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Michael Perry May 27, 2015 The radio host, songwriter, and bestselling author will sign and discuss The Jesus Cow, a comical novel about a cow whose fur has a pattern that resembles Jesus.  64 other events on Wednesday, May 27
 
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Tuesday, February 3,2015
Film

Mother Russia is broken in Andrei Zvyagintsev’s ‘Leviathan’

Academy Award-nominated film re-imagines ‘The Book of Job’ with AK-47s and vodka

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As Leviathan turns increasingly oppressive and gloomy, the theme of erosion takes hold. Multiple structures stand blown-out, held up by three walls and resembling something like an open-faced cement sandwich.
Tuesday, February 3,2015
Film

‘Life Sentences’ highlights this year’s San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Our preview of the 25th-annual edition leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Celebrating its 25th edition at multiple local venues from Feb. 5 through 15, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival remains an important forum to explore ongoing issues of identity in both the United States and abroad.
Tuesday, January 27,2015
Film

Irish folklore and childhood anxiety collide in ‘Song of the Sea’

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animated film is a lush, timely beauty

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Thematically, Song of the Sea couldn’t be more relevant for young siblings threatened by each other’s unique traits
Tuesday, January 27,2015
Film

Julianne Moore strives for Oscar in ‘Still Alice’

Alzheimer’s drama costarring Kristin Stewart leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Moore's award-season buzz should be of no surprise considering how strategically Still Alice plays the tearjerker game.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Film

‘Two Days, One Night’ gives compassion a fighting chance

Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-nominated performance gives the new Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne film its powerful immediacy

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Two Days, One Night, the great new film by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, surveys a dramatic scenario where one woman struggles to reconcile such realities after coworkers vote to receive a hefty bonus rather than retain her services.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Film

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain try to survive ‘A Most Violent Year’

New crime thriller from J.C. Chandor tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A Most Violent Year stylizes the brooding working-class territory of director Sidney Lumet, where low-level players clash with those who have become politically savvy enough to rise up the ranks.
Wednesday, January 14,2015
Film

In ‘Zero Motivation,’ military women don’t know which way is up

Tayla Lavie’s scathing deadpan comedy takes down military patriarchy through absurdity and critique

By Glenn Heath Jr.
As a piece of feminist protest art, Zero Motivation—which screens for one week at the Ken Cinema, starting Jan. 16—slyly pokes at the inadequacies of military life, but it also makes an effort to confront the way women attack each other in order to sustain a level of dominance in a primarily male-driven world. 
Wednesday, January 14,2015
Film

Jennifer Aniston shows her acting chops in ‘Cake’

New drama co-starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Jennifer Aniston does unflattering misery pretty well. Her underappreciated turn in Miguel Arteta’s The Good Girl was a strong sign that the Friends star could play against type.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Film

The sandy, sunny magnitude of ‘Inherent Vice’

Paul Thomas Anderson’s fascinating adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is funny, whimsical and rewarding

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Inherent Vice doesn’t condone revenge or rebellion. It suggests, rather bravely, that redemption and friendship hold more weight than money and influence.
Tuesday, January 6,2015
Film

‘Selma’ provides a window into the past and a mirror to our present

MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Of all the films vying for Oscars next month, Ava DuVernay's Selma remains the most important, and not simply because its subject matter reflects many of the incendiary debates about race still raging today.
 
 
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