Wrestlemania 31 Friday: WrestleCon, Pizza With John Cena, A Love Letter to NXT
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Wrestlemania 31 Friday: WrestleCon, Pizza With John Cena, A Love Letter to NXT

Follow all the Appeal’s Wrestlemania 31 coverage as it happens at @SFAWrestlemania They don’t call it the Road to Wrestlemania for nothing. Wrestlemania 31 itself…

Weekend Watch: Get Hard, Home, Danny Collins, Serena
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Weekend Watch: Get Hard, Home, Danny Collins, Serena

Get Hard – Everywhere If you haven’t already been bombarded with trailers and ads for this Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy, well, I envy…

A Guide to Wrestlemania 31 For Non-Wrestling Fans
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A Guide to Wrestlemania 31 For Non-Wrestling Fans

Follow all the Appeal’s Wrestlemania 31 coverage as it happens at @SFAWrestlemania For those keeping track at home, this weekend’s Wrestlemania, which goes down in…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Rubblebucket, Toro y Moi, and Travis Scott

Truly, the most important thing to happen this weekend is Wrestlemania, which SFAppeal TV critic and all-around rad dude Paolo (and myself) will be covering….

Outside Lands 2015 Announces Line-Up: Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and (Hopefully) D’Angelo
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Outside Lands 2015 Announces Line-Up: Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and (Hopefully) D’Angelo

Looking for the Outside Lands line-up via their website? Well, it’s crashed because of that many people doing the same damn thing in the face…

Appealing TV: The Walking Dead, Going Clear, and Wrestlemania Comes to the Bay Area
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Appealing TV: The Walking Dead, Going Clear, and Wrestlemania Comes to the Bay Area

So, what else is on? Monday, March 23 Teen Mom (10pm, MTV, season premiere) The saga of staged sex tape entrepreneur Farrah Abraham and the…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Be Calm Honcho, The Donkeys, and Immortal Technique

The weather has been beautiful as of late (sorry, drought) and a constant stream of music is returning to the City faster than a Bernal…

Weekend Watch: The Gunman, Insurgent, It Follows
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Weekend Watch: The Gunman, Insurgent, It Follows

The Gunman – Everywhere The Gunman is a ridiculous movie from the director of another ridiculous movie, Taken. But where Taken was ridiculous and fun,…

Clean Yourself Up, Or Get Ribbed: Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour
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Clean Yourself Up, Or Get Ribbed: Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour

Every time I go to the theater, I’m a little amazed by what people choose to wear. Theater tickets are, in general, not cheap, and…

Appealing TV: Community Gets Its Sixth Season , iZombie Eats Brains, And Bloodline
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Appealing TV: Community Gets Its Sixth Season , iZombie Eats Brains, And Bloodline

So, what else is on? Monday, March 16 Dancing with the Stars (8pm, ABC, season premiere) Where the hell do we go after Carlton won…

Weekend Watch: Cinderella, Run All Night, CAAMFest, The Cult Of JT Leroy
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Weekend Watch: Cinderella, Run All Night, CAAMFest, The Cult Of JT Leroy

Cinderella – Everywhere If you’re looking for a modernization or feminist updating of Cinderella, ala last year’s Maleficent, look elsewhere. This is certainly not that….

Here’s Your Weekend: Go see Goldfish, COCKBLOCK, and Metal Mother

Pretend these weekend picks are all dipped in green, covered in clovers, and chugging viridescent beer because St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and…

Appealing TV: The Returned Reboots, Powers Powers-Up, And We’ll Never Be (The) Royals
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Appealing TV: The Returned Reboots, Powers Powers-Up, And We’ll Never Be (The) Royals

So, what else is on? Monday, March 9 The Bachelor (8pm, ABC, season finale) I guess that’s a wrap on FarmersOnly.com jokes about Bachelor Chris…

Weekend Watch: Chappie, Unfinished Business, The Second Best Marigold Hotel
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Weekend Watch: Chappie, Unfinished Business, The Second Best Marigold Hotel

Chappie – Everywhere More like CRAPPIE, amiright?!! OK, maybe not, but advance word on the latest film from District 9 and Elysium director Neil Blomkamp…

Celebrations Planned to Temporarily Say Goodbye to Bay Lights Art Installation
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Celebrations Planned to Temporarily Say Goodbye to Bay Lights Art Installation

The 1.8-mile-wide LED light sculpture that has made the Bay Bridge twinkle for the past two years will temporarily go dark for 11 months starting…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See TRAVISWILD, B. Dolan, and Hey Rosetta!

Has everyone recovered from their Noise Pop hangover? No? Cool. Though this week saw the tail end of NP2K15 slowly making its exit like a…

Appealing TV: Wanna (CSI) Cyber? Agents Of SHIELD Returns, Kimmy Schmidt Is Unbreakable
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Appealing TV: Wanna (CSI) Cyber? Agents Of SHIELD Returns, Kimmy Schmidt Is Unbreakable

Live long and prosper, Leonard Nimoy. Monday, March 2 The Director’s Chair: Francis Ford Coppola (10pm, El Rey) Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network is a…

Weekend Watch: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps To The Stars
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Weekend Watch: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps To The Stars

Focus – Everywhere Remember when Will Smith movies would always open on Fourth of July weekend? Those days seem to be gone, and Mr. Smith…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See No Joy, Dan Deacon, and Caribou

It’s Noise Pop! Everybody check under your seats! Just kidding, but seriously, rad music is all around SF to begin with, but this week-plus long…

Appealing TV:  Last Man on Earth, House Of Cards, And Thanks For Everything, Parks And Recreation
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Appealing TV: Last Man on Earth, House Of Cards, And Thanks For Everything, Parks And Recreation

Addiction, it appears, took the life of comedian Harris Wittels last Thursday. His brilliance left the world way too soon. Monday, February 23 The Voice…

Bring On The Dancing Boys: Newsies
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Bring On The Dancing Boys: Newsies

I’m about ten years too old to have been overcome with Newsies fever in the early 90’s, but will admit it’s always seemed an odd…

Weekend Watch: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF, McFarland USA, What We Do In The Shadows
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Weekend Watch: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF, McFarland USA, What We Do In The Shadows

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Everywhere Seriously, what was John Cusack so busy with that he couldn’t sign on to Hot Tub Time Machine…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Lotus, Screaming Females, and the Suffers

What a mild, wonderful week that hopefully brought about enough restfulness to survive the multi-night music jaunt that is Noise Pop. This year’s iteration features…

Appealing TV: CBS Makes It Odd, Vikings (The Show, Not The Eventual Eye-Rolling Diet Fad), And White Men Who Make Movies Getting Awards
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Appealing TV: CBS Makes It Odd, Vikings (The Show, Not The Eventual Eye-Rolling Diet Fad), And White Men Who Make Movies Getting Awards

So, what else is on? Monday, February 16 The Book of Negroes (8pm, BET, miniseries premiere) The six part, three night miniseries The Book of…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See the Crystal Method, Basement Jaxx, Amoebapalooza

Hey, how do you feel about Valentine’s Day? I’ll wait. Ditch the Hallmark cards and misshapen flower arrangements and go see some music. While you…

Weekend Watch: The Kingsman: The Secret Service, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Mostly British Film Festival
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Weekend Watch: The Kingsman: The Secret Service, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Mostly British Film Festival

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Everywhere I gotta admit, when I first saw the above trailer, I nearly had a spontaneous orgasm. Nope! Not talking…

Suckers For Punishment: Fifty Shades of Grey
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Suckers For Punishment: Fifty Shades of Grey

Let’s be honest. It doesn’t matter what any critic has to say about Fifty Shades of Grey, women are going to flock to it. It’s…

Appealing TV: NBC Gets Slapped, Going Up Schitt’s Creek, And Forty Years of Saturday Night Live
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Appealing TV: NBC Gets Slapped, Going Up Schitt’s Creek, And Forty Years of Saturday Night Live

If you’re hoping to wow your valentine on Valentine’s Day with TV, you’re not going to get very far. So, what else is on? Monday,…

Weekend Watch: Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, SF Indiefest
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Weekend Watch: Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, SF Indiefest

Jupiter Ascending – Everywhere I had the same reaction the first time I saw the trailer to Jupiter Ascending as I did when I first…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See G-Eazy, Saint Motel, and Dax Riggs

Remember when SFians didn’t really care about rain? You know, back when there wasn’t a drought. Those were the days and I’d suggest we recapture…

Appealing TV: Asians? On My TV? NBC’s Attempt at The Americans, and You Better Call Saul!
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Appealing TV: Asians? On My TV? NBC’s Attempt at The Americans, and You Better Call Saul!

Real talk, I am still beguiled like hell from last night’s Katy Perry/Missy Elliot/Lenny Kravitz performance at the Super Bowl. Oh, what’s that? You weren’t…

Weekend Watch: Project Almanac, Black Or White, The Loft, Berlin & Beyond Fest
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Weekend Watch: Project Almanac, Black Or White, The Loft, Berlin & Beyond Fest

Project Almanac – Everywhere Could someone please build an actual time machine and go back to 1999 and somehow make it so that The Blair…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Ty Segall, Chuck Prophet, Ghost Parade

San Francisco is in a weird, shitty place right now. A body (well, parts) were found in a suitcase and dozens of people just lost…

Appealing TV: The Americans, Fortitude, And Bowl Watch 2015!
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Appealing TV: The Americans, Fortitude, And Bowl Watch 2015!

So, what else is on? Monday, January 26 Mud, Sweat, and Gears (10pm, BBC America, series premiere) Now that AMC owns a majority stake in…

A Fine Balance Between Dark And Light: Blithe Spirit
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A Fine Balance Between Dark And Light: Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward’s classic comedy about marriage, mortality, and spirits has landed in San Francisco for a brief twelve night run, featuring Angela Lansbury…

Weekend Watch: Mortdecai, The Boy Next Door, Cake, Strange Magic, Killers, Song One, Match, The Humbling
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Weekend Watch: Mortdecai, The Boy Next Door, Cake, Strange Magic, Killers, Song One, Match, The Humbling

Mortdecai – Everywhere Basically, the rule for picking what movie to see this weekend is, if it stars or was created by someone whose name…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Mates of State, Patti Smith, and Dark Tranquility

A smattering of good music is rolling into San Francisco and I’ve got picks that are just as diverse. Want to see metal, singer-songwriters, and…

Appealing TV: Justified’s Final Season, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, The Sons Of Anarchy, I Mean Liberty, And The State of The Union
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Appealing TV: Justified’s Final Season, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, The Sons Of Anarchy, I Mean Liberty, And The State of The Union

So, what else is on? Monday, January 19 Jane the Virgin (9pm, CW, winter season premiere) That’s Golden Globe winning Jane the Virgin to you….

Weekend Watch: A Most Violent Year, American Sniper, Still Alice, Paddington, The Wedding Ringer, Noir Fest
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Weekend Watch: A Most Violent Year, American Sniper, Still Alice, Paddington, The Wedding Ringer, Noir Fest

A Most Violent Year – Embarcadero The titular year in question is 1981, and for the city of New York, it was the most violent…

Print The Legend: American Sniper
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Print The Legend: American Sniper

There’s a famous quote in the classic Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, in which a reporter says, “When the legend becomes fact, print…