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REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ (★★★)

  It’s hard to think of a more adventurous and versatile American actor of his generation than Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s become a chameleon of a performer; in just a year’s time he’s gone from his brilliant turn as the spindly opportunist Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler (for which he was criminally robbed of an Oscar nomination) to his off-Broadway role as ...

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REVIEW: Trainwreck (★★★½)

  In the opening scene of Trainwreck, the new film directed by Judd Apatow, two young girls are told by their father “Monogamy isn’t realistic” and they feed the line back to him as a mantra.  It’s the setup for grown-up Amy’s strict one-night stand lifestyle as an adult and the jumping off point for the funniest, smartest, most hilarious ...

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Frameline 39: Tab Hunter, I Am Michael and 6 Others to Watch

  Frameline39, the 39th San Francisco Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival is just days away and I have your list of MUST watch films and events for the 11 day event, which culminates at the Pride Festival on Sunday the 28th. ALTO (Mikki del Monico) A lesbian gangster movie? Yep, that’s right. When Francesca del Vecchio, an aspiring singer ...

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Worst Picture/Best Picture Series: Cocktail and Rainman (1988)

Cockman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Autism) Tom Cruise began his film career in 1981 and soon he became the heartthrob everyone knows him to be. Whether he’s shooting pool or shooting his M16, it’s tough not to be wooed by his pearly overbite. By the time the smash Top Gun flew in, Tom was man of the 80s. In ...

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REVIEW: ‘Into the Woods’

Stephen Sondheim’s musical treatment of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales has been all but canonized by lovers of “highbrow” musical theatre. As such, the selection of Rob Marshall to helm the film adaption of Sondheim’s Into the Woods was not a that inspired much confidence: his disappointing Nine drew glaring attention to his repetitive tricks and ticks as a director ...

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REVIEW: ‘Annie’ (2014)

It’s been three decades since the last time we saw Annie on the big screen and with a winking poke at the traditionally (white) red-headed and cheerful moppet we’re used to it lets you know right off the bat that this isn’t the previous generation’s Annie; it’s a modernized, Twitter-ized and street smart update. Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of ...

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REVIEW: ‘Still Alice’ (★★★½)

There is a scene early on in Still Alice where Julianne Moore’s Columbia University professor Dr. Alice Howland is giving a speech on linguistics to a group of college students and she forgets what she’s saying mid-sentence. There is a pause and Alice snaps back with a self-deprecating comment, “I knew I shouldn’t have had that champagne!” to the audience’s ...

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