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Into the Abyss
November 18, 2011 – 12:51 pm | No Comment
Into the Abyss

By Richard von Busack
(Opens today at CineArts at Palo Alto Square).
Introducing the year’s best documentary… Some might be avoiding the new Werner Herzog film Into the Abyss because of its subject matter: a triple murder …

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
November 16, 2011 – 11:32 am | No Comment
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

by Richard von Busack
“People like symbols. I’m the symbol of certain things.” At about age 40, Steve Jobs unfolded on his career to journalist Robert X. Cringely; a small portion of this interview was used …

Immortals
November 11, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment
Immortals

By Richard von Busack
In the ancient days, the godless tyrant Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) is on the warpath, furious that the Gods let his family die despite his prayers. On his murderous path is a small …

J. Edgar
November 9, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment
J. Edgar

Right Turn, Clyde
By Richard von Busack
Clint Eastwood’s muddled, stodgy, peculiar, and shot full of curare bio-pic J. Edgar is ultimately nothing but ambitious, and perhaps it’s the ambition that’s making big-name critics call it a …

Not Necessarily Noir II: Roxie Theater, San Francisco, Nov 4-8
November 3, 2011 – 7:52 pm | No Comment
Not Necessarily Noir II: Roxie Theater, San Francisco, Nov 4-8

(above: Johnny Guitar. Plays Nov 6.)
by Richard von Busack
Trannies, girl gangsters, cowboys and weirdoes: Elliot Lavine’s mini-retrospective in glorious 35mm at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater is titled Not Necessarily Noir II, and in an era …

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 …

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