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    Just a Bowl Full of Sugar

    In a mid-1980s Saturday Night Live sketch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played a college freshman home for Thanksgiving. Dressed in a tie-dyed T-shirt and full of newfound contempt for her parents' lifestyle, money, and morals, she screamed, "I won't eat your bourgeois…
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    Cinema Paradiso

    What's best about film festivals isn't necessarily the movies shown. It's the combined energy of hundreds of people all hoping to see something transporting -- sharing a discovery with their friends or with strangers they've met in line or in…
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    And Now, On With the Show: SFIFF Week 2

    American Cuisine (France, 1998) In this gentle farce in which sexual love is a poor cousin to the passion aroused by good food, U.S. Navy chef Loren (Jason Lee) is dismissed from his post after being deemed incapable of "making…
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    S.F. International Film Festival

    The 42nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs over 15 days and presents over 100 movies. It's the biggest annual celebration of cinema in this city -- which is saying a lot, given that we seem to have a…
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    Zoom Lens

    "A Carrie White Christmas" Brian De Palma's terrific 1976 film of Stephen King's Carrie swoops through the telekinesis and madness catalyzed by a girl's terrifying first period. This movie helped make stars out of Sissy Spacek, the homely, lonely Carrie…
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    The Devil Made Him Do It

    Apt Pupil Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Brandon Boyce, from the novella by Stephen King. Starring Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro. Opens Friday, Oct. 23, at the Century Plaza, the AMC 1000 Van Ness, and the Kabuki. When Stephen…
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    Last Picture Shows

    The second week of the Mill Valley Film Festival, running through Sunday at various venues in that town and also at Larkspur's Lark Theater, features some of its best offerings, including a repeat of Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters (this…
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    Zoom Lens

    One night at the Kabuki ... At a recent 10:50 p.m. Saturday screening of Boogie Nights at the Kabuki Theater, the audience got something less than the Full Monty. For two hours and 15 minutes we had patiently borne the…
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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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