Film Review: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

May 20, 2016
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Stupidness getting stupider somehow makes it better.   Not only was I expecting to hate Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, but I kinda wanted to. I wanted a chance to get all my pent up anger and frustration out in a gorgeous scathing review. But dammit, it was a fun movie.

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Film Review: A Bigger Splash

May 20, 2016

The impossibility of getting away from it all, rendered beautifully Sometimes you want to go to the movies and see four actors doing amazing work in a wonderful film. That’s what you’re going to get when you see Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash.  This is a movie with layers of meaning, with people saying things when […]

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Film Review: The Lobster

May 20, 2016
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An utterly unique (surrealist) romantic comedy that inadvertently subverts all other romantic comedies. To all you single folks — do you feel the pressure of finding a partner? Well, imagine that you have 45 days to do so otherwise you’ll be turned into an animal. How’s that for pressure? That’s the boiled-down premise of Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, […]

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Film Review: The Nice Guys

May 20, 2016
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Russell and Ryan, a match made in dark comedy heaven. The Nice Guys isn’t the first time that director Shane Black has dabbled in the Los Angeles neo-noir comedy genre, and not the first time his LA neo-noir comedy has featured the pairing of an odd couple solving a crime. 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a […]

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Photo Set: Andrew Bird at The Masonic, 4/16/2016

May 19, 2016

This past Monday night, in support of his twelfth album, Are You Serious, Andrew Bird performed an hour-and-a-half set to a near-capacity crowd at San Francisco’s Masonic. Flanked by a rhythm section for the first time in a career where he’s held his own as a solo artist, the music swelled and climaxed at all […]

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Film Review: Money Monster

May 13, 2016
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Foster’s uneven Monster lacks bite   With Money Monster, the actress Jodie Foster wears her feature film director’s cap for the first time since 2011’s Mel Gibson-helmed The Beaver (she’s done TV work in the interim, including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards), and the result, unfortunately, is nowhere near as good as an […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2016-05-11 – 2016-05-15

May 11, 2016

This week in The Bay Area we have violence, arguments, wolves on an unlucky day, modern language usages, and raising money against cancer. Good. ‘Cause cancer sucks. And now, the previews. Let’s get previewing. The time to preview is now and is now that we will preview. Previews, now.

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SFIFF59 Spotlights #8 – Wrap-up: The Bandit / Wiener-Dog / Suite Armoricaine / Mel Novikoff Award / Kanbar Storytelling Award

May 8, 2016

Spinning Platters wraps up its coverage of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, which ended last Thursday, May 5th, after showcasing nearly 200 films from over 40 countries. The Fest may be over, but many of its offerings will be released throughout the year, so be sure to use our eight spotlight posts as a guide for potential future viewing. We conclude […]

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SFIFF59 Spotlights #7: The Lobster / Escapes / The Islands and the Whales / Ayiti Mon Amour

May 7, 2016

Spinning Platters is slowly but surely completing its coverage of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. Alas, SFIFF59 ended two nights ago, but we’re here to keep providing you spotlights on little known films that may come to a theater near you in the foreseeable future — so here’s a quick glimpse at four more features! […]

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Show Review: Rogue Wave with Cellar Doors at Starline Social Club, 5/5/2016

May 6, 2016

Oakland’s hometown heroes, indie rockers Rogue Wave released their new album, Delusions of Grand Fur, last week, and to celebrate, they’re playing a weekend of Bay Area shows. Tonight was their first one, at the relatively new venue, The Starline Social Club. It was the band’s first show in three years, and they’re first in Oakland […]

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