Lynn Rapoport

"Remember Me" is -- you guessed it -- forgettable

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Ominously set in New York City during the summer of 2001, Remember Me, starring Robert Pattinson (of the Twilight series) and Emilie de Ravin (of TV's Lost), pretty much answers the question of whether it’s still too soon to make the events of September 11 the subject of a date movie.

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Citizen Welles

Richard Linklater's latest peeps the stage-bound early years of the movie genius
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FILM It's 1937, and New York City, like the rest of the nation, presumably remains in the grip of the Great Depression. That trifling historical detail, however, is upstaged in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles (adapted from the novel by Robert Kaplow) by the doings at the newly founded Mercury Theatre. Read more »

Take warning

Inconvenient truths abound in eco-docs The Age of Stupid and No Impact Man
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The forests are in flames, the desert is advancing, the glaciers have vanished, and in a solar-powered facility towering above the ice-free waters of the Arctic, some 800 miles north of Norway, a solitary older man (Pete Postlethwaite) roams the hallways of the Global Archive, a warehouse sheltering banks of data-storage servers, a civilization's worth of art and invention, and a Noah's ark of extinguished species. From this lonely outpost, he gravely explores a stomach-churning inquiry: "We could have saved ourselves. But we didn't. It's amazing. Read more »

Unhappily ever after

(500) Days of Summer's seasonal affective disorder
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There's a warning at the tender, bruised heart of (500) Days of Summer, kind of like an alarm on a clock-radio set to MOPEROCK-FM, going off somewhere in another room. Read more »

When in roam

Away We Go's unsettled couple finds their way home
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Involving no catatonic housewives, no mortally botched abortions, and no luminous pools of blood in the kitchen either, Sam Mendes' latest film presents a somewhat happier tale of domesticity than 1999's American Beauty or last year's Revolutionary Road, if "tale of domesticity" is a fair description for a road movie in which the stated goal is a home.

In Away We Go — from a screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida — 30-something couple Verona (Maya Rudolph) and Burt (John Krasinski) find themselves unexpectedly ditched during Verona's second tr Read more »

SFIFF: Oaktown fugue

A certain stillness inhabits Frazer Bradshaw's Everything Strange and New
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The stillness inhabiting Bay Area director Frazer Bradshaw's Everything Strange and New is broken periodically by the sounds of familial battle and the bemused, unemotive back-and-forth of a trio of men perplexed by the circumstances they have drifted into. Read more »

Ballerina

The grueling lives of five female dancers making their careers in present-day, post-Soviet Russia
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REVIEW If comparisons between Bertrand Normand's Ballerina and Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine's 2005 Ballets Russes are inevitable, it's perhaps mostly indicative of how infrequently a feature-length ballet documentary gets made and distributed. Then again, one could argue that the stark differences in subject and scope are historically significant. Read more »

"12"

Mikhalkov's modern, post-Soviet tale Based on Sidney Lumet's Twelve Angry Men (1957)
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REVIEW In Nikita Mikhalkov's Oscar-winning 1994 film Burnt by the Sun, set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, a character corrects himself in addressing his companions as gentlemen, saying, "Excuse me, comrades." A reverse correction signals the changed times in 12, where Mikhalkov takes up a more modern, post-Soviet tale, using a familiar framework to tell it. Read more »

No joy

Wendy and Lucy's quiet desperation leaks from the screen
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>>READ SFBG'S INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KELLY REICHART HERE

If a road movie has car trouble and gets stuck in an unnamed town — say, somewhere deep in the Pacific Northwest — what we are mostly trained by our moviegoing résumé to see is a setup: for a lesson about small-town life, for a tangle with zombies, for an episode of boy meets girl. Read more »

All American Rejects

Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist: Find Fluffy, already
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In a world populated entirely by curfewless teenagers, where seemingly nobody is checking IDs at the door, the amount of high-pitched drama that can go down on a Friday night between dusk and dawn is virtually limitless. Read more »