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Celebrate Hard Times During the Holidays With Midnites For Maniacs At Castro and Roxie Theatres

Celebrate Hard Times During the Holidays With Midnites For Maniacs At Castro and Roxie Theatres

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks (the Maniac) returns yet again to the Castro and Roxie Theatres Friday, December 20 with his final event of 2013. Appropriately enough, he’ll be screening Christmas films which, as per usual Maniac style, are underappreciated or underrated in some way. Ficks doesn’t…

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Stage Review: Alicia Dattner’s ‘The Oy of Sex’

Stage Review: Alicia Dattner’s ‘The Oy of Sex’

The Oy of Sex, at the Marsh Theater through January 18, is the newest solo show from standup comedian and spiritualist Alicia Dattner, whose previous show Eat, Pray, Laugh! told the story of her travels in India.

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Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit ‘ Improves While Stumbling

Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit ‘ Improves While Stumbling

Picking up where The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leaves off, The Desolation of Smaug doesn’t take long to get right back into the action. Although roughly the same length as the first film (near three hours), Smaug feels much tighter and tauter. It’s the nature…

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Movie Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Is All Fluff

Movie Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Is All Fluff

Audiences are sure to respond to John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) story of how Mary Poppins jumped from the page to the screen, and while it’s a pleasant enough experience, it lacks any real gumption to do anything but squeeze in on the ballots…

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Sketchfest to Return With Napolean Dynamite, Tenacious D, Amy Schumer

Sketchfest to Return With Napolean Dynamite, Tenacious D, Amy Schumer

San Francisco’s annual Sketchfest comedy marathon will return January 23 to February 9 with a 10th anniversary screening of Napolean Dynamite with lead actor Jon Heder and musical comedy duo Tenacious D.

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Point Break Live! Adds More DNA Lounge Dates

Point Break Live! Adds More DNA Lounge Dates

After a three-show run for Point Break Live! quickly sold out, organizers announced six more shows at DNA Lounge for early 2014.

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Now Playing: Frozen, Hole in the Head, or Tall & Happy

Now Playing: Frozen, Hole in the Head, or Tall & Happy

It’s an odd mix of films as Hollywood adjusts to the Catching Fire phenomenon. But this Thanksgiving week, we have a few suggestions: go for a walk; give thanks for whatever you have — remember that there’s somebody who has less stuff and/or more problems…

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Movie Review: Jason Statham’s ‘Homefront’ Isn’t a Safe Place

Movie Review: Jason Statham’s ‘Homefront’ Isn’t a Safe Place

A Jason Statham led flick with James Franco as the primary villain, co-starring Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth, and with a script from Sylvester Stallone — yes, that Sylvester Stallone — sounds intriguing. Not in the sense that it could be a quality film, the…

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Now Playing: Catching Fire, Nebraska & Cinema by the Bay

Now Playing: Catching Fire, Nebraska & Cinema by the Bay

Finally, after much build up, we all get a chance to catch fire. And it seems the movie is actually worthy of the hype. But if the crowds are too much, there will be plenty of great lower budget / more indie style films like…

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Movie Review: ‘Nebraska’ The Dying Frontier

Movie Review: ‘Nebraska’ The Dying Frontier

Alexander Payne’s latest film — following 2011’s excellent The Descendents — is a meditation on family, the past, and impending death. Payne’s decision to film in black and white, yet still focus on the gorgeous dilapidated midwest landscape, strips the film down to the bones…

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Cinema By The Bay Presented by San Francisco Film Society November 22 – 24

Cinema By The Bay Presented by San Francisco Film Society November 22 – 24

San Francisco Film Society’s 2013 Fall Season is coming to an end by keeping it local. From November 22 – 24 they will be presenting Cinema By The Bay at The Roxie Theater in the Mission, a fitting venue of local stature.. After scoping out…

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San Francisco Film Society Presents New Italian Cinema Nov. 13 – 17

San Francisco Film Society Presents New Italian Cinema Nov. 13 – 17

Celebrating its 17th year, the New Italian Cinema mini-festival is back at Landmark’s Clay Theater. The festival is part of the San Francisco Film Society’s Fall Season and like it’s other Fall Series festivals — French Cinema Now and Taiwan Film Days — it’s intent…

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