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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Breathless</i>

    Breathless

    While critics at Cannes break their heads parsing Jean-Luc Godard's latest enigma, his 1960 first feature Breathless marks its 50th anniversary in a freshly subtitled print from a restored negative supervised by the original cinematographer Raoul Coutard. For those old…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Restrepo</i>

    Restrepo

    Amid a glut of amped nonfiction films about the U.S. at war, journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's documentary about their 2007 stay with an American platoon in a Taliban-infested region of Afghanistan raises its voice by lowering it. Stripped…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Secret of Kells</i>

    The Secret of Kells

    If there's an Oscar race that might be worth following this year, it's the one for Best Animated Feature. Out of nowhere, The Secret of Kells, an enchantingly old-fashioned Irish upstart about a medieval boy monk who dreams of illuminating…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Last Station</i>

    The Last Station

    Opening with balalaikas, scurrying agrarians in collarless shirts, and helpful intertitles announcing that Tolstoy was "the most celebrated writer in the world," The Last Station threatens at first to be Tolstoy for Dummies as interpreted by Monty Python. Soon enough,…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Cove</i>

    The Cove

    The forthrightly activist but fun-loving documentary The Cove has a natural hero and reformed sinner in Ric O’Barry, a former trainer of dolphins for the popular 1960s television series Flipper, who now spends his days slipping into Japan in silly…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Invictus</i>

    Invictus

    A rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly wrapped in a triumphalist sports movie (and blessedly free of spurious Obama parallels), Clint Eastwood's new movie tells the story of how freshly elected South African President Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe</i>

    William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

    Other than a few tasty tidbits, like the fact that he wrote Joseph McCarthy's will while still a young family attorney, there’s not much fresh news about William Kunstler in this documentary. Plodding diligently through the irascible lefty lawyer's career,…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Afghan Star</i>

    Afghan Star

    If you think it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking’s documentary about its Afghani imitator, a smash hit television show whose musical wannabes run the gamut of Afghanistan’s bruising ethnic divisions.…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Cove</i>

    The Cove

    The forthrightly activist but fun-loving documentary The Cove has a natural hero and reformed sinner in Ric O’Barry, a former trainer of dolphins for the popular 1960s television series Flipper, who now spends his days slipping into Japan in silly…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Visual Acoustics</i>

    Visual Acoustics

    Just about everyone in Eric Bricker's festschrift seems to love Julius Shulman, including (adorably) the unstoppable old gent himself. What's not to like? Ninety-three years old at the time of filming, the great photographer of modernist architecture was still working…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Wedding Song</i>

    The Wedding Song

    Like her appealing first feature, La petite Jérusalem, Karin Albou's The Wedding Song probes the threats to an intimate bond between two Semitic women. Here, World War II steps in to test a happy friendship between Tunisian neighbors—Nour (Olympe Borval),…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>A Serious Man</i>

    A Serious Man

    The shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie—Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not be a Dybbuk—tips its hat to the great existential comedy A Serious Man might have become if it…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Burma VJ</i>

    Burma VJ

    How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific documentary about a loosely organized network of scrappy underground videographers who risked their lives photographing the abortive 2007 uprising against…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Amer'cuh

    Amer'cuh

    The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the United States. Divorced, demoralized, and struggling with her weight, Palestinian bank employee Muna (a very good Nisreen Faour) leaves the…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Amreeka</i>

    Amreeka

    The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis, a Palestinian-Jordanian raised in the United States. Divorced, demoralized, and struggling with her weight, Palestinian bank employee Muna (a very good Nisreen Faour) leaves the…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Afghan Star</i>

    Afghan Star

    If you think it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking’s documentary about its Afghani imitator, a smash hit television show whose musical wannabes run the gamut of Afghanistan’s bruising ethnic divisions.…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Great Danes

    Great Danes

    Of all European nations, Denmark enjoys the nearest thing to a heroic record of resisting the Nazi occupiers -- which adds both poignancy and punch to Ole Christian Madsen’s fact-based drama about two posthumously honored Danes. Framed without cynicism as…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg</i>

    Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

    Did you know that goy god Steve McQueen got an early walk-on on a Jewish television sitcom? That’s just one of the tasty tidbits in Aviva Kempner’s celebratory but clear-eyed portrait of Gertrude Berg, the creator, writer, and star of…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Dolphins: They're Just Like Us

    Dolphins: They're Just Like Us

    The forthrightly activist but fun-loving documentary The Cove has a natural hero and reformed sinner in Ric O’Barry, a former trainer of dolphins for the popular 1960s television series Flipper, who now spends his days slipping into Japan in silly…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Burma VJ</i>

    Burma VJ

    How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific documentary about a loosely organized network of scrappy underground videographers who risked their lives photographing the abortive 2007 uprising against…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Angelic Art

    Angelic Art

    Martin Provost’s lyrical but bracing portrait of the early-20th-century French painter Séraphine Louis begins and ends with a quietly ecstatic shot of the artist nestling up to the rustling leaves of a majestic tree. In Provost’s vision, the dirt-poor country…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Easy Virtue</i>

    Easy Virtue

    Quick! Noël Coward—sage or supercilious bitch? No matter where you stand, Stephan Elliott’s deliciously cheeky screen adaptation of one of the satirist’s lesser-known jabs at the British upper crust will charm your pants off. The movie opens with a contemporary…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Moving the Dead

    Moving the Dead

    Trailing mostly justified ill will for having trounced the critical favorite, Waltz With Bashir, for Best Foreign Film at last year’s Oscars, Yojirô Takita’s stately Japanese movie Departures, a runaway hit at home, enters American theaters at a disadvantage. But…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Il Divo </i>

    Il Divo

    Hard on the heels of the acclaimed Gomorrah, Italian corruption gets a much quieter but equally vigorous workout in Paolo Sorrentino’s highly stylized portrait of the country’s most enduring political leader, Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Teflon doesn’t begin to describe…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Great Buck Howard</i>

    The Great Buck Howard

    No one does raging unlovability quite like John Malkovich, who’s a total gas when he drops the bombast that often bogs down his more serious roles. Not that Buck Howard, the once-great mentalist now playing to half-empty theaters in Hicksville,…
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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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