Films

Film Review: Power Rangers

March 24, 2017
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Even with a few stumbles, this is an ultimately fun return of a classic franchise. Remaking a story like that of Power Rangers requires a great deal of care on two fronts. On the one hand, preserving the world, the characters, and the essential plotlines, is important in order to make the new film appeal […]

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Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

March 24, 2017
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This movie shouldn’t exist. It shouldn’t work. It’s great.   There’s a type of movie that internet film nerds refer to as a “legacyquel”. This term applies to a sequel that is released many years after the original, in which the original actors play their original roles. When this idea fails, like the recent Independence […]

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SFFILM Festival Spotlights #2

March 22, 2017
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(Films #11-#20 of Chad’s goal of seeing 60 films to commemorate SF Film Festival’s 60th anniversary! #60for60th) Our preview coverage of the 60th SFFILM Festival continues! Be sure to get your tickets now — visit http://www.sffilm.org/festival for tickets and info. Also, be sure to check back here frequently, or follow along at our Facebook page and on Twitter (or follow film […]

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SFFILM Festival Spotlights #1

March 17, 2017
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(Films #1-#10 of Chad’s goal of seeing 60 films to commemorate SF Film Festival’s 60th anniversary! #60for60th) The SF Film Festival is back and celebrating its 60th year! It’ll be taking place at venues in San Francisco and the East Bay from April 5-19. Once again, Spinning Platters is thrilled to provide you extensive coverage of the films, […]

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Film Review: Beauty and the Beast

March 17, 2017
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Still magical. Yet, there’s something there that wasn’t there before, and that something is meh. If you’ve seen the 1991 Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast as much as I have, you’re probably just as nervously excited for the live-action version as I was. The 1991 film was the first animated feature to ever be […]

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Film Review: Kong: Skull Island

March 10, 2017
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Kong delivers without monkeying around. I’ll admit that I was more than skeptical when Kong: Skull Island was first announced. A new King Kong movie, really? Peter Jackson’s 2005 version still felt fresh in my mind, perhaps because it’s been playing on TV so often. But Kong: Skull Island was supposedly a different type of Kong movie. It […]

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Film Review: The Last Word

March 10, 2017
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The final words on the The Last Word are: Skip it Shirley MacLaine has been making movies for almost six decades, so it’s a shame that as she enters her mid-80s and starts the twilight of her career, she’s not offered projects more worthy of her talents. Case in point is this saccharine, hackneyed new […]

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Film Review: Before I Fall

March 3, 2017
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Groundhog Day in high school: Reliving teen angst proves effective in new drama about growing up Gen Xers who still have a hard time grasping that all the cool, disaffected icons of their youth (Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Kyra Sedgwick, to name a few) are cast as parents now — and of teenagers no less […]

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Noise Pop Film Review: Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism

February 26, 2017
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Engaging new doc brings us back to rock criticism’s glory days Last Sunday night, thanks to co-presenters Noise Pop and KQED, a crowd of music aficionados at the Swedish American Hall was treated to a viewing of writer/director Raul Sandelin’s documentary Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism, followed by an engaging […]

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Film Review: Get Out

February 24, 2017
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Don’t stay in: Get Out and see this smart, fresh thriller Jordan Peele, one half of the sketch comedy duo Key and Peele, makes his directorial debut with Get Out, a startling original take on the horror film genre that shouldn’t be missed. If you’ve seen the trailer, don’t be fooled; the trailer implies the movie may […]

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