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Movie Review: ‘Captain Phillips’ Is An Almost Masterpiece

Movie Review: ‘Captain Phillips’ Is An Almost Masterpiece

It’s hard not to watch Captain Phillips without recalling the Danish A Hijacking from earlier this year. Both are different enough to not completely overlap but there are many similarities. The first is that they’re both about cargo ships being hijacked by Somali pirates. Secondly,…

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Movie Review: ‘A.C.O.D.’ Is Amusing But Shallow

Movie Review: ‘A.C.O.D.’ Is Amusing But Shallow

A.C.O.D. — which stands for Adult Children Of Divorce — has plenty of talent both in front of and behind the camera, yet it still struggles with originality. Perhaps it’s the clichéd indie rock soundtrack that subtly adds a blandness to the entire film, or…

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Now Playing: MVFF 2013, Hong Kong Cinema, SF Shorts & more

Now Playing:  MVFF 2013, Hong Kong Cinema, SF Shorts & more

Mill Valley Film Festival, Honk Kong Cinema, SF Shorts and more. Happy movie-going this week. Lots to see this week, maybe too much; not to mention bigger releases like Gravity, We Are What We Are and The Institute. Yay! Movies Opening This Week: Oct 4th…

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Movie Review: Sandra Bullock Becomes Untethered In ‘Gravity’

Movie Review: Sandra Bullock Becomes Untethered In ‘Gravity’

Alfonso Cuarón’s follow up to his 2006 classic Children of Men wasn’t supposed to take this long. Conceived as a short project after another fell apart, Gravity was supposed to be a simple story of a woman lost in space that would be a quick…

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San Francisco Film Society Presents Third Annual Hong Kong Film Cinema October 4 – 6

San Francisco Film Society Presents Third Annual Hong Kong Film Cinema October 4 – 6

The San Francisco Film Society is hosting the third incarnation of Hong Kong Cinema October 4 – 6 at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco. The festival highlights the best innovative and exciting films to come out of Hong Kong, one of the world’s most…

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The Dude Abides: Lebowski Fest Returns to SF on Oct. 11-12

The Dude Abides: Lebowski Fest Returns to SF on Oct. 11-12

Will Russell founded Lebowski Fest out of Louisville, Kentucky in 2002. Meant to be just a fun night of bowling, drinking and quoting lines from the Coen Brothers’ cult classic The Big Lebowski among friends, it soon blossomed into a full fledged festival that finds…

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Movie Review: ‘Rush’ Is Big and Flashy But Lacks Depth

Movie Review: ‘Rush’ Is Big and Flashy But Lacks Depth

Rush is Ron Howard’s most exciting film since 1995’s Apollo 13 and it appears he’s back to form after a pair of flops — Angels & Demons and The Dilemma. It’s a popcorn film in the truest sense, a sports drama that recalls it’s time…

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Movie Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shines in ‘Enough Said’

Movie Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shines in ‘Enough Said’

Let’s get it out of the way. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be forever immortalized as the socially inept, rhythmless Elaine Benes from Seinfeld — although she’s making a strong case with Selena Meyer in HBO’s Veep. Either way, she’s a student of Saturday Night Live having…

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Movie Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Explores Porn Addiction in ‘Don Jon’

Movie Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Explores Porn Addiction in ‘Don Jon’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the titular Jon “Don Jon” Martello, Jr. in his directorial debut, which he also wrote. The quintessential New Jersey-Italian native dubbed “Don Jon” by his friends (Rob Brown and Jeremy Luke), due to his ability to “pull dimes” with regularity at clubs,…

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Join James Hetfield for Bay Area Screenings of ‘Metallica Through The Never’ Tomorrow

Join James Hetfield for Bay Area Screenings of ‘Metallica Through The Never’ Tomorrow

James Hetfield, frontman of legendary Bay Area band Metallica, will be in attendance at two IMAX 3D screenings of the band’s new film Metallica Through The Never on Thursday, September 26. The film, which recently had it’s Bay Area premiere at the Mill Valley Film…

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Movie Review: ‘Prisoners’ Doesn’t Let Go

Movie Review: ‘Prisoners’ Doesn’t Let Go

Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners has a deceivingly simple premise: two young girls go missing and a search for them gets underway. The film has all the makings of a straightforward crime thriller, but where it really shines is in its ability to explore the psychology of…

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Midnites For Maniacs Returns with Back To School: Suburban Utopia

Midnites For Maniacs Returns with Back To School: Suburban Utopia

San Francisco’s best running underground film series returns tomorrow, September 20, with its patented triple bill. Playing on the September theme of beginning a new school year, the bill is being presented as Back to Skool: Suburbian Utopia. Host Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, rightfully self-dubbed The…

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