The 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival is gearing up to be one of the biggest America’s Finest City has ever seen. Seven studio films have already been announced, and two late surprises have been added to the schedule. Find out when you can see St. Vincent and Pride at the San Diego Film Festival this week after the jump.
St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi) Rated PG-13 [103 min] – A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. Starring Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Chris O’Dowd
First time feature film director Theordore Melfi made his debut at the Toronto Film Festival this year with St. Vincent. And as much as I am excited to see Bill Murray on the big screen again, the film has received some pretty mixed reviews from critics. I’m cautiously optimistic. I want something more than your average old grump mentoring a youth. We’ve seen the story before in Gran Torino, Bad Teacher, Bad Santa, and most recently Bad Words, so hopefully it has the charm to distance itself from the pack.
St. Vincent hits theaters in limited release on October 17 and makes its wide release debut on October 26. You can find the film at SDFF on Friday, September 26 at 8:00 pm at the Arclight Theater in La Jolla.
Pride (Matthew Warchus) Rated R [120 min] – UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton
This feature is pretty cut and dry. A group of LGBT activists are looking to do something to help their community to shed light on their cause, and when they pick an idea that they think they can help, the townsfolk aren’t too accepting of their help. Of course both sides will learn from each other as they strive to achieve their goals, creating bonds stronger than they ever could imagine. I’m sure this film is well done and has a quirky, British personality, but I have yet to find something magnetic about the subject matter. What will Pride shine is if it avoids the cliches and focuses on the characters and narrative.
Pride makes its limited release in theaters on September 26, and the movie plays at SDFF on Sunday, September 28 at the Reading Cinemas in downtown Gaslamp.
The San Diego Film Festival begins on Wednesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 28. You can purchase tickets on the SDFF official website.
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Plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com