Archive for March, 2015

Abel Ferrara Saves Dull Weekend
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Abel Ferrara Saves Dull Weekend

Cinematic provocateur Abel Ferrara saves what could be an unimpressive movie opening weekend with an outrageous fictionalization of the DSK affair. The types of people flocking to Fifty Shades of Gray and other weaker fare will of course flee shrieking. The right sort of San Francisco audience will of course love it and thank the […]

New Czech Film Weekend
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New Czech Film Weekend

Milos Forman and Dusan Makavejev are two of the most internationally familiar names from Czech film. Will any of the five Czech movies screening this weekend at the Roxie Theater herald the arrival of a new Czech film auteur? Come by and take a look. Czech That Film Festival The fourth edition of the Czech […]

It Follows That Two Gays Matter
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It Follows That Two Gays Matter

It follows that the must-see movie opening this weekend is a horror film that ties sex and death together in an unexpected way. Also suggested must-sees are documentary portraits of two different gay men: a debunker of fake psychics and a young man killed in a nationally notorious hate crime. Readers are particularly encouraged to […]

Film Noir Weekend
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Film Noir Weekend

The Roxie Theater plays host to two particularly intriguing cinematic events in the coming week. There’s the big ticket event of a series of international film noir from the folks who brought the highly popular The French Had A Name For It French film noir series last year. The other event is an evening devoted […]

Climate Change Deniers and Other Liars
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Climate Change Deniers and Other Liars

Liars of various stripes, such as professional climate change deniers, are the subjects of several strong films opening this week. A hoaxster parlays a fake desperate past to literary fame. An iconoclastic filmmaker’s professional lies (aka Hollywood films) proved too much for the film industry. College campus authorities lie about rape problems to protect the […]

CAAMFest Week Begins
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CAAMFest Week Begins

CAAMFest 2015 The Center For Asian American Media’s annual film festival, CAAMFest, begins its 2015 edition this week. The festival offers attendees a chance to see up-and-coming Asian and Asian-American filmmaking talent, be reintroduced to venerated masters of Asian-American film, and even be exposed for the first time to new foods and music. As might […]

Revenge Weekend - 3/6/15
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Revenge Weekend – 3/6/15

Several films opening this week offer different takes on the subject of revenge. There’s straight-up bloodletting (The Salvation), old simmering grudges (Two Men In Town), and even the funny side of losing control and going barbaric (Wild Tales). The romantics out there might prefer the Filipino Crazy Beautiful You or The Second Best Marigold Hotel. […]

Go Bowie Or Spice Girls
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Go Bowie Or Spice Girls

Special screenings this week include the start of a series of films starring David Bowie and/or his music as well as the launch of a monthly music video sing-a-long spinning out from the S.F. IndieFest. Bigas Luna Tribute Bigas Luna is the Spanish filmmaker whose films launched the careers of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. […]