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Film, "Ginger & Rosa": Cold War Friendships

"Ginger & Rosa": Cold War Friendships

Still best known for casting Tilda Swinton as a sex-shifting 400-year-old nobleman in the 1992 movie of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando, the British writer-director Sally Potter tends toward earnest experimentalism. Who'd have thought she'd make a straightforward coming-of-age period drama?…
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Film, "We Need To Talk About Kevin": Haphazardly Deconstructs a Tragedy

"We Need To Talk About Kevin": Haphazardly Deconstructs a Tragedy

In Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton lives out an urban bohemian's worst nightmare. Forced to give up her independence (and downtown loft) when a reckless night results in an accidental pregnancy, free-spirit Eva becomes an…
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Film, "Orlando" Returns: Sally Potter and Tilda Swinton interview

"Orlando" Returns: Sally Potter and Tilda Swinton interview

Almost unthinkable now, 18 years ago, a writer-director and a performer made career breakthroughs with a film based on a 1928 novel by a titan of modernism about a character who changes genders and lives through four centuries. In her…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>I Am Love</i>

I Am Love

As unrepentantly grandiose and ludicrous as its title, Luca Guadagnino's visually ravishing third feature suggests an epic that Visconti and Sirk might have made after they finished watching Vertigo and reading Madame Bovary while gorging themselves on aphrodisiacs. That it…
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Film, "I Am Love"

"I Am Love"

As unrepentantly grandiose and ludicrous as its title, Luca Guadagnino's visually ravishing third feature suggests an epic that Luchino Visconti and Douglas Sirk might have made after they finished watching Vertigo and reading Madame Bovary while gorging themselves on aphrodisiacs.…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for July 15-21, 2009

Castro Theatre. Monsters vs. Aliens: Dreamworks stomps the Golden Gate Bridge in 3D. Wed., July 15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9 p.m. My Bloody Valentine: 3D slasher remake. Thu., July 16, 7 & 9 p.m. "The Cold War ... in…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Julia</i>

Julia

Tilda Swinton doesn’t merely act the title role in French director Erick Zonca’s Julia—she devours it, spits it back up, dances giddily upon it, twirls it in the air. It’s a big, all-consuming performance, and in the hands of a…
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Film, Wandering Spain with the lone wolf of Jim Jarmusch's <i>Limits of Control</i>

Wandering Spain with the lone wolf of Jim Jarmusch's Limits of Control

Jim Jarmusch's anonymous antihero hitman (French-Ivorian actor Isaach De Bankolé), identified in the credits of The Limits of Control as the Lone Man, exists only in terms of his unspecified mission. The Lone Man is introduced in an overhead shot…
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News, Feature

Support Group

Some years it can be hard to come up with enough stellar lead performances to make an awards minyan. But every year is a good year for supporting roles, and not just because the field has grown so wide since…
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Film, After the Fall

After the Fall

Those seeking a spiritual counterpart to the yin of Lynne Ramsay's masterfully moody Morvern Callar will find their yang in David Mackenzie's exquisitely sorrowful Young Adam. Art-house aficionados may recall that in Ramsay's recent film, a young male writer commits…
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Film, Dreamlife of Angels

Dreamlife of Angels

You know you're in a sci-fi movie with a concept much higher than its budget when minimalism is being used as a shorthand for futuristic. In the years to come, or so it seems, we will all prefer near-empty rooms…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Gattica Resplendent in a red gown and black wig, Tilda Swinton looks more than a little like a 21st-century Hedy Lamarr. She extends her hand in greeting, showing off the scarlet, squared-off fingernails her character plugs into phone jacks for…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Lady in the Lake The best filmmakers you've never heard of, S.F. State alums David Siegel and Scott McGehee, are encamped at Saul Zaentz's Fantasy Studios editing their new feature, The Deep End. Drawn from the same Elizabeth Holding novel…
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