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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.

Review: 'The Arrival Of Wang' Is Something To Celebrate

June 17
By Beth Accomando
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Italian cinema is best known for neo-realism, spaghetti westerns and Sophia Loren. But Thursday at the Digital Gym Cinema you can find a rare science fiction film courtesy of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Vietnam Veterans Not Fonda UCLA's Choice For Graduation Speaker

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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A group of California-based Vietnam veterans is protesting UCLA's selection of actress Jane Fonda as the graduation speaker for the university's School of Theater, Film and Television. The group's "Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda" Facebook page has garnered more than 42,000 likes.

J.D. Salinger And Other Famous Folks Who Fought On D-Day

June 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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June 6 will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied Normandy in France, in what was the largest naval invasion in world history. Some of those service members went on to gain fame in literature, sports and film.

IDW Publishing Celebrates 15 Years In San Diego

May 30
By Beth Accomando
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IDW Publishing has been one of the top five comic publishers for almost five years. The San Diego based company celebrates its 15th anniversary by expanding to big-box board games and opening an entertainment division to produce TV shows.

Review: Sam Shepherd Heats Up 'Cold In July'

May 30
By Beth Accomando
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In a summer of superhero action, "Cold in July" (opening May 30 for one week only at Landmark's Ken Cinema) brings conflicts down to a human scale.

Military Mom Cindy McCain Outraged Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comments

May 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Actress and lightening rod for controversy Gwyneth Paltrow has outraged military mom Cindy McCain over comments she made comparing the experience of being trolled on the internet to surviving combat in war.

FilmOut Preview: 16th Annual Festival Pared Down To Intense 3-Day Weekend

May 27
By Beth Accomando
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FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT Film Festival, kicks off its 16th year this Friday. Here's a preview.

Review: 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Proves Best In Franchise

May 24
By Beth Accomando
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“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (opened May 23 throughout San Diego) is the best film in the X-Men film franchise but that comes with a qualifier: I haven’t been impressed by any of the previous films.

Midday Movies: A Geek Roundtable Talks About New And Classic Godzilla Films

May 20
Midday Edition
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Gareth Edwards' new "Godzilla" movie opened over the weekend and stomped the competition at the box office. The film roared past the estimated $70 million for its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $93 million and a worldwide haul of $196 million.

Review: 'The Double' Serves Up Delectable Dark Comedy

May 16
By Beth Accomando
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Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky is not often adapted to the big screen, perhaps because his themes often turn dark. But his novella “The Double” (opening May 16 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema) proves perfect material for the multi-talented Richard Ayoade.

Review: Why Is Godzilla A Supporting Player In His Own Movie?

May 15
By Beth Accomando
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It’s been 60 years since Godzilla was born out of an atomic blast that woke him from the ocean depths. It’s been a decade since he last appeared on film. Now he arrives in a new American film, “Godzilla 2014” (opening May 16 -- but with early shows tonight -- throughout San Diego) directed by Gareth Edwards.

San Diego Opera And Ken Cinema Present 'A Night At The Opera'

May 14
By Beth Accomando
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Good things can come from bad. Landmark's Ken Cinema almost closed and now Landmark is working with San Diego Opera on a fundraiser to help that organization stay open as well. Woo-hoo!

Review: 'Locke' is Tom Hardy's One-Man Show

May 9
By Beth Accomando
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As Hollywood strives to open up films and make them bigger and flashier, the new film "Locke" (opening May 9 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) does the exact opposite and kicks ass.