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Seymour: An Introduction is Ethan Hawke's portrait of New York City pianist,
composer, teacher and philosopher Seymour Bernstein.

SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION IS NOW PLAYING AT READING GASLAMP

Lambert & Stamp is a loving and fascinating look at the origins of the rise
of The Who as an early reality film project.

American Sniper is Clint Eastwood's apologia for Jersey Boys as a
straightforward portrait of a Navy SEAL warrior.

AMERICAN SNIPER IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

Ex Machina is a creepy artificial intelligence story which gets right to
smart points about artificial intelligence.

EX MACHINA IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL ESCONDIDO

Monkey Kingdom is an irresistible nature wildlife portrait of Sri Lankan
macaques, monitor lizards, termites and more.

MONKEY KINGDOM IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL CARLSBAD

Still Alice is a moving story of a linguistics professor with early-onset
Alzheimer's Disease (Julianne Moore) and family.

STILL ALICE IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

Woman in Gold is a moving and immediately credible story of the
Austrian Holocaust and restitution of Nazi-looted art.

WOMAN IN GOLD IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL EDWARDS SAN MARCOS

The Imitation Game is a well-acted, well-intentioned, pretty good, simplistic,
didactic drama of Alan Turing and Enigma.

THE IMITATION GAME IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

What We Do in the Shadows is a very funny vampire mockumentary with both
big laughs and understated riffs, worth seeing.

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS IS NOW PLAYING AT READING GASLAMP

True Story is a well-acted, involving true story of a reporter and a killer
whose lives intersect, with a weak finale.

TRUE STORY IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL EDWARDS SAN MARCOS

Mr. Turner is a biopic of painter J.M.W. Turner and the gruntiest movie
since Foxcatcher, just not near as interesting.

Chappie is a fun story of an artificially intelligent robot who wants
to live, with surprisingly relatable characters.

It Follows constructs a tasty metaphor and pays tribute to classic horror
but just fails to end very deliciously.

The Water Diviner is Russell Crowe's somewhat oversentimental, old-fashioned
story of WWI and its personal consequences.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent is continuing adventures of Chartris Firedeer
in the 31st century, better than first.

Wild Tales [Relatos salvajes] is an overwrought Argentinian anthology
of revenge and hatred coincidences and that's it.

Get Hard is a really dumb idea for a movie and dumb but with chuckles
and (mostly wasted) Ferrell/Hart comic chemistry.

Unfriended is Carrie meets Paranormal Activity and "CSI: Cyber,"
s--- on it, show it in theaters (warning: precise).

New for Home Viewing

Whiplash is a J.K. Simmons/Miles Teller duel of talent, ambition and hate,
ratchets dramatic tension like crazy.

Foxcatcher is Bennett Miller's brilliant jutted-jaw true crime/sports/wealth drama
with great Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: It's striking how each new
installment is less cheesy, like an anti-Twilight.

The Better Angels is a spare, bucolic Tree of Life-style boyhood of Lincoln
which aims at a strange power but is normal.

Big Hero 6 is an entertaining animated Marvel robot comic book adaptation
with some deftly handled big ideas, from Disney.

St. Vincent is a funny Bill Murray Grumpy Old Man, avoids traps
of sentimentality until the ending, which drags a bit.

Innocence is an intriguing supernatural fugue that's pleasant to watch
and works out its plot but feels all wrong.

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