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    Retouching Evil

    A pungent, ardent yearning permeated the big theater at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch one balmy evening in July. It felt like artistic homesickness. Walter Murch -- the renowned film editor and sound designer -- was making an audacious presentation to…
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    Klump, Gump, and Chump

    Eddie Murphy and I did part of our growing up in the same hometown: Roosevelt, Long Island, N.Y. The one time I met Murphy -- in 1982, while he was filming his first movie, 48 HRS., on an L.A. street…
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    The Larry David Show

    Not since the death of Diana has there been a pop phenomenon as cataclysmic as the demise of Seinfeld. The surrounding hoopla has reached such, well, titanic proportions that it has turned the series' saturnine co-creator -- balding, bespectacled Larry…
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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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    Mississippi Riverdance

    Old Man Directed by John Kent Harrison. Written by Horton Foote, from the "Old Man" section of William Faulkner's The Wild Palms. Starring Arliss Howard and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Airing Sunday, Feb. 9, 9-11 p.m., CBS. William Faulkner's novella "Old Man"…
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    One-Shot Wonder

    Escape From L.A. Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier, and Cliff Robertson. John Carpenter was the low-budget directorial phenom of the '70s -- the pauper's Hitchcock whose Halloween, independently produced at a cost of $300,000,…
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    The Free Willies

    The Truman Show Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Andrew Niccol. Starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris. Opens Friday, June 5, at area theaters. Audiences have grown accustomed to commercial onslaughts for spectacles like Godzilla. A subtler, more…
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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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    Second Time Around

    Sunset Blvd. A murdered screenwriter. An idealistic young female reader working her way up in a studio. A producer who might consider pushing a baseball project if he could turn it into a musical for a female star. Hollywood luminaries…
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    Dunciad and Illeanad

    American Buffalo Directed by Michael Corrente. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Sean Nelson. Grace of My Heart Directed by Allison Anders. Starring Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Davison, and Matt Dillon. Two dubious cultural forces of the…
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    The Weir Files

    Picnic at Hanging Rock Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Cliff Green, from the novel by Joan Lindsay. Starring Rachel Roberts and Helen Morse. Plays July 1-7 at the Castro. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the first international success from…
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    Tribute

    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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    Ewok Don't Run

    Return of the Jedi Directed by Richard Marquand. Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas, from a story by George Lucas. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and the voice of James Earl Jones. Opens Friday,…
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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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    From Chinatown to Niketown

    In 1974 Robert Towne was seething about the lot of his script for Chinatown, now considered his most famous work. Released that same year, the screenplay won an Oscar for Towne. When I interviewed him at the time, he was…
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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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    Killer's Choice

    The Godfather Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Written by Coppola and Mario Puzo, from Puzo's novel. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Richard Castellano, Sterling Hayden, and John Cazale. At the Castro, March 20-27. I…
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    Second Time Around

    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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    The Greatest Story Never Told

    The Prince of Egypt Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells. With the voices of Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Steve Martin, Helen Mirren, Michelle Pfeiffer, Martin Short, and Patrick Stewart. Opens Friday,…
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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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    Second Time Around

    The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage The sight of a man consumed in the act of creation becomes tumultuously moving in The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, a lyrical, crystalline 34-minute documentary that features joltingly fresh images of…
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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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    Man at the Top

    The General Directed and written by John Boorman, from the book by Paul Williams. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Angeline Ball. Opens Friday, Feb. 12, at the Embarcadero Center. Jimmy Cagney brought…
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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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    The Naked and the Dead

    Kissed Directed by Lynne Stopkewich. Written by Stopkewich and Angus Fraser, from a story by Barbara Gowdy. Starring Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Jay Brazeau, and Natasha Morley. Opens Friday, April 18, at the Lumiere in S.F. and the California in…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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