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

Jan. 16, 2015
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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, 2015
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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.

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

Jan. 14, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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.

'Hot Guys Dancing' Delivers What The Title Promises And More

Jan. 6, 2015
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"Hot Guys Dancing" (continuing through this weekend at Diversionary Theatre) is a perfect advertising come on to reliably pack a house with gay men and straight women.

'The Interview' And Using Comedy As A Weapon

Jan. 2, 2015
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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.

'The Imitation Game' Cracks The Enigma Of Alan Turing

Dec. 24, 2014
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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, 2014
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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.