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Film, "Killer Joe": Matthew McConaughey Is a Lurid Pleasure

"Killer Joe": Matthew McConaughey Is a Lurid Pleasure

At one point in Killer Joe, a hideously funny tabloid noir set on the outskirts of Dallas County, Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is let into the family double-wide by a relation whose face has just been pummeled into a Rorschach…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Collapse</i>


Chris Smith’s one-man doc on veteran doomsayer Michael C. Ruppert holds less interest as another sky-is-falling dispatch than as the filmmaker’s return to warts-and-all portraiture after 2008’s well-received fiction feature The Pool. Ten years ago, Smith's arthouse-circuit hit American Movie…
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Culture, Stagecap

First Day of School

In Billy Aronson's raucous comedy First Day of School — making its West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse — well-to-do parents attend to their six-year-old children's prospects with a ferocity arising from barely repressed sexual frustration. We've seen this before,…
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Culture, Stage Edna O&#146;Brien&#146;s <i>Tir</i> <i>na</i> <i>n&Oacute;g</i> Loses Its Magic

Edna O’Brien’s Tir na nÓg Loses Its Magic

Since I attended the world premiere of Edna O'Brien's new play, Tir na nÓg, at the Magic Theatre last week, Chris Smith has been on my mind. Smith, who is leaving the venerable 41-year-old S.F. company this season after just…
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Music, All Shook Down SFIndiefest Top Ten Flicks - Including Indiana Jones, Gus Van Sant, and Robbie Conal

SFIndiefest Top Ten Flicks - Including Indiana Jones, Gus Van Sant, and Robbie Conal

Running from February 7th to February 20th at the Castro (429 Castro), Roxie (3117 16th), and Victoria (2961 16th) cinemas, the affectionately-named SF Indiefest has grown considerably from its legendary roots, when founder Jeff Ross put on a four-day…
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Culture, Stagecap


This new play by C. Michele Kaplan is about people trying desperately to connect in a world where technology is evolving faster than the human intellect. At least that is the starting point. The script also examines bulimia, writer's block,…
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Film, <i>Soul</i> Doubt

Soul Doubt

America's Heart & Soul, the debut feature from commercial director Louis Schwartzberg, is being depicted in some quarters as the antidote to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, mostly due to the fact that it's a documentary, being released around the same…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

What trial-size shampoo bottles are to the weary business traveler, compilation albums are to the music fan -- efficient samplers, used on the fly and practically disposable. At least, that's how they're treated. Classic compilation albums rarely get their due…
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