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Film, "24 Exposures": Horror Goes Mumblecore

"24 Exposures": Horror Goes Mumblecore

24 Exposures How fun, after the production-budget quantum leap of Drinking Buddies, to find one-man indie-movie factory Joe Swanberg back in cheapo DIY mode. What's inspiring about this prolific shoestring operator is the fact that he'll probably have finished one…
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Film, "Like Someone in Love": A Master Observer Looks at Romance

"Like Someone in Love": A Master Observer Looks at Romance

Rightly worshiped as a master worldwide, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami lately has decided to take his show on the road. Three years ago he left Iran to make a film in Italy, Certified Copy, and now he's made Like Someone…
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Film, Cannes crew picked a winner, but the best of the fest wasn't allowed to compete

Cannes crew picked a winner, but the best of the fest wasn't allowed to compete

CANNES, France — The jury has its awards, and I have mine. Sometimes they even coincide. Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul's modest Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives — the acme of no-budget, Buddhist-animist, faux-naïve magic realism —…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Song of Sparrows</i>

The Song of Sparrows

The direct appeals of his melodramatic groundswells have long made Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi a dismissed old-school counterpart to Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi. His latest film observes ostrich-wrangling father Karim (Reza Naji) struggling to remain the man of…
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Film, Grand Design

Grand Design

The story of how The Kite Runner's Homayoun Ershadi got into movies is a bit like those fanciful tales of stars and starlets discovered by casting agents while sitting at the soda counter in Schwab's Pharmacy. In Ershadi's case, he…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Road Worriers

Road Worriers

Call it Dashboard Confessions. The latest film from celebrated Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami (The Wind Will Carry Us, A Taste of Cherry) takes place almost entirely in the front seat of an automobile that is wending its way through the…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Reel World

Sign o' the Times

Editor's note: Elliot Lavine, longtime programmer and man about town at the Roxie, will leave the theater after 13 years; his last day is Friday, Jan. 10. Lavine, whose post-Roxie plans aren't yet firmed up (though he may move to…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Reversal of Fortune The UC Theater has been granted a reprieve until Dec. 31, so a new rep calendar is hurriedly being assembled and rushed to the printer. You'll recall that a six-figure seismic retrofit bill is the blade…
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Film,

Double Feature: SFIFF Week 2

The 43rd San Francisco International Film Festival is, as we noted in last week's coverage, a very mixed bag -- and that's a good thing. The impressive range of nationalities represented by the festival's films continues this week with such…
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Film, A Creative Geography

A Creative Geography

In some ways, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is the stereotypical candidate for the film festival's Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in film directing. He's from a country with "issues" with the U.S., whose movie industry is only beginning to…
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Film,

Cinema Paradiso

What's best about film festivals isn't necessarily the movies shown. It's the combined energy of hundreds of people all hoping to see something transporting -- sharing a discovery with their friends or with strangers they've met in line or in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shaking Up Iran

Shaking Up Iran

With the alleged Y2Pocalypse safely behind us, we can refocus our fears on more realistic terrors -- earthquakes! Fantasy tableaux of rivers running backward and cell-phone users being sucked into the San Andreas fault are all well and good, but…
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