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Film, "Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

"Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

In a way, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's fifth feature, a small-scale romantic comedy about weary and insecure middle-agers, is a lot like The Dark Knight. As that film was a bittersweet reminder of how Heath Ledger had more to give than…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • She & Him coated the Greek Theatre in sweet, sticky charm on Saturday night, playing a tight, 24-song set. It felt just like what an outdoor concert should be: thick weed smoke and wine-drunk twentysomethings twirling their arms…
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Culture, Summer Guide

Summer Guide 2013: Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

Pretty Little Liars High school has never looked so dark or so fashionable, and the mystery of who keeps taunting the popular crowd with threats and mysterious texts keeps the show moving briskly even when the plot points are absolutely…
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Film, "Killing Them Softly": Crime Is Just Business

"Killing Them Softly": Crime Is Just Business

An adaptation of George V. Higgins's 1974 novel Cogan's Trade, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly anatomizes a self-policing underground economy of junkies, killers, and administrators to indict a present-day mainstream world — the world into which the film is being…
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Film, "Welcome to the Rileys": Kristen Stewart is an antistar

"Welcome to the Rileys": Kristen Stewart is an antistar

Some young actors yearn for that flashy role in a blockbuster movie that will prove their bankability to a doubting Hollywood. Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, seems determined to accentuate her antistar bona fides, delivering aggressively affectless interviews and…
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News, The Snitch HBO Movie 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' to be Shot in San Francisco

HBO Movie 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' to be Shot in San Francisco

San Francisco will be the backdrop for an original HBO movie that chronicles the romance between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, officials at the mayor's office and San Francisco Film Commission announced today.The film, Hemingway & Gellhorn, stars Clive Owen…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>In the Loop</i>

In the Loop

This deliriously foul-mouthed political satire is set sometime between 2002 and the day after tomorrow; hard to say, given that the country with which U.S. and U.K. pols want to go to war is unnamed save for its location in,…
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Film, Spoofing the run-up to war, <i>In the Loop</i> is political satire done right

Spoofing the run-up to war, In the Loop is political satire done right

In the Loop doesn't necessarily mean you're in the know. In Armando Iannucci's movie, a satire of the run-up to war with a Middle Eastern country, it means that all the poor bastards are stuck in a loop, making the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>In the Loop</i>

In the Loop

This deliriously foul-mouthed political satire is set sometime between 2002 and the day after tomorrow; hard to say, given that the country with which U.S. and U.K. pols want to go to war is unnamed save for its location in,…
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Film, John Travolta plays the ringleader in <i>The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3</i>

John Travolta plays the ringleader in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Want to know how a city works? Start by watching 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a primer in which subway hijackers test how long it'll take a million bucks to pass through Gotham's plumbing. Turns out an…
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Film, FilmCap

Romance & Cigarettes

John Turturro's third and loopiest film is prime film-studies fodder, perhaps best suited to the tail end of a musicals seminar, along with Dancer in the Dark and other "postmodern" song-and-dancers. A Coen brothers production with a cast as unlikely…
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