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    The Dress

    A fabric designer is told by a disgruntled stewardess that he's a lousy lover. Moments later, his employer derides him as a frustrated artist and gives him one week to come up with material for the perfect dress. Subsequently the…
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    Zoom Lens

    SlamNation Slamming is poetry as a spectator sport. Part rap, part performance art, and part stand-up, it's raucous, sometimes crude, and pulsating with the rhythm of the streets. Independent filmmaker Paul Devlin, who previously made a TV pilot called Slammin,…
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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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    Festival Harvest

    Every autumn Mill Valley is transformed into a movie festival town that, while perhaps not on par with Cannes or Telluride, has at least some of the glamour of the former and the small-town ambience of the latter. This year…
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    Tribute to Sir Derek Jacobi

    Sir Derek Jacobi is the least pretentious knight you're likely to encounter. Although he has a reputation as one of the great actors of the English stage, he's best known stateside as the major player in I, Claudius, the popular…
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    Week 2 of the 41st S.F. International Film Festival

    Animated by Dr. Freud (Various) Jim Trainor's peculiar The Fetishist is clearly the centerpiece of this program of animation for grown-ups, devoting 38 minutes to its deadpan tale of a deeply disturbed adolescent, drawn from an actual 1947 case study.…
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    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll. Korea.

    A few decades ago, a controversial Bay Area critic named Pauline Kael -- yes, the same wild original who went on to become Pauline Kael -- wrote an excoriating review of the San Francisco International Film Festival for a now-defunct…
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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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