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COURTESY  PHOTO“Hellyfish” is one of the numerous shorts screening at the 11th Another Hole in the Head horror film fest in The City.

11th ‘Hole in the Head’ film fest offers horror galore

Sexy young women are stalked by a stranger with a video camera…

COURTESY  PHOTO“Hellyfish” is one of the numerous shorts screening at the 11th Another Hole in the Head horror film fest in The City.
COURTESY KINO LORBER INC.Sheila Vand plays a mysterious character in writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s evocative “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.”

'A Girl Walks' is dreamy, spooky and funny at once

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is one of those art…

COURTESY KINO LORBER INC.Sheila Vand plays a mysterious character in writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s evocative “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.”
COURTESY ANNE MARIE FOX/FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURESReese Witherspoon portrays a woman who embarks on a 1

Reese Witherspoon goes ‘Wild’

With demons in her head and a pack the size of a…

COURTESY ANNE MARIE FOX/FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURESReese Witherspoon portrays a woman who embarks on a 1

‘Lost Landscapes’ address S.F.’s future

“Lost Landscapes of San Francisco” is not about nostalgia for a bygone…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe documentary “Food Chains” shines the light on shameful conditions in the lives of produce laborers in the U.S.

‘Food Chains’ illuminates farmworkers struggles

“Food Chains” salutes the people who pick the fruits and vegetables we…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe documentary “Food Chains” shines the light on shameful conditions in the lives of produce laborers in the U.S.
COURTESY DREAMWORKS ANIMATIONThe spy-themed “Penguins of Madagascar” serves up fun for adults as well as kids.

Cute and cuddly ‘Madagascar’ penguins fit for full feature

The main draws of 2005’s animated “Madagascar” were not the angst-ridden zoo…

COURTESY DREAMWORKS ANIMATIONThe spy-themed “Penguins of Madagascar” serves up fun for adults as well as kids.
COURTESY AMPLIFYBraydon Denney appears in “The Better Angels

‘Better Angels’ beautiful but slight

Writer-director A.J. Edwards imagines two years in the early life of Abraham…

COURTESY AMPLIFYBraydon Denney appears in “The Better Angels
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Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ a multifaceted wrestling flick

Though it took eight years, Oscar-nominated director Bennett Miller finally realized "Foxcatcher."…

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COURTESY MURRAY CLOSE LIONSGATEThe appealing Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss in "The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay - Part 1."

New ‘Hunger Games’ installment feels padded

Patently unclear on the concept of the trilogy, Big Cinema presents "The…

COURTESY MURRAY CLOSE LIONSGATEThe appealing Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss in "The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay - Part 1."
DAWN JONES/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSHilary Swank stars as a pioneer woman on a dangerous journey in “The Homesman.”

Hilary Swank gets another great role in ‘Homesman’

Hilary Swank has won two Best Actress Oscars for playing tough, hard…

DAWN JONES/ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSHilary Swank stars as a pioneer woman on a dangerous journey in “The Homesman.”
COURTESY  PHOTOMark Pellegrino is good as the bad guy in “Bad Turn Worse

‘Bad Turn Worse’ a worthy indie crime thriller

A protagonist’s early reference to Jim Thompson sets the tone for “Bad…

COURTESY  PHOTOMark Pellegrino is good as the bad guy in “Bad Turn Worse
COURTESY NASSER KALAJIKim Bodnia

‘Rosewater’ an absorbing political drama

"Rosewater" follows the ordeal of Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was accused…

COURTESY NASSER KALAJIKim Bodnia
COURTESY LAIKA/FOCUS FEATURESFelicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne appear as Jane and Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

Eddie Redmayne lifts tepid ‘Theory of Everything’

Eddie Redmayne is extraordinary in "The Theory of Everything," the new biopic…

COURTESY LAIKA/FOCUS FEATURESFelicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne appear as Jane and Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
COURTESY IFC FILMSPatrick Stewart plays a dance teacher who looks back on his life in “Match.”

Jon Stewart journeys from ‘Daily Show’ to film director

First-time film director Jon Stewart had to adjust and improvise making "Rosewater,"…

COURTESY IFC FILMSPatrick Stewart plays a dance teacher who looks back on his life in “Match.”
COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURESA Swedish family on vacation at a ski resort goes through some dramatic experiences in “Force Majeure

‘Force Majeure’ cleverly mixes satire, thrills

When what is mistaken for a disastrous force of Mother Nature triggers…

COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURESA Swedish family on vacation at a ski resort goes through some dramatic experiences in “Force Majeure
COURTESY MELINDA SUE GORDON/PARAMOUNTMatthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway appear in Christopher Nolan’s space epic “Interstellar.”

'lnterstellar' traverses universe for little payoff

One of the biggest and most lucrative filmmakers in the world, Christopher…

COURTESY MELINDA SUE GORDON/PARAMOUNTMatthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway appear in Christopher Nolan’s space epic “Interstellar.”
COURTESY A24Chloe Grace Moretz

‘Laggies’ a quirky comedy about growing up

Although it sometimes seems as directionless as its central character, “Laggies” gets…

COURTESY A24Chloe Grace Moretz
COURTESY LAURIE SPARHAM/CLARIUS ENTERTAINMENTNicole Kidman portrays an amnesiac

'Before I Go to Sleep' a so-so amnesia thriller

"Before I Go to Sleep" is the kind of thriller that used…

COURTESY LAURIE SPARHAM/CLARIUS ENTERTAINMENTNicole Kidman portrays an amnesiac
COURTESY  PHOTOWhistleblower Edward Snowden is subject of “Citizenfour

‘Citizenfour’ a scintillating account of Snowden’s story

“Citizenfour” chronicles the Edward Snowden affair, with a focus on the discourse…

COURTESY  PHOTOWhistleblower Edward Snowden is subject of “Citizenfour
COURTESY HATAKE JIMUSHO – GNDHDDTK“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” boasts an appealing and strong female protagonist.

‘Princess Kaguya’ a gorgeous, sweeping, spiritual tale

Those who have proclaimed 2D animation dead haven’t seen “The Tale of…

COURTESY HATAKE JIMUSHO – GNDHDDTK“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” boasts an appealing and strong female protagonist.