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Tuesday, June 10,2014
Film

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ wages aerial war against tyranny

Smart sequel to 2010 blockbuster is visually gorgeous and thematically weighty

By Glenn Heath Jr.
On paper, Dean DeBlois' How to Train Your Dragon 2 has all the makings of another family-friendly sequel constructed to divert the attention of screaming children for a few hours. Thankfully, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Tuesday, June 10,2014
Film

‘We Are the Best!’ believes in the power of punk

New film from Lukas Moodysson leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Not a second goes by in this vivacious coming-of-age story when the young characters aren't experiencing some kind of heightened emotion.
Tuesday, June 3,2014
Film

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and warped sci-fi courtship

Tom Cruise dies a thousand deaths to woo Emily Blunt and save the world from aliens

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Edge of Tomorrow—which opens Friday, June 6—refuses many of the gratuitous conventions that anchor typical summer movies, making it that rare eccentric blockbuster with personality.
Tuesday, June 3,2014
Film

‘Gore Vidal’ depicts the man, not the legend

Documentary on famous writer and academic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
For those unaware of Gore Vidal's massive significance in 20th-century American history, Nicholas Wrathall's documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia will act as a thoughtful introduction.
Wednesday, May 28,2014
Film

‘Palo Alto’ and the Bay Area haze

Gia Coppola’s debut film about teen angst is a fitting wake-up call for the ‘me first’ generation

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Gia Coppola’s debut, Palo Alto, doesn’t address these facts of life in alarmist ways; instead, the film sees teenage loneliness and disaffection as quiet personal experiences, hidden and unmentioned to peers or family members
Wednesday, May 28,2014
Film

‘Cold in July’ shows its teeth, very little brains

Texas noir by Jim Mickle tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Jim Mickle's Cold in July lives at the dusty crossroads between film noir and crime drama. It's a sweaty morality tale about a regular guy who chooses violence during a split-second standoff to protect his family/
Tuesday, May 20,2014
Film

A French dip at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Frenetic energy, favoritism and friends mark the international event

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Cannes Film Festival looks a like a hurricane of frenetic energy from afar, but on the ground, it can only be described as controlled anarchy.
Tuesday, May 20,2014
Film

Dear graduates, see ‘Dazed and Confused’

San Diego showing of Richard Linklater’s classic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Richard Linklater's classic high-school film is the perfect summation of what it means (and feels like) to graduate.
Tuesday, May 13,2014
Film

Jesse Eisenberg undergoes a bizarre self-reflection in ‘The Double’

Richard Ayoade’s hypnotic satire speaks volumes about our familiar loneliness epidemic

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Thematically, the film poses an interesting central question: What kind of society mistakes a man's vile tendencies for his virtuous ones?
Tuesday, May 13,2014
Film

‘God’s Pocket’ is a laughable mess

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last pictures tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Some movies try so hard to be dramatic they end up looking like comedies. John Slattery's debut, God's Pocket, a leaden and messy 1970s mosaic that mistakes continued hysterics for conflict, is a perfect example.
 
 
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