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There seems to be some confusion over where to find movie reviews on The Reader.

Reader regular, Monaghan, has been on us like a cheap suit the past couple of weeks. Yesterday he wrote, "Reader readers are DYING for some movie reviews -- even idiosyncratic ones -- and we implore the Management to make Scott Marks write weekly reviews of current films. And Lickona too. You've got two guys who aren't doing what they were hired to do."

How do you like this guy, Monaghan? No one, repeat, NO ONE in San Diego covers movies like The Reader does. Each week Matthew and I review just about every movie that opens. Okay, the trailer for The Impossible turned both of us off and went un-reviewed. Sue us!

The blog is largely for movie talk and events going on around town. The only reviews you'll find on The Big Screen are for films that weren't screened for the press ahead of time to make the print edition.

To find the lead movie review, click on the menu link at the top of every page that says "MOVIES." You'll find a list of the most recently reviewed films under "Movie Reviews." (This week you'll find my five star review of No. )You can also click on "Titles" in the blue bar at the top of the MOVIES page. Click on it and a screen will drop down to reveal the titles and star ratings of films currently playing. Click on the title for the review.


It sounds like a lot of work, but we're worth it.

Seriously, Duncan Shepherd established a tradition of reviewing every film that had a commercial run in SD. Matthew and I are well aware of this and intend to honor Duncan's unwritten law as best we can. That said, I'm off to see The Last Exorcism 2 so you nice folks don't have to. I'll report back.

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monaghan March 1, 2013 @ 9:45 p.m.

Now I feel less a guilty dullard, since you managed to get another column out of my complaints.

Your exposition of fundamentals is useful and appreciated. It HAS been confusing, since you and Lickona write in so many places online now, but the print-Reader readers are educable to the "internets."

And you are much funnier and more wired than His Holiness Duncan ever was. (He once unforgiveably slammed Simone Signoret in "Madame Rosa" for being old and fat, but he redeemed himself many years later with a memorably touching farewell column.)

Stay calm and carry on, Scott. I loved your review of "Lincoln."


Scott Marks March 4, 2013 @ 8:04 a.m.

Thank you, Monaghan. (I looked everywhere for a photo of Ralph Kramden and his boss, Mr. Monaghan, and came up empty, hence the Stooge screencap.) I get a column and readers get a simplified overview. Just trying to make life easier for all of us. ;)


Colonna March 3, 2013 @ 5:03 a.m.

Nothing gets the point across better than using visual aids of The Three Stooges. BRAVO!


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