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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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Cowabunga, dude! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turn 30 in San Francisco

Cowabunga, dude! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turn 30 in San Francisco

Thirty years ago, a team of fearsome fighting animals sprang to life, emerging not from green ooze, as their later origin story would posit, but from the imaginations of two independent comic book artists working in their home-turned studio. One night Kevin Eastman drew a…

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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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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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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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