Earlier this year, David Mackenzie’s film Perfect Sense played a single week in San Diego. Very few people saw it, which is a real shame—it’s a nice romantic drama set at the end of the world. It was very, very different from his latest effort, Tonight You’re Mine, which opens Friday, June 8, at Hillcrest Cinemas. In some ways, the new one is an experiment, set in and shot entirely on location at Scotland’s enormous T in the Park music festival.
In it, Adam (Luke Treadaway) is half of a successful American pop duo. Morello (Natalia Tena) leads the up-and-coming British grrrl band The Dirty Pinks. Both have significant others, and both are focused on their gigs at the festival. At least they are until they start arguing and a mysterious man handcuffs them together and then drives away with the key.
So, yeah, it’s a movie about two people who don’t really like each other who are forced to deal with one another because of, you know, the handcuffs. I know exactly what it sounds like, and, certainly, Tonight You’re Mine falls into some cliché traps that you’d expect from a plot like that, and most of the American characters sound like British guys playing Americans. Most of the people the camera focuses on are templates rather than real characters, but, still, the film nicely captures the wonderful, frenetic, 24/7 drunken energy of comradeship, community, mud and music that can only occur at a massive event like this. Also, it features a couple of wonderful sequences, highlighted by The Dirty Pinks’ set, which includes an appearance by Adam, because he’s cuffed to the band’s frontwoman.
I Wish: A 12-year-old Japanese boy whose parents are divorced decides that a miracle will occur when two bullet trains cruise past each other at top speed.
Madagascar 3: Apparently kids still fall for this. Parents, too.
Moonrise Kingdom: Set on an island off the coast of New England in 1965, this new one about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away from the dysfunctional adults in their lives will be adored by those who worship at the altar of Wes Anderson.
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding: Conservative lawyer Catherine Keener takes her teenage kids to visit their hippie-dippie grandmother, Jane Fonda, after her husband files for divorce.
Prometheus: Ridley Scott returns to outer space, exploring the origins of humanity and the original Alien. It’s worth seeing on the big screen and in 3D.
Where Do We Go Now: A group of Lebanese women try to get the feuding Muslims and Christians in their village to chill.
One Time Only
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.
Salsa Tel Aviv: The Jewish Latino film series continues with this rom-com about a Mexican salsa dancer who follows her boyfriend to Israel, only to meet a nice Jewish scientist on the plane. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at AMC Otay Ranch.
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.
Beach Blanket Bingo: Three weeks of Frankie and Annette movies poolside kick off at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park.
The Lady Vanishes: Margaret Lockwood stars in the Hitchcock classic about a young socialite who notices that an older woman on her train has gone missing. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Ghost World: One of the best comic-book movies ever. Enid (Thora Birch) stops hanging out with her best friend (Scarlett Johansson) and starts spending time with an older guy (Steve Buscemi). Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
The Great Escape: This all-star (Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Richard Attenborough) WWII POW film clocks in at almost three hours, but it’s well worth it. Screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, and Tuesday, June 12, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.
Niagra: This thriller marked Marilyn Monroe’s first major film appearance. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Vasermil: Israeli picture about three teenagers from different backgrounds, each of whom hopes that football will be his way out of poverty. And by “football,” we mean soccer. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Nobody’s Life: A so-called bank executive has kept his entire life secret from his family, but he must face up to it when a young student enters the picture. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Addiction, Incorporated: There’ll be a panel discussion following this documentary about the tobacco industry’s nefarious commitment to addicting us to their sweet, sweet cigarettes. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at UltraStar Mission Valley.
High Noon: One of the ultimate westerns. Gary Cooper stars as an aging lawman forced to meet a trainload of bad guys by himself when his friends shrink from the danger. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Reading Cinemas Town Square.
The 39 Steps: Classic Hitchcock from 1935 about a man (Robert Donat) on the run after being wrongly accused of murdering a spy. Screens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Mission Valley Library. Free.
Napoleon Dynamite: You don’t see many of those Vote for Pedro shirts these days. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
The Princess Bride: One of the best date films ever. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at The Propagandist, Downtown.
The Hangover: What happens in Vegas, blah blah blah. Screens at 8:30 p.m. at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.
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 1920s-era 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. And 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.
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.
Snow White and the Huntsman: Big-budget 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).
Piranha 3DD: The second D is intentional. There will be boobs.
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. Ends June 7 at Hillcrest Cinemas.
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.
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.
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.