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The Perfection Of 'I Origins'

July 30
By Beth Accomando
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Indie film "I Origins" opened on Comic-Con weekend and was overshadowed by the massive pop culture convention, but this is one movie worth checking out.

Rants And Raves: Comic-Con 2014

July 29
By Beth Accomando
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The 45th Comic-Con International just ended (sob, sob) and it’s 342 days till the next one (yay!).

Comic-Con Begins!

July 23
Midday Edition
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Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.

James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

July 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Batman, Zombies And Whovians To Descend On Comic-Con

July 21
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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Preview night for Comic-Con is Wednesday, but vendors are arriving already with the bigger, more elaborate booths beginning to be unloaded Monday at the San Diego Convention Center.

Review: 'Video Games: The Movie' Offers A Feel-Good Look At Gaming

July 18
By Beth Accomando
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Video games have become a $24 billion a year business, surpassing movies, but they still don’t get much respect and are often the object of criticism. But "Video Games: The Movie" (opening July 18 at the Digital Gym Cinema) serves up a celebration of gaming.

Cinema Under The Stars Offers Perfect Setting For Outdoor Movies

July 17
By Beth Accomando
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With summer in full swing you might not want to waste a balmy night inside a darkened theater. So how about spending an evening under the stars with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole?

Review: 'Le Chef' Serves Up French Confection

July 11
By Beth Accomando
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Last month, Jon Favreau served up a comedy about an American chef pursuing his gastronomic passions. Now "Le Chef" (opening July 11 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) delivers food porn with a French twist.

Gary Sinise Hosts Coronado Screening Of 'Travis: A Soldier's Story' (Video)

July 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Actor, musician, and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado. The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.

Film Review: 'A Hard Day's Night' Still Rocks 50 Years Later

July 7
By Beth Accomando
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At the time of its release, critic Andrew Sarris proclaimed "A Hard Day's Night" as "the ‘Citizen Kane’ of juke box musicals." A digitally restored “A Hard Day's Night” opens July 10 at two San Diego County theaters for a limited run.

Review: 'Beast Wishes' Celebrates The Delightful Bob Burns

July 3
By Beth Accomando
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If you don’t know who Bob Burns is, then there’s a gap in your pop culture knowledge that can be fixed with the documentary "Beast Wishes," screening Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema. Bob and Kathy Burns will be there.

Actress Amy Adams Gives First-Class Seat To Soldier (Video)

June 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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ESPN personality Jemele Hill watched Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams give her up first-class seat to a soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Although Adams' gesture was done quietly, Hill Tweeted about her generosity, and now Adams is making headlines for being a "class act."

The Globe's 'Othello' Tackles Race, Gender, And The Mystery Of Iago

June 27
Evening Edition
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With “Othello” (running through July 27), The Old Globe proves that Shakespeare’s 400-year-old plays are timeless because the themes he dealt with are human and universal.

Film Review: 'Violette' Fueled By Passion

June 27
By Beth Accomando
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If the new "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is too big, loud, and empty-headed, then turn to "Violette" (opening Friday at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters), a smart, literate, French film, for relief.

AAAHHHRRRTTT!!!: A Star Wars Art Show

June 17
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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George Lucas' "Star Wars" films have inspired a diverse array of fan art and merchandise. Tuesday night Thumbprint Gallery serves up a one-night exhibit of 'Star Wars"-inspired works from San Diego artists.

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