Film Review: The Promise

April 21, 2017
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Emotionally powerful new film brings story of Armenian genocide to light April 24th is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, so opening The Promise this weekend is obviously intentional. Irish director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and screenwriter Robin Swicord have made the first major Hollywood picture to tell a story about the horrific event commemorated by that […]

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SFFILM Festival Spotlights #5

April 16, 2017
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Five More Spotlights as SFFILM Enters Final Week The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival wraps up this week, but there’s still time to catch a few screenings before closing day on Thursday; you can browse the schedule and buy tickets here. Stay tuned to Spinning Platters for our final spotlight posts to help finish […]

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Show Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert with the SF Symphony

April 14, 2017

A lovely night with Williams’s score, Ford’s performance, iconic scenes… there are no bad dates here! Raiders of the Lost Ark is the quintessential action-adventure film. One could confidently claim that it is the greatest action-adventure film of all time! There is nothing about Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic that isn’t famous — the giant boulder, […]

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My 2017 Journey with Sigur Rós, Part 1: Fox Theater Oakland/Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

April 14, 2017

Two evenings of spellbinding wonder and incredible sound This is the first of two posts chronicling my journey to see Sigur Rós for five performances in April 2017: two in Northern California, and three in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. Be sure to catch them on tour and tune in to Pitchfork on Friday, April […]

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SFFILM Festival Spotlights #4

April 12, 2017
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(Films #31-#40 of Chad’s goal of seeing 60 films to commemorate SF Film Festival’s 60th anniversary! #60for60th) The 60th SFFILM Festival is HALFWAY through! 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 critics Carrie […]

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SXSW 2017: An Exhaustive Guide to a Week of Music

April 10, 2017

At The Drive-In’s surprise appearance at Mohawk was just one of the moments that made SXSW 2017 memorable. Every year in mid-March, music nerds from around the globe gather in downtown Austin to test their ability to handle long lines, blisters, alcohol poisoning, and dead cell phone batteries. Why? To get that first scoop on […]

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Festival Preview: Punk Rock Bowling (Las Vegas)

April 10, 2017
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Punk’s Not Dead Yet! If you grew up in local punk rock scenes, it is impossible to not have heard about Punk Rock Bowling. The three-day festival has been bringing together a menagerie of fantastic punk bands in downtown Las Vegas for 19 years strong – that’s over half my lifetime – and this year’s […]

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Barry Manilow came out, and we love him for it

April 7, 2017
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Barry Manilow is gay. Surprise! Or, maybe you think it’s not so surprising. Let’s think about that. Barry Manilow’s gayness has nothing whatsoever to do with his earnest, soft pop mellifluous ballads, nor is it in any way related to his ostentatious showiness. If Barry Manilow spent all his time in a parlor clad in […]

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Film Review: Gifted

April 7, 2017
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Talented cast is the real gift in otherwise predictable family drama Director Marc Webb’s new film Gifted asks us to not only buy a 7-year-old girl as an MIT-level math genius, but also hunky Captain America star Chris Evans as a former Boston University philosophy professor; I’m not sure which characterization requires the greater suspension […]

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SFFILM Festival Spotlights #3

April 7, 2017
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(Films #21-#30 of Chad’s goal of seeing 60 films to commemorate SF Film Festival’s 60th anniversary! #60for60th) The 60th SFFILM Festival is in full swing! 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 critics […]

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