August 31, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Richard von Busack
San Jose’s internationally famous Psycho Donuts has a cameo in Of Two Minds (playing Sep 1 at 7pm at the United Film Festival in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater). Directors Doug …

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Made in Dagenham
December 27, 2010 – 2:11 pm | No Comment
Made in Dagenham

By Richard von Busack
Here’s a piece of strayed history:
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That 1978 advertisement, a piece of a vanished world (perhaps it’s not dead but only sleeping) is the subject matter revived in Made in Dagenham.
With its thin …

Rare Exports
December 23, 2010 – 3:32 pm | No Comment
Rare Exports

by Richard von Busack
As Jean Sibelius once wrote, “once you get to the last Lapp, you’re at the Finnish line”. Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports (in limited release) is set in the land of the Sami, …

Gulliver’s Travels
December 22, 2010 – 12:21 pm | No Comment
Gulliver’s Travels

by Richard von Busack
Whether one is a fan of his or not, most would agree that Jack Black is about as big as he ought to get. The computer effects to make Black vast in …

True Grit (2010)
December 21, 2010 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
True Grit (2010)

by Richard von Busack
THE COEN brothers’ True Grit is a story of retribution. Mattie Ross (Haile Steinfeld) is a self-assured 14-year-old. She arrives in Fort Smith, Ark., in the early 1880s to track down the …

The King’s Speech
December 20, 2010 – 12:42 pm | No Comment
The King’s Speech

by Richard von Busack
The personal crises of constitutional monarchs doesn’t seem the stuff of fascinating drama. There’s a scene in The King’s Speech of a temper flare up between George VI (Colin Firth) and his …

How Do You Know
December 17, 2010 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
How Do You Know

by Richard von Busack
In the outdated rom-com How Do You Know, two men contend for the affections of Lisa (Reese Witherspoon), an ex–Olympic softball player. Matty (Owen Wilson) is a genial, promiscuous stud, who is …

The Fighter
December 16, 2010 – 3:07 pm | No Comment
The Fighter

by Richard von Busack
PRESTIGE-FILM season is the graveyard of the good, solid three-star movie. That makes it tougher for The Fighter, with its title so similar to the The Wrestler. David O. Russell’s account of …

All Good Things
December 15, 2010 – 11:30 am | No Comment
All Good Things

by Richard von Busack
IT IS comforting watching All Good Things: one feels a lot better about not being able to draw a bead on the film from seeing its previews. Andrew Jarecki (of the fascinating …

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
December 10, 2010 – 2:16 pm | No Comment
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

by Richard von Busack
Shaped like the end of a trilogy (despite a proposed sequel) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader heads to its appointed port, loaded to the gunwales with a …

White Material
December 8, 2010 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
White Material

by Richard von Busack
DIRECTOR Claire Denis (35 Shots of Rum) creates a situation in which it would be easy to take an either/or opinion—and then she gradually complicates it. At first, White Material seems to …

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