Cheryl Eddy

Aliens, haunted mirrors, photographic mysteries, and isolated islands: new movies!

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It's Friday, which means only one thing: new movies R herrre! Though Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier will probably keep body-slamming all the box-office competition, there are some not-to-be-missed flicks just arriving in theaters, including two fascinating docs and two eerie tales, including the remarkable Under the Skin. Read on! 

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The hunger

Jonathan Glazer on his eerie, haunting alien tale 'Under the Skin'

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM At the moment, Scarlett Johansson is playing a superhero in the world's top blockbuster. Her concurrent role in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin — the gorgeously crafted tale of an alien who comes to earth to capture men, but goes rogue once her curiosity about the human world gets the better of her — could not be more different in story or scope. There's also the matter of its edgy presentation of its usually glamorous star.Read more »

Get action

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: Local film schools prepare students for reel life

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cheryl@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED Ah, the bright lights of Hollywood — so close, and yet thankfully far enough away to allow Bay Area filmmakers to develop their own identities. The SF scene thrives thanks to an abundance of prolific talent (exhibit A: have you noticed how many film festivals we have?), and continues to grow, with a raft of local programs dedicated to teaching aspiring Spielbergs — or better yet, aspiring Kuchars — the ins and outs of the biz.Read more »

Brawl opera

It's only April, but The Raid 2 is the action movie of the year

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FILM There are action films. And then there's The Raid 2. One need not have seen 2011's The Raid: Redemption to appreciate this latest collaboration between Welsh director Gareth Evans and Indonesian actor, martial artist, and fight choreographer Iko Uwais — it's recommended, of course, but the sequel stands alone on its own merits.Read more »

Cinemagic

The dark, entrancing 'A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness' and other Crossroads experimental film fest standouts

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FILM It's Crossroads time again — the annual San Francisco Cinematheque festival of experimental, avant-garde, abstract, and otherwise difficult-to-easily-categorize works carefully curated for adventurous, open-minded filmgoers.Read more »

Scream team

Movie guide 'Hidden Horror' is for fans, by fans

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LIT

Even bloodthirsty know-it-alls will unearth fresh meat — and titles worth revisiting — in Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks (Kitley's Krypt, 312 pp., $17.95). Edited by Chicago-based blogger and actor Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen (Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies), the book contains enthusiastic essays by 101 different authors, including scribes from Fangoria, Rue Morgue, and HorrorHound magazines.Read more »

Life through the lens

Ross McElwee brings 'Photographic Memory' to the PFA

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Teen dystopian drama! Sex addicts! Muppets! Yep, it's new movie time

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So many new movies this week to choose from, film fans! Better just cancel all your plans, and also any notions you had about eating and sleeping. Read on for our takes on the latest in teen dystopia, the new Anita Hill doc, the latest Muppets caper, and part one of Lars von Trier's sex-addiction saga. AND MORE!

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Last laugh

Comedian Paco Romane bids farewell to his Romane Event — for now

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COMEDY

Seems like we've been facing a lot of "end of an era"-type announcements around San Francisco lately, but the popular Romane Event Comedy Show — ending its monthly Make-Out Room stint March 26 — is closing up shop by choice.

"After nine years, I feel like I've checked all the boxes I need to check on my to-do list, with creating a comedy show of this type," host Paco Romane says. "I have a lot of other comedy projects that I want to devote time to. However, the Romane Event has been very special for me. I'm sad to end it."Read more »

'Budapest,' 'Mars,' and more: CAAMFest + new movies!

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Last night heralded the opening of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFest; it runs through March 23 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF; Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson, SF; New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakl; New People Cinema, 1746 Post, SF; Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berk; and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post, SF. For tickets (most shows $12) and complete schedule, visit www.caamedia.org. For commentary, see "The Art of Martial Arts," "Telling Tales, " and "Women With Movie Cameras."

New movies after the jump.

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