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THE GUEST opens today! Plus more new movies!

FINALLY, clever, retro-styled thriller The Guest is here. Check out our interview with the filmmakers and star here, and then go see The Guest this...

Essay: Revisiting the Coen Brothers’ 2013 ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Joel and Ethan Coen have been creating films for 30 years, dating back to their still-stunning, low-budget debut, neo-noir Blood Simple (1984); it premiered...

“All our families are f-ed up:” Director David Dobkin on his Duvall vs. Downey drama ‘The Judge’

October 8, 2014
With dysfunctional family tale-meets-courtroom drama The Judge (out Fri/10), director David Dobkin is no longer simply "the guy who directed The Wedding Crashers (2005)"...

Mill Valley, ‘Gone Girl,’ and TWO flicks featuring Satan: yep, must be time for new movies!

The 37th annual Mill Valley Film Festival opened last night and runs through October 12 at all the big Marin venues (Larkspur's Lark Theater,...

Festival-sized doses of art, food, and technology at Portland’s TBA fest

October 1, 2014
As the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) presented the 12th iteration of the Time-Based Art Festival September 11-21, two newer festivals (Feast Portland and...

TIFF 2014: Three more notables, plus a lucky top 13

September 25, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Three films at this year's Toronto Film Film Festival achieved...

Sound sneak preview: Ai WeiWei Alcatraz exhibition

September 24, 2014
Here’s a taste from @Large, the exhibition by internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai WeiWei, which will open to the public on Alcatraz Sat/27. This...

Extended review: British prison drama ‘Starred Up’

September 24, 2014
By Haley BrucatoScottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up is a brutally raw indie film starring rising actor Jack O’Connell as Eric, a...

TIFF 2014: American standouts

September 24, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!In high school, Hal Hartley was my first cinematic battle....

Mezcal: Mexico In a Bottle fest sets high bar for mezcal lovers

September 23, 2014
When it comes to tasting mezcal, the experts have some generally accepted rules. Chief among them is that "you should never taste more than...

TIFF 2014: Foreign favorites, part two (Asia and beyond)

September 22, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou (1990) was an unofficial remake of...

TIFF 2014: Foreign favorites, part one

September 19, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!** Working steadily for over 40 years, achieving more than...

Questions of the week: Who is the walrus? And who is Liam Neeson gonna take down next? New movies!

If Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' ongoing Pixel Vision posts about the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival have you longing for your own festival experience, check...

Dave Chappelle kept me up until 5am this morning and I’m still trying to process what just happened

September 18, 2014
The first time I saw Dave Chappelle perform live was 10 years and three months ago, in a large, echo-y gymnasium at UC San...

TIFF 2014: Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

September 18, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!News broke earlier this week that Joshua Oppenheimer — the...

Hockey! Drums! Pianos! And TRASHY MOVIES! Passions ruled TIFF 2014

September 17, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from an epic Toronto International Film Festival. Read his first installment here.Despite notable entries like George Roy Hill's defining Slap...

Toronto International Film Festival report: in defense of the long, long movie

September 16, 2014
The unstoppable Jesse Hawthorne Ficks keeps his eyes open 24/7 through another Toronto International Film Festival, and lives to tell the tale (but shares no...

UPDATED Drag queens plan to protest Facebook over name-change policy

September 14, 2014
UPDATE: Sister Roma just posted this to her Facebook page:  "BREAKING: FACEBOOK AGREES TO FACE-TO-FACE MEETING. DEMONSTRATION CANCELED (for now)Just got off the phone with...

Tenderloin upstart Book & Job aims to level the art-gallery playing field

September 9, 2014
Carson Lancaster is tired of the bullshit. He’s tired of watching the same handful of mainstream galleries hang the same artists and shun a...

Catching up with burlesque star and fashion icon Dita Von Teese

September 8, 2014
With a seductive and sexy nod to the past, modern pin-up and burlesque queen Dita Von Teese has been at the forefront of reviving...

Joel Daniel Phillips illustrates the overlooked in ‘I Am Another Yourself’

September 4, 2014
Joel Daniel Phillips draws people. He draws them with charcoal and pencil and is known for his life-sized renderings of eccentric, seemingly homeless men and...

A master of observation: chatting with author Sean Wilsey

August 27, 2014
“We used to call this Café High,” author Sean Wilsey says of Café International, our meeting spot, before letting out a hearty chortle. By...

SF queer arts community mourns Arturo Galster, “drag queen’s drag queen”

August 27, 2014
To call seminal SF perfomer and alpha theater aficionado Arturo Galster merely a "drag queen" is to do his range -- from the legendary...

To boldly go…beyond the grave! This week’s new movies

A mask-wearing musician, a Star Trek alum, coming-of-age tales, a rom-com with a sci-fi twist, a rom-com with a zombie twist, and a romantic...