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    The Albanian Candidate

    Wag the Dog Directed by Barry Levinson. Written by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet, from the novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart. Starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche, William H. Macy, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, and Andrea Martin.…
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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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    Out of Africa

    Amistad Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by David Franzoni. Starring Djimon Hounsou, Morgan Freeman, Stellan Skarsgard, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, and Nigel Hawthorne. Opens Friday, Dec. 12, at the Vogue and the Kabuki in S.F., and the Emery Bay, the…
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    State of Siege

    Welcome to Sarajevo Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on Natasha's Story by Michael Nicholson. Starring Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Emira Nusevic, Kerry Fox, Goran Visnjic, and Emily Lloyd. Opens Friday, Nov. 28, at…
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    Building the Perfect Beast

    1. "I'm Extinct" Movie special-effects maestro Phil Tippett has won billowing praise for the jaw-dropping digital transformations that turned models of alien bugs into the fearsome insect armies of Starship Troopers. But the 46-year-old founder of Berkeley's Tippett Studio is…
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    Gearing Up for the New Star Wars

    There's something karmically correct about San Francisco carrying the creative heartbeat for the new age of digital special effects. In 1967, the psychedelic scene had everyone from rock musicians to rabble-rousers proselytizing for higher forms of consciousness. Thirty years later,…
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    Court, No Spark

    John Grisham's The Rainmaker Directed and written by Francis Ford Coppola, from John Grisham's novel. Starring Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Mickey Rourke, and Danny DeVito. Opens Friday, Nov. 21, at the Regency and the Empire.…
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    Charley's Angel

    One Night Stand Directed and written by Mike Figgis. Starring Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Robert Downey Jr., and Kyle MacLachlan. Opens Friday, Nov. 14, at the Presidio. Writer/director Mike Figgis has mastered a kind of style I usually mistrust: Jumpy…
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    Second Time Around

    Crossroads Two grins compete for the comic face of popular culture: the idiot smile of those who refuse to see bad news, and the steady beam of those who see through it to better times ahead. The 1936 Crossroads, like…
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    For Love and Money

    The Wings of the Dove Directed by Iain Softley. Written by Hossein Amini, from the novel by Henry James. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, and Alison Elliott. Opens Friday, Nov. 14, at the Embarcadero Center. Mad City Directed by…
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    Peking Soap Opera

    Red Corner Directed by Jon Avnet. Written by Robert King. Starring Richard Gere and Bai Ling. Opens Friday, Oct. 31, at the Alexandria and the Kabuki in San Francisco, the Jack London in Oakland, and the UA Berkeley. Despite its…
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    Tribute

    Little Big Moviemaker Barry Levinson's Diner won plaudits like "minor miracle" when it opened in 1982. The qualifier "minor" turned up because critics like myself who loved the film didn't want to burden it with overly high expectations. Of course,…
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    Valley Ho!

    Bad Manners This is a wonderfully funny, brittle update of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Director Jonathan Kaufer, adapting David Gilman's expertly engineered play Ghost in the Machine, substitutes quietly nasty exchanges for George and Martha's drunken fits. Dissatisfied, obsessive…
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    Wise Blood Oscar-oriented fans of Robert Wise might think that he's led a secret life. Best-known for producing and co-directing West Side Story and producing and directing The Sound of Music, he's also made a half-dozen or so enduring cult…
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    Identity Crisis

    Americans are the western pilgrims, who are carrying along with them that great mass of arts, sciences, vigour, and industry which began long since in the east; they will finish the great circle. -- De Crevecoe I. The Fugue State…
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    Second Time Around

    The Phantom of the Opera Alone among the old horror standbys, the Phantom of the Opera is a man among monsters -- a disfigured musical genius named Erik who wreaks havoc in that most stylish of cultural haunts, the Grand…
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    City of Angles

    Suckling at the Big Nipple Bernardo Bertolucci once dubbed Los Angeles the Big Nipple. Writer/director Curtis Hanson has been suckling at it all his life. Just how much nourishment he's drawn becomes clear in his terrific new L.A. film, L.A.…
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    Open Your Mouth and Say "AH"

    Mimic Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Written by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins, from a story by Donald A. Wolheim. Starring Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam. Opens Friday, Aug. 22, at the Kabuki. When the beautiful entomologist rips open the…
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    A Couple of Clowns

    Box of Moonlight Directed and written by Tom DiCillo. Starring John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount, Annie Corely, Alexander Goodwin, and Dermot Mulroney. At the Embarcadero in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. When Time magazine columnist Walter…
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    Flunking Out

    187 Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Written by Scott Yagemann. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Gonzalez, and Karina Arroyave. At area theaters. 187, a number favored by adolescent thugs, is the California state penal code for homicide…
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    Soap Espanol

    Star Maps Directed and written by Miguel Arteta. Starring Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandeyce Jorden, and Lysa Flores. Opens Friday, Aug. 8, at the Lumiere. Star Maps was a hit at Sundance this year; Fox Searchlight, a subsidiary of 20th…
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    The Truth, and the Consequences, Are Out There

    Conspiracy Theory Directed by Richard Donner. Screenplay by Brian Helgeland. Starring Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, and Patrick Stewart. Opens Friday, Aug. 8, at area theaters. Jerry Fletcher, the hero of Conspiracy Theory, is a comic, glamorous variation on Travis Bickle…
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    Highland Fling

    Mrs. Brown Directed by John Madden. Screenplay by Jeremy Brock. Starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, and Antony Sher. At the Embarcadero Center. In the not-so-brave new world of independent filmmaking, low-budget movies premiere at Sundance or Cannes and win plaudits…
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    Air Force One -- Audience Nothing

    Air Force One Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Written by Andrew W. Marlowe. Starring Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, and Gary Oldman. Opens Friday, July 25, at the Coronet and the Century Plaza. An action flick that panders to aging baby boomers,…
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    Tense Alliance

    Blacks and Jews -- the title suggests a blunt attack on the tensions between two groups that once joined hands and now butt heads. But this feature-length documentary, screening four times at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival before airing…
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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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