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Smugglers Use SENTRI Drivers To Move Drugs Across San Diego Border

Jan. 26, 2015
By Associated Press, Nate John

The most trusted border-crossers are unknowingly bringing illegal drugs into the United States at the San Diego border with Mexico.

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How Do San Diegans Tell It's Winter?

Dec. 22, 2014
By Nate John

With no snow or freezing temperatures to mark the occasion, some San Diegans look to the ocean for seasonal markers.

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3-D Printers Add Dimension To The College Experience

Nov. 28, 2014
By Nate John

SDSU's Love Library will soon have an open, free 3-D printing studio. The goal: to get students hooked on the technology and materialize their ideas.

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Solar Eclipse Captivates San Diegans

Oct. 22, 2014
By Nate John

The solar eclipse captured the attention of San Diegans Thursday. We have their pictures and comments here.

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Comic-Con 2014: A Crossplay Haven

Aug. 1, 2014
By Nate John

San Diego's Comic-Con weakens the knees of nerds, geeks, TV addicts and comic enthusiasts around the globe. But the event also makes waves as a premier venue for costume play — or "cosplay." Some players even venture beyond their own gender to thrill attendees. And I found them.

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How A Quadriplegic Man Of San Diego And Sweden Views The World

Nov. 18, 2013
By Nate John

David Thulin, a dual citizen of Sweden and the United States, flies across the world to capture architectural beauty as he sees it -- from a wheelchair. This is his story.

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Review: 'Don Jon'

Oct. 1, 2013
By Nate John

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial quasi-debut opened September 27 through out San Diego. It's about love, sex, and porn. (You probably shouldn't read this at work.) Guest critic Nate John has a review.

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Review: 'You're Next'

Aug. 23, 2013
By Nate John

"You're Next" opens in San Diego August 23. It's a frightful mess. Guest critic Nate John has a review.

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Review: 'Jobs'

Aug. 14, 2013
By Nate John

All the ingenuity and creativity of Apple... tossed aside for a generic, listless biopic. The Steve Jobs film, "Jobs," opens everywhere August 16.

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Review: 'The Lone Ranger'

July 4, 2013
By Nate John

"The Lone Ranger" opens in San Diego July 3. Guest critic Nate John has a review of this classic remade.

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Review: 'World War Z'

June 19, 2013
By Nate John

Max Brook's best-selling undead novel "World War Z," is reanimated for the sliver screen. The apocalyptic film opens everywhere June 21. Check out guest critic Nathan John's review.

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Review: 'The Great Gatsby'

May 10, 2013
By Nate John

Guest critic Nate John says Hollywood's latest version of "The Great Gatsby" is a spectacle that merits the illustrious title. Catch the classic in theaters May 10.

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Review: 'Iron Man 3'

May 3, 2013
By Nate John

Robert Downey, Jr. returns yet again for "Iron Man 3" (opening May 3 throughout San Diego). Guest critic Nathan John has a review.

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Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

April 5, 2013
By Nate John

'The Place Beyond the Pines" opens April 5. Guest blogger Nate John says, "It's rated R. It's long. I'll save you the time. (Warning: I will spoil things -- for your own good.)"

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Review: 'Stoker'

March 15, 2013
By Nate John

Guest blogger Nathan John says director Park Chan Wook wows with unconventional style in his first American film, "Stoker" (opens March 15). It is not to be missed!

Review: 'Greedy Lying Bastards'

March 8, 2013
By Nate John

Guest blogger Nathan John says director Craig Rosebraugh pulls no punches as he sheds light on corporate campaigns designed to drown out unfavorable climatology findings. "Greedy Lying Bastards" has been rewarded at international festivals and opens in San Diego March 8.

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Review: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

March 7, 2013
By Nate John

Guest blogger Nathan John says, welcome to the re-imagined, re-colorized, yet not totally legally, Land of Oz! Follow the grey cement road to Disney's prequel in San Diego theaters March 8. (Warning: I will be spoiling things.)

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Review: 'Bless Me, Ultima'

Feb. 22, 2013
By Nate John

"Bless Me, Ultima" opens in San Diego February 22. It is far too evident that the script was chopped up from the original novel. But the story and themes are timeless.

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Review: 'Identity Thief'

Feb. 8, 2013
By Nate John

Melissa McCarthy is spectacular amid a dull movie attempt by director, Seth Gordon. "Identity Thief" (opening February 8 throughout San Diego) is a mixed bag of a film.

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Review: 'Warm Bodies'

Jan. 31, 2013
By Nate John

"Warm Bodies" is fun for zombie and rom-com enthusiasts alike. Experience the exhumed in theaters starting February 1.

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Review: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'

Jan. 25, 2013
By Nate John

Guest critic Nathan John says, step into the world of awesome and terrible film fun with "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" (opens everywhere January 25)

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Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Jan. 4, 2013
By Nate John

Kathryn Bigelow delivers a gripping and tense film that leads us through the greatest manhunt in modern American history – the CIA’s search for Osama bin Laden. (Opens everywhere Jan 4.)

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Review: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Dec. 13, 2012
By Nate John

Guest film critic Nathan John took a visit to Middle Earth for Peter Jackson's long-awaited prequel to his "Lord of the Rings Trilogy," "The Hobbit," the first of a new trilogy, opens at 12:01am (opening everywhere December 14).

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Review: 'Hitchcock'

Nov. 30, 2012
By Nate John

Mr. Hitchcock's infamous silhouette graces the silver screen once again, and reveals the personal side of cinema's master of suspense. (Opens in San Diego November 30.) Guest critic Nathan John has a review.

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Review: 'Lincoln'

Nov. 16, 2012
By Nate John

In the wake of the presidential election, "Lincoln" reminds us what we're really voting for -- main characters of potentially awesome non-fiction cinema. The film opens in San Diego Nov. 16.

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Review: 'Wreck It Ralph'

Nov. 2, 2012
By Nate John

"Wreck-It Ralph" filmmakers have done the impossible... along with the fun and predictable. The arcade game-based movie opens everywhere November 2nd.

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Review: 'The Sessions'

Nov. 1, 2012
By Nate John

Iron lung-bound writer, Mark O'Brien, rediscovers and redefines his sexuality in a film based on his true story, "The Sessions" (opens November 2 in select San Diego theaters). Warning: This review contains explicit language.

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Review: 'Cloud Atlas'

Oct. 23, 2012
By Nate John

The minds that brought us the "Matrix" films brings another epic, "Cloud Atlas." And yes, you'll have to see it more than once. (Opens everywhere October 26.) Check out the audio review!

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Review: 'Here Comes The Boom'

Oct. 12, 2012
By Nate John

Kevin James has too much fun in his most recent comedy that delves into the growing phenomenon of mixed martial arts, "Here Comes The Boom" (opening October 12).

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Review: 'Taken 2'

Oct. 4, 2012
By Nate John

"Taken 2" opens theaters October 5th, but I advise you stay at home and watch the original.

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Review: 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

Sept. 27, 2012
By Nate John

Here comes another high school drama. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" opens in San Diego on September 28th, and knocks the mainstream, less hipster-y socks off other films of the genre.

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Review: 'Sleepwalk With Me'

Sept. 14, 2012
By Nate John

"Sleepwalk With Me" (opening September 14th at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is the story of a simple minded up-and-coming comedian and his struggle with career, romance, and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Review: Killer Joe

Aug. 21, 2012
By Nate John

One of the most surprising films I've seen in a long time, "Killer Joe," lives up to its simple, raw title and blows away my expectations (opens at Landmark Hillcrest August 17).

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Review: The Bourne Legacy

Aug. 9, 2012
By Nate John

If you've been waiting for the next chapter in the Bourne series, then wait no longer. "The Bourne Legacy" opens this week (August 10 throughout San Diego). Check out the review from Cinema Junkie's new guest blogger, Nathan John.

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Review: 'The Campaign'

Aug. 8, 2012
By Nate John

If you can't wait for the election madness to get into full swing, then Hollywood may have the answer: "The Campaign" (opening August 10 throughout San Diego). Check out the review from Cinema Junkie's new guest blogger, Nathan John.

San Diego Red Cross Collecting Donations Two Years After Haiti Quake

Jan. 13, 2012
By Nate John

San Diegans raised over $200,000 to aid the devastated country of Haiti. Two years later, the donations have slowed as more recent disasters take precedence.

San Diego County Water Authority Challenges Rates

Jan. 9, 2012
By Nate John

Water rates continue to rise in San Diego county, even as usage goes down. The local water authority is responding with a lawsuit against the county's largest supplier.

Record Number Of Bird Species Found In San Diego County

Dec. 28, 2011
By Nate John

Participants in the annual Christmas bird count found new species to the San Diego area along with record breaking populations.

San Diego Farmers Hit Record Sales In 2011 Amid Many Challenges

Dec. 26, 2011
By Nate John

Despite rising water costs and other obstacles, growers had a prosperous 2011.

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Science Vs. Spirituality: An Interview With Deepak Chopra And Leonard Mlodinow

Nov. 29, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John, Patty Lane

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow join us to talk about their new book, which presents spiritual and scientifically based views on universal questions.

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The "Quantum Leap" Between Religion And Science

Oct. 4, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Dr. Dean Nelson, founder of the journalism program at Nazarene University, speaks about his recent book on renowned theoretical physicist, John Polkinghorne.

SDSU Expands Course List To Offer Secular Studies

Aug. 29, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Southern California colleges are ahead of the curve as more universities offer courses in the study of secularism and unbelief.

Who Are The Rastafari?

June 29, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

We will be providing discussion and insight into the very small religion of the Rastafari. Who are the most vital historic figures? What tenets does it prescribe to? And how do they respond to the public view of the Rastafari?

What Is Scientology?

June 7, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

We will be providing a forum to discuss one of the most controversial religious traditions of modern American times- Scientology.

What Fuels Atheism in America?

April 12, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Atheism, although having a more subtle impact throughout American history, has never been in the forefront of societal discussion. This recently growing popularity of Atheism, or "unbelief," has helped push this quiet minority into greater popularity. We will be providing a spotlight for this movement and show its true nature in the U.S.

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What Will Be The Ramifications Of The Dalai Lama's Political Resignation?

March 30, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Known in religious communities as "His Holiness," The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has decided to resign his position as political leader of Tibet. What will the ramifications be for the global Buddhist community and Tibetan people who currently reside in Dharamsala, India? And how will this impact the relations between the Chinese government and Tibet?

Juan Melendez: Innocent on Death Row

March 17, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nate John

Juan Melendez, spent nearly 18 years on Florida's death row for a crime he did not commit. In 2002 he became the 99th U.S. inmate to be released from death row. Juan will share his story, experiences, and uniquely familiar views on the death penalty. He will also discuss why his story is not rare, the problems he sees with the death penalty system.