Weekend Watch: Only Lovers Left Alive, Transcendence, A Haunted House 2, The Railway Man, Heaven Is For Real
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Weekend Watch: Only Lovers Left Alive, Transcendence, A Haunted House 2, The Railway Man, Heaven Is For Real

Only Lovers Left Alive – Sundance Kabuki and Embarcadero Jim Jarmusch has made a vampire movie, and if you’re familiar with the works of Jim…

Weekend Watch: Rio 2, Draft Day, Cuban Fury, Dom Hemingway, Under the Skin
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Weekend Watch: Rio 2, Draft Day, Cuban Fury, Dom Hemingway, Under the Skin

Rio 2 – Everywhere I’m not sure why, but I was convinced there had been at least four movies in this animated franchise, but I…

Weekend Watch: Captain America, Frankie & Alice, Goodbye World, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2
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Weekend Watch: Captain America, Frankie & Alice, Goodbye World, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Everywhere Let me take this moment to avoid the movie at hand and talk about a related topic: TV’s…

Weekend Watch: Noah, Sabotage, Cesar Chavez, Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Ernest and Celestine
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Weekend Watch: Noah, Sabotage, Cesar Chavez, Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Ernest and Celestine

Noah – Everywhere When I first saw the posters for this, I was convinced it was a joke. Then I saw a trailer on TV,…

Weekend Watch: Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, Bad Words, Anita, Dark House, Le Week-end
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Weekend Watch: Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, Bad Words, Anita, Dark House, Le Week-end

Muppets Most Wanted – Everywhere As much as Ricky Gervais can bug me sometimes, I gotta admit, when he’s paired with Muppets, he’s pretty damned…

Kick Ass Heroine: Divergent
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Kick Ass Heroine: Divergent

I understand the draw of teen lit. They’re page turners that appeal to the heightened, hormone-fueled emotions of your younger years. The world sucks, you’re…

Appealing Events: The Purple Onion At Cinequest

Remember when we reported on the Indiegogo for The Purple Onion? Well, it’s made it to the big screen as a work in progress. The…

Weekend Watch: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Veronica Mars, Need For Speed
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Weekend Watch: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Veronica Mars, Need For Speed

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Everywhere Yes, after making us wait for a whole damn week, Wes Anderson’s latest confection is finally making its Bay…

Weekend Watch: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Bethlehem, The Lunchbox
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Weekend Watch: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Bethlehem, The Lunchbox

First off, sorry San Francisco, but we will not be graced with the presence of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel this week, and that,…

Things Are Different In London
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Things Are Different In London

Recently I went to a movie awards show in London, the BAFTAs. I expected the women to look the same as in Hollywood (since it’s…

Weekend Watch: Non-Stop, Son Of God, Stalingrad
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Weekend Watch: Non-Stop, Son Of God, Stalingrad

Non-Stop – Everywhere Last week, I wrote about the movie 3 Days to Kill, and how it sounded like a Liam Neeson movie that didn’t…

Weekend Watch: In Secret, 3 Days to Kill, The Wind Rises, Pompeii
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Weekend Watch: In Secret, 3 Days to Kill, The Wind Rises, Pompeii

In Secret – Everywhere Let’s start with In Secret, because it stars two of my current crushes: Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange. Oscar Isaac was…

Weekend Watch: Robocop, Endless Love, About Last Night
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Weekend Watch: Robocop, Endless Love, About Last Night

RoboCop – Everywhere What’s with this year’s selection of Valentine’s Day movies? They’re almost all remakes. That’s like giving someone a box of knock-off chocolates…

Weekend Watch: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy
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Weekend Watch: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy

The Lego Movie – Everywhere If you were to tell me last year that an animated movie based on a line of toys was going…

Weekend Watch: Labor Day, That Awkward Moment, Oscar Shorts, 12 O’Clock Boys
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Weekend Watch: Labor Day, That Awkward Moment, Oscar Shorts, 12 O’Clock Boys

Labor Day – Everywhere Here’s the thing: If the movie Labor Day were any good, it would have been released around the real Labor Day,…

Debunking The Awards Season Myth: Hollywood Shindigs Aren’t All That
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Debunking The Awards Season Myth: Hollywood Shindigs Aren’t All That

When my husband started getting invited to Hollywood award ceremonies, I had a very clear fantasy of what these events would be like for me….

Weekend Watch: Her, Lone Survivor, and The Legend of Hercules
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Weekend Watch: Her, Lone Survivor, and The Legend of Hercules

Her – Everywhere Spike Jonze’s latest is about a sulky, sullen writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced OS (sexily…

It’s Prom For SF Appeal Readers: Hit SF Indiefest’s Sweet Sixteen For Free By Mentioning Us
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It’s Prom For SF Appeal Readers: Hit SF Indiefest’s Sweet Sixteen For Free By Mentioning Us

It’s rare that those who attended their prom enjoyed it; even rarer is the person who believes high school amounted to the best years of…

“Scene in San Francisco”: Film Rebate Program Is Bringing In Big Returns
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“Scene in San Francisco”: Film Rebate Program Is Bringing In Big Returns

San Francisco’s film rebate program is bringing in nearly $18 from television and film producers for every dollar spent by the city on the rebate,…

Weekend Watch: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks, and Holiday Wurlitzer
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Weekend Watch: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks, and Holiday Wurlitzer

Holiday Wurlitzer Extravaganza – Castro, Monday at 7:30pm A festive holiday concert featuring resident Castro organist David Hegarty—plus 17-year-old concert organist Nahri Ahn and three…

Weekend Watch: Out of the Furnace and Midnight Labyrinth!
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Weekend Watch: Out of the Furnace and Midnight Labyrinth!

Out of the Furnace – Everywhere It stars Christian Bale as a worker at a local steel mill who dreams of becoming a dancer OH…

Amazing Grace: Philomena
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Amazing Grace: Philomena

Philomena is one of those “based on a true story” movies that seem to flood theaters at the end of the year. The majority of…

Weekend Watch: Blue Is the Warmest Color Or The Best Man Holiday?
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Weekend Watch: Blue Is the Warmest Color Or The Best Man Holiday?

The Best Man Holiday – Everywhere A big, boring holiday film that you’ll love if you like big, boring holiday films and probably won’t love…

Weekend Watch: Thor: The Dark World, Great Expectations, and Dallas Buyers Club
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Weekend Watch: Thor: The Dark World, Great Expectations, and Dallas Buyers Club

Thor: The Dark World – Everywhere I HEARD THAT THOR AND LOKI MAKEOUT. JK, that was just my vagina day-dreaming. Anyway, this sequel to the…

Beat It: Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur
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Beat It: Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur

Fascination with the Beat Generation seems to come in waves. I remember the first time I experienced a resurgence in interest and popularity: It was…