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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With <i>Experimenter</i> Director Michael Almereyda: On the Legacy of a Creepy Researcher

Chatting With Experimenter Director Michael Almereyda: On the Legacy of a Creepy Researcher

In 1961, psychologist and Yale professor Stanley Milgram ran a controversial experiment to see whether ordinary people would deliberately administer harmful electric shocks to strangers just because an authority figure told them to. It’s a good question. If only…
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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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Film, Freeheld


Yes, here is more awards-season schmaltz from ace affliction sufferer Julianne Moore. This time it's cancer, but also a reluctant battle for gay rights. Director Peter Sollet's bland but affecting audience sniffle-generator is precisely the Hollywood version of Cynthia Wade's…
Culture, The Exhibitionist Architecture and Design Films at YBCA

Architecture and Design Films at YBCA

If all architecture is shelter, what is it that we’re really trying to keep safe? The soul of civilization? That does seem vulnerable, and precious, in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ second annual, monthlong Architecture & Design Films…
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Film, The Martian

The Martian

This otherworldly adventure yarn, with Matt Damon as a sort of Robinson Crusoe on Mars, might be the least self-serious movie Ridley Scott has ever made. Taking on Andy Weir's scientifically scrupulous hit novel (as adapted by Drew Goddard), Scott…
Film, Sicario


Prowling back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, stirring up dread, Denis Villeneuve's drug-war-quagmire movie puts on very serious airs. It stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who's increasingly dismayed by cartel brutality, Josh Brolin as a shady federal…
Film, Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice

To like this movie, you'll need to be someone who enjoys a good chess montage, or Tobey Maguire, or both. (Both would be ideal.) The story of prodigious, cantankerous chess champ Bobby Fischer feels like a bit of a for-hire…
Film, Sleeping with Other People

Sleeping with Other People

In writer-director Leslye Headland'sSleeping with Other People, ye olde let's-try-a-platonic-relationship trope gets a dirty-talking update. It makes an impression less as an individual movie than as akindof movie, the R-rated rom-com, circa 2015. To help you remember: This is the…
Film, Listening


A slick, thrifty sci-fi thriller, writer-director Khalil Sullins' debut feature has the distinctly amateurish sheen that comes from being at once unconvincingly lifelike and unconvincingly movie-like. Two handsome and quarrelsome grad students (Thomas Stroppel, Artie Ahr) have a secret tech-bro…
Film, California Independent Film Festival

California Independent Film Festival

Family matters are all the rage at the 18th annual California Independent Film Festival, which this year highlights non-hetero characters' subversive requisition of familiar movie-comedy maneuvers. Consider the tagline for writer-director Mikki Del Monico's lesbian mob comedy Alto: "Because coming…
Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Tribe</i>: A Whole Movie in Sign Language, With Something Harsh to Say

The Tribe: A Whole Movie in Sign Language, With Something Harsh to Say

Well, who needs dialogue, anyway? Just look at Shaun the Sheep Movie. You might need to look at Shaun the Sheep Movie in order to feel better after looking at The Tribe. It is one thing to make a…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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