Archive for December, 2016

Octavia Spencer Shows Mad Engineering Skillz
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Octavia Spencer Shows Mad Engineering Skillz

2016 ends with a light weekend for new art film movie openings. The most high-profile opening shows Octavia Spencer displaying her character’s engineering skills. She, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae play women involved in the Space Race whose ambitions clash with societal racism and sexism. The Roxie’s programming offers interesting films not starring Octavia […]

Isabelle Huppert Gets A Fresh Start On Life
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Isabelle Huppert Gets A Fresh Start On Life

Famed French actress Isabelle Huppert delivered two indelible cinematic performances this year. Viewers have already seen Isabelle Huppert play a rape non-victim in Elle. Now, in the new Mia Hansen-Love drama, she’s a philosophy professor whose collapsed life becomes an opportunity for spiritual rebirth. Also worthy of your time this week is a documentary about […]

A Memorial To Death By Audio
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A Memorial To Death By Audio

Among the special screenings this week are a chance to catch a pair of classic Hollywood musicals and a tribute to the Brooklyn DIY space Death By Audio. Frisky Claudia Pickering directs and stars in this San Francisco-set comedy about two women caught in the limbo between college graduation and the real world. Two twenty-something […]

Ryan Gosling Trips The Light Fantastic
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Ryan Gosling Trips The Light Fantastic

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone launch the weekend as romantic leads in an acclaimed modern day tribute to classic Hollywood musicals. Another film opening this weekend also involves a musical, but this one doesn’t star Ryan Gosling. Instead, the creative talent involved includes Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince. Among the week’s other openings is a […]

Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy
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Natalie Portman Channels Jackie Kennedy

Natalie Portman leads the weekend’s openings with her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain’s new acclaimed film. The actress studied the real-life First Lady intently for this role. So come watch the film that may well earn Natalie Portman another Oscar nod. For those who can’t stand movies with Natalie Portman for whatever reason, […]

Giving Eliot Lavine An SF Film Lover Sendoff
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Giving Eliot Lavine An SF Film Lover Sendoff

Bay Area film lovers, particularly those fond of film noir, owe a humongous debt of gratitude to film programmer Eliot Lavine. Now the revered programmer is upping stakes to relocate north to Portland. Before he goes, though, take in this week’s prime special screening. In honor of the genre Eliot Lavine loves, the Roxie hosts […]

Shah Rukh Khan Explains The Meaning Of Life
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Shah Rukh Khan Explains The Meaning Of Life

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan stars in this weekend’s crowd-pleaser. The laid-back psychologist played by Shah Rukh Khan helps a budding cinematographer re-evaluate her life. And where else will you get to hear SRK quote Faulkner and Einstein without sounding pretentious? Also out this weekend is a chance to see the restoration of Julie Dash’s […]