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A Muni-inspired prop bus stands near Ghirardelli Square as Marvel Studios films scenes for its upcoming movie, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Marvel Superhero film now shooting in San Francisco

It’s the first feature film to return to The City since the pandemic

 

A still from the movie “América” directed by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, which screens in the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. (Courtesy photo)

Legacy Film Festival brings fresh take on aging

The films are about resiliency, hope, and overcoming loneliness.

 

Actor Jimmie Fails, right, practices riding a skateboard with his co-star Jonathan Majors from the film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” (Courtesy photo)

Secrets, struggles and cameos in ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’

OK San Francisco, I’ve waited — impatiently, expectantly — two months since…

 

COURTESY RYAN GREEN/MAGNOLIA PICTURESKevin Corrigan

Bujalski takes on Hollywood actors for ‘Results’

Once dubbed "the godfather of mumblecore," Andrew Bujalski, in his fifth movie…

COURTESY RYAN GREEN/MAGNOLIA PICTURESKevin Corrigan
COURTESY FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSJohn Cusack and Elizabeth Banks appear in “Love & Mercy

Good vibrations in ‘Love & Mercy’

Brian Wilson, Beach Boy wonder, is the latest rock giant to get…

COURTESY FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSJohn Cusack and Elizabeth Banks appear in “Love & Mercy
COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOS"Inside Out

Blockbuster season promises big movie entertainment

Summer is here! Along with sequels and superheroes come funny stuff, spooky…

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COURTESY FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSDirector Bill Pohlad works on the set of “Love & Mercy

Director Bill Pohlad goes inside Brian Wilson's head in ‘Love & Mercy'

Bill Pohlad's "Love & Mercy" tells the story of a most complex…

COURTESY FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSDirector Bill Pohlad works on the set of “Love & Mercy
COURTESY NEAL PRESTON/COLUMBIA PICTURESBradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams star in “Aloha

‘Aloha’ a hokey Hawaiian holiday

The charm can’t compensate for the shallowness in the romantic comedy “Aloha,”…

COURTESY NEAL PRESTON/COLUMBIA PICTURESBradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams star in “Aloha
COURTESY ALLEN FRASER/SONY PICTURES CLASSICSCillian Murphy works well with birds in the ultimately unsatisfying “Aloft.”

Bleak ‘Aloft’ too oblique to register

Set in a frozen, perhaps dystopian North where the people are as…

COURTESY ALLEN FRASER/SONY PICTURES CLASSICSCillian Murphy works well with birds in the ultimately unsatisfying “Aloft.”
COURTESY JASIN BOLAND/WARNER BROS.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in “San Andreas

The Rock makes the most of rubble in 'San Andreas'

"San Andreas" proves that even though the pictures in disaster films have…

COURTESY JASIN BOLAND/WARNER BROS.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in “San Andreas
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‘About Elly’ a tense, tragic, human thriller

Secrets and lies of the Iranian kind make for rich, immersing viewing…

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COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOSBritt Robertson plays a girl whose special pin connects her to an alternate reality in “Tomorrowland.”

'Tomorrowland' is no wild ride

If anything, Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland” proves that evoking a sense of wonder…

COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOSBritt Robertson plays a girl whose special pin connects her to an alternate reality in “Tomorrowland.”
CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/APBlythe Danner and director Brett Haley appear at a screening of “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

‘I'll See You in My Dreams’ explores love and loss from a widow’s view

Filmmaker Brett Haley may be roughly half the age of Carol Petersen,…

CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/APBlythe Danner and director Brett Haley appear at a screening of “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”
COURTESY JASON BOLAND/WARNER BROS.Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in the fourth “Mad Max” movie.

‘Fury Road' delivers ‘Mad Max’ action and more

It's startling to think that "Mad Max: Fury Road," the fourth movie…

COURTESY JASON BOLAND/WARNER BROS.Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in the fourth “Mad Max” movie.
COURTESY ROBERT FUHRINGCaroll Spinney puppeteers the famed “Sesame Street” character in an archival image from the likable documentary “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.”

‘I Am Big Bird’ goes under the feathers

Mushy at times but likable all over, “I Am Big Bird: The…

COURTESY ROBERT FUHRINGCaroll Spinney puppeteers the famed “Sesame Street” character in an archival image from the likable documentary “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.”
COURTESY CAROLE BETHUEL

‘Saint Laurent’ exposes designer’s dark side

Before preparing to play late designer Yves Saint Laurent, French model-actor Gaspard…

COURTESY CAROLE BETHUEL
COURTESY SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMSLembit Ulfsak is excellent in “Tangerines

‘Tangerines’ a simple, evocative antiwar drama

Hating each other murderously, two soldiers on opposite sides in a civil…

COURTESY SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMSLembit Ulfsak is excellent in “Tangerines
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Shira Piven, Kristen Wiig take on real life in 'Welcome to Me'

Though "Welcome to Me" is Shira Piven’s second feature film, she brings…

EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/APFrom left
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New ‘Avengers’ falters slightly but still worth a look

Joss Whedon's highly anticipated "Avengers: Age of Ultron" boasts perhaps the biggest…

COURTESY MARVELFrom left
COURTESY ALEX BAILEYCarey Mulligan is excellent as Bathsheba Everdene in the new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel “Far From the Madding Crowd.”

Thomas Hardy novel looks good on film again

Prettiness eclipses passion in "Far From the Madding Crowd," a new version…

COURTESY ALEX BAILEYCarey Mulligan is excellent as Bathsheba Everdene in the new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel “Far From the Madding Crowd.”