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Goldies 2014 Film: Malic Amalya

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Goldies 2014

OUR 25TH GUARDIAN OUTSTANDING LOCAL DISCOVERY AWARDS CELEBRATE BAY AREA ARTS

New movies: Clooney, vampires, stellar imports, and more!

This week's big release, George Clooney's The Monuments Men, is a dud. So what else should you see instead? Options include a pair of...

Pure poetry

"I didn't know I was a Chicano until I met Jose." -- actor and activist Edward James Olmos at the Jose Montoya Memorial Celebration...

Gods and mom-sters: the week’s new films

This week: August: Osage County (bumped from its previously-scheduled opening last week) unleashes 2014's first bolt of LOOK AT ME I'M ACTING! Other choices...

The Rise of Candidate X

The absolutely true story of how a complete unknown rocketed from political obscurity, electrified the city, tackled real problems, and beat Ed Lee in 2015. 

Dragons and drag: new movies from Peter Jackson and Tyler Perry, plus more!

Breathe easy, halfling: the middle installment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is a huge improvement over the first film. Also new this week: Emma...

In the last week before Oscar/Christmas season really roars to life … new movies!

This week, we feature a pair of excellent documentaries: Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley (review here) and The Punk Singer, about riot grrrl icon Kathleen...

Who dares challenge Katniss for box-office supremacy? New movies!

This week, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stands poised to crush all who dare step to it, but there are some alternatives out there....

Photo gallery: #Batkidfrenzy

Days later Batkid is still warming our hearts, and taking a look at the interwebs shows that Miles Scott, aka Batkid, warmed the hearts...

New movies: a great week for docs

This week, doc lovers are in luck: not only is Chris Marker's seminal 1962 Le Joli Mai making a return to theaters (Sam Stander's...

Hunky Vikings! Crusading Texans! And more new movies!

Two big 'uns this week: blockbuster-to-be Thor: The Dark World (review below), and the very fine drama Dallas Buyers Club, featuring standout performances by...

LIVE: San Francisco election night coverage (Props B&C losing big)

Tonight's election is a showdown on the waterfront. Propositions B and C offer San Francisco voters the chance to shoot down the 8 Washington...

A big Oscar contender opens! Plus: two politically charged docs, ‘Diana,’ and more new movies

The movie you need to see this weekend, ASAP, is 12 Years a Slave — one of the most important releases of the year,...

New movies! Including a few scary ones (no thanks to Hollywood)!

Incredibly, Hollywood is allowing this hallowed weekend to pass without releasing a single horror movie. (Unless you count Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which I...

Docs, docu-dramas, and one verrrry angry high schooler: new movies!

This week's fare includes a thoughtful doc about the debate over late-term abortions, Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn as Julian Assange, the Carrie remake, and...

Machete rages, Tom Hanks sails, and Romeo and Juliet (spoiler alert!) die in the end: new movies!

First things first: do not pass go or collect your turkey leg until you've seen Escape From Tomorrow, the shot-secretly-at-Disney sci-fi drama that will,...

‘Gravity,’ Mill Valley, and everything else: new movies

The 36th Mill Valley Film Festival opened last night and runs through Oct. 13, filling the North Bay's travel-worthy venues (the Christopher B. Smith...

Race car drivers, rock stars, witches, flight attendants, and more: choose your Halloween costume from this week’s new movies!

For this week's longer reviews, check out Dennis Harvey's take on the doc Inequality for All, and my chat with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett...

Bad dads, hella docs, and more new movies!

One theme this week is "father figures" — some terrible (see Dennis Harvey's review of Blue Caprice here, and review of You Will Be...

Ki-ki-ki-ah-ah-ah: new movies for Friday the 13th

Naturally, there's at least one horror movie, Insidious: Chapter 2,  opening in honor of Friday the 13th — two if you count Our Nixon...

Action franchise junkie Vin Diesel returns … and more new movies!

Who dares to challenge the box-office supremacy of Vin Diesel, who returns yet again to play the titular night vision-gifted (but really socially awkward)...

Snap Sounds

The fall albums we've been playing on a loop

Fall films to look forward too … and new movies to see tonight!

Click this way for my Fall Film Preview, presented as part of this weeks Fall Arts spectacular. With bonus photo of Bradley Cooper's Brady...