Happy birthday, Ponyboy. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 adaptation of The Outsiders turns 30 this year. The cast is a veritable who’s-who of 1980s Tiger Beat pin-ups: Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon. The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park is also turning 30 this year, and it’ll feature The Outsiders in the next edition of POP Thursdays, on May 23. Find details here.
Also celebrating an anniversary—its 50th—is Cleopatra, the epic four-hour biopic of the Queen of the Nile. Elizabeth Taylor is the Egyptian queen opposite Richard Burton’s Mark Antony, and the film hits several big screens on Wednesday, May 22. I recommend the 6:30 p.m. screening at ArcLight La Jolla. Just make sure you sit like an Egyptian.
And Paul Parietti’s Frequency Film Festival enjoys its second anniversary on Thursday, May 23. OK, fine, “anniversary” is the wrong word—the first iteration of the fest took place just two months ago. But Parietti’s back with nearly 30 new feature and documentary films from around the globe.
The screen on which he shows his films isn’t enormous, but his selections most certainly are—for a one-man band putting this entire thing together on his own, Parietti continues to curate some of the most interesting selections in town. Frequency runs somewhat sporadically between May 23 and June 8 at the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center (4944 Newport Ave.). An all-access pass runs you just $30, which comes down to about a Redbox-rivaling dollar a movie. That’s a hell of a deal.
See what he’s got at frequencyfilmfestival.com.
3 Geezers!: J.K. Simmons plays a character actor doing research on what it’s like to be elderly. When the folks at an old-age home pick on him, he brings in people like Kevin Pollak and Tim Allen to turn the tables.
7 Cajas: A teenage delivery boy in Paraguay is offered a ton of money to deliver seven mysterious boxes during the course of a single night. Screens at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay: If you don’t know much about Ricky Jay, one of the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand artists, you’ll likely find this documentary fascinating. Screens for one week at the Ken Cinema. See our review on Page 26.
Epic: Animated flick about a young girl who teams up with a ragtag collection of characters to save the world. It features the voices of folks like Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé, Colin Farrell and the guy who voiced Bender on Futurama.
Fast & Furious 6: Surprisingly, No. 5 was the best of the bunch. This time, Dwayne Johnson brings Vin Diesel and Paul Walker on board to try to take down a former special-forces guy (Luke Evans) who’s all about vehicular warfare. There’s already a No. 7 in the works.
FilmOut: San Diego’s LGBT film festival celebrates its 15th birthday this year, running from Wednesday, May 29, through Sunday, June 2, at the Birch North Park Theatre. Visit filmoutsandiego.com for all the details.
Frances Ha: The new one from Noah Baumbach stars Greta Gerwig as a New Yorker who couch-surfs, apprentices for a dance company without being a dancer and is generally an odd duck.
The Hangover Part III: Drink, drank, drunk.
Ping Pong: A doc about a senior tabletennis championship. Opens Tuesday, May 28, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s: Matthew Miele’s documentary profiles the legendary Manhattan department store, known for being the pinnacle of high fashion. What Maisie Knew: Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play a New York couple enmeshed in a seriously nasty custody battle.
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Not My Life: Devastating doc about human trafficking. Screens at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22, at the Women’s Museum of California in Liberty Station.
Cleopatra: The epic biopic starring Elizabeth Taylor as the Queen of the Nile runs longer than four hours. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at ArcLight La Jolla.
Rockshow: Wings Over America: This concert film, recorded during Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1975 and ’76 tour, will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Digiplex Mission Valley.
Fiddler on the Roof: The classic musical gets screened in a classic venue, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.
The Hangover: Prepare yourself for No. 3 at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
Citizenfest: Craig Oliver, former mastermind of Citizen Video, curates the latest iteration of the local film showcase. This time, the focus is on filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton, and the lineup will also include the excellent Inocente, the short documentary, shot in San Diego, that earned Oscar honors in February. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.
Casablanca: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walked into his. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell’s dysfunctional-family drama earned Jennifer Lawrence the Oscar for Best Actress, and the movie was nominated for a slew of others. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Central Library, Downtown.
Alyce Kills: After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce goes down a dark path of sex, drugs and violence. Screens at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.
Java Heat: Kellan Lutz of the Twilight movies is an undercover FBI agent in Indonesia who teams up with a Muslim detective (Ario Bayu) to track international criminal Mickey Rourke. Screens at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.
The Silent Films of La Jolla Cinema League: These shorts were made by amateur filmmakers back in the 1920s, and they’ll be accompanied by curator Scott Paulson and his Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. It starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Seuss Room in the Geisel Library at UCSD.
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea: A bottle tossed into the Mediterranean by a Jewish girl washes up in Gaza, where it’s found by a young Palestinian man. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Hervey Branch Library in Point Loma.
AKA Doc Pomus: The rock ’n’ roll pioneer who was paralyzed with polio as a child was a Brooklyn-born dude named Jerome Felder. Presented by the San Diego Jewish Film Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.
Little Miss Sunshine: Charming-enough road-trip movie about a dysfunctional family who work out their issues during an illadvised journey to take their plain daughter to a beauty pageant. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
Aurangzeb: Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor plays dual roles as a family of cops and a family of gangsters collide.
Erased: Aaron Eckhart is a former CIA man trying to save himself and his daughter when The Company deletes his identity and sets out to kill them both.
Hating Breitbart: Despite the title, this documentary really loves Andrew Breitbart.
Black Rock: Three childhood friends— Kate Hudson, Lake Bell and Katie Aselton, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Duplass—find themselves fighting for their lives during a weekend on a remote island.
The Brass Teapot: Michael Angarano and Juno Temple are a young couple with money problems. When they find a magic teapot that’ll offer up cash whenever they get hurt, they have to decide how much pain the can withstand to get the stuff they really want. More Earl Grey, please. Ends May 23 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Charge: This documentary about green motorcycles is narrated by Ewan McGregor. Ends May 26 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Kiss of the Damned: A sexy vampire tries to act normal for her human boyfriend, but things get out of hand when her sister, also a vampire, stops by for a visit. Ends May 23 at the Ken Cinema.
Pieta: Korean film about a loan shark who has to reexamine his lifestyle when an older woman claiming to be his mother arrives.
Star Trek: Into Darkness: The sequel to J.J. Abrams’ rollicking reboot feels more like a summer blockbuster than a vital part of the Trek universe. Still, it’s always good to see Benedict Cumberbatch on the big screen.
Stories We Tell: Actor-turned-director Sarah Polley points her camera on her own family, exploring her history and what makes her and her relatives so creative.
Go Goa Gone: Bollywood zombie movie!
The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann, who made Moulin Rouge, takes on the American literary classic. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in this tale of class warfare.
Hava Nagila: Documentary about the instantly recognizable song and how its history is intertwined with that of the Jews.
Love is All You Need: A Danish hairdresser (Trine Dyrholm) who’s lost her hair to cancer travels to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, where she meets Pierce Brosnan, an angry widower and the father of her soon-to-be son-in-law.
Peeples: Craig Robinson crashes the reunion of a wealthy African-American family to ask for Kerry Washington’s hand in marriage.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist: A Pakistani man tries to climb the corporate ladder in the U.S., but his family and violent events in the Middle East keep bringing him down. Ends May 23 at Hillcrest Cinemas.
In the House: French film about a 16-year-old boy whose work in a literature class has a profound impact on the teacher and his fellow students. Ends May 23 at the Ken Cinema.
Iron Man 3: The summer blockbuster season kicks off with that snarky Tony Stark saving our ungrateful hides once again.
Kon-Tiki: New film about Thor Heyerdal’s 1947 ocean adventure, in which he sailed across the ocean on a balsa raft to prove that South Americans were able to cross in pre-Columbian times.
The Big Wedding: Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton are a long-divorced couple who must pretend to be married at the wedding of their adopted son.
Mud: Matthew McConaughey continues to deliver the emotional goods in this coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy who idolizes a drifter with a violent past.
Pain and Gain: Michael Bay’s new one stars Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie as Florida bodybuilders whose kidnapping scheme goes awry.
Renoir: French biopic about the impressionist painter in his twilight years. Ends May 23 at La Jolla Village Cinemas.
Oblivion: Tom Cruise plays a spaceman sent back to pull the last few remaining resources out of a depleted Earth.
42: Biopic about the baseball player who wore that number, which has been retired by every single Major League team. Spoiler: It’s Jackie Robinson.
The Company You Keep: Robert Redford directed and starred in this drama, playing a former ’60s radical whose hidden past is uncovered by plucky young journalist Shia LaBeouf. Ends May 23 at Hillcrest Cinemas.
Scary Movie 5: In our most recent issue, we reported that Scary Movie 5 was opening last week. We were wrong. The fact that you’re reading about it twice must be terrifying.
Evil Dead: The updated version of Sam Raimi’s classic is a serious gore-fest.
Jurassic Park 3D: Now with more velociraptor!
The Place Beyond the Pines: Ryan Gosling re-teams with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, playing a motorcycle daredevil who starts robbing banks because he’s got a kid on the way. Bradley Cooper is the lawman on his trail. Ends May 23 at Hillcrest Cinemas.
The Sapphires: Though it’s standard stuff, this story of four young Aboriginal women who go to Vietnam with their obnoxious Irish manager (Chris O’Dowd) wears its heart on its sleeve. Loosely based on a true story.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Channing Tatum returns as Duke, and this time Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis join him in blowing things up.
Admission: Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who could blow her career by accepting a student who just might be the kid she gave up for adoption 18 years ago.
The Croods: Animated caveman movie featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.
Olympus Has Fallen: Terrorists take over the White House and take the president hostage before being killed by disgraced Secret Service agent Gerard Butler. It’s ludicrous, for sure, but pretty enjoyable as R-rated action films go.
Oz: The Great and Powerful: Sam Raimi directs this big-budget prequel. James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis are all off to see the wizard.
Rocky Mountain Express: The IMAX theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was recently overhauled. This latest entry takes viewers through the Canadian Rockies without leaving San Diego.
Side Effects: This thriller is rumored to be Steven Soderbergh’s final theatrical release. If so, he’s going out on top with this one, about a woman (Rooney Mara) whose shrink (Jude Law) prescribes her anti-depressants that end up plunging both of them down a rabbit hole.
Cosmic Collisions: So, that asteroid that might smash into Earth in 20 years is much bigger than previously thought? Awesome. This new IMAX movie at the Reuben H. Fleet looks at what happens when things bash into each other in outer space. On the bright side, if we go the way of the dinosaurs, at least future species will have a new source of fossil fuels.
Flight of the Butterflies: It turns out Monarch butterflies are much like SDSU students—every year, thousands of them head to Mexico. This IMAX film captures their beautiful trip. The butterflies, that is.
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.
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.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.