,
  • Thu
    18
  • Fri
    19
  • Sat
    20
  • Sun
    21
  • Mon
    22
  • Tue
    23
  • Wed
    24
VAMP: Home for the Holidays Dec 18, 2014 So Say We All's holiday storytelling revue features a myriad of stories that come from of our time-honored tradition of squeezing the family together in a confined space, plying on the food and the booze, and waiting for something weird to happen. 67 other events on Thursday, December 18
 
News
If supportive services follow close behind shelter, it could transform the landscape
Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
Film
Arty Abraham Lincoln biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
News
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice

 

 
 
Home / Articles / Arts /  Film
  • Wed
    17
  • Thu
    18
  • Fri
    19
  • Sat
    20
  • Sun
    21
  • Mon
    22
  • Tue
    23
JaxKelly Trunk Show Dec 17, 2014 The earrings and accessories designer shows off their latest wares just in time for last minute gifting. 66 other events on Wednesday, December 17
 
News
If supportive services follow close behind shelter, it could transform the landscape
Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
Film
Arty Abraham Lincoln biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
News
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
 
Tuesday, November 11,2014
Film

‘Rosewater’ takes aim at blind fundamentalism

Jon Stewart’s directorial debut unsuccessfully blends comedy and drama in a story of imprisoned journalist

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Rosewater—which opens Friday, Nov. 14—attempts to blur the line between genres, impressions and versions of the truth.
Tuesday, November 11,2014
Film

‘The Theory of Everything’ amounts to very little

Stephen Hawking biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The Theory of Everything is so stylistically safe and toothless that one must question why it exists at all, other than to provide a tasty opportunity for audiences to get hooked by Oscar bait.
Tuesday, November 4,2014
Film

‘Force Majeure’ tumbles down the mountain

Director Ruben Östlund’s icy comedy finds characters mired in an emotional snow pack

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Not just about the treacherous slopes of marriage, Force Majeure—which opens Friday, Nov. 7, at La Jolla Village Cinemas—grapples with the puncturing impact of compromise.
Tuesday, November 4,2014
Film

‘Interstellar’ makes profundity a suffocating experience

New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Co-starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in sideline roles, Interstellar—which opens Friday, Nov. 7—vocalizes every one of its themes about love, time and fate through stilted dialogue.
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Film

Moral sleaze defines ‘Nightcrawler’

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a magnetically creepy performance in Dan Gilroy’s debut media satire

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Nightcrawler—which, fittingly, opens on Friday, Oct. 31—is a story about the horrors of information overload.
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Film

Mother and daughter blur together in ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Gender roles in White Bird in a Blizzard are easily definable and damnable. Women cook and clean and grow tired, bored and resentful, then rebel against the expectations placed upon them by weak men who lash out when such conventions are challenged.
Wednesday, October 22,2014
Film

Keanu Reeves unleashes ‘John Wick’

Bloody action film leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Second chances are taken, not given, in John Wick, a formally audacious shoot-first thriller about a former hit man (Keanu Reeves) who exacts mass revenge against a Russian crime syndicate after three of their members kill his dog.
Wednesday, October 22,2014
Film

‘Birdman’ and its desperate plunge for relevancy

Alejandro González Iñárritu gives Michael Keaton his meatiest role in years

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As a black comedy about legacy, Birdman eventually turns more grueling than pertinent. While often impressive as a satire of our 21st-century obsession with self-importance, the film’s extreme stylistics turn redundant very quickly, no matter how impressive the technical feat.
Tuesday, October 14,2014
Film

‘Whiplash’ bangs the drum loudly

Damien Chazelle’s Sundance winner glamorizes the monster it wishes to critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.
In Whiplash, Damien Chazelle's Sundance winner that proudly glamorizes horrendous teaching methods, educators are either brutal manipulators or spineless bystanders.
Tuesday, October 14,2014
Film

'Miele' is a standout at San Diego Italian Film Festival

Eighth annual event leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Miele represents a restrained yet luminous brand of human drama that's threatening to disappear stateside
Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

Find out what certain celebrities want for Christmas

Once we learned about the accident, we dispatched a team to pick through the wreckage and salvage a bunch of letters to Santa, who was so appreciative that he allowed us to publish our favorites, plus a few electronic correspondences that he was nice enough to forward.

By CityBeat Staff
New Year's Eve Guide New Year’s Eve 2015 DEC 17 | By CityBeat Staff Our picks for the best ways to celebrate the end of 2014
Film In a word, ‘The Babadook’ is terrifying DEC 16 | By Glenn Heath Jr. Jennifer Kent’s brilliant horror film will give you goose bumps
Seen Local Pennie Vollet hopes his masks inspire more art in public spaces DEC 15 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego artist’s project makes creative use of found palm fronds
Seen Local Adam Belt returns to his roots as a landscape painter DEC 17 | By Kinsee Morlan Experimental artist goes back to the beginning and inspires a new series of place-inspired pieces
Urban Scout Last-minute holiday gifts DEC 15 | By Hannah More A dozen ideas for the perfect present
Crossword Crossword: 'Coming back in' DEC 17 | By Brendan Emmett Quigley CityBeat's weekly puzzle
Arts & Culture feature ‘The Nigga Project Experience’ wants to have a talk DEC 10 | By Kinsee Morlan San Diego couple continue their modest war against the rise of the n-word
The Floating Library Lindsay Hunter’s ‘Ugly Girls’ raises the stakes DEC 08 | By Jim Ruland Short-story writer’s debut novel is sensational
Well, That Was Awkward

Do you even immersive puzzle-solve, bro?

Trying to escape San Diego's Puzzalarium with my dignity intact

Listen folks, you don't get your own hubris-infusing column by being book-smart. In this biz, quick-wittedness, perseverance, the ability to create emotionally driven headlines and—to a much lesser extent—the ability to write well are the keys to becoming a successful writer. 

By Ryan Bradford

New Year's Eve Guide

New Year’s Eve 2015

Our picks for the best ways to celebrate the end of 2014

This year, we decided to be concise with our guide to New Year’s Eve happenings around town. There are just too many events citywide to be comprehensive, so we carefully curated and cherry-picked some of the most optimal ways to spend the last few hours of 2014.

By CityBeat Staff


The Short List Orpheus & Eurydice, Hole in Your Stocking and A Christmas SpecTAPular If you go to thetriptheater.net, you’ll be linked to a series of eight videos, each just a few minutes long, that chronicle the beginning of a young couple’s relationship, which plays out long-distance via phone, text, email and Facetime
Theater Cygnet Theatre returns ‘A Christmas Carol’ to its Victorian roots Whether it's on the screen or the stage, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the gift that keeps on giving. Year after year. Adaptation after adaptation. 
Film ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy ends in a blaze of glory The clash between mythology and identity defines both Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his (some say unnecessary) trifecta of Hobbit films
 

Canvassed

A mashup on El Cajon Boulevard, a rad holiday reading and more to do and see this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

Rock The CasbahBack in January, The Casbah celebrated its 25th anniversary with a month of outstanding shows that brought local favorites like Creedle, No Knife and Rocket From the Crypt to the club...
Read more 2014-12-16
View all blog post
Free Third Thursday Dec 18, 2014 Art On the third Thursday of every month, visitors receive complimentary admission to both MCASD locations, plus free themed Gallery Guide-led tours beginning at 5:30p.m. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, December 18
 
Unfamiliar Landscapes Dec 18, 2014 Art A high school exhibition featuring fifty kids of diverse backgrounds tackling computer coding for the first time through art and research. Read more 1 other events on Thursday, December 18
 
SDAI Winter Exhibition Dec 19, 2014 Art This exhibition will include solo shows by local artists, a group exhibition featuring San Diego artists and Tijuana-based street artist PANCA will debut her large-scale mural in the entryway of SDAI. Read more 3 other events on Friday, December 19
 
 
 
Close
Close
Close