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Film, "The Magic of Belle Isle":  Rob Reiner Reaches a Schmaltzy Apogee

"The Magic of Belle Isle": Rob Reiner Reaches a Schmaltzy Apogee

With graceless melodramatist Rob Reiner at the helm, it's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own. Reiner's latest schmaltzfest features his Bucket List star Morgan Freeman…
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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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Film, "Red": Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis are comedic trained killers

"Red": Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis are comedic trained killers

Classiest. Comic. Book. Movie. Ever. Not the best. Not the worst. Just the classiest — Helen Mirren (and Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich and Brian Cox and Richard Dreyfuss) can spruce up any pulp. As far as comic-book adaptations go,…
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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse movie listings for September 9-15, 2009

Arthouse movie listings for September 9-15, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. Fever Night: Jordan Harris and Andrew Schrader's acid-trip horror film. Thu., Sept. 10, 8 p.m. $6. Hysteria: Antero Alli's film about a Serb taking drugs, seeing the Virgin Mary, and going…
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Film, <i>Less </i>Is Less

Less Is Less

Deep in the outskirts of industrial Los Angeles, an unnamed Actor (Morgan Freeman) wonders if the time has come to break a four-year hiatus of doubt and indecision and get back in the game. Not that his destination, the set…
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Film, Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man

Fans of the last two Miramax films from Swedish director Lasse Hallström -- Chocolat and The Shipping News -- may be happy to know that he has stuck to the exact same formula for his latest, An Unfinished Life. Like…
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Film, Miracle on Ice

Miracle on Ice

If you're short on reasons to be grateful these days, look no further than March of the Penguins, the astonishing if imperfect nature documentary from first-time director Luc Jacquet. Hard times may have befallen you, but at least you are…
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Film, Double Fantasy

Double Fantasy

Humans and their stories, my oh my. Somehow, the familiar themes just keep coming around, again and again, ad infinitum. Of course, most of them have already been captured and processed by Shakespeare. From the bitter young man to the…
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Get Me Outta Here

Desert Blue Written and directed by Morgan J. Freeman. Starring Brendan Sexton III, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, and John Heard. Opens Friday, June 18, at the Lumiere. For Morgan J. Freeman (a young writer/director, not the heralded actor), comic timing…
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Blow Hard

Hurricane Streets Directed and written by Morgan J. Freeman. Starring Brendan Sexton III, David Roland Frank, Lynn Cohen, Edie Falco, and Shawn Elliott. Opens Friday, Feb. 13, at the Embarcadero Center in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. Hurricane Streets…
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