Archive for January, 2016

Maggie Smith, Eastern European Treasure
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Maggie Smith, Eastern European Treasure

Maggie Smith stars in a delightful adaptation of playwright Alan Bennett’s memoir about his relationship with a homeless woman who lived in a van on his driveway. If you’re not in the mood for seeing an amazing performance by Maggie Smith, there are delights from Eastern Europe and China also opening this weekend. The offerings […]

Son Of Saul, Cousin Of Conan
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Son Of Saul, Cousin Of Conan

If you had to choose one new movie to see this long weekend, the critical consensus would point to the Holocaust drama Son of Saul. It deals with a man trying to do the right thing in a horribly compromised moral situation. Of the other films opening this weekend, a Bangkok-set Chinese action comedy channels […]

David Bowie Cinematic Wake
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David Bowie Cinematic Wake

The passing of LGBT icon David Bowie earlier this week has spurred public tributes of various sorts. For the cinematically inclined, several theaters around the Bay Area offer chances to get together with fellow Bowie fans. They can choose from seeing Bowie’s performance as the Goblin King or even sing along to a few of […]

Charlie Kaufman Puppet Show
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Charlie Kaufman Puppet Show

The must-see among this week’s openings is the new Charlie Kaufman film. It harkens back a little to Being John Malkovich because puppets are involved. But beneath the bizarre setup created by Charlie Kaufman and co-director Duke Johnson, there is a pulsing and very human story at their film’s core. Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New […]