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Stage Review: ‘The Suit’ Tells a Tragic Tale of South Africa

Stage Review: ‘The Suit’ Tells a Tragic Tale of South Africa

Ethereal, melancholic, and beautiful, The Suit, playing now at American Conservatory Theater through May 18th,  shows us the humanity and pain of relationships. Adapted from a short story by Can Themba, the play tells the story of a young couple, Mathilda and her doting husband…

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Movie Review: ‘Locke’ Is One Stressful Car Ride

Movie Review: ‘Locke’ Is One Stressful Car Ride

The brilliance of Locke isn’t that it’s completely self-contained to one car and its driver Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), but that within that limitation it creates such a well rounded and thrilling story. Written and directed by Steven Knight, the only character on screen is…

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Movie Review: Andrew Garfield Swings Again In Unnecessary Spider-Man 2

Movie Review: Andrew Garfield Swings Again In Unnecessary Spider-Man 2

The problem with Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise isn’t that it came on the immediate heels of Sam Raimi’s trilogy — although that doesn’t help — it’s that their intentions are to please cineplex audiences through gimmicks like a lame post-3D conversion rather than…

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Q&A: Comedian Caitlin Gill Gives Us the Business

Q&A: Comedian Caitlin Gill Gives Us the Business

A rising voice in the Bay Area’s comedy scene, Caitlin Gill got her start working open mics around San Francisco before becoming a regular at events like SF Sketchfest and a member of local comedy troupe the Business. In addition to regular gigs locally, her…

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Rachel Rosen Gives a Behind the Scenes Look at San Francisco Film Festival

Rachel Rosen Gives a Behind the Scenes Look at San Francisco Film Festival

The 57th San Francisco Film Festival is back April 24 and through May 8 with more than 165 films and numerous events and award nights. This year features some exciting films and guests like Jeremy Irons and Richard Linklater. Rachel Rosen, the Director of Programming…

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Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’ Doesn’t Live Up To Its Title

Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’ Doesn’t Live Up To Its Title

Wally Pfister is best known as the cinematographer on most of Christopher Nolan’s films. After working with the director on all of his films since Memento, he’s decided to change course and direct himself. Transcendence owes a lot to his close relationship with Nolan. Not…

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Movie Review: Jude Law Hits Rock Bottom In ‘Dom Hemingway’

Movie Review: Jude Law Hits Rock Bottom In ‘Dom Hemingway’

Richard Shepard (The Matador, The Hunting Party) straddles his new film of a recently paroled safecracker between the modern age and the bygone era of classic 1970’s crime stories. Heavily steeped in, and even more heavily influenced by, those gritty, darkly comedic cult classics —…

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SF International Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

SF International Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

The San Francisco International Film Fest (SFIFF), one of the longest running film festivals in the country, has just announced the full line up for its 57th year. Taking place April 24 through May 8, this year’s festival boasts 168 films, including 74 Narrative Features,…

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Stage Review: Campy Fun with ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Stage Review: Campy Fun with ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Full of big laughs and wild fun, Virgo Theatre Company’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and companion play Sleeping Beauty/Coma bring hilarious kitsch to Live Oak Theater in Berkeley through April 19.

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Stage Review: American Conservatory Theater Explores Relations of Power with ‘Venus in Fur’

Stage Review: American Conservatory Theater Explores Relations of Power with ‘Venus in Fur’

The smash Broadway hit Venus in Fur continues at the American Conservatory Theater through April 13 with an intriguing exploration of seduction and contemporary relations of power. When David Ives set out to write Venus in Fur, he originally intended to create a stage adaptation of…

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Movie Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Up Against Himself in ‘Enemy’

Movie Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Up Against Himself in ‘Enemy’

Although Enemy is the first of two collaborations with star Jake Gyllenhaal and Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, it was their second film Prisoners that debuted first last fall. That’s probably because although Prisoners is vibrant yet dark, it’s also a more straightforward thriller. Enemy is…

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Movie Review: Jason Bateman Dishes It Out in ‘Bad Words’

Movie Review: Jason Bateman Dishes It Out in ‘Bad Words’

After a career resurgence thanks to the phenomenon that became Arrested Development Jason Bateman made the successful leap into films. It’s only natural that his next step would be directing. Bad Words, while slight, shows his adeptness behind the camera and he provides himself with…

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