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Alvy Ray Smith: From Pixels to Pixar Nov 24, 2014 The cofounder of Pixar and Altamira gives patrons a quick tour through computer graphics with amusing stories, vintage pictures and videos, and much more. 49 other events on Monday, November 24
 
The Floating Library
A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist
Backwards & in High Heels
Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?
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New indie film starring Shailene Woodley tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
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First production by the latest troupe to launch in San Diego leads our rundown of local plays

 

 
 
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Wednesday, February 27,2013
Film

‘The Gatekeepers’ shines a light on secrecy

Dror Moreh’s Oscar-nominated documentary gets extraordinary access into Israeli intelligence

By Anders Wright
The mere fact that all six subjects in Israeli documentarian Dror Moreh’s new film, The Gatekeepers, agreed to sit down and talk is pretty astounding in and of itself.
Wednesday, February 20,2013
Film

Oscar marathon and ‘Coast Modern’

All nine Best Picture nominees and an architecture documentary top our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright

If you really want to put yourself through the wringer, you can see all of the Best Picture nominees, start ing at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at AMC Mission Valley.


Wednesday, February 20,2013
Film

Werner Herzog’s new documentary is different from his others

‘Happy People: A Year in the Taiga’ is more about its subjects than it is about the director’s experiences

By Anders Wright
Herzog’s take on a subject is always unique, because he usually brings a camera someplace very strange, like, say, Antarctica, Death Row or a French cave full of ancient paintings, and simply records what he sees, eventually cutting together an oddball view of a small part of the world.
Wednesday, February 13,2013
Film

‘Inocente’: heart art

Oscar-nominated short documentaries playing at the Ken Cinema lead our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
Inocente, by directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix, profiles a homeless, undocumented Latina teenager struggling to keep it together along with her mom and brothers.
Wednesday, February 13,2013
Film

Paul Giamatti and Don Coscarelli discuss ‘John Dies at the End’

Oscar-nominated actor and ‘Phantasm’ director team up for a small-budget horror comedy

By Anders Wright
Most filmmakers, after reading David Wong’s Internet-serialized novel John Dies at the End, would likely think it impossible to make into a movie.
Wednesday, February 6,2013
Film

Spike & Mike’s 30th anniversary

Twisted festival of animation leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
It’s been 30 years since Craig Decker teamed with Mike Gribble to start showing people cartoons. You probably know them better as Spike—Decker’s nickname—and Mike, and their various touring shows, the Festival of Animation and the grownups only Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation.
Wednesday, February 6,2013
Film

Steven Soderbergh wraps it up with ‘Side Effects’

If this is the director’s last theatrical film, he’s going out on a high note

By Anders Wright
Throughout his prolific career, Steven Soderbergh has been a master of switching genres. He was an indie god in the early 1990s, a prestige director at the turn of the millennium and a big-ticket guy in recent years.
Wednesday, January 30,2013
Film

‘Sound City’ and ‘The New Juarez’

Documentaries from Dave Grohl’s and Charlie Minn lead our coverage of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
I’m old enough to remember when Dave Grohl was overshadowed by Kurt Cobain. But he’s done pretty well for himself since Nirvana ended with Cobain’s 1994 suicide. After 18 years of success with Foo Fighters, Grohl has stepped behind the camera to make his first film.
Wednesday, January 30,2013
Film

Oscar-nominated shorts come to the Ken Cinema

Some are better than others, but there's not a bad one in the bunch

By Anders Wright
Every year, movie nuts do their best to see every nominated film before the Oscars. The ceremony’s been bumped up by a couple of weeks this year, which cuts down the amount of time film fanatics have to get to the theater.
Friday, January 25,2013
Bottle Rocket

Being early pays off at The Wine Lover

Hillcrest vino bungalow is a great place to kill some time

By Anders Wright
It happens now and again. I have a movie to see and time to kill beforehand. In one recent case, I was an hour early for a press screening of Stoker, the first English-language film from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook, at Hillcrest Cinemas.
 
 
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