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  • Anthropoid

    If anyone's forgotten what a country looks like after a fascist rises to power, Anthropoid will be a welcome reminder. This World War II film is set in Prague after the Nazis have taken control of what was then Czechoslovakia. More >>
  • Little Men

    At first glance, Ira Sachs' Little Men would appear to be geared toward those who thought his previous film Love Is Strange didn't spend nearly enough time on the travails of the straight teenage boy. Thankfully, it's playing on a More >>
  • Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

    The phrase "the banality of evil" was coined by Hannah Arendt, the controversial subject of Ada Ushpiz's documentary Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt. She was inspired (for want of a better word) by the 1961 trial of Adolf More >>
  • Miss Sharon Jones!

    With all due respect to Nuts! and Aferim!, no film this year has earned its exclamation point quite like famed documentarian Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones!. Miss Jones is a gifted soul singer who was marginalized for decades by a More >>
  • Arthouse Film Listings For August 11 - 17, 2016

    4-Star Theatre. Paths of the Soul: Eleven Tibetans prostrate themselves every few steps during a 1,200-mile pilgrimage that lasts for seven months. Starting Aug. 12. Daily. Under the Sun: An ordinary family in Pyongyang is followed for a year. Starting More >>
  • Arthouse Film Listings For August 4 - 10, 2016

    Alamo Drafthouse. Burt Reynolds Mystery Marathon: A free screening of The Bandit, followed by a ticketed mystery marathon of Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham classics and a bonanza of 35mm trailers. Sat., Aug. 6, 10 a.m. Free. 2550 Mission St, More >>
  • Suicide Squad

    Shenanigans! The bright colors and high energy the marketing for David Ayer's superhero film Suicide Squad promised fades in the first 20 minutes, and the movie remains mired in Zach Snyder's gray-on-gray DC Gloomiverse. Government agent Waller (Viola Davis, rising More >>
  • Don't Think Twice

    "You're not a failure, Bill. You're in The Commune," so declares Samantha, the undaunted peacekeeper of a flailing improv group. Don't Think Twice is based on Mike Birbiglia's firsthand experience as a member of a comedy troupe similar to The More >>
  • All of Me (Llévate Mis Amores)

    Based in the Mexican village of La Patrona, Arturo González Villaseñor's documentary All of Me (Llévate Mis Amores) is about a multigenerational group of women appropriately known as the Patronas. As freight trains pass by, carrying migrants heading to the More >>
  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

    The subject of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is the legendary television producer. Still working at 93(!), Lear looks back on the highs and lows of his life — tracing his strong More >>

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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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