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Biggest Surprise Of M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' Is That It Isn’t Bad

Sept. 10, 2015
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With Halloween coming up, Hollywood is doing its best to keep scary films in theaters. The latest is "The Visit" (opening Sept. 11 throughout San Diego) from director M. Night Shyamalan.

One More Chance To See 40 North Dance Films

Sept. 10, 2015
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If you missed the inaugural 40 North Dance Film Festival last month, then you will have an opportunity to see highlights from the festival this Friday with 40 North Selects: A Curated Night of 2015 Official Selections.

'Turbo Kid' Serves Up Pop Culture Pastiche

Sept. 9, 2015
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If you found “Turbo Kid” (last screening Wednesday night at the Digital Gym Cinema) on a VHS tape in someone’s garage you’d probably swear it was a movie from the 1980s. To enhance that feeling, the film opens by designating 1997 as the future.

'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."

Podcast Episode 19: Geek Roundtable Takes On Universal Monsters

Aug. 28, 2015
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For this week's edition of the Cinema Junkie Podcast, I unearth a Geek Roundtable with fellow podcaster and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival director Miguel Rodriguez to discuss Universal monsters and the continuing film series The Universal Suspects at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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.