Archive for December, 2015

Birdman And Other Top 2014 Films (Part 2)
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Birdman And Other Top 2014 Films (Part 2)

The Top 2015 Films list hasn’t gotten to the compilation stage as there are still worthy contenders such as Carol which need to be screened. Until then, here’s a much-belated look back at Birdman and other familiar and obscure films which were highlights of this writer’s 2014. 10.  Class Enemy One of the joys of […]

Have Yourself A Casablanca Christmas
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Have Yourself A Casablanca Christmas

Special screenings are understandably light this week. But if you’re tired of the umpteenth screening of a holiday special, why not check out the Humphrey Bogart classic Casablanca? Alternately, you could make your Christmas Day sexy with a screening of Prince’s Purple Rain. Have fun, whatever you catch. Purple Rain Instead of a White Christmas, […]

A Mustang Christmas
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A Mustang Christmas

Christmas weekend openings are light on the foreign film front as the following listings show. If just one film had to be picked for viewing, go with Mustang. Not only is it a Cannes prize-winner, but Mustang might wind up being a Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee. Beauty And The Bestie In this Filipino action […]

Shah Rukh Khan vs. Ranveer Singh
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Shah Rukh Khan vs. Ranveer Singh

Hollywood is currently seeing a clash between JJ Abrams and Quentin Tarantino over the releases of their much-anticipated holiday blockbusters. Bollywood is also undergoing its own cinematic clash of the titans. In one corner is a historical epic drama starring Ranveer Singh. Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan occupies the other corner with a film that […]

Martin Scorsese Classic Turns 35
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Martin Scorsese Classic Turns 35

The Roxie’s 35th anniversary screening of the Martin Scorsese classic biopic Raging Bull is just one reason to check out alternative screenings this week. Another is an introduction to the weird animated short films of the Brothers Quay courtesy of Christopher Nolan. For those whose cinematic tastes run a whole lot wilder than a Martin […]

Cate Blanchett And Other Oscar Winners
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Cate Blanchett And Other Oscar Winners

Cate Blanchett stars in one of several films opening this week featuring Oscar winners. Michael Caine and Jane Fonda star in a new film directed by Paolo Sorrentino, of The Great Beauty fame. Last year’s Best Actor winner takes on another real-life person far different from the theoretical scientist he famously portrayed. And Cate Blanchett […]

Latin Boogaloo To Industrial Music
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Latin Boogaloo To Industrial Music

Music, laughter, and the past dominate this week of special screenings. For music lovers, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts offers documentaries on everything from Latin Boogaloo to industrial music. The Castro Theatre offers the opportunity to sing along to The Sound Of Music. Laughter comes from the Roxie screenings of two comedy classics: […]

Janis Joplin Remembered Anew
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Janis Joplin Remembered Anew

A bisexuality-free documentary about Janis Joplin is just one of the notable openings this weekend. Veteran documentarian Patricio Guzman considers water and Chile’s past. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard headline a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Scottish Play. An acclaimed semi-autobiographical drama from Sundance makes its theatrical debut. And a documentary looks at clashes around […]