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Arthouse Movie Listings June 4-10, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Generation Loss Video Album Release Party & Screening: With live music by White Pee, plus short films by David Gantz, Zoe Leonard, Mike Stoltz, and more. Fri., June 6, 8 p.m. $10. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,…
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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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Arthouse Movie Listings May 14-20, 2014

Artists' Television Access. SFSU Experimental Cinema & Experimental Documentary Workshop Screenings: Instructors Greta Snider and Natalie Tsui present two programs of student experimental film works. Thu., May 15, 7 & 9 p.m. Free. Other Cinema: Optronica: Electronic/experimental music & film…
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Film, "Fading Gigolo": Late in Life Career Changes

"Fading Gigolo": Late in Life Career Changes

Written and directed by John Turturro, Fading Gigolo tells the story of struggling Brooklyn florist Fioravante (Turturro), whose best friend Murray (Woody Allen) convinces him to become a male prostitute — with Murray as his pimp, of course — starting…
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Film, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me": A History of Acting, Swearing

"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me": A History of Acting, Swearing

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Chiemi Karasawa's documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is a portrait of old-time showbiz in the form of its 89-year-old title subject, still rocking the necktie-and-hat look, and seeming mostly annoyed by the aging process. (While Stritch…
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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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House Of Tudor

In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen brothers' new movie based on Homer's Odyssey, three petty criminals played by George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Turturro escape from a chain gang to follow the words of a blind…
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Second Time Around

Barton Fink Has history done right by Clifford Odets? The once famous proletarian playwright of Waiting for Lefty and Golden Boy is known today, if at all, largely for the hilarious caricature of him offered up by John Turturro in…
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A Couple of Clowns

Box of Moonlight Directed and written by Tom DiCillo. Starring John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount, Annie Corely, Alexander Goodwin, and Dermot Mulroney. At the Embarcadero in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. When Time magazine columnist Walter…
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Second Time Around

Unstrung Heroes An exhilarating unsung movie (from 1995) -- a comic tear-jerker that's also a fable of regeneration, and a salute to people who find their own way in life. Based on Franz Lidz's wonderful 1991 memoir, it takes place…
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Aisle Seat

Roses to Road Apples Director Mark Wing-Davey is performing a series of "rot experiments" at Berkeley Rep in preparation for the opening of The Beaux' Stratagem on Sept. 13. For this Restoration period play, one of the first to be…
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