Now Playing (in San Diego)

Spotlight (2015) is an understated, powerful movie about journalism
and breaking the Catholic sex abuse scandal in Boston.

SPOTLIGHT IS NOW PLAYING AT AMC MISSION VALLEY

Miles Ahead (2016) is writer/director/star Don Cheadle's inimitable portrait
of trumpet great Miles Davis in transition.

MILES AHEAD IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

The Jungle Book (2016) is an amazing CGI version of Kipling's tale of
man cub Mowgli with the Disney soundtrack made new.

THE JUNGLE BOOK IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL ESCONDIDO

Elvis & Nixon is a funny, smart and well-acted story of the encounter
that made the famous all-American kitsch picture.

ELVIS & NIXON IS NOW PLAYING AT ANGELIKA CARMEL MOUNTAIN

Everybody Wants Some!! is Richard Linklater's just-pre-college 1980 comedy,
very funny and engaging with bright new talent.

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL OCEANSIDE

A Hologram for the King is Tom Tykwer's good, interestingly acted and
considered Tom Hanks movie of Dave Eggers's novel.

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING IS NOW PLAYING AT READING TOWN SQUARE

Hardcore Henry is Ilya Naishuller's main character point-of-view action
sci-fi thriller, smart with a fine soundtrack.

HARDCORE HENRY IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL OCEANSIDE

Green Room (2016) is Jeremy Saulnier's brutal thriller of death in the woods
with classic screen couple Yelchin & Poots.

GREEN ROOM IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL EDWARDS SAN MARCOS

Purple Rain (1984): not much story but of worth as fun, full of great
music, including from Prince and the Revolution.

PURPLE RAIN IS NOW PLAYING AT AMC MISSION VALLEY

Zootopia is an okay 3-D Disney anti-Trump fable about community,
prejudice and political manipulation of fear and hate.

Keanu is comedy duo Key and Peele's first feature, a fun send-up of multiple
movie genres in an action rescue of a kitten.

Midnight Special (2016) is a very oblique and baffling, yet interesting
enough sci-fi puzzler from director Jeff Nichols.

Eye in the Sky (2016) is an up-to-date drone thriller a bit too pat in its
conflicts and resolution, good acting from all.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the best of a series which started
and continued not great, this one is good to watch.

10 Cloverfield Lane is two people trapped in a shelter with a strange
man who claims the air outside is contaminated.

Deadpool (2016) is an almost smart adaptation of the comics anti-hero,
many gags drop flat, better than Kick-Ass? Eh.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is an okay jumble for comics nerds
reference-spotting, not much of a superhero movie.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL EDWARDS MIRA MESA

The Huntsman: Winter's War is before and after the execrable
Snow White and the Huntsman, without Kristen Stewart, bad.

New for Home Viewing

Steve Jobs (2015) is a fun, fascinating montage of scenes from the life
of the Apple co-founder and CEO (Michael Fassbender).

Grandma (2015) is Lily Tomlin great as a lesbian widow poet searching
with her granddaughter for cash for an abortion.

Black Mass is Johnny Depp in a straight, maybe a little too straightforward
docudrama of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Spectre (2015): Sam Mendes's sort of Batman-ized James Bond wraps up
with Sam Mendes's sort of The Dark Knight Rises.

The Good Dinosaur is an odd little alternate reality fable about a runtish
farm dinosaur and his pet boy. Lots of death.

Crimson Peak is a flimsily plotted ghost story with an unreliable narrator
but not as interesting as that might sound.

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