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Managing The Desire To Help: Moral Conscience in Jesse Moss’ THE OVERNIGHTERS

2:55 PM 4/22/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Documentary The Overnighters will reach theaters in fall via Drafthouse Films. In anticipation of the documentary’s screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28, I spoke with director Jesse Moss about his fallible Pastor, the men who divided a town and how this messianic tale became Greek Tragedy.

Review: Fading Gigolo (Wilting Flower Salesman)

1:29 PM 4/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Manhattan’s economy is forcing one florist’s head down—and Woody Allen figures that head might as well land in a soft place.

Review: Only Lovers Left Alive (Or Undead, Whichever)

9:19 AM 4/9/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Don’t trust the title. Jim Jarmusch’s newest flight into the fantasies of a teen angst and anima follows the eternal love of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton, who else?). Comfortable in Tangier when she hears her lover is in the dumps, Eve heroically runs to her man in Ghosttown, Detroit, where he’s carved a fascinating hermit-cum-rock-star life for himself.

San Francisco Film Festival and the Canadian Who's Come to Claim It

10:13 PM 4/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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It wasn’t a joke when the press asked the San Francisco Film Society’s new Executive Director how long he plans to stay with us. Warmly, Noah Cowan, responded, “I look forward to many, many, years here.” Cowan comes to us after our last Executive Director, Indie Film mogul Ted Hope, left the Film Society after hardly a year on the job.

Jonathan Glazer [Loosely] Explains Under the Skin

4:39 PM 4/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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People will ask: “Where did Jonathan Glazer come from?” Not because he’s new, but because Under the Skin, his new sort-of sci-fi film starring Scarlett Johansson, is the most terrestrial story about extraterrestrials you’ll find this side of the milky way.

Heaven Ends With A Whodunnit: Docmakers Geller/Goldfine on Their Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

8:08 PM 3/28/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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“Why did everybody who intended to leave society take typewriters?” Daniel Geller asks. He and Dayna Goldfine stumbled on this question while they were reconstructing the story of the 1930’s Galapagos settlers for their documentary The Galapagos Affair . Couples and families fled their lives in the civilized world to live in paradise, but their story ends with the unsolved murder of a potentially fraudulent Baroness.

Nymphomaniac: Vol I (All About Eve)

1:05 PM 3/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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When Stellan Skarsgård finds Charlotte Gainsbourg unconscious in an alley, you believe he could carry the bleeding woman to authorities, take her in after she refuses care, you believe he’d serve her tea. Yet, Skarsgård is a familiar to filmmaker/provocateur Lars von Trier, and most memorably played a bedridden husband encouraging his puritanical bride (Emily Watson) to seek pleasure in the world of men (1996’s Breaking the Waves).

Review: Anita (A Phoenix From The Ashes)

7:46 PM 3/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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A portrait of a reluctant rights advocate and elegant exemplar, the documentary Anita checks in with Anita Hill two decades after her historic Supreme Court testimony indicting prospective Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Even in 1991, sexual harassment in the workplace was described—perhaps in the interest of courtroom neutrality—as one of a hundred un-pleasantries adults just have to suck up (no pun intended).

Director Mark Hartley Says Patrick Is "A Love Story With a Body Count"

6:36 PM 3/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Aussie Director Mark Hartley saw the 1978 hospital horror Patrick when he was a kid. “When I was a teenager I realized the director [Richard Franklin] had gone to my high school and I asked him back and forged a relationship.” Years later, Hartley developed directing projects with a unique interest in the history of Australian cinema.

Review: No God No Master (The Melting Pot Boils Over)

1:07 PM 2/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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No God No Master does for New York in the teens what Midnight in Paris did for France in the 20s, but with more dignity and less “whimsy.” While the film is essentially a TV movie about the conflicts surrounding the “Palmer Raids” of late 1919/early 1920, writer/director Terry Green has tapped this period to build an urban western and an allegory for our modern war on terror.

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Sara Vizcarrondo is a freelance film critic out of San Francisco. She runs Opening Movies at Rottentomatoes, teaches film/media studies at DeAnza college and writes on film for Popdose and The SF Bay Guardian.

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