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Film, "Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

"Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

What a strange thing for an actor, when one has been rehearsing one's decline and death for so very long! Eastwood is 82 today; he was wasting away from TB as early as Honkytonk Man (1982), had officially entered his…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings January 4-10

The Castro Theatre. Bill Cunningham New York and Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child: A double feature of documentaries about New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham and the street artist Jean-Michael Basquiat. Wed., Jan. 4. $7.50-$10. Melancholia: An exploration of…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: "Margaret" Is the Best Forgotten Cursed Film of 2011

Year in Film: "Margaret" Is the Best Forgotten Cursed Film of 2011

Margaret, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me), starring Anna Paquin with key supporting performances from Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, is the best film of 2011. Chances are very, very good that you haven't seen…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baseball by the Numbers

Baseball by the Numbers

Michael Lewis's book Moneyball was published in 2003, in the immediate wake of The Season That Shook Baseball. The story didn't look like much on the surface: Billy Beane, a former ballplayer-turned-scout-turned-GM, and Paul DePodesta, an Ivy League wonk, took…
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Film, "Moneyball": Formula Works for Sabermetrics Sports Flick

"Moneyball": Formula Works for Sabermetrics Sports Flick

As of this writing, the Oakland Athletics sit at a distant third in the American League West, 18 games behind the Texas Rangers managed by Ron Washington, once a coach under A's wonderboy Billy Beane. The A's have not had…
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Culture, Books Michael Lewis profiles the nervy investors who made a fortune from the financial crisis

Michael Lewis profiles the nervy investors who made a fortune from the financial crisis

I'm still trying to get my head around this. Brad Pitt bought the movie rights to this book? Really? I mean, sure, bestselling Berkeley author Michael Lewis is hotter than ever these days, with The Blind Side just having scored…
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