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Film, Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

Amorous teenage rebellion is one thing. A sociopathic murder spree is another. In Jimmy and Judy, a brash and lurid bender into an Appalachian heart of darkness, first-time filmmakers Randall Rubin and Jon Schroder are less interested in the former…
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Summer Guide, Summer Get Inside!

Get Inside!

Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the moment it's opened, and fat guys are the only ones hanging by the pool in bikini briefs. So…
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Film, Letter-Box Edition

Letter-Box Edition

It may not be an "iconic manifestation of civilization," as documentarian Ken Burns proclaims, but the New York Times crossword puzzle is undoubtedly an institution. Printed every day for the past 64 years, in weekly cycles of increasing difficulty, the…
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Smite Me

About 10 minutes into Michael Cuesta's 12 and Holding, the following thought came to mind: Not afraid to put children in harm's way. Twenty minutes later, not afraid was replaced with compelled. As he did in L.I.E. , which introduced…
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Film, Easy Rider

Easy Rider

A first-time feature film about a failed indie rocker, his beautiful girlfriend, and his sanctimonious nature-boy brother on a road trip: There are so many ways that The Puffy Chair could have gone wrong. But it doesn't — not once.…
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Film, Smite Me

Smite Me

About 10 minutes into Michael Cuesta's 12 and Holding, the following thought came to mind: not afraid to put children in harm's way. Twenty minutes later, not afraid was replaced with compelled. As he did in L.I.E. , which introduced…
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Film, Twisted <i>Sisters</i>

Twisted Sisters

Not long into The Sisters, a disastrously misconstrued melodrama "suggested" by the similarly named Chekhov play, three words come to mind: How. Much. Longer? Unfortunately, this graceless foray into faux psychology lacks even the decency to be short. (It does…
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Film, Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

There are lots of ways to grow up. The method offered by Somersault is to do something awful and then flee from it. This dreamy, sexy, and rather chilly coming-of-age story from Australia captures a teenager's attempt to escape her…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Naomi Then and Now

Naomi Then and Now

Ellie Parker (Strand) This extremely raw portrait of an actress trying -- and failing -- to make it in Hollywood showcases Naomi Watts in a wrenching and sympathetic performance. Writer-director Scott Coffey shot the movie over nearly six years, beginning…
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Film, Way Down in the Hole

Way Down in the Hole

Countless are the creative souls who struggled with mental illness, as are the novels and films dedicated to them. Again and again, we've encountered artists both inspired and undermined by their madness, whose torment and tumult produce works of beauty…
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Film, Lovely, Not Amazing

Lovely, Not Amazing

In Nicole Holofcener's first feature, 1996's Walking and Talking, the writer-director warmly portrayed an adult female friendship, nudging at emotional issues without resorting to shtick or melodrama. Five years later, Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing attempted to do the same for…
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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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