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…

SFIFF Picks May 1-4: Nick Cave, The Trip to Italy, The Burt’s Bees Guy, More
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SFIFF Picks May 1-4: Nick Cave, The Trip to Italy, The Burt’s Bees Guy, More

The San Francisco International Film Festival is halfway through, but there are still plenty of awesome things to see. Here are some upcoming highlights. Tonight…

Weekend Watch: The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones, And The 57th SFIFF
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Weekend Watch: The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones, And The 57th SFIFF

The Other Woman – Everywhere Is this going to be one of those movies Jenny McCarthy might have starred in back in her heyday? (“Heyday”…

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…