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Human Rights Watch Film Festival At Museum of Photographic Arts Aims To Make A Difference

Jan. 22, 2015
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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts for its fifth year Thursday night.

The Universal Suspects: 40 Monsters, 31 Movies, 12 Months, No Escape

Jan. 21, 2015
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The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema will present a year of Universal's classic monster movies starting Sunday.

CoVen Lets Dancers Play With Fire

Jan. 21, 2015
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On Saturday, the Fire Garden in Bonsall hosts CoVen, a fire, circus, dance show featuring the multi-talented Anna Yanushkevich.

'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.