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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a metafictional biography
of Michael Keaton, modern art and commerce.

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

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

Selma is a very well-acted drama of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1965
voting rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama.

SELMA IS NOW PLAYING AT READING GASLAMP

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 AMC FASHION VALLEY

The Theory of Everything is a wise drama of Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne
in a knockout performance), light on physics.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING IS NOW PLAYING AT READING GASLAMP

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 READING TOWN SQUARE

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 AMC LA JOLLA

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.

Paddington (2014) is a gently funny, quite faithful update to the beloved
British children's classics, not great, good.

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

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

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL EDWARDS SAN MARCOS

Run All Night is another ho-hum, not-bad Liam Neeson action/crime thriller
from the director of the superior Unknown.

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.

The Gunman (2015) is based on a novel but stitched together with wasted
moments and narrated explanations of boring stuff.

The Lazarus Effect is the very sort of awful horror movie which stigmatizes
needed research into jumper-cabling dead s---.

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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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