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Catching Other Films From Thor Personnel
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Catching Other Films From Thor Personnel

In this installment of art and indie film catch-up, the highlights feature a couple of people connected with the Thor movies. Otherwise, interested viewers can still catch the future First Couple’s first date or the Korean zombie apocalypse. Hell Or High Water In this modern Western, a pair of brothers try to save their family […]

Marion Cotillard In Steampunk France
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Marion Cotillard In Steampunk France

A delightful alternate world adventure, the French animated feature April and the Extraordinary World (hereafter April) is a triumphant collaboration among directors Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci (producers of Persepolis), renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi and star Marion Cotillard. April takes the viewer to an Earth which never knew the blights of two World Wars […]

Son Of Saul, Cousin Of Conan
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Son Of Saul, Cousin Of Conan

If you had to choose one new movie to see this long weekend, the critical consensus would point to the Holocaust drama Son of Saul. It deals with a man trying to do the right thing in a horribly compromised moral situation. Of the other films opening this weekend, a Bangkok-set Chinese action comedy channels […]

David Bowie Cinematic Wake
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David Bowie Cinematic Wake

The passing of LGBT icon David Bowie earlier this week has spurred public tributes of various sorts. For the cinematically inclined, several theaters around the Bay Area offer chances to get together with fellow Bowie fans. They can choose from seeing Bowie’s performance as the Goblin King or even sing along to a few of […]

Birdman And Other Top 2014 Films (Part 2)
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Birdman And Other Top 2014 Films (Part 2)

The Top 2015 Films list hasn’t gotten to the compilation stage as there are still worthy contenders such as Carol which need to be screened. Until then, here’s a much-belated look back at Birdman and other familiar and obscure films which were highlights of this writer’s 2014. 10.  Class Enemy One of the joys of […]

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The Laughing At Old Movies Problem

Ever sat at a public screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Godfather and found that some jerk behind you is laughing continuously at the screen even though the film in question is not a comedy? Sam Adams at Criticwire has a good piece on what it really means when a self-proclaimed sophisticate (e.g. […]

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Personal Matters And Sils Maria

No new movie news this week thanks to urgent personal matters. However, checking out Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, with some great performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, would definitely be a must-do thing for the weekend. Getting tickets for the S.F. International Film Festival would also be a good idea.

Batkid Doc Begins 25th Cinequest
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Batkid Doc Begins 25th Cinequest

The silver anniversary edition of San Jose’s Cinequest Film Festival kicked off with a screening of a documentary about San Francisco’s Batkid. Dana Nachman’s Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World, the Cinequest Opening Night Film, recounted how Miles Scott’s wish to be Batkid for a day wound up involving everyone from San Francisco […]

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Art/Indie 2015 Oscar Nominees

Art/Indie 2015 Oscar Nominees Declining  viewing figures has been one of the banes of the Oscar telecast.  My cynical guess why this has happened is that potential viewers might not have heard of most of the Oscar nominees.   Nowadays, many of the Oscar nominees aren’t heavily advertised releases a la Guardians of the Galaxy.  Instead, […]

Cinequest 25 - Art Film Bay Area
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Coming Soon: Cinequest Turns 25 et al.

San Jose-based film festival Cinequest began in 1990 with screenings at the Camera 3 Theater which attracted 3,000 attendees.  This year, the festival co-founded by Halfdun Hussey and Kathleen Powell turns 25.   Over 100,000 people now attend the festival, which has expanded to several different venues in San Jose’s downtown including the California Theatre and the […]