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San Francisco International Film Festival highlights
April 14, 2011 – 11:42 am | No Comment
San Francisco International Film Festival highlights

(above, left to right: Shirley Henderson, Zoe Kazan and Michelle Williams in Meek’s Cutoff.)
By Richard von Busack
As befits a dignified if aged 54 year old film festival, this year’s SF International Film Festival has its …

Arthur
April 8, 2011 – 6:18 pm | No Comment
Arthur

by Richard von Busack
A FRIEND SAYS that Russell Brand is his idea of a Mr. Hyde who has permanently lost his Dr. Jekyll. In this above-all unfunny remake of the 1981 comedy, Brand plays a …

Hanna
April 8, 2011 – 6:05 pm | No Comment
Hanna

by Richard von Busack
THE GENRE of butt-kicking babes is a piece of cultural chewing gum whose minty flavor has finally gone flat. There are few things an audience likes better than a girl with a …

Certified Copy
April 1, 2011 – 5:03 pm | No Comment
Certified Copy

by Richard von Busack
Maybe you have to be married to understand Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. And by then, of course, it’s too late. Working in Europe, the Iranian director is able to film things he …

Source Code
April 1, 2011 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
Source Code

by Richard von Busack
WIELDING A GIMMICK only looks easy sometimes, and Duncan Jones’ frightfully good Source Code takes a Philip K. Dick-worthy speculative fiction situation and makes it compelling. A commuter train bound for Chicago …

Heartbeats aka Les Amours Imaginaires
March 25, 2011 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
Heartbeats aka Les Amours Imaginaires

by Richard von Busack
THE BAD generic title Heartbeats has been grafted onto the Canadian import Les Amours Imaginaires. (There used to be a day when the art-house fans could translate a difficult French sentence like …

The Phil Ochs Movie: There But For Fortune
March 18, 2011 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
The Phil Ochs Movie: There But For Fortune

(Playing at the Camera 3 in San Jose, the Rialto Elmwood in Berkeley, the Balboa in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center)
By Richard von Busack
Absolutely nothing is left to be desired in the long-awaited …

Battle: Los Angeles
March 15, 2011 – 11:14 am | One Comment
Battle: Los Angeles

by Richard von Busack
Like alcohol, this movie is taken as a stimulant, but the depressive qualities overwhelm that buzz pronto. It’s a major sedative to another cheated audience…it lulls, despite the (at least) 1500 edits, …

Desert of Forbidden Art (opening Mar 11 at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th, NYC)
March 11, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment
Desert of Forbidden Art (opening Mar 11 at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th, NYC)

by Richard von Busack
(first reviewed at 13th UNAFF Film Festival, Palo Alto, California)
After being told his art was “daubery” by an artist he respected, well-born Russian archeologist turned artist Igor Savitsky gave up painting and …

Cinequest 21: Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!
March 10, 2011 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
Cinequest 21: Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!

by Richard von Busack
(Playing Mar 12 at 2pm in San Jose at the California Theatre.
Also playing at SF International Asian-American Film Festival: March 13 at 8:00pm (Pacific Film Archive Theatre – Berkeley), March 17 at …

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