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Beyonce Teases ’50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer on Instagram

Beyonce Teases ’50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer on Instagram

Beyonce is sure excited for the impending 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation and to show her enthusiasm she recently posted the the above video to her personal Instagram page. Towards the end, a slowed down version of her 2003 hit “Crazy Love” can be…

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Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Forgoes Growing Pains

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Forgoes Growing Pains

It’s rare for a film these days to be truly unique in a way that it’s unlike anything in the history of cinema. But Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is just that. Beginning in 2002, him and his cast — including seven year-old Ellar Coltrane — filmed…

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Movie Review: Roman Polanski Dominates with ‘Venus in Fur’

Movie Review: Roman Polanski Dominates with ‘Venus in Fur’

At 80, Roman Polanski shows no signs of slowing down. His latest, Venus in Fur, finds him, like his 2011 effort Carnage, adapting a stage play for the screen. Whereas Carnage found Hollywood stars like John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet taking on roles, he…

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Movie Review: Hit Snooze on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Movie Review: Hit Snooze on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

A sequel to a prequel — 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is exactly what’s expected of it. While the CGI apes may look better than they did three years ago, the story is still…

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Movie Review: Jenny Slate Shines in ‘Obvious Child’

Movie Review: Jenny Slate Shines in ‘Obvious Child’

If Obvious Child is remembered for anything, it’ll be for launching the cinematic career of Jenny Slate. It’s a sweet, funny, and touching tale about a fledgling comic who has to go through some really bad stuff to find something good. Writer and director Gillian…

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Movie Review: ’22 Jump Street’ Gets a Degree

Movie Review: ’22 Jump Street’ Gets a Degree

A film based on a television series from the 1980s starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum seemed like a surefire way for a Hollywood executive to lose their job. Instead, 21 Jump Street hit all the right notes and became a genuine success. And these…

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San Jose City Coucil Votes for Restrictive Pot Laws

San Jose City Coucil Votes for Restrictive Pot Laws

The vote is in, and it’s not looking good for medical marijuana dispensaries or patients in San Jose. According to San Jose Inside, the City Council voted 7-3 on Tuesday to severely limit where dispensaries can operate.

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Movie Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Thrills Today

Movie Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Thrills Today

While the major fault of Edge of Tomorrow is that it tries too hard to have that “cool” factor — mainly its use of CGI and sci-fi premise — its biggest strength is knowing exactly what it is. Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity) understands…

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Free Summer Movie Nights Return to Nob Hill’s Top of the Mark

Free Summer Movie Nights Return to Nob Hill’s Top of the Mark

One of San Francisco’s best kept secrets returns this week with free summer movie night on the top floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel at Top of the Mark.

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Voters to Get Free Weed in San Jose

Voters to Get Free Weed in San Jose

As California seemingly continues to move backwards on the issue of medical marijuana, San Jose, in particular, is struggling with the issue. That’s why the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition will be handing out free pot to those who vote in Tuesday’s election as part of…

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Movie Review: ‘Maleficent’ Is Short on Magnificence

Movie Review: ‘Maleficent’ Is Short on Magnificence

Maleficent bills itself as a re-telling of the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, but it doesn’t make a strong case for its existence outside of being a vehicle for its star Angelina Jolie. And, therein lies the problem. It’s gorgeous to look at and Jolie gives…

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Welcomes Back a Bygone Era

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Welcomes Back a Bygone Era

Before “talkies” became all the rage, film was dominated by silent films often accompanied by musicians playing live. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival keeps history alive, returning for its 19th year May 29 through June 1 at the Castro Theatre, a venue that was…

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