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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 “self-absorb.” Alex Ross Perry’s new film Listen Up Philip takes this worn character and catches him just…

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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 films, like Biutiful, Babel, and 21 Grams that often descend into the truly miserable, so it was quite the surprise when it was announced he was making a comedy with Michael Keaton as a has…

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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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Interactive Map Shares Location of 200 Movies Filmed in San Francisco

Interactive Map Shares Location of 200 Movies Filmed in San Francisco

From Bullit‘s classic car chase scene to drag queen cult favorite Vegas In Space, a new interactive map from MapHook tracks more than 200 movies filmed on location in San Francisco. Listed with location and release date, the MapHook map is one of the most…

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Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Isn’t Evolved

Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Isn’t Evolved

French writer/director Luc Besson is best known for creating hard bent female characters like Nikita, as well as The Professional staring a kid Natalie Portman. However, he’s turned more towards writing and producing in recent years and his directorial pieces haven’t really been anything to…

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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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‘Gorgeous’ at Asian Art Museum Challenges the Conventions of Beauty

‘Gorgeous’ at Asian Art Museum Challenges the Conventions of Beauty

Gorgeous, an exhibition of 72 pieces taken from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, aims to examine the varying standards of beauty that lead to us calling something gorgeous. The new exhibition encourages attendees to evaluate what…

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Photos: A Night of Grit and Glamour at the Asian Art Museum

Photos: A Night of Grit and Glamour at the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum celebrated the opening of its Gorgeous collaborative exhibition with SFMOMA on Friday with an evening Grit & Glamour party featuring dancers, models, DJs and more.

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Stage Review: Loyalty and Betrayal in The Orphan of Zhao

Stage Review: Loyalty and Betrayal in The Orphan of Zhao

A gripping tale of murder, treachery and revenge, The Orphan of Zhao is playing now through June 29th at the American Conservatory Theater. For this production, ACT reaches far back into the history of Chinese theater to stage what has been called the Chinese Hamlet….

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