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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
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Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
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City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
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A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
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Tuesday, November 27,2012
Bottle Rocket

2010 Memento Red Blend is good inside and out

Like the movie, it works in more ways than one

By Anders Wright
For most people, the term “memento” means “keepsake.” That’s why the bottle art for the 2010 Memento Red Blend is so clever. 
Wednesday, November 21,2012
Film

New dawn for ‘Red Dawn’

Reboot of ludicrous ‘80s flick leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
You might wonder why big names like Josh Hutcherson, who starred in The Hunger Games, and Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in Thor and The Avengers, would sign on for ensemble roles in a remake of the 1980s Cold War flick Red Dawn.
Wednesday, November 21,2012
Film

Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ must be seen in 3-D

Oscar-winning director has raised the bar for the technology

By Anders Wright
Now comes Ang Lee with his latest movie, Life of Pi, which raises the bar for 3-D and simply must be seen in that format. It’s a stunningly beautiful film, even if it isn’t quite able to accomplish the task it sets for itself.
Wednesday, November 14,2012
Film

Bradley Cooper strives to be taken seriously

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright

The criticism around David O. Russell’s new film, Silver Linings Playbook, is that it uses a hot-button topic—mental illness—to deliver what’s essentially a romantic dramedy. Let me dispute that. Sure, the main character, Pat Solitano, is bipolar. Sure, his life’s been ruined because of the way he reacts to his mood swings. 

Wednesday, November 14,2012
Film

Daniel Day-Lewis delivers another masterful performance in Lincoln

Steven Spielberg, on the other hand, can't get out of his own way

By Anders Wright
Spoiler alert: Abraham Lincoln dies in the end.
Wednesday, November 7,2012
Film

Film-film fest overload in San Diego

The Italians, Asians, Christians and horror nuts are doing their cinematic thing—plus, all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
Given where we are on the calendar, you’re forgiven if you thought San Diego’s 2012 filmfestival schedule had come to an end. But you’d still be wrong.
Wednesday, November 7,2012
Film

Daniel Craig returns for another go as Bond

It’s a great addition to the 007 canon, but casual fans will wonder where the action scenes are

By Anders Wright
Is there anything or anyone who can stop James Bond. Is there a villain who can actually do away with him once he’s tied up and in serious peril?
Friday, November 2,2012
Bottle Rocket

Presidential election: red or white?

Either way, you’ll need several glasses

By Anders Wright
There are two monumental events happening within days of one another. One, of course, is the publication of this column. The other isn’t quite as big a deal, just a presidential election. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.
Wednesday, October 31,2012
Film

San Diego Asian Film Festival expands

Changes to the annual cinema celebration leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
The San Diego Asian Film Festival has always been one of the city’s most successful cinema celebrations, drawing huge crowds to its home at UltraStar Mission Valley.
Wednesday, October 31,2012
Film

‘The Sessions’ is bringing sexy back

John Hawkes is great as a paralyzed man who decides to lose his virginity

By Anders Wright
Sometimes a trailer does precisely the opposite of what it intends to do: dissuades you from going to see a movie. That was my experience when I saw the trailer for Ben Lewin’s film The Sessions; it made the movie look sappy, syrupy and sentimental.
 
 
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