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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 Roxie for showing Ferrara’s newest film.

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Director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell My Queen) returns with a drama about a romantic triangle. Marc (Benoit Poelvoorde) and Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) accidentally meet one evening after Marc misses the train to Paris. Their night together shows them that they have a harmonious connection, but the potential couple never have a second meeting to build on it. Marc’s and Sylvie’s lives separate, with Marc marrying Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni). But fate will draw Marc and Sylvie into each other’s orbit again, for Sophie is Sylvie’s sister.

Now at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Apartment Troubles

A wannabe actress and a wannabe artist solve their New York City rent shortfall problem by heading to Los Angeles and staying with the wannabe artist’s aunt. Said aunt also happens to be a talent show judge. The two wannabes decide to enter the talent show in hopes of making it big, but wind up testing their friendship.

Now at the Roxie Theater

Serena

American Hustle stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence re-unite for this drama set in Depression-era North Carolina. George (Cooper) and Serena (Lawrence) Pemberton are newlyweds who build a timber empire and develop ambitions to match. But George’s hidden past and Serena’s own unshakeable fate will cause their marriage to unravel and lead to an eventual reckoning. Directed by Susanne Bier (In A Better World).

Now at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas

That Thing Called Tadhana

In this Filipino romantic comedy, a heartbroken man and woman accidentally meet thanks to the woman’s problems with airline baggage rules. They wind up travelling together and become friends. But can their friendship help mend their broken hearts?

Now at the Century at Tanforan

Welcome To New York

Director Abel Ferrara and international star Gerard Depardieu team up to tell a story loosely based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. Devereaux (Depardieu) is a French diplomat in New York City who lives a high life of sexual excess. But when he’s arrested for assaulting a chambermaid in a hotel room, his high-flying life starts tumbling down around him. This theatrical release is 15 minutes shorter than Ferrara’s more explicit version.

Now at the Roxie Theater

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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