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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director Adam McKay Does Not Shortchange with <i>The Big Short</i>

Director Adam McKay Does Not Shortchange with The Big Short

The Big Short is about the circumstances that led to the subprime mortgage crisis that expedited the 2008 economic collapse—and surprisingly it's one of the most riveting, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides of 2015. According to director Adam McKay, striking the necessary…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings February 19-25, 2014

Artists' Television Access. The Cinema of Narcisa Hirsch: S.F. Cinematheque showcase of short films by the Argentina-based experimental filmmaker. Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. sfcinematheque.org. Other Cinema: Flix Remix: Found footage appropriations, video mash-ups, and more. Sat., Feb. 22,…
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Film, "12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

"12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

(Opens Nov. 1.) In the 1840s, a free black man from upstate New York found himself kidnapped and sold into slavery. After a dozen years in hell, his rescue came from an abolitionist played by Brad Pitt. Ah, did we…
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Culture, Art Living Off the Grid: Chuck Close Faces the Past

Living Off the Grid: Chuck Close Faces the Past

There are many reasons to love Chuck Close. There's the way he gave the art world "grid paintings," where hundreds of tiny quadrants compose a single, large canvas. There's the way he used his own face — distinctive but unhandsome…
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Film, "Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

"Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

What a strange thing for an actor, when one has been rehearsing one's decline and death for so very long! Eastwood is 82 today; he was wasting away from TB as early as Honkytonk Man (1982), had officially entered his…
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News, The Snitch Brangelina: Guess What's Wrong With This Photo

Brangelina: Guess What's Wrong With This Photo

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been poked, prodded, and splayed across so many pages that one could be forgiven for ceasing to consider them real, live people. Instead, they're a tabula rasa, an abstract concept -- beautiful wax figures.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Arthouse Movie Listings December 21-27

The Castro Theatre. Drive and The American: A double feature. Wed., Dec. 21. $10. The Tree of Life: A film by Terrence Malick, with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Thu., Dec. 22. $10. Meet Me in St. Louis and The…
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News, The Snitch Sorry, Simba -- <em>Moneyball</em> is King of the Jungle

Sorry, Simba -- Moneyball is King of the Jungle

Back in 1994, The Lion King's Simba gave his competitors fair warning via song -- "I'm gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware" -- but that didn't stop Moneyball from dominating San Francisco's box office this weekend. In fact,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jonah Hill Discusses <i>Moneyball</i> and Feeling Like an Honorary Member of the Oakland A's

Jonah Hill Discusses Moneyball and Feeling Like an Honorary Member of the Oakland A's

We recently sat down with Jonah Hill at the Ritz-Carton San Francisco to talk about his quiet but pivotal role as a statistician in the feature film Moneyball, which stars Brad Pitt and opens tomorrow (Sept. 23). The unlikely movie,…
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News, The Snitch Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Stop in Oakland Tonight

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Stop in Oakland Tonight

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood power couple better know as Brangelina, will be in downtown Oakland tonight for Pitt's premiere of Moneyball, a film based on the Oakland A's 2002 season.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Everything Is One

Everything Is One

Better than a masterpiece—whatever that is—Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is an eruption of movie, something to live with, think, and talk about afterward. The film begins with the O'Briens (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) receiving news of their…
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Calendar, Night&Day What's It All About?

What's It All About?

Better than a masterpiece — whatever that is — Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is an eruption of movie, something to live with, think, and talk about afterward. The film begins with the O'Briens (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain)…
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Film, "Tree of Life": Terrence Malick's Big-Budget Experimental Film Worth Working For

"Tree of Life": Terrence Malick's Big-Budget Experimental Film Worth Working For

Including glimpses of Sleeping Beauty in her glass coffin, the rings of Saturn, and a roadside Texas barbecue, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life bears a variety of forms — and invites as many reactions. You may feel amazed or…
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Calendar, Night&Day What's It All About?

What's It All About?

Better than a masterpiece — whatever that is — Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is an eruption of movie, something to live with, think, and talk about afterward. The film begins with the O'Briens (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain)…
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Film, Early Cannes Report: Troubled Parents, Troubled Kids Aplenty

Early Cannes Report: Troubled Parents, Troubled Kids Aplenty

Midway through the Cannes Film Festival, the competition has been all about family — more specifically all about parents (and parent surrogates) and their troubled children, many of both types pretty much from hell. Brad Pitt seems a good bet…
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News, The Snitch Wanna Star in 'Moneyball' Alongside Brad Pitt? Here's Your Chance.

Wanna Star in 'Moneyball' Alongside Brad Pitt? Here's Your Chance.

You know what? The Curious Case of Benjamin Button kinda sucked. Here's your chance to potentially relay just this information to Brad Pitt while appearing in a movie that may well not suck. The makers of the forthcoming Moneyball, the…
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Culture, Books Michael Lewis profiles the nervy investors who made a fortune from the financial crisis

Michael Lewis profiles the nervy investors who made a fortune from the financial crisis

I'm still trying to get my head around this. Brad Pitt bought the movie rights to this book? Really? I mean, sure, bestselling Berkeley author Michael Lewis is hotter than ever these days, with The Blind Side just having scored…
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News, The Snitch California Has a Budget -- and Abel Maldonado Gets his 'Date With Brad Pitt'

California Has a Budget -- and Abel Maldonado Gets his 'Date With Brad Pitt'

When we last spoke with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on Monday, he predicted a budget by that day or Wednesday at the latest. So, he was off by seven hours -- legislators obtained the Republican vote they needed at around 6:55…
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Film, Old Man Pitt

Old Man Pitt

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is certainly curious — a modest F. Scott Fitzgerald story, about a man born in the twilight of life and gradually regressing toward dawn, which has been adapted into a two-ton, Oscar-season white elephant.…
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