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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).

Don't Go 'Into The Woods'

Dec. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Rob Marshall nabbed (I'd say stole) an Oscar for his movie version of the musical "Chicago." Now he tackles "Into the Woods" (opening Dec. 25 throughout San Diego) and it’s no fairy tale.

'The Babadook' Tackles Childhood Fears And More

Dec. 19
By Beth Accomando
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If you’ve had all the holiday cheer you can take, then how about a dose of atmospheric Australian horror with “The Babdook” (opening Dec. 19 at the Digital Gym Cinema).

Welcoming The Final 'Hobbit' Movie With A Mealtime Marathon

Dec. 17
By Beth Accomando and Richard Klein
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The latest installment of “The Hobbit Trilogy” — “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” — boasts that it is “The Defining Chapter.” Well, let’s just say that hopefully it will be the last.

'Wild' Offers Artistically Tame Journey Of Self-Discovery

Dec. 11
By Beth Accomando
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"Wild" is the story of one woman’s journey to find herself and as such, there's a lot of introspection and internal dialogue.

A Comedy Writer Follows The Trail Of One Of The Greatest Art Thefts In History

Dec. 11
By Rebecca Romani
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Filmmaker Joe Medeiros was obsessed by the mystery behind the theft of the Mona Lisa so he made a fun and fascinating documentary. Guest blogger Rebecca Romani interviews the director of "Mona Lisa Is Missing," screening Thursday night.

'Mona Lisa Is Missing' Looks To Art Crime Of The Century

Dec. 11
By Rebecca Romani
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In 1911, someone stole the most famous painting in the world. Director Joe Medeiros finds out why in "Mona Lisa Is Missing," screening Thursday night at La Paloma Theater.

Mexican Noir At The Digital Gym

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Film noir is a distinctly American film style that emerged in the 1940s. But its influence has been felt around the globe. You can check out some Mexican noir this Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema.

'The Dark Valley' Serves Up An Alpine Western

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Eighty-three countries have submitted entries for the 2015 Best Foreign Film Oscar. You can check out the Austrian entry, “The Dark Valley,” when it opens this weekend at the Digital Gym Cinema.

Bond 24 Will be Called SPECTRE

Dec. 4
By Beth Accomando
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Be still my heart! New Bond movie was revealed this morning as "SPECTRE" with Christoph Waltz as the villain and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.

John Waters Still Shocking And Fun After All These Years

Dec. 1
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh
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John Waters won himself a place in the pop culture landscape with his 1972 film "Pink Flamingos" starring Divine. Tonight he appears at the North Park Theatre for a sold out performance of "A John Waters Christmas," which details his obsession and passion for the winter holiday. Waters talks about his new book "Carsick."