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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sarah Gavron Takes Us to Suffragette City

Sarah Gavron Takes Us to Suffragette City

Suffragette is a movie about women, made by women, for everyone. Chronicling the violent struggle for women's suffrage in the UK, the action-packed period drama opening Oct. 30 and starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep demonstrates…
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Film, "August: Osage County": A Dysfunctional Family Deals with Public Conflict and Drugs in Private Parts

"August: Osage County": A Dysfunctional Family Deals with Public Conflict and Drugs in Private Parts

Testing an idea that every unhappy family is histrionic in its own way, John Wells directs Tracy Letts' adaptation of his own prize-studded 2007 play. Here's what happens when a venomous, painkiller-addled matriarch (Meryl Streep) and her three willful adult…
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Film, "Hope Springs": Rom-Com Doesn't Practice Tolerance It Preaches

"Hope Springs": Rom-Com Doesn't Practice Tolerance It Preaches

Although the tone of Steve Carell's couples-counseling character in Hope Springs is consistently placid and even-handed, it's also tellingly vague. Hope Springs might appear more contemplative than your average studio-produced rom-com, but that's only because it's atypically concerned with an…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Working with his Life Aquatic co-writer (and The Squid and the Whale director), Noah Baumbach, Wes Anderson has added an existential layer to the protagonist of Roald Dahl's 1970 children's novel, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Onscreen, Mr. Fox (voiced by George…
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Calendar, Night&Day It&#146;s an Honor Just to Be Aggravated

It’s an Honor Just to Be Aggravated

It seems like only last March that Hollywood was holding its annual celebration of how great it is for the 81st time. Yes, it's that time of year again, and people are making wild speculations. Will The Young Victoria triumph…
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Film, <i> It's Complicated </i>: Nancy Meyers keeps making the same movie

It's Complicated : Nancy Meyers keeps making the same movie

Does Nancy Meyers hate women? The thought ran through my head not very long into It's Complicated, Meyers' biennial stocking-stuffer about the romantic trials and tribulations of obscenely privileged and narcissistic Southern Californians. Once more unto the breach goes Meyers…
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Film, We praise the Julia half of <i>Julie & Julia</i>

We praise the Julia half of Julie & Julia

It was the best of movies. It was the worst of movies. Which is to say: There's half of a great movie in Julie & Julia — but since Meryl Streep has already starred in one film titled Julia (Fred…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for April 8-14, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: Film and video open mike. Thu., April 9, 7 p.m. $5. "Dances for Camera": Short experimental dance films. Fri., April 10, 8 p.m. $6-$10. "Introduction to Experimental Animation": Saturdays. $40.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Theater of War

Theater of War

Meryl Streep is arguably America’s greatest living musical-theater actress. Anyone who saw the two-time Oscar winner shamelessly mug and prance through the mindless movie musical Mamma Mia! earlier this year might call me certifiable, but those who caught her Mother…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Theater of War

Meryl Streep is arguably America’s greatest living musical-theater actress. Anyone who saw the two-time Oscar winner shamelessly mug and prance through the mindless movie musical Mamma Mia! earlier this year might call me certifiable, but those who caught her Mother…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doubt

Doubt

With its bristling topicality, ritzy cast and Roger Deakins’s gracefully bleak cinematography, John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his 2005 play about an old-school Catholic nun in the early 1960s who goes after a priest she suspects of sexual abuse, is…
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Film, One-Scene Wonder

One-Scene Wonder

Ask Viola Davis if she was able to sleep the night before filming her intensely dramatic scene with Meryl Streep in Doubt, and the 43-year-old actress throws her head back and laughs. "I did not sleep one wink," she says.…
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Film, Thank You for the Music

Thank You for the Music

I've always enjoyed ABBA — not in that posthoc, so-bad-it's-good hip way, but innocently, the way I like Phil Spector. To this day, howling along in my car to that echoing, cascading, multiply overdubbed wall of sound makes me feel…
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Film, FilmCap

Dark Matter

Inspired by" the 1991 University of Iowa school shootings, Dark Matter gives a sympathetic picture of its doctoral candidate turned sociopath, Liu Xing (Ye Liu). Maladjusting to cultural amputation, the international student's letters home become increasingly Travis Bickle–like in their…
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Film, Dull Roar

Dull Roar

Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers, Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs may be the gabbiest movie ever made about American foreign policy — and it wasn't even written by Aaron Sorkin. Hot young screenwriter Matthew…
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Film, Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Jonathan Demme's gutsy The Manchurian Candidate, which dares to rear its head just after the Democratic National Convention in Boston, is the anti-Bush-administration movie for those who refuse to see Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 or Robert Greenwald's Outfoxed because, well,…
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Film, Farrelly Mediocre

Farrelly Mediocre

Remember the Farrelly brothers? Makers of Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary? Known for crossing the line of good taste and making fun of the differently abled, but with a sufficiently sweet streak that they could be forgiven…
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Film, Violins in Danger

Violins in Danger

Wes Craven -- purveyor of fine horror movies, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and the Scream trilogy -- has apparently decided to go "legit." And with Music of the Heart, he has done so with…
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Film,

Out of Iowa

That little voodoo doll of a romance novel, The Bridges of Madison County, has grown up into a big, puffy Hollywood movie, replete with teary-eyed stars, candlelit bathtub sex and a sumptuous score to cue our emotions. It probably takes…
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