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…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Cold War Kids, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Ben Miller Band

To quote the humorous faux twitter character Karl Welzein, I can’t wait for the weekend. For one, it’s longer than normal and secondly, it’s also…

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ Returns to SF Next Week
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Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ Returns to SF Next Week

The infamous graffiti artist Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” is coming back to San Francisco, where it will be featured at a gallery starting next week….

Appealing TV: Parks and Recreation’s Final Season, Broad City Returns, And Oh Dear God That Whitney Houston Biopic
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Appealing TV: Parks and Recreation’s Final Season, Broad City Returns, And Oh Dear God That Whitney Houston Biopic

Well, The Golden Globes happened last night and The Winter TCAs (what your favorite TV critics has been tweeting about the past week) have been…

As Close As You Can Get To Watching A Movie Stoned Without Actually Getting Stoned: Inherent Vice
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As Close As You Can Get To Watching A Movie Stoned Without Actually Getting Stoned: Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson won me over with his first four movies, (Hard Eight; Boogie Nights; Magnolia; Punch Drunk Love), so much so that I’ve been…

Weekend Watch: Inherent Vice, Taken 3, Selma, Preservation, Predestination
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Weekend Watch: Inherent Vice, Taken 3, Selma, Preservation, Predestination

Inherent Vice – Everywhere Director Paul Thomas Anderson returns with an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s hippie detective novel Inherent Vice. Just give Joaquin Phoenix the…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See We Will Be Lions, Synchronized Watches, Trade Wind

Happy New Year, everyone. This year is set to be a great one for live music: BottleRock announced their stellar lineup and Coachella gave us…

Chefs Begin Serving Foie Gras After California Ban is Struck Down
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Chefs Begin Serving Foie Gras After California Ban is Struck Down

Even as animal rights groups said they hoped for a successful appeal of a ruling striking down California’s ban on foie gras, several Bay Area…

Appealing TV: The Great Winter TV Comeback
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Appealing TV: The Great Winter TV Comeback

Good Lord, this week in TV. Too early to cue up The Mountain Goats’ “This Year?” as a rallying cry? Hope your DVRs are ready….

Appealing TV: Appealing TV: Say Goodbye to 2014 With The Help Of Marathons Of Shows From the Past
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Appealing TV: Appealing TV: Say Goodbye to 2014 With The Help Of Marathons Of Shows From the Past

Happy new year! That means: Hangovers! Pretending for a precious few hours that the upcoming year is going to be any different than the past…

Weekend Watch: Big Eyes, Into The Woods, Unbroken, The Gambler
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Weekend Watch: Big Eyes, Into The Woods, Unbroken, The Gambler

Big Eyes – Everywhere Tim Burton tells the story behind those big eyed paintings that at one time were a thrift store and garage sale…

Appealing TV: Christmas Specials! Doctor Who! Black Mirror! Mozart In The Jungle!
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Appealing TV: Christmas Specials! Doctor Who! Black Mirror! Mozart In The Jungle!

War on Christmas is over (if you* want it) *Bill O’Reilly Bill O’Reilly declared The War on Christmas is over! And Christmas (a FOX subsidiary)…

Weekend Watch: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Annie, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
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Weekend Watch: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Annie, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – Everywhere The Hobbit did not need to be three movies. I suspected as much when the trilogy…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Joyce Manor, Jason Webley, Talib Kweli

Another week jam-packed with stupid shit in the world. Wipe up those tiny Kim Jong-un-sized tears over not being able to see the Interview and…

Appealing TV: Ascension, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, and The 100
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Appealing TV: Ascension, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, and The 100

So what if your favorite show didn’t get nominated for the Golden Globes? The Golden Globes is like being a kid at a family function…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Yusuf Islam, Stanton Moore, Ryan Adams

Here we are, another weekend approaching with the promise of great music. You’ve survived Rainocalpyse, the storm that rivals storms that I don’t even remember…

Weekend Watch: Top Five, Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Captive, The Imitation Game, Zero Motivation
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Weekend Watch: Top Five, Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Captive, The Imitation Game, Zero Motivation

Top Five – Everywhere Chris Rock wrote, directed, and stars in this smart comedy about a comedian–not too unlike Chris Rock himself–who tries to reboot…

Preaching To The Choir: Kinky Boots
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Preaching To The Choir: Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots, based on the 2005 movie, with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a…