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REVIEW: ‘Grandma’ (★★★½)

  Sometimes endings are beginnings. In Grandma, the new film by Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy), we start at the end; the end of a relationship between the acid-tongued Elle (Lily Tomlin) and her much younger girlfriend Olivia (the never long enough used Judy Greer). “You’re a footnote,” Elle says. It’s a mortal wound, to be sure, but ...

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REVIEW: ‘Irrational Man’ (★★★)

  After a joyful return to form with 2011’s Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s slump of To Rome with Love, Blue Jasmine (yes, as great as Cate Blanchett’s performance is, this too) and Magic in the Moonlight was beginning to worry me. Were we in for a down period as long as between Small Time Crooks and Match Point? Thankfully ...

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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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Why ‘Looking’ Being Canceled is a Good and a Bad Thing

HBO decided to cancel Looking today, just a few days after its superb 2nd season finale. It didn’t come as too much of a surprise; renewals usually arrive while a current season is still airing so the waiting game was inevitably going to end up as bad news. But, it’s not all bad news. We’re getting a “wrap-up special,” says ...

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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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MUSIC REVIEW: Madonna – ‘Rebel Heart’ (★★★½)

Madonna’s had a tough couple of months. Just before Christmas last year a handful of demos from her new album were leaked to the public and she and Interscope had to frantically release six finished tracks for an album that was three months from release. Then, in February, the entirety of the Super Deluxe version of the album, Rebel Heart, ...

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