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'Star Wars' Fans Line Up For Force Friday

Sept. 4, 2015
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San Diego Star Wars Society members started lining up at 3 p.m. Thursday for the midnight release of the new "Force Awakens" toys.

Checking In On The California Center For The Arts In Escondido

Sept. 4, 2015
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The California Center for the Arts in Escondido has faced some economic challenges in recent years, but it is now rebounding and about to launch its 2015-16 season.

Ken Screens John Carpenter's Cult Classic 'They Live' Saturday At Midnight

Sept. 4, 2015
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Landmark’s Ken Cinema has found success with it’s classic film weeks and midnight movies. This Saturday you can see "They Live" and pay tribute to the late Roddy Piper.

Horror Director Wes Craven Dead at 76 Of Brain Cancer

Aug. 30, 2015
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Wes Craven died Sunday of brain cancer. He was 76. Here is a piece I wrote back in 2009 when he was producing a remake of his first film, "The Last House on the Left."

Hot Guys And Homophobia Fuel 'Drown'

Aug. 27, 2015
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"Drown" premiered in San Diego earlier this year at FilmOut where it won six awards including Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and Outstanding Artistic Achievement. "Drown" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is a difficult film to watch but for all the right reasons.

Oscar-Winning Actor George Chakiris Makes San Diego Appearance

Aug. 22, 2015
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The 1961 film "West Side Story" screened in August at the Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Stage with actor George Chakiris holding a Q&A before the film.

'Return To Forbidden Planet' Serves Up Shakespeare's Lost Rock And Roll Masterpiece

Aug. 21, 2015
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"Return to Forbidden Planet" (running through Sept. 6 at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre) approaches Shakespeare by way of rock and roll music and sci-fi B movies.

'Best Of Enemies' Looks To 1968 Buckley-Vidal Debates

Aug. 20, 2015
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In 1968, ABC News was trailing miserably in the ratings and to offset its inability to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions it came up with the idea of offering a series of debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal. The new documentary, "Best of Enemies" (opening Aug. 21 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinema) focuses on these debates.

Get 'Stung' By Giant Wasp Movie

Aug. 14, 2015
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Giant bugs attack humanity in the new sci-fi horror film, "Stung" (opening Friday at the Digital Gym Cinema) and meet TheNAT's curator of entomology at the 9 p.m. screening Friday.

'The Prophet' Serves Up Words To Animate By

Aug. 14, 2015
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The long-awaited feature length animation film based on Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet" opens this week at the Landmark Ken Cinema. Guest critic Rebecca Romani says the film safely stays within Disney territory with moments of visual brilliance.