Archive for April, 2016

Loving The Louvre And Other Museums
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Loving The Louvre And Other Museums

In a weekend where the 59th edition of the SF International Film Festival is still going strong, the best film opening this weekend is Alexander Sokurov’s part-cinematic essay, part dramatic recreation regarding the history of the Louvre. But Sokurov’s scope is wider than just doing a cinematic love letter to the Louvre. Of the rest […]

10 Films From Week 2 Of SFIFF 59
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10 Films From Week 2 Of SFIFF 59

Missed such San Francisco International Film Festival 59 (herafter, SFIFF 59) films as Chevalier or Assassination Classroom? Fear not, SFIFF 59 continues for another week. Here are some worthwhile films from Week 2 of SFIFF 59, including a couple of notable Sundance films as well as new work from such filmmakers as Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Audrie […]

Elvis Presley Meets Frank Underwood
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Elvis Presley Meets Frank Underwood

A fictionalization of the meeting between Elvis Presley and old Tricky Dick is the subject of one of two high-profile films opening this weekend. Tom Hanks stars in the other high-profile opening of the week, an adaptation of a Dave Eggers novel about culture clash in Saudi Arabia. The unsuspecting punk rock band in a […]

Cinematically Stoned On April 20
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Cinematically Stoned On April 20

April 20 may not be a day for lighting up in even certain San Francisco movie theaters. But some of this week’s special screenings will offer other highs beyond those resulting from inhaling celebratory 4/20 Day pot smoke. There’s a screening of one of the classics of world cinema as well as a first-hand look […]

10 Events At The 2016 SF Green Film Festival
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10 Events At The 2016 SF Green Film Festival

The 2016 edition of the SF Green Film Festival is here. This means San Francisco will be treated to environmental-themed films this weekend on subjects ranging from fracking to climbing Denali to COP21. Given the many events on tap, even missing SF Green Film Festival opener Josh Fox’ How To Let Go Of The World […]

Double The Shah Rukh Khan
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Double The Shah Rukh Khan

Ready to see Bollywood’s Shah Rukh Khan play both an actor and his obsessed fan? That’s the plot of probably the most popular film opening this weekend. But for those who are not Shah Rukh Khan fans, there are other intriguing cinematic things worth partaking. How about an irreverent look at William Shakespeare’s lost years, […]

Don Cheadle Is Miles Davis
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Don Cheadle Is Miles Davis

As can be seen below, the Jake Gyllenhaal-Naomi Watts starrer is the most high-profile of the weekend’s openings. But some of the offerings showing on one or two screens are also worth checking out. Don Cheadle makes his directorial debut playing legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. For those who don’t want to see Cheadle as […]

Marion Cotillard In Steampunk France
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Marion Cotillard In Steampunk France

A delightful alternate world adventure, the French animated feature April and the Extraordinary World (hereafter April) is a triumphant collaboration among directors Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci (producers of Persepolis), renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi and star Marion Cotillard. April takes the viewer to an Earth which never knew the blights of two World Wars […]

Hiddleston Goes Country
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Hiddleston Goes Country

A turn by Tom Hiddleston as country music legend Hank Williams will probably make I Saw The Light the most high-profile film currently in the art film theaters. But as the reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice show, high-profile doesn’t necessarily mean excellence in filmmaking. I’d recommend waiting until High-Rise comes out to […]