Film Review

What she sees

Truth, tears, and staple-gun battles: SFJFF's female-centric films

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Framing fame

Entertainers take center stage in SF Jewish Film Festival docs

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Moving pictures

Cinematic journeys with the Matatu Film Festival

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FILM As one of the Bay Area's largest film festivals prepares for its opening (that'd be the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which runs July 24-Aug. 10), this weekend heralds several smaller fests with unique approaches to programming, including the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival at the Roxie, and Oakland's outdoor Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival. Also in Oakland: the second annual Matatu Film Festival, which takes its name from colorfully decorated mini-buses found in Kenya and other East African countries.Read more »

Blurry portrait

'Llyn Foulkes One Man Band' takes on an inscrutable artist

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Endless Don

The Roxie celebrates the roller-coaster career of an erstwhile Hollywood hunk

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FILM "Introducing Hollywood's newest hunk-a-man!" crowed the ads for 1956's Bus Stop, in which Don Murray made his film debut as the cowpoke besotted with Marilyn Monroe's movie-mad hick — a plum role in a big hit opposite the reigning box-office queen. The actor even got an Oscar nomination for this start at the tippy-top. But he didn't stay there long.Read more »

Lost and found

A man with a dream (and 3,000 films) powers the Berkeley Underground Film Society

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FILM Gerald Santana is stoked about his new Vitamix. When we speak, he's juicing up breakfast for himself and his kids as part of their raw-food diet. "Overall, it gives me better mental clarity, a stronger ability to focus, and all of the things that I really need to get my business together."Read more »

It's alive!

The Vortex Room keeps on keepin' on — for now — with the weirdest flicks you'll see all summer

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Key of twee

'Once' filmmaker returns with lightweight music-biz fantasy 'Begin Again'

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Reel pride

What to see (or skip) as the huge Frameline 38 LGBT film festival takes over the city

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The Case Against 8 (Ben Cotner and Ryan White, US) This documentary follows the successful fight to have Proposition 8 overturned as unconstitutional and restore legality to gay marriage in California. There's way too much time spent on the couples chosen as plaintiffs, a Berkeley lesbian pair and two Los Angeles male partners — we get it, they're nice people — and the decisions to disallow broadcast of the eventual court proceedings means we get laborious recitations of what people have already said on record. Read more »

Go with a smile

SF screenwriter Sam Hamm remembers 'Batman', 25 years later

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FILM Clad in his signature cape and cowl, Batman has been taking to the streets in the darkness of night and fighting crime in the imaginations of comic-book fans for 75 years.Read more »