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Arthouse Movie Listings April 25-May 1, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Not Free, Not Dead: The Psychedelic End: Nightmare City presents a series of local shorts paying homage to Bay Area counterculture. Thu., April 26, 8 p.m. $6. Not Free, Not Dead: The Psychedelic End: Video program featuring…
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Film, "Thor": Dull Comic Book Adaptation Has No Thunder, No Lightning

"Thor": Dull Comic Book Adaptation Has No Thunder, No Lightning

After more than a decade of high-profile Hollywood reboots, the shelves at Marvel and DC are starting to look empty. First came the obvious candidates: comic book vigilantes like Batman and Daredevil transformed seamlessly into action and/or crime antiheroes. Then…
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Film, By His Own Creed

By His Own Creed

Holy moly! Yet another version of Hamlet? Will they never stop? Ah well, at least Michael Almereyda's new adaptation is one of those really different takes on the venerable play. While the last two widely seen versions -- the 1990…
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You'll Laugh! You'll Cry!

The Theory of Flight Directed by Paul Greengrass. Written by Richard Hawkins. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh. Opens Friday, Jan. 22, at the AMC1000. The coldhearted among us have watched Camille die tragically on the late show and…
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The Camera Loves Them

Holed up with his Sidney Bechet records, old flannel shirts, and dogeared copy of War and Peace, Woody Allen has made a second career of shunning fad, fashion, and fame -- and of ostensibly keeping to himself in the most…
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Tribute to Sir Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek Jacobi is the least pretentious knight you're likely to encounter. Although he has a reputation as one of the great actors of the English stage, he's best known stateside as the major player in I, Claudius, the popular…
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Second Time Around

Henry V Kenneth Branagh's first (and best) movie is his churning, ambivalent 1989 rendition of Shakespeare's great national anthem, Henry V. The young casting in critical parts -- Branagh was 28 when he made the movie, the real Henry was…
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Play Acting

Filming wintertime England in black-and-white, as Kenneth Branagh does in his new film, A Midwinter's Tale, is a bit like carrying coals to Newcastle: Everything's already dim, colorless, half-shadowed. The movie's outdoor shots, especially of ancient rambling churches on hillsides,…
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Shrunken Shakespeare

Director Oliver Parker's new movie version of Othello is a big, beautiful production that overwhelms the Shakespeare play it's based on. The picture jumps with sumptuous imagery, from the opening scene -- moonlight glinting on a Venetian canal and shimmering…
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