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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Elsa & Fred</i>

Elsa & Fred

Seventy-seven-year-old Elsa (Uruguayan actress China Zorrilla) has what might charitably be called “an outsized personality.” Exuberant, garrulous, completely self-absorbed, she has the conscience of a teenager who claims a death in the family in order to get out of a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Quid Pro Quo</i>

Quid Pro Quo

For its first half-hour, Quid Pro Quo flirts with the kind of sexual perversity that fueled Crash, David Cronenberg’s lurid 1996 film about a subculture of auto-erotics. But the opening scenes prove little more than a tease, for there is…
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Film, Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers

Humor can be a great weapon for directors who deal in grave subjects. Danis Tanovic proved that with No Man's Land, his Oscar-winning black comedy about the Bosnian-Serbian war. Elia Suleiman accomplished something similar with Divine Intervention, his absurdist take…
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Film, Thugs & Kisses

Thugs & Kisses

A gritty portrait of ghetto life in contemporary South Africa, Tsotsi packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Gavin Hood's film tells a story of violence and redemption that's even more remarkable when you consider that neither of the lead performers had…
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Film, In the Face of Evil

In the Face of Evil

We all want to believe that in even the most dangerous or frightening of situations, we would have the courage to stand up for our convictions -- that we would not name names, that we would not betray our friends…
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Film, Beauty Amid the Horror

Beauty Amid the Horror

If French writer André Malraux was correct when he claimed that "all art is a revolt against man's fate," the most horrific events in human history can give rise, incongruously, to images of soul-searing beauty. How else to explain the…
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Film, Blood Business

Blood Business

In his 1961 farewell address, President Eisenhower warned Americans that an insidious new force was taking hold in the country. He called it the "military-industrial complex." Born of necessity during the Second World War, this once valuable conjunction of the…
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Film, Simply Galling

Simply Galling

Deception, betrayal, and revenge. In his film directorial debut, acclaimed playwright/screenwriter/theater director Craig Lucas is done in by his own script, which becomes so excessively icy and cruel that it breaks, rather than solidifies, any bond it could hope to…
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Film, Countdown to 12

Countdown to 12

Some films leave an indelible impression upon the heart and mind. Innocent Voices is one of those films. Set in El Salvador in the early 1980s, during that country's protracted civil unrest, the movie depicts the nightmare of warfare through…
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Film, The Face of Terror

The Face of Terror

One of the strongest -- and sure to be controversial -- films of the year, The War Within goes places that other films wouldn't dare go. Thoughtfully written and nicely acted, it follows an Islamic suicide bomber who comes to…
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Film, Truth Syrup

Truth Syrup

It's the cover-up, stupid! It doomed Nixon during Watergate, got Clinton impeached, inspired outrage against the Catholic Church, and apparently it's just part of the day-to-day operations at places like Enron and Tyco. The initial crime is bad enough, but…
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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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