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Calendar, Night&Day Out and Proud -- and 75

Out and Proud -- and 75

Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose cancer-stricken dad comes out of the closet at age 75, Ewan McGregor looks positively yummy in this gay-is-OK dramedy from the distributor that brought us The Kids Are All Right. In fact, Beginners, a…
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Film, "Project Nim": Doc on a Chimp's Life Tugs at Heartstrings

"Project Nim": Doc on a Chimp's Life Tugs at Heartstrings

Not every Homo sapiens who sees Project Nim will be moved to pledge membership in PETA. Still, this documentary biopic of the '70s chimp picked to endure an "experiment" in simian sign language and general neglect pulls human heartstrings as…
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Film, "Beginners": Mike Mills' Twee Autobiographical Film Is a Charmer

"Beginners": Mike Mills' Twee Autobiographical Film Is a Charmer

Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose cancer-stricken dad comes out of the closet at age 75, Ewan McGregor looks positively yummy in Beginners, a gay-is-okay dramedy from the distributor that brought us The Kids Are All Right. In fact, this…
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Film, Film is a battlefield

Film is a battlefield

Trailing a platoon of U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan, Restrepo is a nerve-jangling work of "you are there" combat correspondence. It's also being pitched as the first apolitical war documentary of the post–9/11 era. Named for the platoon's fallen medic,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Warlords</i>

The Warlords

No less a man than Jet Li cries multiple times in The Warlords, an impressively gargantuan Chinese battle epic that generously accommodates director Peter Chan's proven talent for jerking tears (e.g., Comrades: Almost a Love Story). A quasi-remake of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>A Prophet</i>

A Prophet

Agreeing at the insistence of a Corsican mob boss to suck and then slash a fellow inmate, newly jailed Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim)—poor, illiterate, a "dirty Arab" in the prison's racist pecking order—gets what's coming to him, but in…
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Film, Jacques Audiard, the "French Scorsese," arrives stateside with <i>A Prophet</i>

Jacques Audiard, the "French Scorsese," arrives stateside with A Prophet

Agreeing at the insistence of a Corsican mob boss to suck and then slash a fellow inmate, newly jailed Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) — poor, illiterate, a "dirty Arab" in the prison's racist pecking order — gets what's coming…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Broken Embraces</i>

Broken Embraces

"Everything’s already happened to me," admits Harry Caine, the blind, middle-aged filmmaker in Broken Embraces. "All that’s left is to enjoy life." ¡Sí! His own sights set low these days in his latest movie, reformed bad boy Pedro Almodóvar has…
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Film, <i>Broken Embraces</i>: Twice as fun as it ought to be

Broken Embraces: Twice as fun as it ought to be

"Everything's already happened to me," admits Harry Caine, the blind, middle-aged filmmaker in Broken Embraces. "All that's left is to enjoy life." ¡Sí! His own sights set low these days in his latest movie, reformed bad boy Pedro Almodóvar has…
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Film, Save Darfur?

Save Darfur?

For an issue-oriented doc with activist aims, the line between hope and despair — between placating an outraged audience and calling it to action — is a fine one, indeed. Any indie auteur feels tempted to salute grassroots heroism, his…
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Film, Surge This

Surge This

Masterfully edited and cumulatively walloping, Charles Ferguson's No End in Sight turns the well-known details of our monstrously bungled Iraq War into an enraging, apocalyptic litany of fuck-ups. One may have already heard some or all of the absurd, shameful,…
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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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