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Film, "OC87": Conquering Illness by Making Art

"OC87": Conquering Illness by Making Art

A largely first-person documentary about living with a range of disorders, OC87 is also, in a sense, about a long hiatus from moviemaking. Nearly three decades ago, Bud Clayman was majoring in radio, television, and film at Temple University when…
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Film, "Elles": French Film Compares Housewives and Prostitutes

"Elles": French Film Compares Housewives and Prostitutes

As she prepares for a dinner party and fields rude dismissals from her two spoiled sons, journalist Anne (Juliette Binoche) thinks back on her probing interviews for a just-filed French Elle profile of two student-prostitutes who cater to a rich…
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Calendar, Night&Day Worthy of Lebowski

Worthy of Lebowski

It's obvious that Jason Segel has a face for comedy. He's got a lumpy, sad-sack mug with a dozen inflections to register disappointment, confusion, and self-doubt. But as the basement-dwelling hero in Jay and Mark Duplass's new quest movie, Segel…
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Film, "Blue Like Jazz": Freshman Loses Religion, Finds Himself

"Blue Like Jazz": Freshman Loses Religion, Finds Himself

Junior-college golden boy Don (Marshall Allman) is gearing up to attend a Baptist university in the fall and fielding warnings from members of his suburban-Houston congregation that the school has gotten "way more liberal." When his layabout nonbeliever dad calls…
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Film, "Bully": Upsetting Case Studies Surge Call to Action

"Bully": Upsetting Case Studies Surge Call to Action

Arriving in theaters on a wave of free publicity — its distributor, the Weinstein Company, butted heads with the MPAA over the R rating; an unsuccessful PG-13-supportive online petition followed — Lee Hirsch's Bully is something of an outlier among…
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Film, "They Call It Myanmar": Offers a Glimpse into an Isolated Country

"They Call It Myanmar": Offers a Glimpse into an Isolated Country

Much less the rabble-rouser than 2009's Burma VJ, Robert H. Lieberman's two years of firsthand reportage from that country was filmed prior to recent developments that freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. (She won a seat…
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Film, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home": Endearingly Illustrates Man-Child

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home": Endearingly Illustrates Man-Child

It's obvious that Jason Segel has a face for comedy. He's got a lumpy, sad-sack mug with a dozen inflections to register disappointment, confusion, and self-doubt. But as the basement-dwelling hero in Jay and Mark Duplass' new quest movie, Segel…
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Film, "The Grey": Too Much Mysticism, Not Enough Action

"The Grey": Too Much Mysticism, Not Enough Action

I was told there would be more wolf-punching. If you crash Liam Neeson and six disposable buddies in the frozen Alaskan wilderness, there is the expectation — nay, the requirement — that Neeson punch as many wolves as possible. Tape…
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Film, "Man on a Ledge": Wrong-Man Thriller Goes Thud

"Man on a Ledge": Wrong-Man Thriller Goes Thud

The hero of this red-herring heist flick draws two reactions from the throng beneath his 21st-floor perch on a Manhattan hotel. The first is the "just get it over with" impatience of New Yorkers impeded by police barricades. The second…
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Film, "The Thing": Effective if Witless Remake of Horror Classic

"The Thing": Effective if Witless Remake of Horror Classic

John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing. There in Antarctica, you'll recall, Kurt Russell and company encountered an alien with infectious/shape-shifting powers, making all parties justifiably paranoid about who was human…
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Calendar, Night&Day Excessive, Insane, and Amazing

Excessive, Insane, and Amazing

Cult movies should be mistakes, not intentional. There's no indication that Nobuhiko Obayashi meant for his 1977 feature debut House to appear — three decades later, to non-Japanese viewers — completely insane. But it is: batshit, Technicolor, fairy-tale-meets-softcore-porn insane. Seven…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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