrium trailer

Fake baby!

Black Sea trailer

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