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Film, "The Time That Remains": A pointillist portrait of Israeli Arabs

"The Time That Remains": A pointillist portrait of Israeli Arabs

Elia Suleiman's third feature, The Time That Remains, is bookended by scenes of a panicked Israeli taxi driver lost somewhere in his own country — and that of the Arab passenger who sits, silent and shrouded in shadow, in the…
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Film, "Barney's Version": Mordecai Richler gets a downgrade

"Barney's Version": Mordecai Richler gets a downgrade

The late Canadian writer Mordecai Richler, best known south of the border for the film version of his 1959 novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, was a bellicose practitioner of Jewish fiction in the manner of Philip Roth and Saul…
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Film, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger": Woody Allen grinds on

"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger": Woody Allen grinds on

Kept afloat by a great cast, Woody Allen's latest foray into the perverse follies of mankind begins with a statutory quote from Macbeth about the futility of it all. But like so much of Allen's work over the past decade,…
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Film, "Kisses": Fairy tale meets real life for runaway Irish kids

"Kisses": Fairy tale meets real life for runaway Irish kids

Strictly speaking, the two scrappy Irish kids in Lance Daly's Kisses aren't homeless, but in every sense that matters, they have only each other for shelter. Kylie and Dylan (played by Kelly O'Neill and Shane Curry, both plucked from Dublin…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Breathless</i>

Breathless

While critics at Cannes break their heads parsing Jean-Luc Godard's latest enigma, his 1960 first feature Breathless marks its 50th anniversary in a freshly subtitled print from a restored negative supervised by the original cinematographer Raoul Coutard. For those old…
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Film, Lisa Cholodenko interview: "The Kids Are All Right" director makes a lesbian domestic comedy

Lisa Cholodenko interview: "The Kids Are All Right" director makes a lesbian domestic comedy

In The Kids Are All Right, two affluent hyperparents fret about their marriage as well as their teenage children, the elder of whom is leaving for college while the younger struggles to find his place in the world. Enter a…
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Film, "Restrepo"

"Restrepo"

In the summer of 2007, two Western journalists dug in with a platoon of American soldiers on a 15-month deployment in the Korengal Valley, a strategic outpost near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. The mountainous region was infested with Taliban fighters…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Restrepo</i>

Restrepo

Amid a glut of amped nonfiction films about the U.S. at war, journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's documentary about their 2007 stay with an American platoon in a Taliban-infested region of Afghanistan raises its voice by lowering it. Stripped…
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Film, Cyrus

Cyrus

In Cyrus, a freakishly engrossing black comedy about excessively mothered men and the women who enable them, the excellent John C. Reilly plays John, a middle-aged editor who lives like a stalled graduate student in his cluttered Los Angeles cottage.…
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Film, "The Oath": Ghosts of 9/11 with two of bin Laden's own

"The Oath": Ghosts of 9/11 with two of bin Laden's own

Early in Laura Poitras' outstanding documentary, The Oath, we learn that one of its subjects, Abu Jandal, a cabdriver living in Yemen, was Osama bin Laden's bodyguard in Afghanistan. Listening to this handsome, articulate, analytical man with liquid brown eyes…
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Film, Indie film and family in crisis in "The Father of My Children"

Indie film and family in crisis in "The Father of My Children"

The Father of My Children, a drama about love, sorrow, and the heartbreak of independent film financing, is sliced neatly in half by the sudden death of its protagonist, Grégoire Canvel. I'm not spoiling: Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve has admitted that…
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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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