Pick of the Litter 4.0 stars

Pick of the Litter movie poster

For the dog-loving completists among us who this year alone have suffered through Show Dogs, Alpha and A-X-L comes a bone in the form of Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman’s winning documentary look-see into a quintet of hounds vying to make a difference in people’s lives. From their birth in a child’s plastic wading pool, we follow the pups — three boys, two girls — on a twenty-month journey to determine whether or not they have what it takes to be a guard dog for the blind. A puppy raiser whose task it is to socialize dogs while avoiding emotional attachment has got to be one of the toughest jobs in the world. From a modeling competition for dogs (will America’s Next Top Canine make the cut or be “career changed” to a domestic pet?) to the satisfactions and sorrows of traffic training, this is by far the most joyous time you'll have at the movies all year. 2018.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

7:35pm, 9:55pm

Sunday, September 23

11:15am, 2:00pm, 4:55pm, 7:35pm, 9:55pm

Monday, September 24

2:00pm, 4:55pm, 7:35pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, September 25

2:00pm, 4:55pm, 7:35pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, September 26

2:00pm, 4:55pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, September 27

2:00pm, 4:55pm, 7:35pm, 9:55pm

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760-436-7469 | Directions

Saturday, September 22

6:40pm

Sunday, September 23

2:25pm, 6:20pm

Monday, September 24

6:20pm

Tuesday, September 25

6:20pm

Wednesday, September 26

6:20pm

Thursday, September 27

6:20pm

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