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‘Pina’ dances on the cutting edge

by Isabella Place

February 12, 2012

There are many who wish they could take their sweethearts to the opera, ballet or an equally elegant performance this Valentine’s Day, but find it a tad pricey for their student budget. Luckily, there is a solution: “Pina.” This...

Despite hitches, TFM Fest showcases talent

by Andrew Younger

February 5, 2012

The San Diego State School of Television, Film and New Media held a student film showcase Friday night in Don Powell Theatre. Friday’s showcase, the second of a two-night festival, focused on longer-form student films with run times ...

‘A Separation’ deserving of Golden Globe‘

by Andrew Younger

January 25, 2012

Writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Globe-winning drama, “A Separation,” uses the titular separation of a married couple to expose the systemic failures caused by Iran’s Kafkaesque legal institutions. With the ...

Spielberg delivers two Oscar favorites

by David Dixon

January 18, 2012

Bravo, Steven Spielberg. Not many Hollywood directors can say they have released two outstanding movies within days of each other. Spielberg has done just that with these big-screen achievements. The Adventures of Tintin ...

Couples and cameos define ‘New Year’s’

by Isabella Place

December 12, 2011

Not since the similarly themed film “200 Cigarettes” made its debut, has there been such an immensely star-studded production depicting the New Year’s holiday. “New Year’s Eve” centers on rekindling relationshi...

Drama explores politics of disillusionment

by Andrew Younger

October 13, 2011

In actor-director George Clooney’s latest effort “The Ides of March,” the central question is: Do inherently corrupt individuals gravitate toward politics, or does the nature of politics corrupt inherently good individuals? To answer this, Clooney relies as much on t...

Remake seeks to modernize ‘84 dance flick

by Courtney Rogin

October 13, 2011

“Jump back!” The 1980s classic dance flick about a small town’s ban on dancing is back in a big way. “Footloose” has been remixed to fit a world where “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Glee” dominate TV screens. Craig Brewer directed the remake and co-wrote the film wit...

‘Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil’ salutes classic horror

by Andrew Younger

October 2, 2011

Of the vast swaths of Americana projected onto the silver screen, rednecks are among the most underrepresented. Despite the pay-per-view receipts for “WrestleMania” and perpetual syndication of “Hee Haw” that re...

Plot reveals more than fighting in ‘Warrior’

by David Dixon

September 13, 2011

The new drama “Warrior” will not change a person’s opinion about mixed martial arts. It is an intense and violent sport that plays a big part in this particular modern parable, but writer and director Gavin O’Connor is far more interested in the two men fighting than the actual action itself. I...

‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ disturbs

by David Dixon

August 28, 2011

It takes a lot of creativity to make fantasy creatures truly scary. For every Orc in “The Lord of the Rings” there is a subpar, dull menace in another movie. Remember Mr. Hyde from “Van Helsing”? The good news is the co...

‘Conan’ flick doesn’t thrill

by David Dixon

August 22, 2011

If audiences enter the theater 10 minutes late and decide to leave 10 minutes before the end of the new adaptation of “Conan the Barbarian,” they might be satisfied with what they see on screen. However, for those who ...