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    Film, Full Speed Ahead

    Full Speed Ahead

    Each of the beautifully made vignettes that comprise Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity glimpses a young woman caught at a crossroads, faced with an important decision, and about to experience one of those rare dilations of vision that can change an…
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    Film, Might  Makes Reich

    Might Makes Reich

    It's tempting to see Das Experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's harrowing drama about a radical prison-behavior experiment that goes terribly wrong, as specifically German. When most of the volunteer "inmates" locked up in the experiment's mock cellblock lose their individual will and…
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    Film, <i>Swimming</i> With Sharks

    Swimming With Sharks

    Most summer movies about the pain of growing up emerge from the same primal ooze -- lots of teenage anxiety mixed with two or three unruly hormones in the stickum of comic discontent. What a relief, then, to find a…
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    Film, Internal Despair

    Internal Despair

    At first look, the swaggering neo-Nazi skinhead played to scary effect by Ryan Gosling in The Believer seems to hail from the same cesspool that spit up Russell Crowe's Neanderthal in Romper Stomper and Edward Norton's deep-thinking thug in American…
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    Film, Get Yer  <i>Ya-Ya</i>s Out

    Get Yer Ya-Yas Out

    It's no surprise that the Louisiana-born novelist Rebecca Wells has seen her wildly popular books translated into 18 languages, with no fewer than 6 million copies in print. She's no deep-thinking stylist, but she has an unfailing gift for injecting…
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    Film, <i>Cat </i>Fight

    Cat Fight

    Poor William Randolph Hearst. The snapping dogs of Hollywood just won't leave the guy alone. It's been barely 60 years since a little epic called Citizen Kane portrayed the great newspaper tycoon as a ruthless dictator who degenerated into an…
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    Film, Mexican Pie?

    Mexican Pie?

    The two slacker anti-heroes of Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too) come furnished with all the usual glitches of late adolescence -- raging hormones, impatient wanderlust, contempt for their elders, and a jones for dope and…
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    Film, Being Leon Barlow

    Being Leon Barlow

    The last thing most rookie movie directors would (or should) try to do is crawl inside the fertile, chaotic mind of an impoverished, drunken Southern writer, then throw the whole interior mess up there on the screen -- the poor…
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    Film, Good Grief

    Good Grief

    Victor Hugo called grief "a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched," and anyone who has ever found himself touching the sleeve of his father's favorite jacket on the day after his funeral, or gazing at the toy-strewn floor…
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    Film, Vittorio Victorious

    Vittorio Victorious

    Over the last half-century, countless filmmakers great and obscure have stood in serious debt to The Bicycle Thief. But, for my money, no one has borrowed so cleverly or shifted the weight of Vittorio De Sica's 1948 masterpiece so gracefully…
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    Film, A Fine Affair

    A Fine Affair

    Ray Lawrence's Lantana is high-toned Australian soap opera, which is to say that its philandering police detective and its grief-stricken psychoanalyst are a bit quirkier than their all-too-familiar televised counterparts. Its unhappy wives, gloomy husbands, and alienated teenagers are more…
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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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