Big Screen Movie Reviews

"You're tearing me apart!"

James Dean has nothing on Ryan Reynolds in this week's new movie releases, including Deadpool 2 and The Desert Bride

I've been on about this before, but one of the things that make so many superhero punch-ups so deadly dull is the Toughness Inconsistency Index, which states that the amount of punishment a hero can ...

Spoiler Alert

The fans have spoken

The Supergoose that Laid the Golden Eggs?

Marks madness

Scott Marks covers the movie front for this week's new releases, including Wildling and Tully

For a while there, Ye Olde new release schedule seemed to be waving a blank white flag of surrender: "Oh, Avengers: Infinity War, we know better than to try to compete with your awesome earning ...

You can't have anything bigger than Infinity

Avengers: Infinity War doesn't leave much room for other new movie releases

This week's big new release is very big: Avengers: Infinity War is here to mash up The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and probably a bunch of other stuff into ...

Local boys make good

San Diego shines in this week's new movie releases, thanks to The Endless

Look, even Homer nods. So yes, we missed A Quiet Place. Happily, a whole bunch of people found it without our help. Hooray for smart (by all accounts), small-budget horror! You know, like The Endless, ...

"Are you serious?"

More new movie releases than you can throw a tennis racket at, including Borg vs. McEnroe and Beirut

Well, we tried. We made it to Sgt. Stubby, You Were Never Really Here, Beirut, Baja, Rampage, and Borg vs. McEnroe. Aardvark and Sweet Country should be up before 5 p.m. (UPDATE: Okay, 10 p.m. ...

Critter cinema

Animals arrive in this week's new movie releases, including Pandas and Tehran Taboo

Let's start with the big new release: for some reason, there's a rooster in the poster for Blockers, a movie about parents trying to preserve their daughters' virginity. What's that about? (Cue Beavis & Butthead ...

Ready viewer one

This week's new movie releases clear the way for Ready Player One

For a while there, it looked like Steven Spielberg had spun his last spiel — or was getting close to it, anyway. Three years between Munich and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal ...

Bob Balaban gets to be King — the dog

"There’s a thin line dividing us, and it involves the fact that he has more hair than I do."

Actor Bob Balaban has appeared in director Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom. In the delightful and exquisite Isle of Dogs, he plays King, a former dog food commercial star who is ...

Laurel & Hardy chased by Tex & Charley

The Sons of the Desert holds its next meeting this Saturday night

Hear, ye! Hear, ye! Attention Laurel and Hardy enthusiasts and all the saps at sea! The next gathering of the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert will be held on Saturday night, ...

You say "B movie" like it's a bad thing

Lowbrow goodness in this week's new movie releases, including Pacific Rim Uprising and Unsane

Harumph. My fellow critics are comparing Pacific Rim: Uprising to a Transformers movie. I say both action and story are vastly more clear and compelling than Michael Bay's blockbusters. They're saying that it's not as ...

What about the kid?

Youth gets served (or not) in this week's new movie releases, including Loveless and Love, Simon

In Love, Simon, the kid has a problem. In Loveless, the kid is the problem. In The Cured, the kid is a reminder of a problem. In Tomb Raider, the heroine's problem is that she ...

Alex scores!

Local music teacher soundtracks local-centric film short

“I’m producing and scoring the music for my first ever indie film short as part of the 60 day San Diego Film Con Challenge,” says multi-instrumentalist Alex Guillen. “It’s a timed competition called True San ...

Oscar autopsy

Positivity and gripes

Jimmy Kimmel opened by calling for a night for positivity, so I will begin my coverage of the 90th Annual Academy Awards accordingly. (Not surprisingly, threats of controversy never materialized.) Dept. of Happy Memories While ...

Original Pulp Fiction manuscript found in a Carlsbad garage

I also write introductions for art books

OMG: I’m holding it in my hand. A hand-typed script movie people would kill for. I just ran across it in this rare and ancient bookshop and literati haven, in an alley off Carlsbad Village ...

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