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Film, Feature "Wuthering Heights": Black Like Me

"Wuthering Heights": Black Like Me

British filmmaker Andrea Arnold's remarkable new adaptation of Wuthering Heights comes packing some redoubtable weapons, including the most atmospheric ultra-realism the story has ever seen, an awesome sense of the Yorkshire landscape, and no small payload of brooding poeticism. But…
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Film, "Solomon Kane": A Brisk, Humorless, CGI Fantasy Epic

"Solomon Kane": A Brisk, Humorless, CGI Fantasy Epic

Nobody seemed to have faith in this benighted, Robert E. Howard–based sword-and-sorcery demi-epic, which is three years old, has already wound its way through Europe, and was preempted stateside by its own VOD release this past August. It is, for…
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Film, Feature About "About Cherry": Why Real Sex in Real Movies Never Works

About "About Cherry": Why Real Sex in Real Movies Never Works

The new, semi-gritty indie About Cherry is all about a semi-reluctant slide into the porn industry, and it's also the first mainstream feature co-written by a busy porn actress, Lorelei Lee, otherwise famous for double penetrations and clothespin bondage. This…
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Film, "Arbitrage": Richard Gere's Amoral Hero Walks a Moral Tightrope

"Arbitrage": Richard Gere's Amoral Hero Walks a Moral Tightrope

Slick and grown-up as Richard Gere himself, this intricate fiscal thriller takes a bead on extreme privilege, with Gere's Madoff-like billionaire fund-runner scrambling to keep his personal empire from crumbling. He has everything, including a loving family, a hot French…
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Film, "The Bourne Legacy": More Like the Damon Lacuna

"The Bourne Legacy": More Like the Damon Lacuna

The Bourne films have more than just overstayed their welcome and outlasted the Ludlum books — they've been Van Halenized, with an abrupt change of frontman and a resulting dip in personality. The only big-ass popcorn franchise of the past…
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Film, "The Imposter": Exhuming the Truth in a Real-Life Thriller

"The Imposter": Exhuming the Truth in a Real-Life Thriller

This deft, atmospheric Errol Morris-style tour through the phenomenon that is "serial imposter" Frédéric Bourdin homes in on one brief episode from the man's berserk career: the period in 1997 when the 23-year-old Frenchman convinced a Texas family he was…
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Film, "Patang": A Live-Action Travel Brochure

"Patang": A Live-Action Travel Brochure

An India tourist trap packed into 90 shruggable minutes, this overpraised import is less Bollywood than Generic Asian Family Drama Lite, when it's not a flat-out sunset-choked infomercial for Ahmedabad and its annual rooftop kite-flying festival. The narrative involves the…
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Film, "Woman in the Fifth": Ethan Hawke Gets Weird in Paris

"Woman in the Fifth": Ethan Hawke Gets Weird in Paris

The first film from émigré director Pawel Pawlikowski since 2004's dreamy My Summer of Love, this thoroughly odd and brooding psycho-puzzle trains in on Ethan Hawke's displaced American writer-academic, arrived in Paris to see his ex-wife and young daughter despite…
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Film, "A Cat in Paris": Childish Animation Dampens French Charm

"A Cat in Paris": Childish Animation Dampens French Charm

A sketchy trifle of French animation grabbing time in theaters thanks to its recent Oscar nomination, Felicioli and Gagnol's barely-hour-long film seeks shelf space beside Sylvain Chomet's deft and rapturous hand-drawn cartoons (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist), and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Horror Down Under

Horror Down Under

Holocaust culture has proven to be essentially infinite—almost 70 years since the end of World War II, and untold stories of decimation and survival are still hitting the mainstream. Agnieszka Holland's new film, In Darkness, opens a scab perhaps only…
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Film, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island": The Rock Saves Soulless Sequel

"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island": The Rock Saves Soulless Sequel

Its production design inspired by Yes album covers and Candy Land, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island continues the weak Jules Verne — inspired adventures of 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Of the original cast and major crew,…
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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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