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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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Potiche
April 18, 2011 – 2:25 pm | No Comment
Potiche

By Richard von Busack
The trailers for Francois Ozon’s Potiche look fairly atrocious, so it’s a surprise to see it and discover why it’s been sticking around. It’s based on a 1970s farce by Barillet and …

Scream 4
April 17, 2011 – 2:28 pm | One Comment
Scream 4

By Richard von Busack
Is Scream 4 a “shreiquel” or a “screamake”? I shouldn’t ask that question because the film asks that question itself. Strangely likable morsel of slasher-Pirandello that it is, Scream 4 asks more …

The Conspirator
April 14, 2011 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
The Conspirator

by Richard von Busack
ROBERT REDFORD’S The Conspirator is one of those pieces of history that Howard Zinn liked to unearth. It’s a shameful episode—from 1865—and it deserves to be remembered.
James Solomon’s script had been lingering …

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 …

Interview: The Music Never Stopped
March 16, 2011 – 4:30 pm | No Comment
Interview: The Music Never Stopped

(Opening Friday at
the Sundance Kabuki, SF
AMC Metreon, SF
Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto
CIneArts Santana Row, San Jose
Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley
CineArts 5, Pleasant Hill
Regency 6 Cinemas, San Rafael
Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa)
By Richard von Busack
Portola Valley producer/director Jim Kohlberg, a …

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