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Richard Gere Goes Homeless

No complete winner among this week’s openings. Aviva Kempner’s documentary on Julius Rosenwald and his amazing philanthropy towards the African-American community will definitely make you believe in humanity’s potential for goodness. Richard Gere provides the high profile among this week’s openings with his starring turn as a homeless man trying to escape the streets of New York City.

Otherwise, if you don’t feel like gambling with an Indian version of 24, this might be a good weekend to catch up on such films as Phoenix or Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Ex With Benefits

Adam and Arkisha were lovers at medical school ten years ago. After Arkisha disappears for unknown reasons, Adam has remained single and heartbroken. Fate brings the duo together again. Arkisha is now a top medical representative while Adam is now a famed sports doctor. Arkisha’s company has a new painkiller whose success will be assured if Adam endorses the drug. But how do you ask the man whose heart you broke for such a career-defining favor?

Opens September 11 at the Century at Tanforan

Hero

Nikhil Advani directs this remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 Bollywood classic. Sooraj is a Mumbai gangster. Radha is the daughter of the Mumbai Chief of Police. Sooraj uses a ruse to kidnap Radha, and by the time she realizes the truth the two of them have fallen in love. However, complications arise in the form of romantic rival Ranvijay.

Opens September 11 at the AMC Mercado 20

Listening

Penniless grad students and best friends David and Ryan are trying to achieve fame and fortune from developing their theories on harnessing the human mind. With the help of fellow student Jordan, mind-reading technology is developed. But when a secretive government agency wants to control and weaponize the mind-reading invention, David wants to find a way to stop the invention from being misused.

Opens September 11 at the 4-Star Theatre

Phantom

What do you get when you cross 24 with a Bollywood film? The answer is Kabir Khan’s cinematic adaptation of Hussain Zaidi’s speculative novel Mumbai Avengers. On November 26, 2008, militants from the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba conducted a three day assault on Mumbai hotels, tourist spots, and a railway station. By the time the attack was over, 166 people were dead. The masterminds behind the attack have never been brought to justice. Khan’s film asks what if the Indian army covertly assigns disgraced army officer Daniyal Khan to use any means necessary to flush out the men responsible for the Mumbai massacre. His world-hopping exploits are done in the company of a beautiful aid worker from Doctors Without Borders. Needless to say, this film is not recommended for those who hate visible anti-Pakistan attitudes as well as misrepresentations of Doctors Without Borders.

Opens September 11 at the AMC Mercado 20

Rosenwald

Director Aviva Kempner (Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg) brings the tale of another forgotten Jewish-American hero. Her subject, Julius Rosenwald, turned the Sears Roebuck Co. into a justly famed national department store chain. But Rosenwald’s philanthropy matched his business acumen for greatness. The over 5,000 schools he had built in the Jim crow-era South gave rural blacks their first real taste of education. His Rosenwald Fund grants helped jumpstart the careers of such African-American icons as James Baldwin, Gordon Parks, and Alberta Savage. Punctuated with some amazing film clips, this documentary tells an amazing tale.

Opens September 11 at the Opera Plaza Cinema, the Shattuck Cinemas, and the Smith Rafael Film Center

Time Out Of Mind

George (Richard Gere) is a homeless man adrift on New York City’s unforgiving streets. As a last resort, he winds up at Bellevue Hospital’s homeless intake center. But it is there that he meets a veteran shelter dweller (Ben Vereen), andbegins hoping he can repair his ties with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone). Written and directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger).

Opens September 11 at the Opera Plaza Cinema

Wolf Totem

Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear) adapts Lu Jiamin’s controversial Chinese novel. During the Cultural Revolution, student Chen Zhen travels to a remote Inner Mongolian village to teach the local villagers. The local wolves so entrance Chen that he takes in a wolf cub and raises it. If Chen’s superior learns he didn’t kill the wolf cub despite being ordered to do so, then trouble awaits.

Opens September 11 at the AMC Mercado 20, the AMC Van Ness 14, the Century 20 Daly City, the Century San Francisco Centre 9, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

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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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