‘The Beguiled’ subverts male gaze through Sofia Coppola’s powerhouse direction

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“The Beguiled” is a true testament to the woman behind the camera — a film with inspired visuals and masterful performances, and which imparts a needed feminist stamp on a story (the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood, based on Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name) originally known for its pulp alone.
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SF day trip: a little taste of Italy

By now, you’ve probably roamed through the streets of Chinatown and sat by the water at Fisherman’s Wharf. But perhaps you have yet to wander into the adjacent North Beach. North Beach is San Francisco’s Little Italy. It has historically been home to many Italian-Americans and used to be an actual beach before the city’s borders were extended. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spot to read a book while sipping some high-quality espresso or simply looking to grab a hot slice of pizza, North Beach should definitely be your go-to spot.
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Custom Screening: Betwixt two Poes

Hollywood has never shied away from saturating multiplexes with several films of similar origin. Hollywood sent two “Alexander” film — based on the life of Alexander the Great — into production in the same year. British fantasy adaptations, “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings,” came out within days
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