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Reading of Terror! Apr 25, 2015 An evening of readings from States of Terror Vol. 1 featuring Ryan Bradford, Hanna Tawater, Rachel Taylor, Jim Ruland, Julia Evans, and more. 103 other events on Saturday, April 25
 
Cocktail Tales
Jackson Milgaten incorporates classics and finds from his travels
Seen Local
The second in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund
Nibbles | Food & drink
MEAT San Diego event with Dona Esthela and Javier Plascencia
North Fork
Popular Carlsbad spot has its own farm
Well, That Was Awkward
Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop

 

 
 
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Wednesday, March 18,2015
Film

‘The Gunman’ turns a killer into a bleeding-heart activist and back again

Pierre Morel’s new action film stars Sean Penn as a reformed government contractor haunted by his past

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Sean Penn tries to do his best Liam Neeson impression in The Gunman, a bloody and self-serious action saga about an aging military contractor turned NGO worker being hunted by one of his former employers.
Wednesday, March 18,2015
Film

‘Merchants of Doubt’ showcases a league of extraordinary spin doctors

New documentary about public-relations specialists leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
"I'm not a scientist, but I occasionally play one on television." Marc Morano, executive director of ClimateDebot.com, chuckles to himself after making this statement during a key interview with the filmmakers of Merchants of Doubt.
Wednesday, March 11,2015
Film

Pursuing a new horror in ‘It Follows’

David Robert Mitchell talks anxiety dreams, genre conventions and embracing mortality

By Glenn Heath Jr.

The movie monster comes in all shapes and sizes. For David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, the beast could be you, and me, and everyone we know.

Wednesday, March 11,2015
Film

Movies on screen in San Diego this week

All the openings and one-off showings, right here

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Opening: ’71: During a violent battle in the middle of Belfast, an English solider is left behind to fend for himself against a hostile community.
Wednesday, March 4,2015
Film

Broken voices who will be heard

Mexican cinema highlights the 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

By Glenn Heath Jr.
SDLFF has also been an active participant in the various stages of evolution experienced by Mexican cinema since Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro initiated a new wave of filmmaking in the early 2000s.
Wednesday, March 4,2015
Film

In ‘Timbuktu,’ faith and freedom are under siege

Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated film tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
“Where is God in all of this?” A religious leader poses this question to an Islamic militant conducting Jihad in the Malian desert in Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu.
Wednesday, February 25,2015
Film

‘Focus’ on the grifters

New heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie deals in suave

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Focus begins with an amazingly convenient meet-cute: After a few drowsy helicopter shots of New York City’s skyline, angelically augmented by some fitting soul music, Ficarra and Requa let their stars collide.
Wednesday, February 25,2015
Film

Revealing a Kangaroo court in ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

New divorce drama leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Bunkered down in the cramped hallways and trial rooms of an Israeli Rabbinical court, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem unflinchingly traps the viewer within a physical manifestation of stagnant bureaucracy.
Tuesday, February 17,2015
Film

Head over heart, a sad reality of Oscar

My painfully pragmatic look into the future at the 2015 Academy Awards

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Predicting the Academy Awards is a science that's been perfected by film bloggers who spend months tracking the nominated films like myth busters stalking Big Foot. Momentum, guild wins and industry
Tuesday, February 17,2015
Film

Life sucks in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Mockumentary about vampires leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Co-written and directed by Waititi and Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame), What We Do in the Shadows transplants classic horror tropes to the present day.
 
 
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