Fourteen years. That’s how long FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT film festival, has been presenting movies. That’s a tremendously long time for any film festival, and it’s made FilmOut one of the longest-running festivals in town. This year’s collection kicks off on Wednesday, May 30, and runs through Sunday, June 3, at the Birch North Park Theatre.
The opening-night picture is Cloudburst, starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker—both have Oscars on their mantles—as an older couple who bust out of their nursing home in Maine and head to Canada to get married, stopping only to pick up a young male hitchhiker (Ryan Doucette) for company. The following night, the big movie is the camptastic 2000 film Sordid Lives, which will be hosted by Tupperware queen Dixie Longate and stars Delta Burke, Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia and, of course, Olivia Newton-John. Del Shores, the film’s director, will be in attendance.
Things wrap up on Wednesday with Nate and Margaret, a movie about a 19-year-old film student and a 50-something spinster, who have unexpectedly become best friends. In between, there’s a slew of other films and a series of fabulous parties. Find all the details at filmoutsandiego.com.
There are very few people as dedicated to their subculture as the steampunks, in that so much of the mash-up of Victorian-era fashion and alternative future gear is fashioned with DIY determination (or bought at one of those booths at Comic-Con, I guess). Regardless, a lot of the stuff looks pretty cool, and there seems to be no shortage of steampunks who are also aspiring filmmakers. With that in mind, the Marvelous Meandering Cinema Salon—a traveling steampunk film festival—will screen a number of short films from countries around the globe at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park, in conjunction with the steampunk exhibit currently on display. Bring your own monocle.
Lastly, don’t be surprised if you see filmmakers feverishly working around town this weekend. The 48-Hour Film Project kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, and all the teams who have registered have just two days to shoot, edit and submit their masterpiece for judging.Write to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow Anders on Twitter at @anderswright.
A Cat in Paris: French animated film about a feline who spends his days with the daughter of a policewoman and his nights with a notorious cat burglar.
For Greater Glory: Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria star in this account of the 1920sera Cristero War, the uprising against the Mexican government over religious freedom. Though it was shot in Mexico, it’s in English.
Flying Monsters 3D: No, it’s not a crappy studio blockbuster—this one is all about dinosaurs and was written and directed by Richard Attenborough, using Avatar-like technology, and plays the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.
Hardflip: Teen skater learns his dad is John Schneider, aka Bo Duke. Also, he finds God.
Hick: Despite the solid efforts of Chloë Grace Moretz and Eddie Redmayne, Hick is a distasteful coming-of-age adaptation of the popular novel by Andrea Portes. See our review on Page 25.
High School: Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis and Colin Hanks toke up in this stoner comedy. (Get it? “High” School?) The Intouchables: French blockbuster sensation about an aging Caucasian paraplegic who hires a poor young black man to be his caretaker. Piranha 3DD: The second D is intentional. There will be boobs. Snow White and the Huntsman: Bigbudget retelling of the fairy tale finds the huntsman (Thor’s Chris Hemsworth) teaming up with Snow White (Kristen Stewart) to try to end the reign of the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). Where Do We Go Now?: Some Lebanese women try to get the feuding Muslims and Christians in their village to chill.
One Time Only
Another Earth: When a parallel Earth appears, Rhoda (Brit Marling) is given a second chance to fix the mistakes she’s made in her young life. Somewhere between an indie drama and a sci-fi trip, Another Earth does make you think. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Mi Primera Boda (My First Wedding): The San Diego Jewish and Latino film festivals are teaming up again with this comedy about a secular Jew and a somewhat secular Catholic who are on the verge of tying the knot. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Cinepolis Del Mar.
Reservoir Dogs: It started Tarantino’s career, and it’s still a brutally awesome laugh riot. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at The Propagandist, Downtown.
Top Gun: In San Diego, three things are certain: death, taxes and summer screenings of Top Gun. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.
Sex and the City: Well, at least it was better than Sex and the City 2. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
The Lady From Shanghai: Orson Welles wrote the screenplay for this 1947 noir classic, in which he stars opposite Rita Hayworth. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
The Seven Samurai: Kurosawa’s masterpiece, which inspired dozens of other films, is about seven (natch) samurai trying to protect a village from bandits. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Man, could we use a senator like the one James Stewart plays in Frank Capra’s 1939 classic. Screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 5, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.
Chocolat: What goes better with sex than chocolate? If you’re Juliette Binoche, the answer is Johnny Depp. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
The Queen of Hearts: French film about a girl (played by director Valerie Donzelli) who finds herself dating three different guys—all played by the same actor. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
The Music Man: Seventy-six trombones lead the big parade at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.
The Graduate: The movie that made Dustin Hoffman a star has one word for you: Plastics. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Caddyshack: The only good thing about golf screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
Snatch: Guy Ritchie’s crime thriller has a blistering pace and one of Brad Pitt’s best performances. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at The Propagandist, Downtown. Appetizers provided!
The Big Lewbowski: The Dude abides at the kick-off of the annual summer movie series at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.
Chernobyl Diaries: Oren Peli, who wrote and directed Paranormal Activity here in San Diego, wrote this found-footage thriller about tourists who hire a guide to take them to that glowing vacation spot, Chernobyl.
Hysteria: Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this Victorian comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Yeah, you read that right.
Men in Black 3: Will Smith has to go back in time to prevent Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement from murdering Tommy Lee Jones, who’s represented in the past by Josh Brolin.
The Moth Diaries: A new student at an all-girls school just might be a vampire. This one is rated R, so hopefully it’s got some bite.
Otter 501: A young otter is separated from its mother, and a young woman learns valuable lessons about the environment by helping the critter survive.
Polisse: In this French film, a journalist starts dating one of the cops she’s supposed to be journalizing. Ends May 31 at the Ken Cinema.
Battleship: Peter Berg’s adaptation of the Hasbro board game, pitting the American Navy against invading aliens, is seriously loud and explodey.
Bernie: Jack Black plays the real-life Bernie Tiede, a popular Texas funeral director who was convicted of murdering an 81-year-old widow.
The Dictator: Sacha Baron Cohen—aka Borat, Bruno and Ali G—is back as a despot willing to do anything to prevent the spread of democracy.
First Position: Documentary about six young ballet dancers participating in one of the most grueling competitions in the world.
Murder Capitol of the World: Charlie Minn keeps turning out intense documentaries about very intense subjects. This one looks at the enormous number of killings that have taken place in Ciudad Juarez in recent years.
We Have a Pope: The new Pope is so taken aback to be selected that he starts seeing a therapist. Like The Sopranos with funny hats. Ends May 24 at the Ken Cinema.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: No, this probably wasn’t begging to be adapted into a feature film, but that didn’t stop Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison and Jennifer Lopez from getting involved.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: There’s a charm to this movie about British retirees who outsource their retirement to India, mostly because the cast is made up of folks like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp just can’t remake enough stuff. This time, it’s the campy gothic soap from the ’70s which, apparently, was dying for the big screen.
Girl in Progress: Eva Mendes stars and makes her directorial debut, playing a single mom juggling the needs of her daughter and the attention of hunky doctor Matthew Modine.
The Avengers: It set box-office records for the biggest opening weekend ever, and for good reason. Joss Whedon’s take on the Marvel franchise is well-written, superbly edited, funny and enormously entertaining.
Headhunters: A corporate headhunter who steals art on the side finds himself up to his neck in trouble.
Hubble: Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this IMAX documentary about the big telescope at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Ring of Fire: Not a Johnny Cash documentary. This IMAX movie about volcanoes screens at 8 p.m. Fridays in May, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
The Raven: John Cusack seems to be channeling Nicolas Cage, rather than Edgar Allan Poe, in James McTeigue’s serial killer film.
The Five-Year Engagement: Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are engaged. For a long time.
Marley: Documentary about Bob. Irie. Screening at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Hugh Grant voices a doofy Pirate Captain in his first animated film. The stop-action animation is nice, and the film is charming enough, if not particularly deep.
Safe: Jason Statham is the only thing standing between a young girl who knows a secret and a whole lot of soon-to-be-dead bad guys.
Chimpanzee: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 1. A fully grown adult chimp takes a younger one under his wing after he gets separated from his troupe.
The Lucky One: Marine Zac Efron goes to North Carolina in search of a woman he thinks was his good-luck charm during his three tours of Iraq. If this sounds like it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, that’s because it is.
Monsieur Lazhar: An Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a Montreal teacher who committed suicide in her own classroom. That’s a tough act to follow.
To the Arctic 3-D: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 2. Meryl Streep narrates this new IMAX movie about a mama polar bear and her two cubs.
Think Like a Man: Four guys decide to get even when they learn that their girlfriends have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them. Not surprisingly, it’s based on Steve Harvey’s book.
The Cabin in the Woods: This satirical deconstruction of the horror movie, from Joss Whedon and Lost veteran Drew Goddard, is one hell of a lot of fun.
Lockout: In the future, Guy Pearce is wrongly convicted of espionage, but he’s given a chance to clear his name if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer-space prison totally controlled by the inmates. Or something like that.
The Three Stooges: The Movie: Yeah. This is happening.
American Reunion: There was a time when everyone who starred in American Pie was a star. Nowadays, they need the work.
Mirror Mirror: Julia Roberts is an evil queen, while Lily Collins is the plucky princess trying to get her kingdom back.
The Hunger Games: The most anticipated movie of the year to date is about a dystopian future where teens like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are forced to kill one another to stay alive.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi: This fine little documentary profiles Jiro Ono, widely considered to be one of the finest sushi chefs on the planet.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Ewan McGregor is a fisheries expert hired to help a sheik populate a river in Yemen with salmon. Along the way, he falls for Emily Blunt.
21 Jump Street: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in a comedy do-over of the undercover-cops-in-high-school TV show that launched Johnny Depp’s career.
Casa de Mi Padre: Will Ferrell’s latest comedy is in Spanish. That’s not a joke.
Project X: Todd Phillips, the guy behind Old School and The Hangover, produces this R-rated teen comedy about a monster party that totally turns into every parent’s worst nightmare.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: Let’s hope the voice talents of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift don’t overshadow the good Doctor’s environmental message.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Two kids build a rocket in their garage and end up in outer space in this IMAX film screening Saturday mornings in March at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Journey 2: Mysterious Island: Sort of a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, in that it’s an adaptation of a Jules Verne book made family-friendly and in 3-D.
Pina: Wim Wenders directed this film about dance legend Pina Bausch. Don’t miss it, and make sure you see it in 3-D.
Safe House: Young CIA buck Ryan Reynolds must team up with wily veteran Denzel Washington to kill a bunch of bad guys.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity: Liam Neeson narrates this IMAX film, screening at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Born to be Wild 3-D: Despite sounding like yet another animated animal movie, this is an IMAX film about baby elephants and orangutans and the people who love them. Oh, and it’s narrated by Morgan Freeman. Collective sigh for the baby monkeys, please.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.