Whether it’s cause for excitement or a depressing sign of the times, the fall film season looks a lot like summer’s lineup, with as many high-profile follow-ups and reboots as original offerings.
Sequels, prequels, remakes & spinoffs
The Lion King 3-D
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Music of all sorts, literature and art are in focus at the 31st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, running today through Aug. 8. Read More
The Red Vic Movie House, the landmark theater that helped bring a revival to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the early ’80s, will shut its doors for good July 25, its 31st birthday.
The last showing? “Harold and Maude.”
“It’s kind of the perfect movie. Maude makes the decision there is a time to end,” said Betsy Rix, one of the original founders who owns the building with her husband, Jack. “Harold goes on to do great things ... we think. I’m sure he does.” Read More
He’s a mild-mannered everyman, a divorcé patiently working off a hefty home loan at the local Walmart knockoff. He’s too polite to complain when his supervisors coldly send him packing after years of tireless service. Even then he can barely conceal the spring in his step, the warmth in his smile. Read More
“I’m very angry, and I have to be honest about it. Sometimes I’m so mad I can’t even breathe.” So says an unsmiling Conan O’Brien, still stewing over his unceremonious dismissal from NBC’s “Tonight Show,” mired in the season of his discontent and planning a 32-city tour to serenade fans inflamed by his ousting. Read More
Mark Strong is used to being the bad guy. In 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes,” he played the nefarious Lord Blackwood, a ritual killer who somehow survives his own execution only to plan a hostile takeover of the British Empire.
In last year’s “Kick-Ass,” he starred as a ruthless gangster intent on murdering a teenage superhero wannabe. Read More
Twenty-year-old San Mateo resident Alex King was awarded a Gold Remi prize at the 44th Worldfest International Film Festival for his documentary “Born To Be Our Children.”
How did your personal history inform the subject choice of the film? I wanted to do something that was close to my heart. I was adopted from Romania when I was 5 years and 10 months old. I know that there are a lot of children in the world waiting to be adopted. Read More
The 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival presents a bewildering variety of movies in its lineup of nearly 200 selections, exemplifying both the beauty and drawback of film festivals. The assortment is amazing, but sometimes the brief capsule summaries in program guides aren’t helpful, steering patrons in wrong directions, and not necessarily to the best offerings. Here is a short list of recommended films:
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Have we got a film festival for you. Make that three dozen. Depending on how you count, there are at least that many festivals each year in San Francisco — and whether you’re gay, Jewish, Asian-American, an environmentalist or a silent-film buff, at least one was developed with you in mind. Read More