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Dolittle: Robert Downey, Jr. goes down

Does a dragon even qualify as an animal?

It is with deep and abiding regret that we report the passing of Robert Downey, Jr. — one of the last of his generation of trailblazers — over to the dark side. Admittedly, the transition ...

The best and worst films of 2019

Scott Marks’ picks

Of the nearly 250 films I viewed in 2019, here are the front-runners and slopsuckers. For more on this year in film, visit the Big Screen. Favorites: 10.) Last Letter A romantic drama void of ...

The reign of Dag Hammarskjöld

Documentarian Mads Brügger is in it to monitor “the evil that white men do”

Where were you when you first learned of the death of Dag Hammarskjöld? For some, it will be wherever they’re reading this review. But at the time, his mere existence was viewed by some as ...

Film Events

Film Forum: <em>12 Angry Men</em>

Film Forum: 12 Angry Men

Chula Vista Civic Center Library

Wednesday, January 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Film Forum: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Film Forum: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Chula Vista Civic Center Library

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

<em>An American In Paris</em>

An American In Paris

Edwards Mira Mesa

Wednesday, January 22, 7 p.m.

Film & Discussion: Tel Aviv on Fire

Film & Discussion: Tel Aviv on Fire

Temple Emanu-El

Monday, January 20, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Family movies with ghosts of cartoons past

Bigweld’s gatekeeper is a direct descendant of Frank Morgan’s sentry in The Wizard of Oz

This week’s goal was to find three films to unite families around the set that didn’t contain any references to Christmas. The first two came easy. For some crazy reason, I had it in my ...

Movie Archives

The Fugitive 1.0 stars

Big-screen treatment of the 1963-67 television series of the same name. The original was something special: existentialism for the masses; Swanson Frozen Kafka; an installment-plan Odyssey (or: The Longest Distance Between Two Points). And David Janssen, an actor of the ...

The Boss 0.0 stars

An oscillating orphan grows into a highly successful, Vegas-style motivational speaker who, after a 5 month stint in the pen for insider trading, reinvents herself as a chocolate brownie baroness. With her red wig in place, Melissa McCarthy wants like ...

Deepwater Horizon 3.0 stars

If it’s a choice between heroes drawn from real life and costume-clad warriors, give me the civvies life every time. Admittedly, the TV-friendly character exposition that opens Deepwater Horizon – Mark Wahlberg’s young daughter reveals what daddy does for a ...