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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Delivers An Action Film That Puts Plot In The Back Seat

May 15, 2015
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It’s been three decades since the last "Mad Max" movie. Now we get a new Max with Tom Hardy, but director George Miller returns to the driver’s seat to provide an adrenaline rush on "Fury Road." The film opens Friday throughout San Diego.

Independent Eye's 'King Lear' Kicks Off Puppetry Festival

May 8, 2015
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On Friday night, 10th Avenue Theater and the San Diego Guild of Puppetry kick off a month of puppetry performances with the Independent Eye’s "King Lear." Two actors use 20 puppets to bring Shakespeare to vivid life.

'Black Souls' Has One Foot In Mob Genre, One In The Art House

May 8, 2015
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Just when you think there’s no fresh blood to be found in the mob film along comes "Black Souls" (opening May 8 at Reading's Gaslamp and Town Square Cinemas) from Italy to prove you wrong.

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.