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Culture, The Exhibitionist Talking Baseball With <i>Ghost Town to Havana's</i> Director Eugene Corr and Star Coach Roscoe Bryant

Talking Baseball With Ghost Town to Havana's Director Eugene Corr and Star Coach Roscoe Bryant

What does baseball mean to you? For the kids living in Oakland’s notorious Ghost Town neighborhood, it means being part of a community — a refuge from all of the violence and trauma that each one lives with every day.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Architecture and Design Films at YBCA

Architecture and Design Films at YBCA

If all architecture is shelter, what is it that we’re really trying to keep safe? The soul of civilization? That does seem vulnerable, and precious, in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ second annual, monthlong Architecture & Design Films…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Tribe</i>: A Whole Movie in Sign Language, With Something Harsh to Say

The Tribe: A Whole Movie in Sign Language, With Something Harsh to Say

Well, who needs dialogue, anyway? Just look at Shaun the Sheep Movie. You might need to look at Shaun the Sheep Movie in order to feel better after looking at The Tribe. It is one thing to make a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>7 Chinese Brothers</i> Star Jason Schwartzman and Director Bob Byington Discuss Drowsy Dogs, Forgotten Lines, and San Francisco Smartness

7 Chinese Brothers Star Jason Schwartzman and Director Bob Byington Discuss Drowsy Dogs, Forgotten Lines, and San Francisco Smartness

Available on demand today, writer-director Bob Byington’s new comedy 7 Chinese Brothers stars Jason Schwartzman as a hard-drinking, wise-cracking, endearing Austin slacker with very slim prospects for professional or personal growth. His charismatic co-stars include Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root, Eleanore Pienta,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Agnès Varda in California

New on Video: Agnès Varda in California

Agnès Varda first came to California in 1967, when Hollywood summoned her fellow-director husband Jacques Demy after his The Umbrellas of Cherbourg became an international hit. Varda wasn’t sure how long she’d stay, but the place just smelled like cinema, mixed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Same, but Different

The Same, but Different

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Good artists copy; great artists steal. Do with these aphorisms what you will. For guidance, consult Goethe Institut’s “Copy & Paste: A Comparative Double-Feature Film…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Taking San Bruno Mountain by Strategy: A New Film on Habitat Protection

Taking San Bruno Mountain by Strategy: A New Film on Habitat Protection

Documentary filmmaker Gail Mallimson has been fascinated with San Bruno Mountain ever since she moved to San Francisco from Manhattan. (For the cartographically challenged, it’s the big one above the Cow Palace, with all the big antennas on it).…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Why Jonathan Frid's Homosexuality Matters

Bay of the Living Dead: Why Jonathan Frid's Homosexuality Matters

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a twice-monthly column about the horror genre. I ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows. No television show before or since has ever ever fired up my imagination as much…
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Film, "A Long Way Down": Meeting Up at the Suicide Social Club

"A Long Way Down": Meeting Up at the Suicide Social Club

Pascal Chaumeil's A Long Way Down is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, and as is so often the case with character-driven novels, it might have been better served as a miniseries than 96-minute movie. On New Year's Eve…
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Film, "A Most Wanted Man": Philip Seymour Hoffman Steals the Show in This John Le Carre Espionage Thriller

"A Most Wanted Man": Philip Seymour Hoffman Steals the Show in This John Le Carre Espionage Thriller

Without the goneness of Philip Seymour Hoffman hanging over it, what would A Most Wanted Man be worth? Hoffman as a gruff German spy at the center of a canny John Le Carré thriller is a concept so inherently good…
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Film, "I Origins": Science, Religion, Sex & Eyeballs

"I Origins": Science, Religion, Sex & Eyeballs

Mike Cahill's audacious I Origins touches on a number of Big Subjects, such as reason versus spirituality, scientific hubris, and the perils of hooking up with supermodels. It's probably going to end up on an equal number of "Best of"…
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Film, "Land Ho!": Older and Wiser in Iceland

"Land Ho!": Older and Wiser in Iceland

The low-key action of Land Ho! involves hanging out with a pair of silver-haired former brothers-in-law who, having drifted apart in the wake of divorce and widowerhood, find themselves on an impromptu holiday together in Iceland. One's a feisty southerner…
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Film, "Magic in the Moonlight": Woody Allen's Latest Tries to Catch a Lovely Young Psychic in the Act

"Magic in the Moonlight": Woody Allen's Latest Tries to Catch a Lovely Young Psychic in the Act

Magic in the Moonlight is Woody Allen's film product for 2014. Stanley (Colin Firth) is an arrogant British stage magician in 1928 who, much like the recently deceased (but never mentioned) Harry Houdini, moonlights in exposing fake spiritualists. His fellow…
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Film, "Mood Indigo": Michel Gondry Dazzles Us with Twee-D

"Mood Indigo": Michel Gondry Dazzles Us with Twee-D

Boris Vian's 1947 novel L'Ecume des Jours (Froth on the Daydream) finds its way into movie form for the third time, froth very much intact, courtesy of French whimsy junkie Michel Gondry. Who better to reimagine that old surreal chestnut…
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Film, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Weddings, Kidnappings, and a Romantic Comedy or Two Round Out This Year's Festival

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Weddings, Kidnappings, and a Romantic Comedy or Two Round Out This Year's Festival

Begging your indulgence, this briefest of critical dispatches on the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will begin and end with talk of a movie about a movie critic. Outwardly the most Jewish thing about El Critico, from Argentina, might…
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Arthouse Movie Listings July 23-29, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Sistah Cinema: Celebrating Black Lesbian Motherhood: A touring trio of short films, including If She Grows Up Gay, Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan, and Crossover. Fri., July 25, 8 p.m. $7-$10 suggested donation. sistahsinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco,…
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Film, "Boyhood": The Neverending Story, Told Quietly

"Boyhood": The Neverending Story, Told Quietly

In Richard Linklater's marvelous new film, a Texas schoolboy, played by Ellar Coltrane, grows up right before our eyes. He's 18 when the movie ends, and it transparently took a dozen years to make. Where does the time go? Maybe…
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Film, "Llyn Foulkes One Man Band": An Artist Who Can't Be Contained by Anyone Else

"Llyn Foulkes One Man Band": An Artist Who Can't Be Contained by Anyone Else

Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty's documentary Llyn Foukles One Man Band is not quite as joyful as the title suggests. The film's subject Llyn Foulkes is indeed a one-man band, playing a machine of his own design he calls the…
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Film, "Planes: Fire & Rescue": Even Aircraft Love a Good Fart Joke

"Planes: Fire & Rescue": Even Aircraft Love a Good Fart Joke

Pixar's Cars begat Cars 2, which begat Planes, which begat Bobs Gannaway's Planes: Fire & Rescue, the closest thing we're getting to a Pixar movie this year. But other than being set in the same universe as the Cars pictures,…
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Film, "Wish I Was Here": Zack Braff's Indie Ennui a Decade Later

"Wish I Was Here": Zack Braff's Indie Ennui a Decade Later

Here's the new one from writer-director-star Zach Braff. Are we ready to give him a fair shake? Prerelease points of contention include that grammar-nerd bait in the title, the fact that he had the gall to Kickstart it, and, perhaps…
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