Custom Screening: Two days in Thom’s bed

Regular readers of this column may be surprised at how often my bed features as a location of movie viewing. Whether it’s in Hollywood, New York or Berkeley, I have an irresistible attraction to the hollow pallor of the computer screen as I skirt the embrace of Morpheus. If it
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San Francisco Silent Film Festival

In a summer filled with CGI special effects, the annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival reminds audiences of the beauty of film’s early days. Live music accompanies every film as festival attendees take advantage of one of the few chances to see such films as von Sternberg’s “Docks of New
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‘Beasts’ brings magic to the South

Men, women and children parade through the streets of a swampy neighborhood, and homemade alcoholic beverages are consumed in unmarked bottles, the children burn Roman candles as they run. This community is called the Bathtub, and life is different here. First-time director Benh Zeitlin creates an expressive and signature film
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Lincoln brings fresh blood to cliche vampire films

At first sight, previews for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” spurred the only thought that could overshadow the blatant absurdity of its title: “Do we really need more vampire movies?” The answer to that question, of course, is no. Interestingly enough this film succeeds in not only separating itself from much of today’s vampire rage.
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