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    Film, Anthropoid


    If anyone's forgotten what a country looks like after a fascist rises to power, Anthropoid will be a welcome reminder. This World War II film is set in Prague after the Nazis have taken control of what was then Czechoslovakia.…
    Film, Don't Think Twice

    Don't Think Twice

    "You're not a failure, Bill. You're in The Commune," so declares Samantha, the undaunted peacekeeper of a flailing improv group. Don't Think Twice is based on Mike Birbiglia's firsthand experience as a member of a comedy troupe similar to The…
    Film, Phantom Boy

    Phantom Boy

    Frame by animated frame, the French duo behind Phantom Boy turn our attention toward the sky. We take in the multicolored floors and windows of office buildings, and the famous monuments of New York City. This version of the great…
    Film, Gleason


    Gleason has been misclassified as a documentary. It's a horror film, humane to the core, but meant to disturb. We watch the motor functions of a former NFL player atrophy on screen. The film begins with video clips of Steve…
    Film, Tickled


    A fetish for some and an internet-voyeur thing for others, Competitive Endurance Tickling is real. On the lookout for a new story, David Farrier, a pop-culture reporter in New Zealand, happened upon a website for it. What he saw online…
    Film, Les Cowboys

    Les Cowboys

    Collaborating with Jacques Audiard, a director who has mastered the art of marrying narrative to a distinctive visual style, Thomas Bidegain's screenplays for A Prophet and Rust and Bone garnered awards in his native France. Les Cowboys is Bidegain's first…
    Film, Diary of a Chambermaid

    Diary of a Chambermaid

    Gustave Flaubert would be proud of Benoît Jacquot's Diary of a Chambermaid. His heroine Emma Bovary inhabits the same bourgeois milieu as Célestine, the titular femme de chambre. Based on Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel, it's a tale of landed gentry…
    Film, A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    A snake arrives in the garden of Eden and his name is Ralph Fiennes. Tilda Swinton is the imperious Eve who cast him out long ago. Her new Adam is the stolid Matthias Schoenaerts, whose tanned, bare chest is a…
    Film, Being Charlie

    Being Charlie

    Rob Reiner's Being Charlie exists in that worn-out zone of mutual incomprehension — "Parents/Kids just don't understand" — and then fails to add anything new to an already exhausted genre. The direction itself is chiefly to blame, but the narrative…
    Film, Daddy's Home

    Daddy's Home

    If awards were given out for Success in Product Placement, Daddy's Home would take home the gold. Sixty seconds in, the filmmakers announce the first entry on their list of pos-mens (or "positive mentions," per 30 Rock). An automobile, mentioned…
    Film, Creed


    Remember that Greil Marcus essay in which he described Bill Pullman's face as "a window onto an American defined not by hope but by fear"? With the release of Creed, someone will undoubtedly wax rhapsodic about Sylvester Stallone's American face,…

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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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