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Arthouse Movie Listings May 21-27, 2014

Berkeley Community Media. HeroFest 2014: Put away those reading glasses, Professor! You won't need 'em at this eighth annual festival of short action, sci-fi, superhero, and kung fu mini-movies by regional filmmakers. Here the budgets are low, the body counts…
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Film, Feature "Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX

"Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX

The story goes that while filming in Tunisia in the summer of 1980, Steven Spielberg avoided the dysentery that afflicted most of the cast and crew of Raiders of the Lost Ark by holing up in his hotel room with…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 16 & 17

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 16 & 17

Rainbow discovers the magic of reading, and the Crusaders discover the danger of magic.…
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News, Sucka Free City Sentimental Journey: Traveling in 1957's S.F. Bay Area

Sentimental Journey: Traveling in 1957's S.F. Bay Area

If the ingredients of comedy are tragedy plus time, the formula for nostalgia must be time plus banality. Given ample years, everyday items morph from detritus to conversations to treasures. As Belloq told Indiana Jones just before entombing him, "Who…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Mike Daisey's The Last Cargo Cult": Theater Review

Let me be audacious. Theater is about storytelling, and Mike Daisey is the best storyteller out there. He has a simple style, similar to Spalding Gray's monologues, of sitting at a wooden desk, with a glass of water and some…
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Culture, Books Fall Arts: Reading is optional, but Litquake is mandatory

Fall Arts: Reading is optional, but Litquake is mandatory

The reasons to attend this year's Litquake are obvious. You don't have time to read books anymore. Nobody does. And the whole publishing industry is doomed. Party time? True literature lovers will recognize the opportunity. See, by hitting this one…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Can Haz Wildebeest?

I Can Haz Wildebeest?

Wildlife filmmaker seems like the best job ever, getting paid to lie on the Serengeti, tundra, riverbank, ice floe, sea floor, or branch, with a very expensive camera, surrounded by animals. But maybe it sucks? Maybe waiting around for animals…
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Film, <i>Extraordinary Measures</i>: Harrison Ford is nothing if not useful

Extraordinary Measures: Harrison Ford is nothing if not useful

Extraordinary Measures is a race-against-time thriller in which a desperate dad (Brendan Fraser) sacrifices everything to cure a rare disease that is seconds away from killing his kids. Extraordinary Measures is also a heartwarming tale about a disgruntled doc (Harrison…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Art House

Compiled by Michael Leaverton and Hiya Swanhuyser. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. Warren Sonbert 3: Narrative Vertigo: A retrospective of films by the S.F. experimental filmmaker. Entries include A Woman's Touch and Short Fuse. Thu., June…
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Film, Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline

Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline

Here's your hat, Indy, but, really, what's your hurry? Because 19 years after the Last Crusade that clearly wasn't, and 15 years after the old man joined Young Indiana Jones on the small screen to recount his glory days blowing…
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News, The Snitch Castro Theatre to Start Showing Blockbusters

Castro Theatre to Start Showing Blockbusters

It's finally happened. The Castro Theatre, one of the city's best repertory film showcases, and a gorgeous, historic building to boot, will start showing traditional first release fare this summer, according to the Bay Area Reporter. The Castro usually shows…
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Music, All Shook Down

Lego Indiana Jones Game Footage Surfaces

This year's upcoming Indiana Jones movie looks pretty cool, but I'm more exctied about the Lego Indiana Jones video game. Just like the Lego Star Wars franchise, you get to control a cute little Lego dude who resembles Harrison…
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Music, All Shook Down NY Toy Fair Premieres New Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe Figures

NY Toy Fair Premieres New Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe Figures

Last week's Toy Fair in New York was probably pretty cool, but nowhere near as majestic as SF's fun-filled week of the Game Developers Conference and WonderCon. Regardless, the toy industry showed off some cool new playthings like Gangsta…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two — The War Years (Paramount) Alien Apocalypse (Anchor Bay) Balls of Fury (Universal) Black Moon Rising (Anchor Bay) Boy Eats Girl (Lionsgate) Braveheart: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Bring It On: In It…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

The Adventures of Aquaman (Warner Bros.) The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One (Paramount) Battleship Potemkin (Kino) Breathless: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Commune (First Run) The Company (Sony) Fantastic Planet (Accent Cinema) Home of the Brave (MGM) Hostel: Director's…
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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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Film, Cage Death Match

Cage Death Match

Jerry Bruckheimer has always insisted he cares less about critical acclaim than commercial appeal. "We make movies for the common man," he said almost three years ago, as Black Hawk Down was crash-landing in theaters. "The pictures that I've made…
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Music, Reviewed Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Ever since Sam Phillips famously found his "billion dollar" dream of a white artist "who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel," the music industry has been chasing after the Elvis Holy Grail like a coked-up, Armani-wearing Indiana Jones.…
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Film, Days of Future Passed

Days of Future Passed

Fortune smiles on groovy egregiousness. In the case of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the filmmaker's investment in his weird visions is wildly unorthodox, but the payoff is oddly satisfying. The movie features myriad killer robots, raucous underwater…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Back Alley

Ross Alley is the oldest alleyway in Chinatown and therefore in San Francisco, and as such boasts phantoms both benign and sinister. It was here that Fung Jing Toy (aka "Little Pete"), Chinatown's criminal mastermind, maintained most of the cribs,…
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