Coming Soon (to San Diego)

The Post (2017) is Meryl Streep as Kay Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee
of the Washington Post in a Pentagon Papers drama.

Now Playing (in San Diego)

The Florida Project is a moving story of kids and adults living in an
Orlando motel, and its manager (Willem Dafoe).

THE FLORIDA PROJECT IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

Coco is a moving 3-D Dia de Muertos adventure for young Miguel, a guitarrista
misfit in a zapatero family with secrets.

COCO IS NOW PLAYING AT READING GROSSMONT CENTER

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a stirring and beautiful history/documentary
of lemurs and their only remaining habitat.

ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR IS NOW PLAYING AT GIANT DOME THEATER AT THE REUBEN H. FLEET SCIENCE CENTER

The Disaster Artist is James Franco's portrait of the auteur as a crazy man,
the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room.

THE DISASTER ARTIST IS NOW PLAYING AT AMC MISSION VALLEY

Lady Bird is Greta Gerwig's semi-autobiographical so-called life
as Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) in Sacramento circa 2002.

LADY BIRD IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL EDWARDS SAN MARCOS

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) is Kenneth Branagh as Poirot in an
Old Hollywood-style epic of Agatha Christie's novel.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS IS NOW PLAYING AT AMC MISSION VALLEY

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is an unpredictable, free, grisly
look at human grief, with Frances McDormand.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI IS NOW PLAYING AT ARCLIGHT LA JOLLA

Wonder (2017) is Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie follow-up,
keeps his record of making characters seem like real people.

WONDER IS NOW PLAYING AT REGAL ESCONDIDO

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is fun Star Wars action, a bit lunky,
very Kung Fu Panda but there's reasons.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI IS NOW PLAYING IN 3-D AT REGAL EDWARDS MIRA MESA

Call Me by Your Name is an adaptation of a (better) novel of a love affair
of a young student and a grad student in Italy.

Loving Vincent is a hand-painted animation of the world of Van Gogh's
paintings as a search for answers after his death.

Thor: Ragnarok is a very fun new 3-D Thor adventure and capable MCU entry
with plenty of humor and lots of great actors.

All the Money in the World is Ridley Scott's Plummers-play-the-Gettys
movie of the '70s kidnapping of the mogul's grandson.

Novitiate is a young woman testing life at a convent as Vatican II reforms
begin, with great Melissa Leo as Mother Superior.

Downsizing is Alexander Payne's high-concept something or other about
the environment, helping people, with Matt Damon.

The Shape of Water is a great-to-look-at genre-bending love fable with
great music but false or missing notes in the story.

Molly's Game is Aaron Sorkin's fully narrated Citizen Kane of a
former athlete caught skimming semi-legal poker games.

Justice League is worse than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,
also doesn't reach the few heights of that bad movie.

New for Home Viewing

I Called Him Morgan is a moving documentary of the life and death of trumpeter
Lee Morgan and Helen Morgan, his wife and killer.

First They Killed My Father is Angelina Jolie's wise, immediate drama
of a girl's family struggle to survive Khmer Rouge camps.

American Made is Tom Cruise immersed in character as gun-and-drugs smuggler
and Iran-Contra scandal figure Barry Seal.

Battle of the Sexes is a well-acted drama of the emblematic 1973 tennis match
between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.

The Mountain Between Us is Kate Winslet and Idris Elba flying in a tiny plane
in an Idaho snowstorm and having a big hike.

Brad's Status is a midlife crisis for Stiller's Brad during son Troy's
college tours, mostly sadly for Troy and viewers.

Flatliners is Niels Arden Oplev's remake of the 1990 thriller, superior
in all ways except certainty at the end.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is an interesting script with dashes of mad genius
which is not accomplished in the movie overall.

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