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Josh Kornbluth Makes A Case For Paying Your Taxes

Local solo performance artist Josh Kornbluth plays himself, sort of, in one of this weekend’s highlights. It’s an adaptation of Kornbluth’s performance piece about the unexpected benefits of paying taxes. This supposedly dry premise leads to some incredibly offbeat recollections.

Also playing in the same theater as the Josh Kornbluth adaptation is an incredible performance piece involving what the legendary David Byrne calls “the sport of the arts” and talents ranging from St. Vincent to Ira Glass.

More high-profile openings this week sees director Olivier Assayas and star Kristen Stewart re-team for a ghost story and the director of The Lunchbox adapting an award-winning novel by Julian Barnes.

Apprentice

Aiman is a young correctional officer transferred to a Singapore region’s top prison. The young guard meets and becomes friends with charismatic veteran sergeant Rahim. But Rahim’s big secret is that he’s the chief prison executioner, and circumstances soon conspire to make Aiman Rahim’s new assistant. Aiman’s older sister Suhaila is unhappy with him. She hasn’t forgotten that Rahim executed their father.

Opens March 17 at 4-Star Theatre

Contemporary Color

Music genius David Byrne helms this unusual performance film. Take 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada. Pair them with such artists as Zola Jesus, Ira Glass, and St. Vincent on 10 original musical pieces. Have the results performed live on the stages of the Air Canada Centre and Barclay’s Center, where the performances are filmed for posterity. This film is the result.

Opens March 17 at the Roxie Theatre

Love And Taxes

Josh Kornbluth’s possibly autobiographical solo performance piece gets a cinematic adaptation. Despite working for a tax attorney, Kornbluth hasn’t filed his taxes for seven years. When the struggling artist takes up his attorney’s suggestion of paying his taxes, things mystically get better for Kornbluth. His career’s really takes off and he’s met the woman of his dreams. But a failure to keep tabs on his finances turns Kornbluth’s tax avoidance problems into a nightmare that threatens to destroy all his gains.

Opens March 17 at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood and the Roxie Theatre. Also screens March 19 only at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Kornbluth, brother Jake Kornbluth, and Robert Reich appear in person for the March 17 Roxie screenings. The Kornbluth brothers will appear in person for the Rialto Elmwood 7 PM shows on March 18 and 20, as well as the Smith Rafael March 19 screening. Josh Kornbluth will also appear in person at the Roxie for the March 22 screening.

Personal Shopper

Director Olivier Assayas re-unites with actress Kristen Stewart for this contemporary ghost story. Maureen (Stewart), a personal shopper to the stars, also doubles as a spiritual medium. After her twin brother dies, she haunts his Paris home in hopes of contacting his spirit. A series of sinister text messages indicates Maureen’s made contact. But with whom? Assayas took home a Best Director award at Cannes for this film.

Opens March 17 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, the Guild Theatre, the Shattuck Cinemas, the Smith Rafael Film Center, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Raw

At 16, gifted vegetarian Justine follows the family tradition by attending veterinary school. Desperate to fit in among her peers, she takes part in a hazing ritual. But after eating raw meat for the first time during the ritual, a continually increasing craving for meat takes hold of Justine. That craving will yield terrible and shocking consequences.

Opens March 17 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema and the Shattuck Cinemas

The Sense Of An Ending

Curmudgeonly Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) receives a letter which upturns his life. Years ago, something mysterious happened between best friend Adrian and Webster’s first girlfriend Veronica. A diary mentioned in the letter could resolve those long-unanswered questions. But Veronica (Charlotte Rampling) has the diary and she’s not giving it up. Webster’s possibly unreliable memories are his only clues to unraveling that old mystery. Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel gets adapted by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox).

Opens March 17 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, the Piedmont Theatre, the Redwood Downtown 20, the Shattuck Cinemas, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

This Beautiful Fantastic

Reclusive and dreamy Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay, Downton Abbey) gets a rude wake-up call. Her landlord has given her 30 days to clean up her sprawlingly messy garden or else she’ll be evicted. The task seems hopeless until Bella learns that rich loveless next-door neighbor Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson) happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.

Opens March 17 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas

About the Author

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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