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Chomsky Dissects US Economic Inequality

A documentary featuring Noam Chomsky talking about how economic inequality mushroomed in the US proves the most timely of the weekend’s openings.

In the better late than never category are two other weekend openings. One is an anime film from Isao Takahata that gets an official US theatrical release 25 years after it was made. The other is the debut feature from new Mexican director Isaac Ezban, which takes the repeating environment motif into horror territory. If readers missed Ezban’s film at its SF Indie Fest premiere, don’t miss it a second time.

For anime fans, the big draw will be the comparatively wide release of the new film from the director of Wolf Children.

Always Be My Maybe

Gerald Anderson and Arci Munoz play two people badly hurt by their failed relationships. After the two meet and help each other forget the pain of break-up, will they take the next step to full commitment…or will they remain fearful of even committing to each other?

Opens March 4 at the Century at Tanforan

The Boy And The Beast

The new film from award-winning anime director Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children) is an urban fantasy set in both the human and beast worlds. Shibuya street orphan Kyuta accidentally stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts. He survives thanks to being taken under the wing of the gruff warrior-beast Kumatetsu, who’s in need of an apprentice. Despite the duo’s constant bickering, they become a surrogate father and son. But that bond gets put to the test when they must confront a deep darkness threatening to throw both worlds into chaos.

Opens March 4 at the Century 20 Daly City, the Century at Tanforan, and the Century San Francisco Centre 9 (all in English dub), the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

The Incident

Readers unlucky enough to miss the West Coast debut of the films of Mexican dark fantasy director Isaac Ezban at the recent S.F. Indie Fest now have another chance to catch up. Ezban’s amazing debut feature gets a week-long theatrical screening at the Roxie Theater. It concerns two different groups of people: a trio of desperate men and a family on a tense road trip. What binds them are their becoming trapped in endlessly looped environments (an infinite highway, an endless staircase). Without any means of escape, what sort of meaningful lives can the members of either group forge for themselves in an endlessly repeating environment?

Opens March 4 at the Roxie Theater

Noam Chomsky: Requiem For The American Dream

Public intellectual Noam Chomsky has made a career of criticizing the shortcomings of both free-market capitalism and the American two-party system. Even at age 86, his critical senses remain sharp. This new documentary consists partly of interviews filmed over four years where Chomsky reflects on his political activism. But the meat of the film is Chomsky’s analysis of how America has become a nation of staggering economic inequality, a country where the middle class is dying and participatory democracy has become a basket case.

Opens March 4 at the Roxie Theater

Only Yesterday

25 years after it was made, Isao Takahata’s (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) critically acclaimed anime film finally gets an official American theatrical release. On a visit to family living in the Japanese countryside, 27-year-old Taeko begins remembering such events from her younger years as reaching puberty and the frustrations of learning math. But it’s only after meeting young farmer Toshio that Taeko’s memories and musings make her re-consider the arc of her life.

Opens March 4 at the Aquarius Theatre, the California Theatre, and the Embarcadero Center Cinema

The Wave

Kristian is a geologist who’s spending his last day at the Geiranger warning center before beginning his new oil company job. The center’s task is to warn people in town about any collapse occurring at Akerneset, a mountain towering over the major Norwegian tourist town in a constant state of possible avalanche. When Kristian discovers Akerneset is collapsing today, everybody in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to higher ground before a tsunami triggered by the avalance hits. But that’s only the beginning of trouble for Kristian and the other Geiranger survivors.

Opens March 4 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema and the Shattuck 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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