Pick of the Litter 4.0 stars

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Synopsis

For the dog-loving completists among us who this year alone have suffered through Show Dogs, Alpha and A-X-L comes a bone in the form of Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman’s winning documentary look-see into a quintet of hounds vying to make a difference in people’s lives. From their birth in a child’s plastic wading pool, we follow the pups — three boys, two girls — on a twenty-month journey to determine whether or not they have what it takes to be a guard dog for the blind. A puppy raiser whose task it is to socialize dogs while avoiding emotional attachment has got to be one of the toughest jobs in the world. From a modeling competition for dogs (will America’s Next Top Canine make the cut or be “career changed” to a domestic pet?) to the satisfactions and sorrows of traffic training, this is by far the most joyous time you'll have at the movies all year.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes

Rated: NR

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Showtimes

Movie showtimes are subject to change. For possible updates to this schedule, please call the theater.

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619-298-2904

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25

    2 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26

    2 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 27

    2 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:35 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. 760-436-7469

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25

    6:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26

    6:20 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 27

    6:20 p.m.

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