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Shuffle (Cinequest, Mar 11, 5pm, Camera 12 Theater).
March 11, 2012 – 6:02 pm | No Comment
Shuffle (Cinequest, Mar 11, 5pm, Camera 12 Theater).

by Richard von Busack
Lovell Milo (TJ Thyne) becomes unstuck in time in Shuffle, Kurt Kuenne’s feature film follow up to his film-fest hit documentary Dear Zachary. (Shuffle is dedicated to the lost baby who was …

George the Hedgehog (Jez Jerzy) Cinequest Mar 10, 9:45
March 10, 2012 – 5:44 pm | No Comment
George the Hedgehog (Jez Jerzy) Cinequest Mar 10, 9:45

by Richard von Busack
Based on Rafal Skazycki’s comic books. “Jez Jerzy,” a rutting little cartoon hedgehog, shows signs of emulating The Simpsons’ “Poochie” with his backward baseball hat and his skateboard. But this critter (a …

Game Change (HBO, March 10, 9 PM PST)
March 10, 2012 – 5:38 pm | No Comment
Game Change (HBO, March 10, 9 PM PST)

“I know what I know what I know,” says Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) in Jay Roach’s reenactment of Palin’s nine flabbergasting weeks as a vice presidential candidate. Clumsily vetted by the team of Sacramento’s Steve …

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
March 5, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

Plays at Cinequest in San Jose
Mar 7 at 5:00 PM, Mar 9 at 7:45 PM, and Mar 10 at 2:15pm
by Richard von Busack
Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is a NYC fix-it girl who relates better …

Play
March 4, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment
Play

(Plays at Cinequest 22:
SJ Rep, March 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM
March 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM)
By Richard von Busack
Perplexing but immaculately composed, Play is derived from the news story of a true-life crime wave in …

The Women on the Sixth Floor
March 1, 2012 – 4:49 pm | No Comment
The Women on the Sixth Floor

by Richard von Busack
(Opens Mar 2 at the Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa, California)
(unrated; 104 min.)
Fabrice Luchini is an ace farceur (Potiche, The Girl from Monaco, and beyond). He uses (and needs) everything he’s got …

Hollywood Before the Code: “Nasty-Ass Movies for a Nasty-Ass World” at the Roxie Theater, San Francisco
February 29, 2012 – 5:55 pm | No Comment
Hollywood Before the Code: “Nasty-Ass Movies for a Nasty-Ass World” at the Roxie Theater, San Francisco

By Richard von Busack
Pottersville:
a place full of bewildered people who don’t understand they’re all in the wrong movie. The razz of saxophones blare underneath the too-bright neon, and every dark alley has a lurker in …

Elliott Gould: “The values don’t age.”
February 24, 2012 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
Elliott Gould: “The values don’t age.”

by Richard von Busack
Elliott Gould once described his method as an actor: “I live what I do, but I was a tap dancer”. Gould, who appears at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose Mar …

Act of Valor
February 24, 2012 – 10:17 am | 3 Comments
Act of Valor

By Richard von Busack
Happily, the brave and patriotic Navy SEALS who portray brave and patriotic Navy SEALS in Act of Valor aren’t the worst thing about a rotten movie. The way their roles are shaped, …

Philip Kaufman: making history, making myth and reviving Ernest Hemingway
February 23, 2012 – 1:18 pm | No Comment
Philip Kaufman: making history, making myth and reviving Ernest Hemingway

(Above: Kate Winslet and Philip Kaufman on the set of Quills.)
By Richard von Busack
San Francisco-based film director Philip Kaufman goes to the Silicon Valley film festival Cinequest this March 9 to discuss his life and …

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