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Of Two Minds
August 31, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

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 …

Compliance
August 29, 2012 – 1:33 pm | No Comment
Compliance

If the acting in Craig Zobel’s Compliance (tickets and showtimes here) were as powerful as the premise, it’d be unwatchable. Even as it stands, Compliance is one of those rare painful-to-watch movies that are worth …

The Flying Swords of Dragon’s Gate
August 29, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment
The Flying Swords of Dragon’s Gate

by Richard von Busack
It’s two swift, magnificent, gorgeously colored and semi-coherent hours of wuxia by the master Tsui Hark. The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (tickets and showtimes here) is a remake/sequel of Tsui’s 1992 …

Farewell, My Queen
July 16, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment
Farewell, My Queen

(Lea Seydoux, above)
By Richard von Busack
Remember that Versailles-Barbie vision of Marie-Antoinette, purported by Sofia Coppola a few years back? It’s quite swept away by Benoit Jacquot’s intense Farewell, My Queen. (Farewell, My Queen tickets and …

“The work that makes you feel most alive”–Prashant Bhagarva on his new film Patang
July 13, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment
“The work that makes you feel most alive”–Prashant Bhagarva on his new film Patang

by Richard von Busack
In India, the dispute over a family’s property involves a very contemporary Delhi girl and familial resentments she is too young to remember.
Set in the old city of Ahmedabad, Prashant Bhargarva’s first …

Beasts of the Southern Wild
July 11, 2012 – 5:21 pm | No Comment
Beasts of the Southern Wild

By Richard von Busack
A gumption-crazed little girl survives what looks like post-industrial living in Beasts of the Southern Wild (tickets and showtimes here). She’s so cute that she’s even called “Hushpuppy.” And if you don’t …

To Rome With Love
July 3, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment
To Rome With Love

By Richard von Busack
It’s not that To Rome With Love was built in a day. But watching the new Woody Allen one remembers the recent PBS documentary about Allen. The director/writer showed off …

The Amazing Spider-Man
July 2, 2012 – 11:14 am | No Comment
The Amazing Spider-Man

By Richard von Busack
This emo and bloody reboot is about how our hero fights a nine foot tall lizard-man. But it’s so muddled that it’s hard to tell what else The Amazing Spider-Man is about.
Some …

June 29, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

Mom (Henriette Steenstrup) is a Scandinavian look-alike of SNL‘s Debbie Downer and literally works someplace where they unload the turnip trucks—she wears a jogging jacket with a picture of a turnip embroidered on it when …

Oslo, August 31
June 22, 2012 – 9:36 am | No Comment
Oslo, August 31

(Opens today June 22 at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, and the Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, among other theaters. Tickets and showtimes here: )
By Richard …

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