“Hesher” brings heavy metal to the indie film scene

The new film, by director Spencer Susser, features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular rocker/vagrant

He is Hesher. He is tattooed, with hair down to his elbows and a dirty grin. He likes to fuck people’s shit up – and not just their stuff. According to the Urban Dictionary, hesher means some kind of metalhead-stoner-type. Here, Hesher is the reheated dregs of grunge and everything
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Women on the verge

Chick flick and dick flick have spawned an unlikely progeny: With Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids,” the trappings of the typical female-geared genre (you know, weddings and women) and dude-oriented entertainment (bodily fluids) merge to produce a movie that, in its execution, is much more than the sum of its parts. Paul
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SFIFF: Continued Coverage

Steve Coogan, The New York Times and a 17th-century French novel are just some of the latest from the San Francisco International Film Festival

The Children of the Princess of Cleves “The Children of the Princess of Cleves” beautifully focuses on a high school class in Marseille, France studying a classical French novel. Using the novel’s themes of social politics, Regis Sauder’s documentary provides touching insight into each student’s struggle and search for identity.While
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Things Fall Apart

Isabelle Huppert stars in 'White Material,' Claire Denis's turbulent portrait of post-colonial Africa

A specter haunts the African continent in “White Material,” Claire Denis’ savage rumination on the clash between developing societies and their bourgeoisie occupants. In the vein of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the film probes the convoluted legacy of European colonial heritage with remarkable panache. A radical departure from the
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