‘The Big Wedding’ is likeable while it lasts

Ensemble film is a cute slice of comedic fun

Movies with all-star casts are not the easiest to love. Usually, their budgets are so large that all they need to do is rely on their celebrity status to draw large crowds to movie theaters. Sure, they tell a funny story that will keep you entertained for 90 minutes, but
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Pixar previews ‘Monsters University’

Shanna Holako got a sneak peak of ‘The Blue Umbrella’ and ‘Monsters University’

It’s hard to say no to Pixar when the animation studio invites you to its major national and international press day. Pixar Animation Studios, situated a mere three miles from UC Berkeley’s campus, opened up its own collegiate affair, “Monsters University.” Inspired by 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.,” Pixar is premiering the
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‘Upstream Color’: a metaphysical rabbit hole

Early twentieth century Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov once observed that “everybody who cares for his art seeks the essence of his own technique.” Director Shane Carruth’s sophomore effort, the new film “Upstream Color,” strikes directly at this exploration; it is a sprawling, emotionally wrought movie whose abstract plot seems less
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Farm film comes ‘At Any Price’

“Expand or Die.” This is the mantra of the 21st century’s $2 trillion agricultural market, depicted in Ramin Bahrani’s “At Any Price.” Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) is a firm believer of this saying. Whipple realizes that in order to survive he must expand, and to do this he must cut
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Hopeful film allays adversity and strife

‘The Revolutionary Optimists’ offers moving portrayal of Indian slums

If you’re looking for a documentary to break your heart with harrowing images, “The Revolutionary Optimists,” by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen, is not for you. If you’re looking for a film to inspire you, it is. The documentary, which opened on April 5, instead presents a hopeful view of
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Jada Pinkett Smith dishes on new doc

‘Free Angela & All Political Prisoners’ pays homage to Angela Davis

It has been over 40 years since political activist and scholar Angela Davis landed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, but her story of perseverance and courage in the fight for civil rights is timeless. The upcoming documentary, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners,” chronicles Davis’s lifework and her journey
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Grounding ‘Vertigo’

1958 film sheds light on San Francisco at BAM/PFA showing

In honor of this famous collaboration between Hitchcock and the Bay Area, the Pacific Film Archive conducted a special screening of the psychological pulse-pounder with a rarely seen, IB tech print that would have been one of the originals seen in multiplexes across the nation when it first premiered.
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‘Spring Breakers’ exudes debauchery

Parties, drugs, sex and violence make for a heady high in Harmony Korine’s film

More than being just a dizzying odyssey of ass and bong rips, Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” captures our beautifully tragic train wreck of a youth culture in all its first-world glory.
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