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    Second Time Around

    Lolita From the beginning, British comedy fans loved the work of Peter Sellers, for its wit and sure attack and for its fillip of emotion. But it took a brilliant young American director with a hip, cosmopolitan temperament to exploit…
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    Love and Martyrdom

    Some Mother's Son Directed by Terry George. Written by Terry George and Jim Sheridan. Starring Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanagan. Opens Thursday, Dec. 26, at the Embarcadero Center. The Whole Wide World Directed by Dan Ireland. Written by Michael Scott…
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    Diabolique Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 exercise in terror is the dankest movie of all time, and one of the creepiest. Water in mudholes, bathtubs, sinks, and a swimming pool, medicines dispensed from eyedroppers and needles, doctored whiskey, and even photo developer…
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    Sex and the Single Parent

    One Fine Day Directed by Michael Hoffman. Written by Terrel Seltzer and Ellen Simon. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney. Opens Friday, Dec. 20, at the Metro and Stonestown in S.F. and the UA Berkeley. Early this year, in the…
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    Zoom Lens

    "Wallace and Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation" This British animation studio's trademark is using plasticene figures instead of ink (and often people off the street instead of scripted actors) to construct a parallel universe that both mirrors and intensifies…
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    Cruisified

    Jerry Maguire Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Opens Friday, Dec. 13, at area theaters. Some amusing stuff about sports agentry drowns in the emotional shallows of Jerry Maguire, which stars…
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    Lawrence of Arabia Still the most satisfying attempt in modern movies to interpret spectacular historical events from one man's perspective. As seen by David Lean and his scenarist, Robert Bolt, T.E. Lawrence takes the White Man's Burden on his own…
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    Deliverance A couple of decades after its original 1972 release, this landmark adventure movie has achieved new relevance as Iron Johns of every variety follow its antiheroes' quest into the wilderness, to bond and to seek their most authentic selves.…
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    The Long Goodbye and California Split Panavision meets modernism with glorious results in the kickoff to the Castro's wide-screen series: Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and California Split. Altman employs the odd, ribbony sweep of the oblong frame not just…
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    Peckinpah in Black and White and Color

    Directed, written, and edited by Paul Seydor. Narrated by Nick Redman, with the voices of Ed Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, and others. At the Opera Plaza, Dec. 6-12, with a restored 35mm print of The Wild Bunch. When I…
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    Past Perfect

    The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio Bonicelli, and Ugo Pirro, from the novel by Giorgio Bassani. Starring Dominique Sanda and Lino Capolicchio. At the Embarcadero Center in S.F. and the Albany…
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    Second Time Around

    The Gate of Heavenly Peace The democracy movement that filled Tiananmen Square seven years ago lives on in Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton's three-hour documentary -- one of the most provocative studies of mass protest ever filmed. Gordon and Hinton…
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    Zoom Lens

    September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill With its charismatic angst and sprightly melancholia, the music Kurt Weill wrote in prewar Germany and '40s New York continues to be up-to-date. Everything about this celebration of it gives off a sardonic…
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    Zoom Lens

    The Club Foot Orchestra Eleven San Francisco-based musicians known as the Club Foot Orchestra have made a specialty of steaming away the mustiness that can settle on revered old movies. They don't limit themselves to sounds of the silent-picture era,…
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    Fools for Love

    The English Patient Directed and written by Anthony Minghella, from the novel by Michael Ondaatje. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, and Naveen Andrews. Opens Friday, Nov. 22, at the Kabuki and the Northpoint in S.F.…
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    Second Time Around

    Point Blank With a rugged but never hulking torso, a shock of white hair, and a slablike face marked by a mashed nose and piercing eyes, Lee Marvin was a startling, wired big-screen presence. He tears through John Boorman's audacious…
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    2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (like Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow) is pretentious and overelaborate, yet hypnotic in its impact and exhilaratingly audacious in its attempt to get at the connections between man and technology. Reopening…
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    SF Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Bay Area Filmgoing

    I go to movies hoping for the kind of excitement that can tune up a person's entire mental and emotional system. One of the few times I got it in recent years came after a screening at the Galaxy of…
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    The Innocents The Innocents is the rare psychological horror movie that can be enjoyed afresh each time you see it. It's a tense, elegant rendering of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, the tale of a governess at…
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    A First-Class Ticket to Palookaville

    Palookaville Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by David Epstein. Starring William Forsythe, Vincent Gallo, and Adam Trese. Opens Friday, Oct. 25, at the Lumiere in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. Hope doesn't spring eternal: It flickers like an old…
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    Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision Maya Lin -- the architect of genius who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. -- hankers for water. In her Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., a constant flow pours over a…
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    Cooking Without Gas

    The Chamber Directed by James Foley. Screenplay by William Goldman and Chris Reese, from the novel by John Grisham. Starring Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, and Lela Rochon. Continuing at area theaters. The Chamber as a novel is both…
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    Vertigo

    San Francisco isn't just the setting of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: It's the movie's muse. Along with composer Bernard Herrmann, who transforms convoluted psychology into resounding lyricism, and costar Kim Novak, whose pheromones and otherworldliness give body and soul to tortured…
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    Shorter Cuts

    2 Days in the Valley Directed and written by John Herzfeld. Starring Danny Aiello, Teri Hatcher, Paul Mazursky, Marsha Mason, and Glenne Headly. Sansho the Bailiff Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Starring Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kinuyo Tanake, and Kyoko Kagwa The kitsch…
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    Full Disclosure

    I first met Mike Leigh 10 years ago, during his breakthrough retrospective at the 1986 San Francisco International Film Festival. It was at a dinner that promised a coming-together of opposites -- Leigh, contemporary Britain's reigning movie poet of the…
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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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