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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse Movie Listings December 12-18, 2012

Arthouse Movie Listings December 12-18, 2012

Artists' Television Access. CCSF Directing Students Showcase: Join Caroline Blair's motion picture directing class screens its final film projects. Thu., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $4. USF Student Film Showcase: An evening of short films by USF students. Fri., Dec. 14,…
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Film, "Frankenweenie": The Pleasures of Reanimation

"Frankenweenie": The Pleasures of Reanimation

Ever since Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton has mostly been in the adaptation business, rendering dark and becurlicued Sleepy Hollows, Alice in Wonderlands, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factorys. With Frankenweenie, he adapts his own work — the first animated short…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings August 8-14, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Chromavision: A live music and video event. Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. Balboa Theater. The Devil's Carnival: A musical theater/film performance collaboration. Sat., Aug. 11. $21. 3630 Balboa (at…
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Film, "Dark Shadows": Burton and Depp Aren't at Their Best

"Dark Shadows": Burton and Depp Aren't at Their Best

Dark Shadows slips the Tim Burton treatment to the supernaturally themed daily daytime soap of the same name, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971. Burton standby Johnny Depp fills the central role of vampire Barnabas Collins in this…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness from the East

Darkness from the East

The fall of the Soviet Union freed not only political prisoners and some high-end vodka brands but also truckloads of culture -- including some fairy tales so dark they make Tim Burton and Edward Gorey look like My Little Pony.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Comic Tragedy

Comic Tragedy

The story begins with a random unfortunate incident: A woman, startled by a scream from a well, goes to check it out and falls in. Then she is catapulted into an excellent adventure. The conclusion? “‘Life is distracting and uncertain,’/She…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Alice in Wonderland at the Castro

What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Alice in Wonderland at the Castro

Alice in Wonderland @ the Castro Theater One wonders what Walt Disney would've made of his studio's 21st-century, 19-year-old Alice--a tousle-haired 3-D action figure who decapitates a dragon and drinks the creature's blood. Tim Burton's Alice is off-handed in its…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>

Alice in Wonderland

One wonders what Walt Disney would've made of his studio's 21st-century, 19-year-old Alice—a tousle-haired 3-D action figure who decapitates a dragon and drinks the creature's blood. Tim Burton's Alice is off-handed in its violence and doggedly on message—a straightforward allegory…
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Film, Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Walt Disney mulled an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for decades before producing an animated feature in 1951, although by all accounts, he didn't much care for the prim little protagonist, let alone her supporting cast of "weird characters." One…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday Morning Hangover: Mardi Gras, Goths, and Bondage

Monday Morning Hangover: Mardi Gras, Goths, and Bondage

It didn't rain this weekend. Well, not really. There was a torrential downpour Saturday night, and while most kids were tucked in their beds, the streets, as cold as they were, were crowded with people primed to party as a…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Nightmare Before Bedtime

The Nightmare Before Bedtime

If Alice in Wonderland were retold by the Mad Hatter, it might look something like the 3-D, stop-motion Coraline, in which the bored, blue-haired 11-year-old of the title (voiced by Dakota Fanning) travels through the looking glass and ends up…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>

Where the Wild Things Are

Directed by Spike Jonze from a 400-word children’s book first published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are may be the toughest adaptation since Tim Burton fashioned Mars Attacks! from a series of bubblegum cards. Elaborating on a classic, Jonze…
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Film, Jonze's <i>Wild Things</i> more like <i>Mild Things</i>

Jonze's Wild Things more like Mild Things

Directed by Spike Jonze from a 400-word children's picture book first published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are may be the toughest adaptation since Tim Burton fashioned Mars Attacks! from a series of bubblegum cards. Tougher, actually: Burton was…
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Film, FilmCap

Alien Trespass mocks the '50s invasion flicks

What's most admirable about onetime X-Files producer R.W. Goodwin's Alien Trespass, a simulacra of the '50s flying-saucer flick, is its bypassing of the wink-wink condescension that usually defines screen flashbacks to the Eisenhower era. Its problem is the absence of…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Art House

Artists' Television Access. Chop Suey: The Revival House Classic Queer Cinema presents a film by photographer Bruce Weber. Wed., Sept. 17, 8 p.m. $6. Open Screening: Sort of an open mic for film. Most formats and all genres welcome. Submissions…
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Film, Director's Cut

Director's Cut

Here's the thing: Tim Burton has pulled it off. Nearing the end of an uncommonly strong year for American movies, he took a hallowed classic of the modern musical theater, hemmed in the narrative from well over two hours to…
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Film, Magic Touch

Magic Touch

Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth is something alchemical. To an astonishing degree, the 42-year-old Mexican filmmaker best known for his contribution to the Blade and Hellboy franchises has transformed the horror of mid-20th-century European history into…
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Culture, Stage Hopeless Springs

Hopeless Springs

In the most memorable moment of Tim Burton's 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands, the protagonist, an artificial human being with scissors where his fingers should be, puts the finishing touches on a massive ice statue of his heart's desire, the angelic,…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Like <i>Star Trek</i> With Worms

Like Star Trek With Worms

Dune: Extended Edition (Universal) On paper it sounds insane: A mammoth sci-fi epic directed by David Lynch, based on an intensely weird Frank Herbert novel about ecology and giant worms. What resulted was a flop that has yet to be…
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Film, Heavenly Hag

Heavenly Hag

There is evidently no limit to the sacrifices actors will make for their art. If you thought beautiful Charlize Theron went the distance by transforming herself into a bloated, scowling murderess for Monster, just wait till you and the kids…
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