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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings July 20-26

Balboa Theater. Idiots & Angels: Bill Plympton's latest animated feature. July 25-27, 9 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa (at 38th Ave.), 221-8184, Castro Theatre. Poison and Safe: Todd Haynes double feature. Wed., July 20, 3, 4:35 & 7 p.m. 429…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Leave It Alone

Leave It Alone

Upon playing Atari's new horror/puzzle game Alone in the Dark — the newest and most hyped in the increasingly limp franchise — you immediately realize there are far more terrifying experiences out there than this astonishing failure. Such as actually…
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Saying Goodbye To Two Giants of Cinema

Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously significant. Last week's inch-above-the-fold front-page New York Times obituary cites Woody Allen's pledge of allegiance: The Swedish…
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Film, Bait and Switch

Bait and Switch

No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai modeled his first feature, As Tears Go By, after Mean Streets; Taxi Driver's rain-slicked slo-mo…
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Dining, Eat Raise the Bar

Raise the Bar

"Know thyself," the saying goes, and one thing I know is that the sensation of peace and calm that some people say they get in church comes over me most predictably at farmers' markets. Oh, I like going to museums…
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Calendar, Night&Day The King and I

The King and I

Swedish-born turnip Ann-Margret's pouty mouth, strawberry-blond mane, and kick-ass cleavage may have put her in line with the Marilyn Monroe types of her heyday -- as did that wild affair with the King -- but a fiery edge (and some…
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Film, Reel World

Dead Presidents

With its funding officially cut from the 2001-02 city budget, the nonprofit International Film Financing Conference (IFFCON) has been forced to cancel its January 2002 shindig. For eight years, the annual event introduced top American indie filmmakers (feature and documentary)…
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Movie of the Weak

As Good As It Gets Directed by James L. Brooks. Written by Brooks and Mark Andrus. Starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. At the Kabuki. The ad line for As Good As It Gets is "A comedy from…
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Second Time Around

Five Easy Pieces This Bob Rafelson film of 1970, playing for a week at the Red Vic in a handsome new print, has immense historical importance both as a key film of its era and as the fix that cemented…
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All the Rage

Sean Penn, in his life as in his acting career, has perfected the art of the brawl. Now he has pretensions not merely to being a director, but an auteur -- of the brawl, naturally. His new movie, The Crossing…
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