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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mill Valley Film Festival: Full of Humor, Spanish Movies, Guests, and Possible Oscar Contenders

Mill Valley Film Festival: Full of Humor, Spanish Movies, Guests, and Possible Oscar Contenders

The Mill Valley Film Festival has screened five out of the last six Academy Award winners (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo, and 12 Years a Slave), so when the festival’s founder and director, Mark Fishkin, says…
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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, "This Means War": Explodes Shallow Predictability

"This Means War": Explodes Shallow Predictability

Hostilities in This Means War are declared as two workmates compete for the affection of the same woman. The contested objective is Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), a product tester who decides to apply comparative shopping techniques to dating. Her would-be beaux,…
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Film, Noël Hell

Noël Hell

To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit — never, for a second, did this New Line Cinema castoff scream or even whisper decent in the run-up to its opening. The story…
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Culture, Stage Pink Power

Pink Power

Pink isn't a color one readily associates with the Tenderloin — unless, that is, you count the occasional sight of exposed buttocks and the insides of peoples' eyelids. But the sidewalk at Taylor and Sixth was temporarily transformed into a…
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Film, Death Warmed Over

Death Warmed Over

If you're a character in a movie, and the rain is coming down so heavily that you cannot see out of your car's windshield, for the love of God, don't drive! Mack-truck drivers interpret such conditions as carte blanche to…
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Film, Drift Wood

Drift Wood

The problem with making black-lacquered high school satire is this: Heathers came out in 1989, and it pretty much did the trick. There's always room for an excellent addition to the genre, and in 1999, it appeared in the form…
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Second Time Around

Countercurrents: The Films of Yasuzo Masumura Clear your Saturday night schedule for the next few weeks and discover the lost, legendary director Yasuzo Masumura at the PFA. You've probably never heard of him, but he's credited with inspiring Japanese New…
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Retrofitting Red Riding Hood

Freeway Directed by Matthew Bright. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Amanda Plummer, Dan Hedaya, and Wolfgang Bodison. The Fan Directed by Tony Scott. Starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. Watching Reese Witherspoon incandesce in the role of a 16-year-old…
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