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Movie Review: ‘Monuments Men’ Stumbles and Bores

Movie Review: ‘Monuments Men’ Stumbles and Bores

It’s not that George Clooney’s directorial effort, Monuments Men, is bad, it’s just that it’s so uninspired. Based on the true story of a group of Art History professors, architects, and artists tasked with finding and preserving art during World War II, Clooney casts a…

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Stage Review: Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater

Stage Review: Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater

Ubu Roi, playing now through February 23 at the Cutting Ball Theater, is a new vision of the historic work by the Cutting Ball’s artistic director Rob Melrose.

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Movie Review: ‘Labor Day’ Barely Misses The Mark

Movie Review: ‘Labor Day’ Barely Misses The Mark

It appears writer/director Jason Reitman hits all the right notes in his adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel Labor Day, and yet it just misses the mark. Beautiful to look at, and full of great performances — namely from Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Gatlin Griffith…

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Oscar Nominated Short Films Program Comes To San Francisco

Oscar Nominated Short Films Program Comes To San Francisco

Beginning on January 31 Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema will be screening all short films nomimated for 2014’s Academy Awards. Split into three programs — live action, animated, and documentary — the event is being presented by ShortHD, the Short Movie Channel, in conjunction with Magnolia…

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SF Independent Film Festival Returns for its Sweet 16

SF Independent Film Festival Returns for its Sweet 16

The San Francisco Independent Film Fest (SF Indie) returns February 6 through February 20 for its 16th year anniversary. This year will see screenings and events on both sides of the Bay, settling in at its long-time homes of the Roxie and Brava Theater in San Francisco, with selections also playing at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater.

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Five Highlights from Noir City Film Festival

Five Highlights from Noir City Film Festival

Noir City, San Francisco’s annual film noir festival, returns to the Castro Theater January 24 to February 2. For the first time in it’s 12 year run, the festival will feature international films to challenge the widely held idea that Noir is a purely American genre. Here are a few highlights of the 27-film series.

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Noir City 12 Returns to Castro Theatre on January 24

Noir City 12 Returns to Castro Theatre on January 24

Pulp cinema film festival Noir City is back for its 12th year, taking over the Castro Theatre January 24 through February 2. This year, they’re doing things a bit differently and offering an international slate of classic noir films, dispelling the common theory that the…

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SFMOMA Presents Moving Portraits: Films and Short Works of Mike Mills at Roxie Theater

SFMOMA Presents Moving Portraits: Films and Short Works of Mike Mills at Roxie Theater

On January 26, director Mike Mills will be on hand at the Roxie Theater to premiere his new SFMOMA curated film, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project as part of their Live Projects 3: Project Los Altos along…

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2014 Academy Award Nominations Announced

2014 Academy Award Nominations Announced

The 2014 Academy Awards nominations are out and there is still plenty of time to catch some of the year’s best films before the awards ceremony on March 2. For the second year in a row, David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) is living large…

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Berlin & Beyond Film Festival Returning To Castro Theatre Jan. 15-19

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival Returning To Castro Theatre Jan. 15-19

Back for it’s 18th year, The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will once again descend upon San Francisco and the Castro Theatre. Beginning January 15th, it will run through the 19th before it moves over to the Goethe Institut for two nights on January 20th…

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Top 10 Films of 2013

Top 10 Films of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s that time to put the year into perspective. That means going back through everything that’s happened this year and figuring out what really stood out and made itself known. In film, it means going back through all the…

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Movie Review: ‘Her’ Is A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Tale Of True Love

Movie Review: ‘Her’ Is A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Tale Of True Love

Her is set sometime in the not-too-distant future of Los Angeles. Instead of flying cars, writer and director Spike Jonze dresses up his characters in high waisted pants and removes mice and keyboards from computer desks. Video games are played not on TV screens, but…

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