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Brilliant acting by Neeson can’t save forced ‘Unknown’

by David Dixon

February 22, 2011

Many films tend to succeed if there is an original and unique conclusion. It is always a pleasure to follow sympathetic characters on a journey that leads to unpredictable destinations. “Unknown,” based on the novel ...

Oscar buzz abounds for this year’s awards show

by Carmen Splane

February 22, 2011

Career highs for wide-eyed Oscar hopefuls, acceptance for anxious newcomers and redemption for previous snubs are all riding on the paper envelopes that conceal the winners. This year’s list of nominees are a diverse bunch and this is ...

Oscar Short Films impress audiences

by Carmen Splane

February 17, 2011

The Academy’s annual wooing of the masses with Oscar nominations has stretched over into the short film category. Oscar-nominated short films are usually among the most eclectic and least seen of all the nominees, but this year...

‘The Housemaid’ falls short of expectations

by Andrew Younger

February 16, 2011

An affluent husband's hands glide across the black and white keys of a baby grand piano with the dexterity of a concert pianist while a wife wearing black and a maid dressed in white look on. This overt symbolism for the dangerous liaisons that transpire between them is repeated throughout the film and represents the height of subtlety for director Im Sang-soo's ...

Tatum on his upcoming role in ‘The Eagle’

by Amanda Macias

February 10, 2011

Channing Tatum has long since been the iconic dreamboat to women everywhere as well as an extremely versatile star of a number of timeless films. The Daily Aztec had the chance to catch up with Tatum and ask about his new film, ...

Portman and Kutcher shine in racy comedy

by Sarah Grieco

January 24, 2011

Now that it’s past the date for Oscar submissions, Hollywood can start having some fun and dole out the less serious films. “No Strings Attached,” one of the first truly good romantic comedies to hit the silver screen t...

A chat with the founder of Cinema Society

by David Dixon

January 20, 2011

Andy Friedenberg is the founder and director of the Cinema Society, a cultural arts organization that was started in 1984. The Daily Aztec: Tell me a little bit about the Cinema Society. Andy Friedenberg: We are a cultu...

Critiquing for dummies with David Elliot

by David Dixon

January 20, 2011

David Elliot is currently the main film critic for the San Diego Reader, and the former chief film critic for the Chicago Daily News, USA Today, The San Diego Union-Tribune and sdnn.com. The Daily Aztec: How did you decide to become a film...

Another year, four shades of brilliance

by David Dixon

January 19, 2011

Tom and Gerri are a happily married couple whose warm and inviting home provides refuge for those they care about. Most of their friends and family are depressed and disturbed individuals who yearn for a better life. Tom and...

Winter films teeter between the cringe-inducing and the truly inspired

by Staff

January 19, 2011

Winter Break is a time for cash-strapped San Diego State students to go home, enjoy a few home-cooked meals and plead parents to pay for a plethora of movies. With ticket prices often costing more than $10 at local theaters, the holiday season is a nice excuse to en...

PASS THE POPCORN: A classical ballet film with a horrifying twist

by Staff

December 21, 2010

The hotly anticipated dance flick lives up to high expectations By Carmen Splane, Staff Contributor Director Darren Aronofsky's days of being snubbed by the Academy are finally finished. Paving the way for his Oscar redemption was 2008's "...

PASS THE POPCORN: ‘The Fighter’ serves up title shots and body shots

by Staff

December 21, 2010

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg star as boxing brothers in new film By Maggie Pehanick, Entertainment Editor There is something off about Director David O. Russell's new boxing flick, aside from Christian Bale's meth-affected eye contact. Bale's character, Dicky E...