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Top ten movies of 2018, plus, this year's Big Screen Big List

A few months back, I put out feelers to all of the major theatre chains in San Diego, hoping that one of them would have the good taste (and decency) to book the long-awaited last ...

Black Mirror Bandersnatch - your own private rabbit hole

Interactive, sure, but who's really controlling who?

What do you get when you mix VR, time travel, and mind control?

2018: Apparition to Zama

If a movie releases on Netflix and not in a theater, is it a movie?

A strange year at the movies for your exceedingly humble correspondent. Only about 100 reviews this time ‘round, and three of my notable ten didn’t even make it into the paper. The first of those ...

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Dysfunction on display: political and personal

Unreviewed...until now

This week’s selections share two commonalities: all were lounging on my hard drive and none were ever reviewed in these pages. Offside (2006) After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women were not ...

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A Dog's Purpose 0.0 stars

What is a dog’s purpose? In Lasse Hallström’s take on W. Bruce Cameron’s canine POV novel, it’s to distract you from a dizzying, at times painful array of contradictions by looking soulfully at the camera. At heart, it’s a Hindu ...

Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) None stars

The latest from Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life, Our Little Sister) chronicles a family of small-time crooks that take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Lore 3.0 stars

A loser’s history of World War II. Fifteen-year-old Lore and her three younger siblings have spent their lives in a happy dream of German supremacy. Now the dream is ending: files must be burned, valuables gathered, the family dog put ...

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