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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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Oranges and Sunshine
November 1, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment
Oranges and Sunshine

By Richard von Busack
The slightly soggy and obvious Oranges and Sunshine sources Margaret Humphreys’ book Empty Cradles; the director is a debuting Jim Loach, Ken’s son. Whatever its limitations, it tells a story that at …

The Skin I Live In
October 28, 2011 – 1:39 pm | No Comment
The Skin I Live In

by Richard von Busack
IN THE operatically pervy The Skin I Live In, Antonio Banderas is clearly a mad doctor. Dr. Robert Ledgard is a wealthy plastic surgeon of Spain’s Toledo, with a sealed-off estate lined …

The Big Year
October 18, 2011 – 2:55 pm | No Comment
The Big Year

by Richard von Busack
A COMEDY about nigh-ruinous obsession, The Big Year is one director away from being a great cult film. Yet there’s so much feeling in it, and so much snow, it seems certain …

23rd Annual Pacific Rim Film Festival 2011
October 13, 2011 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
23rd Annual Pacific Rim Film Festival 2011

(above: Last Paradise, Oct 14, 7pm.)
by Richard von Busack
Every year, the Pacific Rim Film Festival provides free films from around the world to the Santa Cruz and Watsonville area. This year 19 countries have provided …

Machine Gun Preacher
October 7, 2011 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
Machine Gun Preacher

By Richard von Busack
The glib way to sum up Machine Gun Preacher is that it’s a case of too much preaching and not enough machine guns. Marc Forster’s film—as tone-deaf to American culture as …

Real Steel
October 6, 2011 – 12:46 pm | No Comment
Real Steel

by Richard von Busack
WHEN YOU HAVE seen something particularly bad, you start to worry about the stars of the film. Think, for instance, how long it’s been since Hugh Jackman got a really good role. …

TV Noir at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (Sep 30-Oct 6)
September 30, 2011 – 12:40 pm | No Comment
TV Noir at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (Sep 30-Oct 6)

(above: Charles Bronson in the tv show Man With A Camera; episode “Second Avenue Assassin” plays Oct 6 in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater.)
Old-media magnate and maniac Johnny Legend—archivist, wrestling promoter and rockabilly bastard—is …

Moneyball
September 23, 2011 – 10:42 am | No Comment
Moneyball

by Richard von Busack
THE NEW baseball film Moneyball opens with a Mickey Mantle’s quote: “It’s unbelievable what you don’t know about a game you play every day.” This unorthodox picture is clearly one of the …

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 …

One Day
August 18, 2011 – 11:59 am | No Comment
One Day

SAD, ROMANTIC, elegantly turned, a potential mainstream hit not too differently shaped from Love Story and yet not at all a commercial sellout. One Day, by the ever-rising director Lone Scherfig, is neo-classic filmmaking taking …

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