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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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Connected
September 19, 2011 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
Connected

(Now playing at the Shattuck Cinemeas in Berkeley and Embarcadero Cinemas in San Francisco; opens Friday Sep 23 at Camera Cinemas in San Jose.)
by Richard von Busack
The left-brain, right-brain split—perfect material for a sitcom in …

Drive
September 16, 2011 – 11:53 am | No Comment
Drive

By Richard von Busack
Several different kinds of cool, Drive is. But like much cool, it is mannered. The film is based on a sliver of small press, second-wave pulp by James Sallis. Nicolas Winding Refn, …

I Don’t Know How She Does It
September 16, 2011 – 11:30 am | No Comment
I Don’t Know How She Does It

And I don’t care. Reputedly the London-based source novel of I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson is witty; in real life, Pearson is married to the New Yorker’s Anthony Lane. This …

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
September 8, 2011 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

By Richard von Busack
Opens Sep 9: Regent Square, Pittsburgh; Landmark Lumiere, San Francisco; Landmark Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley;
Opens Sep 16: Miami Beach Cinematheque;
Opens Sep 23: Cornell Cinema, Ithaca; Landmark Tivoli Theatre, St. Louis.
Opens Sep 28-29: the …

Contagion
September 7, 2011 – 12:29 pm | No Comment
Contagion

By Richard von Busack
Contagion is the return of the compass-spinning, star-studded spectacular, done digitally on a tight budget with lots of interiors and city park scenes. Its treatment of a lethal pandemic called “MEV1” is …

Warrior
September 6, 2011 – 6:16 pm | No Comment
Warrior

by Richard von Busack
Pulling from a fifth of Overactor’s Choice blended whiskey and sobbing about the Pequod, Nick Nolte puts a third mortgage on his integrity to try to give the titanically overblown Warrior some …

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)
August 30, 2011 – 6:44 pm | No Comment
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

By Richard von Busack
It opens with a real shocker. In the turn of the century before last, a decrepit old man in the basement of a crumbling Victorian manor takes care of his servant problem …

The Debt
August 30, 2011 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
The Debt

by Richard von Busack
WELL TITLED: The Debt. Indeed, the producers do owe me two hours of my life back. In 1997 in Tel Aviv, Rachel (Helen Mirren) is telling crowds the true story of …

The Whistleblower
August 29, 2011 – 1:54 pm | No Comment
The Whistleblower

by Richard von Busack
Aware of the problems of an audience with compassion fatigue, novice filmmaker Larysa Kondracki takes already sensational material and pumps it up. The Whistleblower is based on the case of Kathryn Bolkovac …

Senna
August 26, 2011 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
Senna

by Richard von Busack
THERE ARE so many nutritional documentaries lurking around now; was Senna, then, about the miracles of herbal laxative? Such was my knowledge of Formula One racing. Not for me, the sights and, …

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