‘Damsels’ fail to appeal to college crowd

Indie writer-director Whit Stillman returns after a 14-year absence from filmmaking with his new off-kilter comedy, “Damsels in Distress.” Like the Manhattan townhouses in “Metropolitan” (1990), an isolated setting provides much of the content for this movie. In “Damsels”, it’s Seven Oaks College where a quartet of beautiful girls set
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TV Land: The power of the press — TV versus print

This column had four different introductions before I decided on counting them, drinking a glass of chocolate milk and then writing this sentence. And boy am I glad I wrote it. Look at it there in its stunning radiance. Truth is, it’s been a difficult week. Monday was most unpleasant.
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Iranian documentarian takes on artistic censorship

From the shackles of an oppressive ideology breaks “This is Not a Film,” which virtually redefines the meaning of artistic freedom. In 2010, Iranian director Jafar Panahi was given a six-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban from filmmaking. This film, or not-a-film, begins with Panahi on house arrest, awaiting
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Monica: New Life

Imagine Monica in a convertible on a vast desert road, gazing in the rearview mirror with reflective eyes and airily singing, “Packing up my yesterdays and won’t look back / I know I’ve got to stay on track.” This mantra, threaded throughout “New Life” and the similarly titled new album,
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This Week in Arts

Our lead critics bring you the latest and greatest in Bay Area culture for this week. Film Our very own Pacific Film Archive mixes, as it were, sound and image in the next installment of its Cine/Spin series, where Cal DJs take on films from the PFA collection. On Thursday,
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