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Lego Of Your Silence, Wild City

The new Lego documentary and the new Dragonball movie may be the most high-profile non-Hollywood film openings for many people right now. However, the most worthwhile new films to catch hail from Indonesia and Hong Kong. Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequel to The Act Of Killing follows a brave optometrist who confronts genocidal killers. Ringo Lam returns to the feature director’s chair after a nearly dozen years’ absence with a blood-soaked hunt on the streets of Hong Kong for a suitcase full of bribery money.

Dragonball Z: Resurrection F

In the second Dragonball Z feature film supervised by series creator Akira Toriyama, the villainous Frieza has been resurrected and he wants revenge on the Z-fighters of Earth. To defeat him, Goku and Vegeta must develop new levels of power to stand a chance.

Opens August 4 at the Balboa Theatre and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

Drishyam

Hard working cable TV network owner Vijay Salgaonkar lives a simple life in rural India with his family. His major passion is that of being a movie fanatic. In a shocking turn of events, the disappearance of a teenage boy leads to Vijay and his family being considered the prime suspects in the crime. Can the network owner and his family weather the oppressive consequences of the police investigation?

Now at the AMC Mercado 20 and the Century San Francisco Centre 9

A Lego Brickumentary

Oscar-nominated short film directors Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson present a globe-trotting documentary about the famed Danish brick-building toy. The film shows everything from the origins of Lego to some of its famous fans (e.g. South Park‘s Trey Parker to some of the incredible uses of Legos (e.g. treating kids with autism). The results are, depending on your view, either an entertaining portrait of this versatile toy or a glorified infomercial.

Now at the Presidio Theatre and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

The Look Of Silence

This multiple award-winning documentary is Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequel to his acclaimed and disturbing documentary The Act Of Killing. Optometrist Adi learns that his brother was murdered during the 1965 Indonesian genocide as well as the identities of the perpetrators. Rather than follow others’ cue by remaining submissive and terrified, the optometrist does something brave and unexpected. He confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to take responsibility for their crimes.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Samba

This French comedy reunites The Intouchables team of directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano with star Omar Sy. Samba (Sy) is an undocumented Parisian kitchen worker who aspires to be a chef. When he’s threatened with deportation, Samba enlists the help of inexperienced but passionate immigration advocate Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The bond that develops between these two very different people inspires them to reinvent themselves.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Wild City

Ringo Lam, director of Hong Kong cinema action classics City On Fire and Full Contact, returns to feature film-making after a 10-year absence. Disgraced cop T-man (Louis Koo) now runs a bar in Hong Kong. One night, Chinese customer Yun gets plastered in his bar and T-Man is forced to be her designated driver. The next morning, while Yun tries to prevent T-Man’s stepbrother Chung from towing her car away, vicious Taiwanese gangsters kidnap her. It turns out Yun has a suitcase full of bribe money…and the gangsters want it back.

Now at the 4-Star Theatre and the Century 20 Daly City

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new film adapts Reif Larsen’s imaginative novel The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet. The titular Spivet is a 10-year-old cartographer and whiz kid who sets off on foot from Montana for Washington D.C. to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institution. However, he keeps his journey a secret from his quirky family, which includes his entomologist mother (Helena Bonham Carter). Jeunet makes wild and fanciful use of 3D visuals.

Now at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood and the Smith Rafael Film Center

About the Author

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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