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Movie Review: ‘Short Term 12′ Painfully Illuminates The Hardest of Growing Pains

Movie Review: ‘Short Term 12′ Painfully Illuminates The Hardest of Growing Pains

To say Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 is powerful, would be an understatement. He balances a story that tells the brutal realities of at-risk kids but with an undercurrent of hope. It’s a tough act but he’s able to pull it off with the…

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Open Canvas Offers Free Interactive Exhibit for Local Artists

Open Canvas Offers Free Interactive Exhibit for Local Artists

Local and emerging artists will turn a blank white canvas into art on Divisadero Street.

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Movie Review: ‘The World’s End’ Is An Apocalyptic Ending for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy

Movie Review: ‘The World’s End’ Is An Apocalyptic Ending for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy

The final act of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost’s The Cornetto Trilogy — or Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy depending on who you ask — is as thematically satisfying an ending to the series as it is entertaining. The World’s End not only…

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Now Playing: The World’s End, Blackfish and Cutie & The Boxer

Now Playing:  The World’s End, Blackfish and Cutie & The Boxer

There’s a lot of diversity in this week’s local movie releases, so the choices are especially stark. But two films won’t steer movie-goers wrong: The World’s End is a hilarious finish to the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, which includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot…

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Movie Review: ‘Kick Ass 2′ Kicks Its Own Ass In an Uneven Sequel

Movie Review: ‘Kick Ass 2′ Kicks Its Own Ass In an Uneven Sequel

Kick-Ass and its sequel are a meta-stories pure and simple. It’s the story of how real life superheroes could exist, but within the framework of a classic comic book story. On the one hand there’s the action and drama that comes with the territory, but…

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Movie Review: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Is A Sometimes Fascinating History Lesson

Movie Review: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Is A Sometimes Fascinating History Lesson

Lee Daniel’s The Butler — officially named as such due to a studio dispute over naming rights — attempts to do two things. First, and most prominently, is to expose the truth about the post-slavery struggle for equality in the black community, a.k.a. Civil Rights….

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Movie Review: ‘Europa Report’ Explores Lost Space Mission Footage

Movie Review: ‘Europa Report’ Explores Lost Space Mission Footage

Europa Report is a found footage film, and even if that artifice is becoming somewhat tired, director Sebastian Cordero delivers one of the better recent films in the genre. Low-budget but with breathtaking visuals and effects, it recreates the story of the first manned mission…

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Free Turkish Film Festival Coming to San Francisco August 13-15

Free Turkish Film Festival Coming to San Francisco August 13-15

The New People Cinema in Japantown will be hosting The Turkish Film Festivals from August 13-15 — and all three days will be free. Thanks to the Turkish Minister of Culture, who will be represented by Dr. Abdurrahman Celik (Ministry of Culture and Tourism –…

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Movie Review: Young Love and Alcohol Don’t Mix in ‘The Spectacular Now’

Movie Review: Young Love and Alcohol Don’t Mix in ‘The Spectacular Now’

Director James Ponsoldt seems to have a running theme throughout all three of his feature films — alcohol. His first, Off the Black, featured an alcoholic high school baseball ump, his second, Smashed, was about the unraveling of a marriage when one decides to get…

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Movie Review: Matt Damon Battles Dystopia In ‘Elysium’

Movie Review: Matt Damon Battles Dystopia In ‘Elysium’

Neil Blomkamp exploded onto the scene with his debut feature, 2009’s District 9. It was as intelligent and socially and politically conscious as it was action packed. It presented Blomkamp as a fully formed filmmaker and, at a $30 million budget, proved he could do…

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Sneak Peak: The Official Outside Lands 2013 Poster

Sneak Peak: The Official Outside Lands 2013 Poster

New York artist Peter Max shared the official Outside Lands poster he created for the fest this year, a psychedelic motif featuring one of Golden Gate Park’s iconic windmills the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Flower of War by Wei Chen

Flower of War by Wei Chen

  Each week we highlight a styling student from the Academy of Art University. The students selected a San Francisco landmark, place or idea that had a personal meaning to them and reconstructed the aesthetic into a style. This week Wei Chen shows us…Flower of…

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