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Carey Mulligan Kicks Sexist Ass

Carey Mulligan provides the star power in this weekend’s openings. Her lead performance in Suffragette is said to redeem what critics call a flawed movie.

For better use of your weekend movie time, some other openings are perfect for this Halloween weekend. Welcome To Leith re-tells the real-life horror story of a notorious white supremacist trying to take over a North Dakota town. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi provides trickery with the banned director’s new end-run around Iranian government censorship. And All Things Must Pass provides nostalgic treats for those of you out there who fondly remember the late great Tower Records.

All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records

Tower Records was once a music industry powerhouse. At its height, the business had 200 stores in 30 countries on five continents. In 1999, it raked in $1 billion in sales. In 2006, it filed for bankruptcy. Was it the Internet that killed Tower? Director Colin Hanks’ documentary takes a look at the tumultuous history of this record store maverick, with interviews with store founder Russ Solomon and such music luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and David Geffen.

Opens October 30 at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Felix Manalo

This epic biopic follows the life of Felix Manalo, founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo church. It depicts the reasons why Manalo founded his own church instead of embracing Catholicism, his conflicts with other pastors who disputed Manalo’s claim that his ideas were based on the words of Christ, and how the INC eventually flourished in spite of Japanese World War II-era persecution.

Opens October 30 at the Century at Tanforan

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

Iranian film director Jafar Panahi’s latest film took the Golden Bear award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. This is a feat in itself as the Iranian government has officially banned Panahi from making films. In this new work, Panahi drives a cab through the streets of Tehran, picks up various fares, and has spirited conversations with the men and women he picks up. By absolutely utter coincidence (cough, cough), these conversations are recorded by a dashboard-mounted camera. The conversations range from comical (a niece cheerfully dissing Panahi’s interest in realism) to dramatic, but all are entertaining.

Opens October 30 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Marshland

It’s 1980 in Andalusia, a few years after the end of the Franco regime. A series of murders of teenage girls in a remote Andalusian town brings homicide detectives Juan and Pedro into town to solve the case. However, the investigation is hindered by both the town’s cover-up of its own dark history and the strong likelihood that Juan committed some horrifying acts while Franco was in power.

Opens October 30 at the Roxie Theater

Nasty Baby

The new film from Sebastian Silva (The Maid) concerns gay New York City couple Freddie (Silva) and Mo (TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe), who want to conceive a baby with best friend Polly (Kristen Wiig). Making the trio’s life utter hell is homophobic and aggressively crazy neighbor The Bishop, which inevitably leads to a messy confrontation.

Opens October 30 at the Roxie Theater

Suffragette

Mousy laundry worker and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) lives and works in 1910s Britain. It’s a time when women were openly treated as property and male bosses can publicly grope female workers without fear of consequence. These accepted indignities and a steadily worsening atmosphere of sexist oppression slowly transforms Maud into a suffragette. Galvanized by activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep in a cameo), Maud soon gets involved in the suffragettes’ efforts to give British women the vote. These efforts necessarily include what might be considered acts of domestic terrorism.

Opens October 30 at the Century San Francisco Centre 9 and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Welcome To Leith

Leith is a North Dakota ghost town whose 24 residents are either ranchers or family farmers. In 2012, outsider Craig Cobb joined the community and started buying up land and abandoned properties in Leith. The veteran residents assumed Cobb was in Leith to take advantage of the opportunities brought by the Bakken oil fields. But Cobb was also a notorious white supremacist who wanted to take over Leith’s city government. Alerted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and alarmed by Cobb’s own threatening behavior, the other residents of Leith sought a way to stop the plans of Cobb and the white supremacist family who joined him.

Opens October 30 at the Roxie Theater

The Witness

K-Pop star Luhan plays opposite Chinese actress Yang Mi in this Chinese remake of the Korean thriller Blind. The film concerns two witnesses to a murder who decide to collaborate to take the killer down. Yang Mi’s character is blind, which brings its own set of complications.

Opens October 30 At the AMC Metreon 16

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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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