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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Tenderloin Museum's Volunteer Fair and <i>Drugs in the Tenderloin</i> Screening

The Tenderloin Museum's Volunteer Fair and Drugs in the Tenderloin Screening

The Tenderloin Museum opened only last summer, but it's been recalibrating the storied neighborhood's position in San Francisco history ever since. While the programming is always top-notch, there is an altruistic arm of the institution as well. Next Wednesday,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Transgender Film Festival Celebrates Its 14th Year

Transgender Film Festival Celebrates Its 14th Year

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival returns for its 14th consecutive year. The festival will run from Nov. 12-15 at the venerable Roxie Theater, and will include a special screening of Major!, a documentary about the life and work of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wait, There’s a New Paul Thomas Anderson Movie? And It’s Playing at the Roxie?

Wait, There’s a New Paul Thomas Anderson Movie? And It’s Playing at the Roxie?

At about this time last week, subscribers to MUBI, the boutique film streaming service, got an email from Paul Thomas Anderson. His message was brief: “So… here’s Junun — the movie we made of our time in India. Plug it…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Watch the GOP Debate at the Roxie, Surrounded by Fellow Trump-Haters

Watch the GOP Debate at the Roxie, Surrounded by Fellow Trump-Haters

Are you Bernie-curious? Do you secretly hope Carly Fiorina will issue another demon sheep ad? Do you think Piyush “Bobby” Jindal’s xenophobia makes him the biggest hypocrite of all time? Have you any inkling who the fuck Jim Gilmore…
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Film, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts: Good Recon For Aspiring Filmmakers

2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts: Good Recon For Aspiring Filmmakers

Good recon for aspiring short-film maestros, the current Sundance collection brings a handful of live-action narrative, documentary, and animated offerings to its Roxie tour stop. "Who hurt you, Rose McGowan?" would not be an unreasonable response to McGowan's directing debut,…
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Film, "Food Chains": Injustice by the Pound

"Food Chains": Injustice by the Pound

Here's another appetite-spoiling exposé on how America feeds itself, and fails to. With narration by Forest Whitaker, Sanjay Rawal's urgent documentary tracks a labor dispute between weary Florida tomato-pickers and the supermarket chain from which they want and really deserve…
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Film, "Rocks in My Pockets": A Family HIstory of Mental Illness, Told in Cartoon

"Rocks in My Pockets": A Family HIstory of Mental Illness, Told in Cartoon

Signe Bauman's animated film looks quite a lot like you'd expect a Latvian cartoon to look. It's being compared to the films of Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton, but it also evokes the more emotionally straightforward works of John &…
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Film, "Young Ones": In the Future, Drought Is the Biggest Problem, Along with Courtship, Apparently

"Young Ones": In the Future, Drought Is the Biggest Problem, Along with Courtship, Apparently

The first truly striking detail in writer-director Jake Paltrow's sci-fi-western whatsit — after the obligatory opening shot of a scorching sun, and the equally obligatory voice-over narration — is a big gun being wielded by Michael Shannon. It's some sort…
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Film, "#Stuck": The Innocent One-Night-Stand Is Complicated by the Villainous Morning Commute

"#Stuck": The Innocent One-Night-Stand Is Complicated by the Villainous Morning Commute

Stuart Archer's #Stuck is a decent example of how cinematic a movie with a budget less than $1 million can be, even if it never quite has the emotional resonance of the thematically similar Where We Started. The morning after…
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Film, "Abuse of Weakness": The Strange Allure of Really Bad People

"Abuse of Weakness": The Strange Allure of Really Bad People

There's something alluring about the darkness. It can lead to choosing to date someone with a known history of drugging and robbing their partners, or in the case of Catherine Breillat's autobiographical film, striking up a relationship with a man…
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Film, "20,000 Days on Earth": Nick Cave Controls His Destiny

"20,000 Days on Earth": Nick Cave Controls His Destiny

For a self-styled goth-punk gargoyle, Nick Cave has aged magnificently. Now 56, he seems like a man who might frighten young children, as prologue to inspiring them. In Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's overdue-seeming documentary, a cool spellbinder that stages…
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Film, "God Help the Girl": Belle and Sebastian (the Band), the Movie

"God Help the Girl": Belle and Sebastian (the Band), the Movie

Written and directed by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch, God Help the Girl is as emo as you'd expect from a musical by the Belle & Sebastian guy. But that's a good thing, and it's also kind of brilliant.…
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Film, "Kink": Getting Behind the Dungeon Door of a Local Business

"Kink": Getting Behind the Dungeon Door of a Local Business

An important thing to know going into the documentary being promoted as "James Franco's Kink" is that it's actually directed by his frequent cinematographer Christina Voros, and producer Franco is never a presence onscreen like he was in the similarly…
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Film, "Heli": A Love Story About the Mexican Drug War

"Heli": A Love Story About the Mexican Drug War

Beginning with distributor Nodream-Mantarraya's logo of a man sitting in the waves of the ocean and screaming at an unseen terror, Amat Escalnate's Heli is a sustained, often brutal nightmare. Heli (Armando Espita) is a young auto worker in rural…
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Film, Happy Christmas: Joe Swanberg's Latest Is All About Hanging Out

Happy Christmas: Joe Swanberg's Latest Is All About Hanging Out

Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas has the same modern, semi-improvised indie feel and subtext about the perils of alcohol as last year's Drinking Buddies — and possibly others of the several feature films the startlingly prolific Swanberg has already made this…
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Film, "Video Games: The Movie": Get to Know the Biggest Branch of the Entertainment Industry

"Video Games: The Movie": Get to Know the Biggest Branch of the Entertainment Industry

Jeremy Snead's documentary Video Games: The Movie is a look back at 40-odd years of video gaming history, and an apologia for a multibillion dollar industry that outgrosses both movies and music. An infodump of statistics early on addresses some…
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Calendar, Night&Day Discovering Don

Discovering Don

In the first moments of 1957's The Bachelor Party, a young woman calls her mother with happy news of a pregnancy. The woman's husband is in the room with her, but to him the news is less happy. Then…
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Film, "The Internet's Own Boy": The Vilification and Martyrdom of Aaron Swartz

"The Internet's Own Boy": The Vilification and Martyrdom of Aaron Swartz

Brian Knappenberger's film might easily be repurposed as a fictional political thriller, but it's much scarier as a documentary. The subject of The Internet's Own Boy is programmer and information activist Aaron Swartz, the Stanford dropout who helped found Reddit,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Apocalypse

Apocalypse

How do you make a film about a man as famously elusive as Bill Callahan? Filmmaker (and future Mrs. Callahan) Hanly Banks certainly didn't expect him to explain the lyrical labyrinths that make up 20 years of Callahan's music.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Original Anime

Original Anime

Long before Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata founded Studio Ghibli – the production company behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Monoke, and Spirited Away among others – they created Panda! Go, Panda!, two ticklish shorts released in 1972 during the…
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