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The Amazing Spiderman 2 – perfect for any fan of the superhero genre.
Belle – A coming of age piece set in 19th century England
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Articles by Richard von Busack

Coriolanus
April 26, 2012 – 5:43 pm | No Comment
Coriolanus

by Richard von Busack
One of the most exciting films of 2012 finally arrives in Santa Cruz at the Nickelodeon: Ralph Fiennes’ version of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (other locations besides Santa Cruz here.). This obscurer play has …

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
April 24, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

(Opens Apr 27 at the AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco and the AMC Cupertino 16 in Cupertino.)
By Richard von Busack
Likely you’ve heard the Tolstoi parable about how when a person goes to heaven, God …

My Way
April 22, 2012 – 1:19 pm | No Comment
My Way

By Richard von Busack
There comes a point in watching a modern-made, post Private Ryan war movie where you wonder what you’re supposed to be feeling. The explosions and bullet-ballets shake you into an ADD state. …

This Is Not a Film
April 6, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment
This Is Not a Film

By Richard von Busack
“If we could tell a film, why make a film?” That’s the question in This Is Not A Film, opening for a week long run at the SF Film Society Cinema in …

Mirror, Mirror
March 29, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment
Mirror, Mirror

By Richard von Busack
“One bad apple” says the poster, and that’s about the size of it. Director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (whose best film remains The Fall) takes on the folk tale “Snow White and The …

Napoleon (1927) at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.
March 24, 2012 – 5:05 pm | No Comment
Napoleon (1927) at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.

By Richard von Busack
Pardon me for a quick act of recycle: a comment on a 2001 film titled The Emperor’s New Clothes:
The emotions stirred by the name of Napoleon are summed up in some words …

Hunger Games
March 22, 2012 – 11:54 am | No Comment
Hunger Games

By Richard von Busack
Hunger Games (showtimes and tickets here) requires a pinch of amnesia. No young person wants to be told that their hero Katniss Everdeen and her futuristic gladiator games is a film that’s …

Richard III (1955): Olivier, McKellen, “the infamous legend”
March 20, 2012 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Richard III (1955): Olivier, McKellen, “the infamous legend”

Richard III (1955) plays three nights Mar 20-22 at 7:30pm in Palo Alto, at the Stanford Theatre)
Fun is no measure of greatness, but Laurence Olivier’s Richard III (1955) is certainly the most sheer bloody fun …

October Baby
March 19, 2012 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
October Baby

by Richard von Busack
October Baby’s directors Andrew Erwin and his brother Jon, who photographed, co-wrote and produced, were inspired to make this slow and sticky propaganda film by the activism of Gianna Jessen, who claims …

Jeff Who Lives At Home
March 15, 2012 – 12:30 pm | No Comment
Jeff Who Lives At Home

by Richard von Busack
If only M. Night Shymalan’s Signs had been profound instead of ridiculous, the movie Jeff Who Lives At Home argues, it wouldn’t be a shame to take it as gospel. Jeff (Jason …

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