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Human Rights Watch Film Festival: What To See

Jan. 22
By Rebecca Romani
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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which promises at least one story with a local angle, starts Thursday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Here's a rundown of the film schedule.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival At Museum of Photographic Arts Aims To Make A Difference

Jan. 22
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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts for its fifth year Thursday night.

The Universal Suspects: 40 Monsters, 31 Movies, 12 Months, No Escape

Jan. 21
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The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema will present a year of Universal's classic monster movies starting Sunday.

FakeBabyGate: The 'American Sniper' Movie Controversy (Video)

Jan. 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Progressives say the movie "American Sniper" is war propaganda. Conservatives contend the film honors a great patriot. But there is one matter both sides seem to agree on: That is one super fake-looking baby Bradley Cooper is holding in the movie.

Male Model And West Point Grad Killed By Train (Video)

Jan. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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George "Greg" Plitt Jr. wasn't your typical male model. The 37-year-old who called Southern California home was a West Point graduate who'd served five years in the Army. On Jan. 17, Plitt was hit and killed by a train while filming a workout video on railroad tracks in Burbank.

'Wetlands' Heroine Rejects Personal Hygiene As Her Form Of Rebellion

Jan. 16
By Beth Accomando
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Coming of age stories usually focus on male characters. Germany’s "Wetlands" (opening Jan. 16 at the Digital Gym Cinema) gives us a rebellious young woman as the center.

The Oscars Versus The Cinema Junkie Awards

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando
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The benefit of being a film critic is that when all the nominations and awards come out, I have a public outlet for channeling all my anger.

Oscar Nominations For Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' And Star Bradley Cooper

Jan. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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"American Sniper" — the movie based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir of the same name — has been nominated for Best Picture by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Bradley Cooper, who portrays Kyle in the movie, got a nomination for Best Actor.

Rants And Raves: Confessions of a ‘Re-Animator The Musical’ Groupie

Jan. 14
By Beth Accomando
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I have a confession. I am a “Re-Animator The Musical” groupie and here’s why you should be, too.

Film Classics Return To The Big Screen At The Ken

Jan. 9
By Beth Accomando
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The Ken Cinema tested a week of classic cinema last year that drew praise and crowds. Now they serve up another week of film classics to kick off the New Year.

Paul Thomas Anderson Finds The Virtues In Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice'

Jan. 9
By Beth Accomando
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Paul Thomas Anderson is the first director ambitious enough to tackle American novelist Thomas Pynchon, who’s noted for his dense and complex novels. "Inherent Vice" (opening Jan. 9 at Landmark Theatres) proves to be a trippy take on the noir detective genre.

'Mr. Turner' Brings Painter To Vivid Life

Jan. 8
By Beth Accomando
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Director Mike Leigh is known for fashioning scripts from a long improvisational process with his actors. He puts this to good use to breathe life into "Mr. Turner" (opening Friday at Arclight La Jolla) about innovative landscape painter J.M.W. Turner.

'The Interview' And Using Comedy As A Weapon

Jan. 2
By Beth Accomando
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The Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” (continuing at The Digital Gym Cinema and now added at La Paloma Theater), about an absurd CIA-engineered assassination plot to be executed by a TV interview host against Kim Jong-Un, has stirred far more controversy than anyone ever expected. Here are some films — armed with nothing more than comedy — that have also taken on dictators.

North Park's Digital Gym Gets Ready To Show 'The Interview'

Dec. 24
By Matthew Bowler, Angela Carone
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The 46-seat nonprofit movie theater doesn't usually show big-studio, R-rated buddy comedies, but it's making an exception for "The Interview" after Sony Pictures reversed a decision to pull it from the screen.

'The Imitation Game' Cracks The Enigma Of Alan Turing

Dec. 24
By Beth Accomando
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Benedict Cumberbatch played a dragon in "The Hobbit" movies, as well as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC TV series. This Christmas you can find him playing the mathematician who helped break the enigma code in "The Imitation Game" (opening Dec. 25 in select San Diego theaters).

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