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Calendar, Night&Day Love in the Middle of a Firefight

Love in the Middle of a Firefight

Point Blank, a French action film that has nothing to do with the 1967 (and highly Frenchified) John Boorman flick of the same name, opens with a bang: An apparent burglar (Roschdy Zem) running from the scene of an office…
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Film, "Point Blank": Rousing, Economical French Thriller Pulls No Punches

"Point Blank": Rousing, Economical French Thriller Pulls No Punches

Point Blank, a French action film that has nothing to do with the 1967 (and highly Frenchified) John Boorman flick of the same name, opens with a bang: An apparent burglar (Roschdy Zem) running from the scene of an office…
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Countdown to 12

Some films leave an indelible impression upon the heart and mind. Innocent Voices is one of those films. Set in El Salvador in the early 1980s, during that country's protracted civil unrest, the movie depicts the nightmare of warfare through…
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Paddled Senseless

Summer movies don't get much sillier or more empty-headed than Without a Paddle, and that includes Catwoman and King Arthur. What we have here is a low-wattage buddy flick proposing that a trio of boyhood friends, now 30 years old,…
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Man at the Top

The General Directed and written by John Boorman, from the book by Paul Williams. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Angeline Ball. Opens Friday, Feb. 12, at the Embarcadero Center. Jimmy Cagney brought…
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Silver Mining

Like an annual production of A Christmas Carol, the Telluride Film Festival never fails to invoke the Spirits of Past, Present, and Future. For their silver anniversary in the Colorado mining-town-turned-resort, festival directors Bill and Stella Pence and Tom Luddy…
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Second Time Around

Deliverance A couple of decades after its original 1972 release, this landmark adventure movie has achieved new relevance as Iron Johns of every variety follow its antiheroes' quest into the wilderness, to bond and to seek their most authentic selves.…
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Past Perfect

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio Bonicelli, and Ugo Pirro, from the novel by Giorgio Bassani. Starring Dominique Sanda and Lino Capolicchio. At the Embarcadero Center in S.F. and the Albany…
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Second Time Around

Point Blank With a rugged but never hulking torso, a shock of white hair, and a slablike face marked by a mashed nose and piercing eyes, Lee Marvin was a startling, wired big-screen presence. He tears through John Boorman's audacious…
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