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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 contribution to the National Film Registry. Those with less arty tastes can watch a new horror movie starring Ksenia Solo, aka the beloved Kenzi on Lost Girl.

But for those who want their horror mixed with visual artistry, Nicolas Pesce’s directorial debut is highly recommended. His film may not star Shah Rukh Khan, but it is filled with chilling mysteries that will haunt you after watching it.

Bodyguards: Secret Lives From The Watchtower

Bodyguards put their lives and bodies on the line for the rich, famous, and powerful every day. This documentary takes you inside professional bodyguards’ world as they deal with such problems as stalkers, isolation, and the ever-present threat of violence.

Opens December 2 at the Presidio Theatre

Daughters Of The Dust

Julie Dash’s seminal independent film gets a digital restoration for its 25th anniversary. In the early 20th century, a family of Gullah women are migrating North from South Carolina. They’ll leave behind their isolated Sea Islands enclave and the friends and loved ones who are staying. Can this journey be made without losing Gullah religious beliefs and values? Come see this National Film Registry selection on the big screen!

Opens December 2 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Dear Zindagi

Kaira is a budding cinematographer who’s searching for perfection in life. Her attitude changes after meeting the unconventional psychologist Jug (Shah Rukh Khan). She eventually realizes that happiness comes from finding comfort in life’s imperfections.

Opens December 2 at the Century San Francisco Centre 9

The Duelist

Formerly disgraced Army officer Yakovlev now makes a comfortable living in 19th century St. Petersburg as a professional duelist. Russian aristocrats hire him to perform in duels aimed at settling slights or disputes involving personal honor. Yakovlev impresses polite society with his looks…and the bodies he’s left in his wake. But encounters with the beautiful sister of a future opponent cause Yakovlev to reconsider his profession.

Opens December 2 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

The Eyes Of My Mother

Francisca is the daughter of a former surgeon. In their secluded farmhouse, the ex-surgeon teaches her daughter about human anatomy and to not fear death. After a mysterious visitor destroys Francisca’s idyllic life, dark curiosities are unleashed in the girl. But it’s only after Francisca grows up and makes attempts to re-connect to the outer world that the viewer sees how those dark questionings have affected her. Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature is a quietly chilling film whose horrors will be reminiscent of a Val Lewton film.

Opens December 2 at the Roxie Theatre

Man Down

U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LeBoeuf) returns home to unwelcome news. The home front’s no better than Afghanistan’s battlefields. More importantly, Drummer’s son and estranged wife have disappeared. Drummer begins a search for his missing family, accompanied by his trigger-happy buddy Devin Roberts. But what happened to him overseas ultimately matter as much as the whereabouts of Drummer’s family.

Opens December 2 at the Century 20 Daly City, the Century at Tanforan, the Opera Plaza Cinemas

Ovation!

The newest film from Henry Jaglom (Venice/Venice) is a literal backstage drama. The setting is the backstage of a live theater threatened with destruction thanks to a shady real estate deal. However, none of the theater troupe or even the producer knows destruction is imminent. Caught in the middle are two actors, Maggie Chase and Stewart Henry. While Henry has abandoned art for TV fame and fortune, Chase is still stuck between making art and being commercially successful.

Opens December 2 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas

Pet

Seth is a loner who works in an animal shelter. A chance encounter with fellow schoolmate Holly (Ksenia Solo, Lost Girl) sparks an obsession in Seth. But when Holly rejects Seth’s advances, his obsession turns terrifying. But Holly has some secrets of her own…

Opens December 2 at the Presidio Theatre

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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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