‘The Lone Ranger’ misses on many marks

'White-washing' still a serious issue in Hollywood films

Following the enormous box-office success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski attempt to bring the same style of action and comedy to the Western genre with “The Lone Ranger.” While the over-the-top action sequences with the typical shootouts and train robberies provide some thrills,
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‘The Heat’ challenges hypermasculinity in buddy-cop films

Paul Feig aims to redefine comedy and shed gender divisions

The buddy-cop film is a long-established genre, with a pretty rigid and uninspiring formula: Two cops with extremely different personalities take an immediate dislike to each other but are forced to work together to solve a particularly difficult case — something they can only achieve by first bonding and becoming
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Documentary ‘The Secret Disco Revolution’ examines untold story of disco era

Director Jamie Kastner reflects on whether disco is dead

If disco is dead, then writer-director-producer Jamie Kastner has delivered its praising eulogy with his glittering, tongue-in-cheek documentary, “The Secret Disco Revolution.” Kastner does more than examine the history of the 1970s music craze — he offers a reflection upon the revisionist theory that, beneath its “carefully vapid veneer,” disco
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‘I’m So Excited’ does not live up to its title

Few directors have attained the kind of monolithic status that surrounds Pedro Almodovar. Since his feature debut in 1980, the Spanish auteur has come to be associated with an exaggerated style, kitsch melodrama, social satire and female heroism all his own. In truth, it’s almost formulaic. You see loud colors
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Queer Women of Color Film Festival spotlights social justice issues

In its ninth year, the festival includes a line-up of 57 short films examining queer life

The ninth annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival took place from June 14 to 16 at the Brava Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission District. Presented by the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, the festival seeks to promote the creation, exhibition and distribution of films that increase the
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Zombie apocalypse themes remain dominant in popular culture

'World War Z' is yet another entry into the zombie genre

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a legitimate federal agency, remember — launched an educational blog called “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” in May 2011. It aimed to teach readers how to behave in a disaster situation prior to the year’s hurricane season; according to CDC Director Ali Khan,
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‘Monsters University’ is a screaming good time

Breaking away from the tradition of “Cars” and “Toy Story,” Pixar’s “Monsters University” is a prequel to 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” that tells the story of how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan became best friends. While not quite overtaking the spectacular original, “Monsters University” does a masterful job of fully
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Frameline37 festival highlights LGBT films

Selected films from the June 20 to 30 festival

The Altered Lives of LaVonne Sallee “The Altered Lives of LaVonne Sallee” offers a 12-minute glimpse into the life of the Vallejo, Calif.-based Barbie Doll-altering artist. Sallee spent most of her life working as a banker, but after chancing upon San Francisco’s Altered Barbie Show in 2006, she was inspired
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