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Calendar, Night&Day Chasing the Dream

Chasing the Dream

During his many years as program director at the Roxie, Elliot Lavine's infectious, convivial nature led us down some dark alleyways. His first noir festival, held in 1991, was a month long, and was followed by as many as…
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Calendar, Night&Day After Dark, My Sweet

After Dark, My Sweet

Calling all Warren Oates fans: A tough-minded tribute to the late, great character actor unspools tonight as part of Not Necessarily Noir 3, Elliot Lavine’s latest compilation of grittily shot, morally ambiguous and unapologetically brutal films from the last half…
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Film, TV Noir Festival: Atomic-Age Paranoia Par Excellence at Roxie

TV Noir Festival: Atomic-Age Paranoia Par Excellence at Roxie

This Saturday night, you can catch Lee Marvin in a Schlitz Playhouse production of a crime story called "Fistful of Love." That is not a MadLib. Then, on Monday, you can see Vincent Price as a missionary in China who…
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Film, Roxie Film Noir Fest Offers Its Own Grim Joys

Roxie Film Noir Fest Offers Its Own Grim Joys

A woman in nothing but a trenchcoat dashes onto a midnight roadway, almost getting smacked by the Jag of the P.I. who makes the mistake of picking her up. An embittered former G.I. turns up in a Mexican village determined…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

Film noir was made for San Francisco’s rainy, cheerless winters, when the sight of some other poor mug’s misfortune goes a long way toward brightening our day. The merry month of May, on the other hand, doesn’t seem particularly well…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lesser-Known Nightmares

Lesser-Known Nightmares

There are no second chances in film noir. Hell, the first chance is a scam, a hundred-to-one shot, a fool’s errand or, if the sucker is lucky, a blind alley. There’s no learning from past mistakes, no returning to the…
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Film, Reel World

Out of the Fog

Elliot Lavine, who emerged as one of the top rep programmers in the country during his 13-year tenure at the Roxie Cinema before stepping down early this year, has resurfaced at the Auctions by the Bay theater, ABTB's Movie Palace…
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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

Freeway Smaller distributors typically make a play in the first quarter, while the major studios are dumping last year's rancid leftovers (a la At First Sight) on an unsuspecting public. S.F.-based Turbulent Arts opened Uncut last week at the Castro…
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Film,

Reel World

Shadows Make room on the fridge, film buffs, for another repertory calendar: On Aug. 28 Landmark Theaters' Lumiere earmarks the largest of its three theaters for one-week runs of new indie, documentary, and foreign films. The debut lineup veers from…
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News, Feature

Last of the Independents

Roxie The Roxie Cinema, says programmer Elliot Lavine, is the oldest continuously running theater in town, having opened as the Poppy Theater in 1912. The group of film devotees who transformed the Roxie into one of the Bay Area's best…
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Music,

Night Crawler

Aaah! Caviar dreams and champagne nights. It's Oscar time, and even in San Francisco the stretch limos abound. A luminous white ball floats above the entrance to "Outerworld," the Academy of Friends board of directors' 16th annual Oscar night gala.…
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News, Letters

Letters

The Nerve Dear S(tupid) F(ucking) Weekly: Read your review of Engine 88's new record in your stupid rag (Recordings, May 17). Firstly, I can't believe that you failed to notice Tom Barnes is the highlight of that band, not the…
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Reel World

You Only Live Once The latest word from Quentin Tarantino's world headquarters is that the man of the moment has persuaded Miramax to grant him his very own distribution arm -- not unlike the vanity labels the big record companies…
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