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Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012

Film-fest happenings

News from various local festivals leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
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Believe it or not, there’s room for yet another film festival in San Diego. The Young Leaders Film Festival, put together by a production company made up of three women called Moms With Issues, kicks off on Friday, June 22, at the La Jolla Country Day School. There are five flicks on the docket, beginning with Sing Your Song, a documentary about Harry Belafonte and his place in the civil-rights movement. Five feature films will be screened throughout the weekend, as well as a collection of short films to wrap things up on Sunday night. A list of films, showtimes and ticket info can be found at young leadersfilmfestival.com.

By now, you may have heard that the San Diego Film Festival has new leadership, and the new overlords are making some changes. The biggest is the announcement of a new space. Along with its home base at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, SDFF will also screen films at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla branch (a pretty nice theater, by the way). There’s also been another big recent announcement: This year’s fest will include a Gus Van Sant retrospective, with an appearance by the director. The fest runs Sept. 26 through 30, and more details are available at sdff.org.

The San Diego Latino Film Festival and the San Diego Jewish Film Festival are currently in the middle of their Jewish Latino Film Series. There are two pictures remaining: Anita, which will screen Wednesday, June 27, at the Carlsbad Village Theater, and Dos Hermanos, which you can catch July 11 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Visit sdlatinofilm.com or sdjff.org for details.

Lastly, this year’s FilmOut has come and gone, but the awards have recently been announced. Cloudburst was the big winner, earning Best Narrative Feature honors, as well as Best Direction for Thom Fitsgerald and Best Actress for Olympia Dukakis.


Write to anders@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com. You can follow Anders on Twitter at @anderswright.


Opening

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Finally, American children get to learn about Abraham Lincoln.

Bel Ami: In this adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s story, Robert Pattinson beds his way through Paris’ women in an effort to lift his social status.

Brave: Princess Merida would rather be shooting arrows than playing dress-up, but when she defies her Scottish tribe, she sets loose a horrible curse that only she can fix.

Pink Ribbons, Inc.: This documentary looks at where all the money raised to fight breast cancer actually goes.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World: The first 30 minutes of this romantic dramedy are inspired, as Steve Carell and Keira Knightley find one another while an asteroid approaches Earth on a collision course. 

Teri Meri Kahaani: Romance! Drama! Singing! Dancing! Hooray for Bollywood! Your Sister’s Sister: Lynn Shelton’s latest improvised film finds Emily Blunt taking Mark Duplass to her family’s vacation home while he’s grieving his dead brother, and he ends up getting busy with her sister, Rosemarie DeWitt.

One Time Only

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: If you’re Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, the answer is your daughter (Katharine Houghton) and her fiancé, a young, good-looking, very intelligent doctor. Oh, and he’s black and played by Sidney Poitier. See this ground-breaking film at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

Reveal the Path: It’s a biker movie, but the kind of bike you pedal. Director Mike Dion will be on hand to discuss this film, which was shot on multiple continents and is about biking as a way to explore the world. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Hillcrest Cinemas.

Here & Now: A Day in the Life of Surfing: New surf film screens at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

Airplane!: Insert your own “Surely you can’t be serious” joke here. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Gingham restaurant in La Mesa.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Every filmmaker’s career ebbs and flows, and plenty of people feel that this Wes Anderson joint falls into both categories. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at The Propagandist, Downtown.

Almost Famous: This semi-autobiographical account of San Diego prodigal son Cameron Crowe’s early years as an underage reporter for Rolling Stone is still crazy after all these years. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes with RiffTrax: Expect plenty of damned-dirtyape jokes at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido. Free.

Muscle Beach Party: The Frankie and Annette series continues with this one, about a group of surfers booted from their beach by a contingent of bodybuilders. Screens at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park.

The Pink Panther: This is the Peter Sellers original, not to be mistaken for the Steve Martin remake. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.

Don Juan De Marco: Marlon Brando is tasked with curing Johnny Depp, who thinks he’s Don Juan. Women across the world want him to stay uncured. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her: This collection of loosely intertwined stories has a dynamite cast, including Glenn Close, Calista Flockhart, Kathy Baker and Cameron Diaz. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Center in Hillcrest.

Persepolis: It’s animated, but there are no cute animals or cars in Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical account of growing up in Iran before, during and after the 1979 revolution. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

On the Waterfront: He coulda been a contendah at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 26, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

The First 70: Documentary about the state parks in California that are being closed due to budget cuts, and the people working hard to keep them open. Screens at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Gillespie Field Cafe in El Cajon.

Arsenic and Old Lace: In Frank Capra’s 1944 dark comedy, Cary Grant learns on his wedding day that his two aunts have been taking in elderly single men as boarders and then kindly murdering them. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

The Piano in a Factory: Chinese drama about a dad who does everything he can to get his daughter the piano she’s always wanted. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Word is, Michael Bay is producing a franchise reboot. Until then, catch the live-action adventures of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello at midnight, Saturday, June 23, at the Ken Cinema.

Jaws: The original summer blockbuster! Too bad most summer blockbusters aren’t as good. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.

Jurassic Park: We all thought the T-Rex was scary before the velociraptors came along. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Gingham in La Mesa.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Insert your own “Anyone? Anyone?” joke at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at The Propagandist, Downtown.

Top Gun: June is Pride month, and this is the best homoerotic Navy-flyboy movie ever. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.

Puss in Boots: Despite sounding like a porno, this one is for family night. Bring the kids at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.

Now Playing

OC87: Bud Clayman always dreamed of being a filmmaker, but his bouts with OCD, Asperger’s, depression and bipolar disorder sidetracked things. Until now. OC87 documents his struggles to fit into the world. It’s a fascinating look at mental illness.

Ferrari Ki Sawaari: To keep his little boy happy, a dad goes out and tries to get him a Ferrari.
Gerhard Richter Painting: This doc on the German painter actually gets into his studio, which hasn’t been seen in decades. Ends June 21 at the Ken Cinema.

Lola Versus: Greta Gerwig is a grad student whose fiancé dumps her days before their wedding. Sort of like a “No Sex and the City.”

Lovely Molly: A newlywed and her husband move to an old house in the country, where weird stuff starts to go down. You might be familiar with director Eduardo Sánchez’s first film, The Blair Witch Project. Ends June 21 at Readings Cinemas Gaslamp.

That’s My Boy: Adam Sandler teams up with Andy Samberg for a stupid-fest.

Rock of Ages: Yes, that’s Tom Cruise belting out hair-metal tunes in this ’80s rock ’n’ roll musical.

Safety Not Guaranteed: This sweet, quirky Sundance rom-com stars Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza as a magazine intern investigating a guy who placed a classified ad looking for a time-traveling companion.

Something From Nothing The Art of Rap: Ice-T co-directed this documentary about, um, rap.

The Woman in the Fifth: Ethan Hawke moves to Paris and becomes involved with Kristin Scott Thomas, who may be involved with a series of murders.

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. Ends June 21 at Readings Cinemas Gaslamp.

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.

Madagascar 3: Apparently kids still fall for this. Parents, too.

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.

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.

Coral Reef Adventure: Get up close and personal with a serious underwater microcosm at 6 p.m. Fridays in June at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Africa: The Serengeti: Nowhere in this IMAX look at this incredible wildlife sanctuary will you find the incredible Toto song. Screens Fridays in June at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Three Stooges: The Movie: Yeah. This is happening.

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.

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.

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.

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.





 
 
 
 
 
 
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