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Movie Review: ‘Tomorrowland’ is Worth a Visit

Movie Review: ‘Tomorrowland’ is Worth a Visit

Perhaps Tomorrowland‘s greatest asset is that, in 2015, it’s a summer not starring a superhero or based on a comic book (even if it shares a name with a Disney themed land). Thankfully, it has some more to offer than just its originality. Director Brad Bird…

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Goodnight, Texas Playing Hometown Show at The Independent

Goodnight, Texas Playing Hometown Show at The Independent

On May 26th, San Francisco’s own Goodnight, Texas will be making a stop at The Independent during their current national tour supporting PigPen Theatre Co. They’re also touring in support of last year’s sophomore album Uncle John Farquhar which found them further developing their Americana sound. The band…

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Movie Review: ‘True Story’ Obscures the Facts

Movie Review: ‘True Story’ Obscures the Facts

The most compelling aspect of Rupert Goold’s feature directorial debut True Story is the actual story. It’s a truly twisted tale, but one that seems more ripe for a The Jinx like documentary (those true crime stories are definitely all the rage right now), rather than a…

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Full Lineup Announced for 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

Full Lineup Announced for 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival is back for it’s 58th year, running April 23 through May 7. The San Francisco Film Society announced the full lineup today of all 181 films. Out of the 181 films, 65 are narrative features and 35 are documentary…

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Movie Review: ‘The Wrecking Crew’ are the Unsung Heroes of Rock History

Movie Review: ‘The Wrecking Crew’ are the Unsung Heroes of Rock History

19 years in the making, Denny Tedesco’s The Wrecking Crew tells the tale of the unsung heroes of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in America. Tedesco’s father, Tommy Tedesco, was a guitarist and one of the so-called Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians…

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Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Falls From Grace

Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Falls From Grace

Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) has expressed his frustration with the Dark Knight-ing of recent action films — that is the aping of its dark and brooding atmosphere for every other comic property. He’s got a point (Man of Steel was sorely missing the…

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Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

The usual issue with biopics told over a significant amount of time is that they still need to the beats of conflict and (perhaps) resolution, but it’s difficult to to really get that tension when spread out so long. That’s especially true when so many…

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Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Nightcrawler is one of those films that isn’t really revolutionary in many ways, but it’s so thoroughly solid that it locks you in. The story of a strange, small time thief, brilliantly played by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, harkens back to critical anti-heroes in cinema,…

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Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

When asked to describe a writer — or an artist of any kind, really — the first thing that comes to mind for many is some form of the phrase “self-absorbtion.” Alex Ross Perry’s new film Listen Up Philip takes this worn character type and…

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Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Alejandro González Iñárritu is known for his strange but powerful, and often gloomy, films like (Biutiful, Babel, and 21 Grams) that descend into the truly miserable, so it was quite the surprise when it was announced he was making a comedy with Michael Keaton as…

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Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Falls Short

Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Falls Short

It may be nine years since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s first Sin City, but they don’t miss a beat visually with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Actually, on much of the surface it seems as if it’s a continuation of the first,…

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Santa Clara County Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Santa Clara County Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

In a vote on Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban medical marijuana dispensaries on unincorporated county land, surrounding San Jose and other South Bay Cities. Following San Jose’s adoption of strict pot regulations, which severely limited the number of…

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