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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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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. …

The Dead
October 6, 2011 – 12:33 pm | No Comment
The Dead

By Richard von Busack
The Dead is the first zombie movie in years to have some real lead in its pencil. Brothers Howard J. and Jonathan Ford went from England to Bourkina Faso to direct …

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 …

50 50
September 27, 2011 – 11:19 am | No Comment
50 50

by Richard von Busack
50/50, whose alternate title could be So/So, has a pair of first-rate actors, Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Their work is regularly disrupted by Seth Rogen, the movie star who got Jonathan …

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 …

Shirley MacLaine: her career “A true story that really happened.” (Appearing at Wells-Fargo Center, Santa Rosa, Sep 23)
September 22, 2011 – 12:18 pm | No Comment
Shirley MacLaine: her career “A true story that really happened.” (Appearing at Wells-Fargo Center, Santa Rosa, Sep 23)

By Richard von Busack
Even if it turns out she has only had one life, Shirley MacLaine has made it count. Appearing Friday, Sep 23 at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, MacLaine is hosting …

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 …

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