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Film, "Her": Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love With His Machine

"Her": Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love With His Machine

This arty, wispy tale of the fraught near-future affair between a sensitive white man and his newly sentient operating system will not be for everyone, but everyone will have to hear about it nonetheless. Is it not, therefore, the movie…
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Dining, SFoodie Joaquin Phoenix, Avocado Pesto, and God Made a Factory Farmer

Joaquin Phoenix, Avocado Pesto, and God Made a Factory Farmer

See also: Biscuits, Bakesales and Babycakes S.F.! Kristen Bell Loves Pigs, Sweet Potatoes Love Chocolate, and This Squirrel is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Why You Have to See The Master in 70mm

"The only way to defend ourselves is to attack." By Michael Nordine In San Francisco, when a film is referred to as "70mm" it usually means that Hitchcock's Vertigo is playing again. New releases in the format -- which, as implied by its…
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Film, "The Master": You Aren't Expecting What Anderson Is Giving

"The Master": You Aren't Expecting What Anderson Is Giving

There's something startlingly noncommittal about many of the initial reviews of The Master that leaked out following the impromptu screenings writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson organized in 70mm-equipped houses across the country, and later in response to the film's official bow…
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News, Feature Paul Thomas Anderson: Master of "The Master"

Paul Thomas Anderson: Master of "The Master"

"I've made six movies, and I feel like I'm only just finally figuring out how this business fucking works," Paul Thomas Anderson says on an unseasonably mild August afternoon in Astoria, Queens, where later tonight he will preview his latest…
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Film, "I'm Still Here": Joaquin Phoenix implodes — we think

"I'm Still Here": Joaquin Phoenix implodes — we think

I'm Still Here — "that Joaquin Phoenix movie" — capitalizes on an anxiety that is very of-the-moment, uniting pop cultural phenomena as seemingly disparate as the too-stupid and/or good-to-be-true Jersey Shore characters, James Franco's baffling side careers as a professional…
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Film, Shiksa vs. Jew

Shiksa vs. Jew

If Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a lovelorn bachelor in James Gray's Two Lovers, were 12 years old, the movie might make a touching, if not noticeably fresh, romantic drama for tweens. Not that adults don't nurse unhealthy crushes and regress…
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Calendar, Night&Day Two Lovers

Two Lovers

If Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a lovelorn bachelor in James Gray's Two Lovers, were 12 years old, the movie might make a touching romantic drama for tweens. Not that adults don't regress madly under the pressure of hopeless infatuation. But…
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Film, Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

It seems like so much nitpicking, but why is the Johnny Cash biopic called Walk the Line when a far better name would have been Ring of Fire? Surely James Mangold, co-writer and director, would insist he chose the former…
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Film, Killing Time

Killing Time

Military clerk Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) is something of a modern-day Sgt. Bilko (the 1950s TV character played by the late Phil Silvers). Anything you need, he can get. Any scam that's possible, he'll run. Never mind the bumbling Col.…
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Send in the Costellos

Inventing the Abbotts Directed by Pat O'Connor. Written by Ken Hixon, from the short story by Sue Miller. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler, and Joanna Going. Opens Friday, April 4, at the…
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