Archive for February, 2015

Naruto Boorman and Moore - 2/27/15
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Naruto Boorman and Moore – 2/27/15

Sequel fans depending on their taste will check out either the last Naruto movie or John Boorman’s “10 years after Hope And Glory” film in this weekend’s openings. But the must-see film of the week is an acclaimed Israeli divorce drama. On the other hand, the new Cronenberg film starring Julianne Moore will either be […]

Batkid Doc Begins 25th Cinequest
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Batkid Doc Begins 25th Cinequest

The silver anniversary edition of San Jose’s Cinequest Film Festival kicked off with a screening of a documentary about San Francisco’s Batkid. Dana Nachman’s Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World, the Cinequest Opening Night Film, recounted how Miles Scott’s wish to be Batkid for a day wound up involving everyone from San Francisco […]

Cameroon To Chinatown - 2/23/15
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Cameroon To Chinatown – 2/23/15

World travel links this week’s special film screenings.  Among the places visited are Cameroon’s LGBT community, the mahjong parlors of New York City’s Chinatown, and a Sweden of loneliness and violence.  For those who want to stick to San Francisco’s streets, there’s chaos and comedy galore in a classic Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy film. 48 Hours The Mechanics Institute’s […]

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Art/Indie 2015 Oscar Nominees

Art/Indie 2015 Oscar Nominees Declining  viewing figures has been one of the banes of the Oscar telecast.  My cynical guess why this has happened is that potential viewers might not have heard of most of the Oscar nominees.   Nowadays, many of the Oscar nominees aren’t heavily advertised releases a la Guardians of the Galaxy.  Instead, […]

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Cinequest 2015 & Noise Pop 2015 Premiere

2015 Noise Pop Film Festival San Francisco’s annual Noise Pop festival celebrates alternative culture, particularly music, with live musical performances in various venues across San Francisco.  This year’s Noise Pop film festival offers music-themed films on subjects ranging from saxophone player Rahsaan Roland Kirk to a program of Spike Jonze’s skate videos to a film about the […]

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Special Screening February 2015

This Week: From David Carr To Baaad Beatles Your 1- to 2-day only screening highlight for the week is the Roxie tribute to late NY Times columnist David Carr.  First, you get the Andrew Rossi documentary Page One, where Carr plays a central role.  Then you get David Carr talking with Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden about Citizenfour. Also […]

Cinequest 25 - Art Film Bay Area
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Coming Soon: Cinequest Turns 25 et al.

San Jose-based film festival Cinequest began in 1990 with screenings at the Camera 3 Theater which attracted 3,000 attendees.  This year, the festival co-founded by Halfdun Hussey and Kathleen Powell turns 25.   Over 100,000 people now attend the festival, which has expanded to several different venues in San Jose’s downtown including the California Theatre and the […]