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Kumail Nanjiani Talks S**t And The Problems Of Pooing
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Kumail Nanjiani Talks S**t And The Problems Of Pooing

In one of the week’s openings, comedian Kumail Nanjiani talks s**t. Or to be more precise, Kumail Nanjiani talks about his concerns in his younger days about doing Number Two. He’s just one of many comedians taking the stigma out of this familiar act. But the film of the week honor goes to a Cannes […]

An Oscar Front-Runner Starring Daniela Vega & Other Oscar Nominees
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An Oscar Front-Runner Starring Daniela Vega & Other Oscar Nominees

Trans actress Daniela Vega stars in the film of the week, the Chilean drama that’s considered the Oscar front-runner. The performance that Daniela Vega delivers will probably be skipped by the sort of people who think transphobic bathroom bills are great ideas. Other Oscar bait, aside from the nominees still playing in theaters, are three […]

Bruce Campbell As Elvis Presley & Other Gems From 20th S.F. IndieFest Week Two
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Bruce Campbell As Elvis Presley & Other Gems From 20th S.F. IndieFest Week Two

Bruce Campbell playing an elderly Elvis Presley is just one of the gems to be found in the 20th San Francisco Indie Fest’s second week. The Bruce Campbell film is part of Indie Fest’s 20th anniversary celebrations. But this second week also has new films that are worth checking out, from a tribute to ramen […]

Oscars Countdown Bites Into Weekend Releases
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Oscars Countdown Bites Into Weekend Releases

The countdown to the 2018 Oscars has begun with the announcement of the nominees. In the theaters, exhibitors are taking advantage of the frenzy by squeezing in screenings of the big nominees for the Oscars. So the new premieres of the week aren’t anything to write home about. There’s an award-winning Italian tale of conjoined […]

Padmavati Film Sparks Epic Riots By Hindu Right Wing
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Padmavati Film Sparks Epic Riots By Hindu Right Wing

A film about Padmavati earns the weekend’s award for Most Controversial Opening. Over in India, months of riots were sparked by unfounded rumors that the Bollywood film had a Muslim-Rajput erotic fantasy sequence. For those who want something equally controversial, this weekend also sees an acclaimed film about an insult that spirals into massive religious […]

John Kerry and the Obama Foreign Policy Team's Last Hurrah
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John Kerry and the Obama Foreign Policy Team’s Last Hurrah

The prestige documentary of the week hops the globe with John Kerry and other key members of Barack Obama’s foreign policy team. The result may either spur nostalgia or spur depression for how things used to be before Baby Caligula entered the White House. Otherwise, the more high-minded may flock to a drama about a […]

Daniel Day-Lewis Plays An Artistic Control Freak
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Daniel Day-Lewis Plays An Artistic Control Freak

Daniel Day-Lewis in possibly his final screen role sucks the air out of the weekend’s openings. Paul Thomas Anderson reunites with Daniel Day-Lewis to tell a highly acclaimed story of creation and “true love.” For those wanting to pass on the Daniel Day-Lewis rush, the Roxie offers two intriguing alternatives. One is an animated film […]

The Restoration Of The Last Masterwork Of Andrei Tarkovsky
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The Restoration Of The Last Masterwork Of Andrei Tarkovsky

A restoration of the last film made by Andrei Tarkovsky highlights this week of special screenings. Folks who can head to San Rafael can sample the best of the foreign film Oscar submissions. Low-minded gorehounds, on the other hand, will flock to the Alamo Drafthouse screening of the space coffee beans of death movie. Contamination […]

San Francisco As Seen Through Hollywood's Lens
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San Francisco As Seen Through Hollywood’s Lens

San Francisco becomes the star of Guy Maddin’s non-remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo in the weekend’s prime opening. For those who missed the film’s premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival, now you have another chance to see the results. For those seeking the best of the new openings this weekend, readers […]

Jessica Chastain As A Smart And Sexy Poker Game Operator
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Jessica Chastain As A Smart And Sexy Poker Game Operator

Jessica Chastain lights up this light weekend of movie openings. She stars as a real-life former Olympic skier turned mistress of a very high-stakes roaming poker game. This new Jessica Chastain movie is further enhanced by having both script and direction handled by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. Otherwise, the only other new film […]