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Rants And Raves: May the Fourth Be With You

May 4, 2015
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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.

Local Artist Creates 'Arts Incubator' At The Studio Door

May 1, 2015
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The Studio Door in North Park focuses on two things: assisting artists with art-to-market knowledge and creating opportunities that will help artists grow by providing working studio space, an online presence, and curating exhibits.

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

May 1, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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.

San Diego Opera Stages A New Mariachi Opera

April 22, 2015
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Once again San Diego Opera challenges preconceived notions about what opera is and expands the horizons about what it can be with the new mariachi opera "El Pasado Nunca se Termina" that has two performances this Saturday at the Civic Theater.

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