Now Playing (in San Diego)

Born to Be Wild (2011) is a short but stunning, moving, immersive 3-D
nature film which puts you with elephants and orangutans.

BORN TO BE WILD IS NOW PLAYING AT GIANT DOME THEATER AT THE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

Finding Dory is a nearly seamless sequel of the breakout Ellen DeGeneres
Finding Nemo fish, with a message of love and acceptance.

FINDING DORY IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL ESCONDIDO

Weiner-Dog is Todd Solondz's bright, stark, moving, funny and well-acted
tale of the lives of a pooch and her people.

WEINER-DOG IS NOW PLAYING AT ANGELIKA CARMEL MOUNTAIN

Free State of Jones is Matthew McConaughey in a true racially integrated
Mississippi counter-rebellion vs. the Confederacy.

FREE STATE OF JONES IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

Warcraft is fun fantasy action based on a video game with CGI 3-D characters
who play as well as new Planet of the apes.

WARCRAFT IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL EDWARDS MIRA MESA

The Shallows (2016) is Blake Lively in a surfer's 127 Hours against
nature and the jaws of the creatures of the deep.

THE SHALLOWS IS NOW PLAYING AT READING GROSSMONT CENTER

Swiss Army Man is the absurdist friendship of a "castaway" (Paul Dano) and
a mooning erect farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe).

SWISS ARMY MAN IS NOW PLAYING AT AMC FASHION VALLEY

Love & Friendship (2016) is Whit Stillman's sharp tale from Jane Austen's
Lady Susan with Kate Beckinsale's best role.

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP IS NOW PLAYING AT ANGELIKA CARMEL MOUNTAIN

The Nice Guys (2016) is Shane Black's amusing mess of a 1977-set L.A.
detective movie with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

The Lobster is a funny, quotable fable of love and society, but with quite
unsubtle metaphors, still watchable, amusing.

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

Captain America: Civil War is the new Marvel installment, a bit
installment-y but also pretty nailed down and enjoyable.

X-Men: Apocalypse is a better-than-generally-reviewed capper for an uneven
trilogy, fun to watch, all-around good X-Men.

The Legend of Tarzan (2016) is a fine 3-D adventure of the perennial ape man
and English lord, with Margot Robbie sparks.

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL ESCONDIDO

The BFG (2016) is Steven Spielberg's finely crafted, somewhat weak on
character 3-D CG version of Roald Dahl's fantasy book.

THE BFG IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL EDWARDS MIRA MESA

The Conjuring 2 is an okay one, mostly upping the storyline and avoiding
the turgid, boring feel of the first conjuring.

Independence Day: Resurgence is a pretty wooden, or embalmed
warmed-over retread of a fun, cheesy, semi-original original.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL EDWARDS SAN MARCOS

The Purge: Election Year is a silly and wretched prolongation of the
take-it-or-leave-it murder-thy-neighbor gore series.

The Neon Demon is Nicolas Winding Refn's Luis Buñuel's Star 80,
and if that sounds dumb, just wait. Not worthwhile.

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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