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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Weekend Watch: Wild, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Pyramid, Happy Valley, Miss Julie
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Weekend Watch: Wild, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Pyramid, Happy Valley, Miss Julie

Wild – Everywhere The wildly popular book gets the movie treatment, produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon. Being a fan of the book, I had…

Weekend Watch: Horrible Bosses 2, The Penguins Of Madagascar
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Weekend Watch: Horrible Bosses 2, The Penguins Of Madagascar

Horrible Bosses 2 – Everywhere Here’s the good news: You really don’t need to see the first Horrible Bosses in order to understand its sequel,…

Weekend Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Better Angels
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Weekend Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Better Angels

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Everywhere I’ve read all of the Hunger Games books, and thought the first was great, the second was…

Weekend Watch: Dumb And Dumber To, Rosewater, French Film Noir, The Theory Of Everything
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Weekend Watch: Dumb And Dumber To, Rosewater, French Film Noir, The Theory Of Everything

Dumb and Dumber To – Everywhere Gotta admit, that’s a brilliant title…and the brilliance may just stop right there. Rosewater – Everywhere I’m reading the…

Weekend Watch: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, SFDFF, SFTFF, French Cinema Now
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Weekend Watch: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, SFDFF, SFTFF, French Cinema Now

Interstellar – Everywhere A LOT of nerds love Christopher Nolan, but I’ve never been as impressed by his movies as most of my fellow nerds…

Weekend Watch: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Laggies, Horns
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Weekend Watch: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Laggies, Horns

Nightcrawler – Everywhere No, this is not another X-Men spinoff. This is a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an “underground crime journalist” obsessed with getting…

Weekend Watch: Ouija, Listen Up Philip, Birdman, John Wick, Dear White People
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Weekend Watch: Ouija, Listen Up Philip, Birdman, John Wick, Dear White People

Ouija – Everywhere When I was a kid, I had a Ouija board, and I was an eager “player,” because it is, as the box…

Weekend Watch: Fury, The Best Of Me, The Book Of Life, St. Vincent
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Weekend Watch: Fury, The Best Of Me, The Book Of Life, St. Vincent

Fury – Everywhere Brad Pitt is back fighting Nazis in another World War II movie that is just as preposterous as Inglourious Basterds, but not…

Weekend Watch: The Two Faces Of January, The Judge, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Advanced Style
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Weekend Watch: The Two Faces Of January, The Judge, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Advanced Style

The Two Faces of January – Embarcadero This is being dubbed “The Talented Mr. Ripley, but in Greece,” and that’s not too far off. After…

Weekend Watch: Gone Girl, Annabelle, Men, Women & Children, Left Behind
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Weekend Watch: Gone Girl, Annabelle, Men, Women & Children, Left Behind

Gone Girl – Everywhere I started casting the movie version of Gone Girl in my head the moment I started reading the book back in…

Weekend Watch: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector And His Search For Happiness, Jimi: All Is By My Side
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Weekend Watch: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector And His Search For Happiness, Jimi: All Is By My Side

The Boxtrolls – Everywhere Animated movie based on the children’s book Here Be Monsters! about a human boy who is raised by underground trolls and…

Weekend Watch: This Is Where I Leave You, The Maze Runner, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Tusk, The Zero Theorem
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Weekend Watch: This Is Where I Leave You, The Maze Runner, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Tusk, The Zero Theorem

This Is Where I Leave You – Everywhere I don’t think there’s anyone in this comedy’s huge cast that I DON’T like, and that has…

Weekend Watch: No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2, Last Weekend, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins
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Weekend Watch: No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2, Last Weekend, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins

No Good Deed – Everywhere As much as I love Idris Elba–and believe me: I DO–I’m not sure how much entertainment I can get out…

Weekend Watch: The Identical, The Last Of Robin Hood, Innocence, Forest Gump, No No: A Dockumentary
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Weekend Watch: The Identical, The Last Of Robin Hood, Innocence, Forest Gump, No No: A Dockumentary

The Identical – Everywhere Doubles are all the rage! This year we’ve had Enemy, starring two Jake Gyllenhaals, The Double with two Jesse Eisenbergs, and…

Weekend Watch: The Trip to Italy, Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Love Is Strange
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Weekend Watch: The Trip to Italy, Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Love Is Strange

The Trip to Italy – Embarcadero Sequel to 2010’s The Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves taking a road…

Weekend Watch: Frank, Sin City: A Dame To Die For, To Be Takei, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall, The One I Love
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Weekend Watch: Frank, Sin City: A Dame To Die For, To Be Takei, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall, The One I Love

Frank – Embarcadero When I first heard of the movie Frank, back when it played the SFIFF, I thought it was a pretty insane concept…

Marvel’s Ant-Man Begins Filming in SF
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Marvel’s Ant-Man Begins Filming in SF

The next member of Marvel Comics’ comic book characters to get his own movie will spend at least part of it in San Francisco as…

Weekend Watch: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops, Kink, Sketchfest
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Weekend Watch: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops, Kink, Sketchfest

The Expendables 3 – Everywhere Redefining the term “expendable”! Basically, every famous tough guy who’s still able to walk, (and even one who maybe can’t–how’s…

Weekend Watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All In, Into The Storm, The Hundred Foot Journey, Alive Inside, What If
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Weekend Watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All In, Into The Storm, The Hundred Foot Journey, Alive Inside, What If

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Everywhere I went to see the first live action TMNT movie in a theater back in 1990 because a high…

Weekend Watch: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Get On Up, Happy Christmas
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Weekend Watch: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Get On Up, Happy Christmas

Guardians of the Galaxy – Everywhere I’ve said more than once before that I was a DC girl growing up, so the Marvel comic on…

Weekend Watch:  Lucy, Hercules, And So It Goes, Magic In the Moonlight
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Weekend Watch: Lucy, Hercules, And So It Goes, Magic In the Moonlight

I’m back from vacation, a vacation that prevented me from recommending, with the highest praise, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. So, I’ll start this by saying, that’s…

Week(end) Watch: Begin Again, Tammy, Earth To Echo, Deliver Us From Evil
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Week(end) Watch: Begin Again, Tammy, Earth To Echo, Deliver Us From Evil

Begin Again – Embarcadero A few weeks back, I reviewed the stage musical version of director John Carney’s movie, Once. There were some aspects I…

Weekend Watch: Transformers, Third Person, Citizen Koch
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Weekend Watch: Transformers, Third Person, Citizen Koch

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Everywhere Extinction, huh? Does that mean after this one, (the fourth!) there will be no more? Please? Mark Wahlberg is…

Weekend Watch: Jersey Boys, Think Like A Man Too, Borgman, Ivory Tower, Ping Pong Summer
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Weekend Watch: Jersey Boys, Think Like A Man Too, Borgman, Ivory Tower, Ping Pong Summer

Jersey Boys – Everywhere Last year, I reviewed a local run of the decade-old musical, and found it pleasant enough, if pretty predictable. I’m surprised…

Weekend Watch: 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Obvious Child, DocFest
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Weekend Watch: 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Obvious Child, DocFest

22 Jump Street – Everywhere As far as unnecessary movie reboots of TV shows go, 2012’s 21 Jump Street was one of the less egregious…

Weekend Watch: The Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars, Night Moves
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Weekend Watch: The Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars, Night Moves

The Edge of Tomorrow – Everywhere Terrible title for a movie; it sounds like a 1960’s soap opera, not another Tom Cruise action film. Speaking…

Weekend Watch: Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Cold In July, The Dance Of Reality
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Weekend Watch: Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Cold In July, The Dance Of Reality

Maleficent – Everywhere Angelina Jolie is getting praise for her role as the classic Sleeping Beauty villainess,  but I can’t get past her crappy English…

Weekend Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Breastmilk, Fed Up
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Weekend Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Breastmilk, Fed Up

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Everywhere My biggest complaint about 2011’s X-Men: First Class was that the early 1960’s costumes were just ALL WRONG….

Weekend Watch: Godzilla, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, God’s Pocket, The Double
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Weekend Watch: Godzilla, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, God’s Pocket, The Double

Godzilla – Everywhere Godzilla destroys San Francisco! And yes, San Francisco has been the setting of many a movie filled with destruction. But I wonder…

Weekend Watch: Neighbors, Legends of Oz, Belle, Young & Beautiful, NOW
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Weekend Watch: Neighbors, Legends of Oz, Belle, Young & Beautiful, NOW

Neighbors – Everywhere Frat house moves in next door to a married couple with a new baby. COMEDY! Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are the…

Bay Lights, Elliot Smith, And Mark Ruffalo: SFIFF Picks May 5th-8th
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Bay Lights, Elliot Smith, And Mark Ruffalo: SFIFF Picks May 5th-8th

The San Francisco International Film Festival continues through Thursday, and there’s even more great stuff to see. Here are some picks for the rest of…

Weekend Watch: Boyhood at the SFIFF, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Walk of Shame, Fading Gigolo
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Weekend Watch: Boyhood at the SFIFF, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Walk of Shame, Fading Gigolo

First off, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues through Thursday. Yesterday we offered up some highlights, and you can read about those here. One…