Archive for July, 2015

Old Sherlock Holmes
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Old Sherlock Holmes

Ian Mc Kellen’s turn as an elderly Sherlock Holmes is probably the art film opening that will be the easiest to see. However, there are a number of strong films that are also worth seeing this weekend. These include a documentary about the Jordan Davis murder, an acclaimed film set during Mexico’s 1999 University Strike, […]

S.F. Jewish Film Festival 35 Preview
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S.F. Jewish Film Festival 35 Preview

35th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Preview The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (hereafter SFJFF) has seen changes both cultural and technical in its 35 years of existence. It has gone from being in 1980 the only Jewish film festival of its kind to now being one of 150 similar festivals around the world. Celluloid […]

David Cronenberg & A Plant-Based Diet
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David Cronenberg & A Plant-Based Diet

This week’s special screenings include the French film remade as Scarlet Street, a documentary portrait of a man who creates music from scrap metal, and a classic David Cronenberg psychological thriller. Future David Cronenberg films to be screened by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the next couple of months include the J.G. […]

Amy Winehouse Rocks Your Weekend
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Amy Winehouse Rocks Your Weekend

A good number of this weekend’s openings deal with the subject of music and/or musicians. The must-sees will probably be a previously unreleased documentary from late local filmmaker Les Blank and Asif Kapadia’s portrait of the late Amy Winehouse. Micah Whitehouse and Blake Fielder will definitely not praise Kapadia’s film, though. Other worthwhile films this […]

Joe Hill Biopic At LaborFest
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Joe Hill Biopic At LaborFest

A rarely screened biopic of legendary labor activist and singer Joe Hill highlights this year’s FilmWorks United program at the 22nd annual LaborFest. This annual celebration of worker culture is held in honor of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike and the West Coast Maritime Strike. The FilmWorks United section of LaborFest offers films and […]

What's Playing At The Roxie?
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What’s Playing At The Roxie?

July 4th proves a light weekend for art film movie premieres. For classic movie fans and even those who’ve seen The Third Man before, the new digital restoration will prove visually eye-popping. For those seeking new films to watch, the Roxie Theater is the place to go. The best choice would be the coming-of-age (and […]