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The Flatulent Corpse Of Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe co-stars in this weekend’s most polarizing opening. Is Swiss Army Man an exercise in juvenile humor? Or has Daniel Radcliffe stretched himself with another out-of-the-box performance?

Viewers seeking something a little less outre can check out an adaptation of another John Le Carre thriller or a new bit of cinematic misanthropy from Todd Solondz. Speaking of Solondz, would he be the perfect director for a Zappa biopic?

Buddymoon

Documentary director Alex Simmons breaks into fiction feature film-making. Former best man Flula (YouTube sensation Flula Borg) suggests a way to salvage the honeymoon plans of David (Grimm‘s David Giuntoli) after he gets jilted by his fiancee. The two men will go on the week-long trek through Oregon’s mountains David intended for his wife-to-be. But what David and Flula didn’t expect was to cross paths with a conspiracy theorist and a rather bloodthristy wolf…or for their friendship to be severely tested.

Opens July 1 at the Presidio Theatre

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

Director Thorsten Schutte tells the life story of cult musician Frank Zappa using footage spanning Zappa’s 30-year career. The self-taught Zappa credibly created both orchestral works and novelty music. This genius was also a prominent opponent of music censorship. Zappa newbies will probably be lost. But those who can appreciate Zappa’s semi-misanthropic intelligence will be highly entertained.

Opens July 1 at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

No One’s Life Is Easy

Journalist Miaomiao Fang accidentally takes a very revelatory picture of top Korean star Zhun Hou. To protect his public image, Zhun retaliates by getting Miaomiao fired from her magazine. The unemployed journalist takes on a new mission: destroy Zhun at all costs.

Opens July 1 at the AMC Metreon 16

Our Kind Of Traitor

Ewan Mc Gregor and Naomie Harris star in this adaptation of the John Le Carre best-seller. While vacationing in Marrakech, ordinary couple Perry (Mc Gregor) and Gail (Harris) befriend charismatic Russian Dima (Stellan Skarsgard). The couple agrees to help deliver Dima’s classified information to British Secret Services. Perry and Gail’s act turns them into pawns in a globe-hopping game of danger and betrayal.

Opens July 1 at the AMC Metreon 16, the California Theatre, the Century 20 Daly City, the Piedmont Theatre, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Swiss Army Man

Sundance 2016’s polarizing “Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse” movie gets its theatrical release. Shipwrecked Hank (Paul Dano) considers suicide to escape the desert island he’s marooned on. But after a talking corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore, the duo embark on an epic adventure. At the end of the road might be the woman of Hank’s dreams.

Opens July 1 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the AMC Metreon 16, the Century 20 Daly City, the CineArts Sequoia, the Marina Theatre, the Piedmont Theatre, the Shattuck Cinemas, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Wedding Doll

Hagit has both talent and a slight mental deficiency. Her divorced mother Sara works as a hotel chambermaid and has dedicated her life to Hagit’s care. The younger woman secretly dreams of independence and marriage. Hagit’s affair with the toilet paper factory owner’s son promises to fulfill her dream. But when the factory owner announces his plans to close the factory, Hagit’s and Sara’s lives get seriously shaken up.

Opens July 1 at the Roxie Theater and the Smith Rafael Film Center

Wiener-Dog

Todd Solondz’s new film is NOT a sequel to his classic Welcome To The Dollhouse. Instead, it’s a collection of four misanthropic stories linked by a cute dachshund puppy who gets shuffled from owner to owner. Over the course of the film, the puppy encounters a scriptwriter (Danny De Vito), a bitter woman (Ellen Burstyn), and a veterinary nurse (Greta Gerwig).

Opens July 1 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the Embarcadero Center Cinemas and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

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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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