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Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’ Is Back From Near Extinction

Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’ Is Back From Near Extinction

Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla is a benchmark in what not to do with a beloved creature of carnage. Completely missing the mark and leaving a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, the Japanese-created monster lay dormant for the better part of two decades. Now 16 years…

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Carrie Brownstein Brings Portlandia to San Francisco

Carrie Brownstein Brings Portlandia to San Francisco

In years past, it was much more likely Carrie Brownstein would be passing through San Francisco with a guitar in hand, playing to a packed club as part of her numerous musical outlets, namely Sleater-Kinney. Then in 2011, she made her acting debut with Fred…

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Stage Review: ‘Communique No 10′ Explores Riots and Race

Stage Review: ‘Communique No 10′ Explores Riots and Race

The Cutting Ball Theater’s production of Communique No 10 bursts out of the gate with incredible, anarchic energy that grabs the audience from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the lights come back on. Celebrating it’s U.S. premiere at the EXIT through May…

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San Francisco Documentary Film Festival Announces Lineup

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival Announces Lineup

The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival is back for its 13 year on June 5 through June 19, 2014. Screenings will take place at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre and Brava Theatre, with Oakland School of the Arts’ Marion E. Greene Black Box Theater debuting as…

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Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’ Lets It All Hang Out

Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’ Lets It All Hang Out

Neighbors has two things going for it: genuine laughs and Zac Efron’s abs. Seriously, that’s the dynamic the film creates. Although Seth Rogen is now firmly established in the annals of comedic history, he needs to adapt to survive. Although not old by any means…

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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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