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'DarkStar' Explores H. R. Giger's Strange, Beautiful World

May 22
By Beth Accomando
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Swiss surrealist painter H. R. Giger is probably best known for designing the creature in "Alien." The new documentary, "Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World" (opening May 22 for a one-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema), provides insights into his dark genius.

New Series Brewing About San Diego Craft Beer Scene

May 18
Midday Edition
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"Kings of the Craft,” a new television series exploring San Diego's craft beer industry and the unique stories behind it, debuts May 21 on KPBS.

'I Am Big Bird' Focuses On The Man Inside The Plumage

May 15
By Beth Accomando
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"Sesame Street’s" Big Bird is one of the most iconic children’s characters ever created and the new documentary "I Am Big Bird" (opening May 15 at The Digital Gym Cinema) looks to the man who has brought this giant puppet to life.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Delivers An Action Film That Puts Plot In The Back Seat

May 15
By Beth Accomando
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It’s been three decades since the last "Mad Max" movie. Now we get a new Max with Tom Hardy, but director George Miller returns to the driver’s seat to provide an adrenaline rush on "Fury Road." The film opens Friday throughout San Diego.

'Black Souls' Has One Foot In Mob Genre, One In The Art House

May 8
By Beth Accomando
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Just when you think there’s no fresh blood to be found in the mob film along comes "Black Souls" (opening May 8 at Reading's Gaslamp and Town Square Cinemas) from Italy to prove you wrong.

Rants And Raves: May the Fourth Be With You

May 4
By Beth Accomando
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Although the original "Star Wars" movie opened on May 25, 1977, the designated day of celebration for the films has become May 4 (over some fan objections) so there can have punny fun with May the Fourth be with you. I went to "Star Wars Celebration VII" last month to gauge fan excitement in the wake of a new movie.

'Age Of Ultron' Not Quite As Well-Assembled As First 'Avengers' Film

May 1
By Beth Accomando
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Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” thrilled fans but can “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (opening May 1 throughout San Diego) live up to its predecessor? Not quite.

Oscar-Nominated 'Tangerines' Delivers Familiar Anti-War Message With Eloquence

May 1
By Beth Accomando
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Earlier this year, “Tangerines” (opening Friday at Landmark's Ken Cinema) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The war it depicts is old but the themes remain relevant.

Rants And Raves: Guest Blogger Compares New 'Avengers' With Memories Of The Old Comics

April 30
Ramie Tateishi
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Joss Whedon’s new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is opening. This prompted my friend and guest blogger Ramie Tateishi to consider how the films have adapted his beloved comics to the screen.

The Vietnam War On Film

April 29
By Beth Accomando
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A look back on 50 years of films from the U.S. and abroad reveals that we are still struggling to come to terms with the divisive Vietnam War.

Filmatic Festival Looks To The Future Of Film

April 29
By Beth Accomando
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UCSD’s Artpower film curator Rebecca Webb wanted to create a film festival that would explore the future of film, and what the experience will be for filmmakers and filmgoers. The result was the Filmatic Festival now in its second year.

Meet The Directors Of 'Spring' Friday, Saturday At Digital Gym Cinema

April 24
By Beth Accomando
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The North Park theater is hosting a late night screening of the new horror-love story “Spring” with the filmmakers in attendance.

'Ex Machina' Serves Up Cerebral Sci-Fi

April 23
By Beth Accomando
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Movies have had a long fascination with robots and artificial intelligence. The new film "Ex Machina" (opening April 24 in select San Diego theaters) uses state-of-the-art special effects to deliver a smart new take on A.I.

'Unfriended' Uses Cyberbullying As Catalyst For Teen Revenge Tale

April 17
By Beth Accomando
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Fifteen percent of high school students experienced cyberbullying last year. The new film “Unfriended” (opening throughout San Diego on April 17) exploits the real life horror of cyberbullying for a teen revenge tale.

Pac-Arts Spring Showcase Kicks Off Fifth Season

April 16
By Beth Accomando
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Pac-Arts’ fifth annual Spring Showcase kicks off Thursday night with the documentary “In Football We Trust.”

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