Archive for February, 2017

Jordan Peele Debuts With Horror And Laughter
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Jordan Peele Debuts With Horror And Laughter

Comedian Jordan Peele, it turns out, is a big horror film fan. His directorial debut, which opens this weekend, blends horror with dark comedy and even a bit of social satire. Now audiences can catch the film which wowed critics at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. For viewers who might be turned off by the […]

Harmony Korine Looks At Ohio White Trash
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Harmony Korine Looks At Ohio White Trash

Highlight of the week is the directorial debut of Harmony Korine. It’s the 20th anniversary screening of his nihilistic study of a group of Ohio white trash teens. They aren’t cute and the film is liberally peppered with disturbing real deal moments. Not every viewer may want to see a Harmony Korine depiction of animal […]

Rosamund Pike In A True-Life Interracial Romance
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Rosamund Pike In A True-Life Interracial Romance

Rosamund Pike co-stars with David Oyelowo in this light weekend’s heavy-hitter. It’s a drama about an interracial romance that caused a real-life international furor. But the gem of the weekend is a Polish disco musical fantasy which takes a Little Mermaid-like story in some creepy directions. And for those who want to catch the Oscar […]

Mostly British Returns With Beatles And Dickinson
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Mostly British Returns With Beatles And Dickinson

This week sees the start of this year’s Mostly British Film Festival (hereafter “Mostly British”). A week-long festival held from February 16 to 23, 2017 at San Francisco’s Vogue Theatre, its film programming is dedicated to new and classic films from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. Here are some suggestions […]

It's Oscar Nominated Shorts Weekend!
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It’s Oscar Nominated Shorts Weekend!

The big opening this weekend is the return of the annual Oscar nominated shorts programs. Academy Award feature nominees can be easily seen in multiplexes. But the non-film festival going public has far fewer ways to see short films. The Oscar nominated shorts programs is both a godsend and at least a bit of cinematic […]

The Writing Of James Baldwin Still Matters Today
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The Writing Of James Baldwin Still Matters Today

2016’s best documentary, one where the words of James Baldwin play a significant role, is this weekend’s cinematic highlight. Black History Month gets a reminder via James Baldwin that the racial issues Baldwin wrote remain unresolved and worse. Along with the film about James Baldwin, get a jump on this year’s Academy Awards by catching […]