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V.23 No.52 | 12/25/2014
Stranger danger, honey.

Film Review

Into the Woods

Disney’s latest fairy tale mashup is fun but fractured

By Devin D. O’Leary
Disney’s latest fairy tale heads Into the Woods for a fun but fractured take on Sondheim’s musical mashup.
V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Rude Boy Cookies

Gourmet treats and Mighty Mighty milk

By Eric Castillo
Eric Castillo checks out this University area bakery where the cookies are skankin’ and the milk is always on tap.
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“You ever see Booty Call, kid? I was great in that.”

Film Review

Annie

It’s a hard-knock life for a former orphan and a guy who used to be Daddy Warbucks in this not-so-expertly updated musical

By Devin D. O’Leary
Tone-deaf update of Annie can’t find its rhythm.

Book Review

Boom For Real

Review by Erik Gamlem

Widow Basquiat: A Love Story

A revealing and sometimes dark love story shows that pioneering ’80s artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was more than the “Radiant Child.”
V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
Poor, deluded fools. You think you can keep the blackness of tooth decay at bay? Choke on your bourgeois ignorance!

Film Review

Force Majeure

Natural disaster kills the mood in icy Swedish examination of love and marriage

By Devin D. O’Leary
Happy family falls apart after escaping avalanche in ice-cold drama Force Majeure.

Book Review

Get Lost in a Literary Guia Roji

Review by Renée Chavez

The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle

Part personal diary and part dark tale of investigative journalism, Francisco Goldman’s memoir twists and turns in a multitude of directions.
V.23 No.49 | 12/4/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Steak and Spirits

High Noon Restaurant and Saloon

By Ty Bannerman
Ty Bannerman visits Old Town’s haunted saloon.
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V.23 No.48 | 11/27/2014
“Hey, baby. Wanna hear my theory on space-time singularities as they relate to non-rotating black holes?”

Film Review

The Theory of Everything

Love is a black hole in surprisingly romantic Stephen Hawking biopic

By Devin D. O’Leary
Love is a black hole in the surprisingly romantic Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.
V.23 No.47 | 11/20/2014
Smoked pork belly
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

A State of Bliss

New Mexico’s magic is strong at La Merienda

By Ari LeVaux
It’s local and delicious, and it requires reservations.
Filmmaker Judy Irving contemplates her subject.

Film Review

Pelican Dreams

Odd duck of a documentary looks in on our fine, feathered friends

By Devin D. O’Leary
Director of Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill wings it again with Pelican Deams.

Book Review

Reel It In …

Review by Mark Lopez

Live Bait

Characters shine in this novel about a small Italian town and the fishing, biking and music that drive its inhabitants.
V.23 No.46 | 11/13/2014
“Dammit, son! I know Neil Peart, and you are no Neil Peart!”

Film Review

Whiplash

Intense musical drama is tough enough to make the kids from “Glee” cry ... more than they normally do

By Devin D. O’Leary
Musical drama Whiplash proves practice makes perfect by mixing “Glee” and Full Metal Jacket.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Coast to Coast

Korean BBQ House and Sushi & Sake

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux visits both sides of the Sea of Japan with a review of this Nob Hill favorite.
All photos by William Mortensen

Book Review

Antichrist Superstar

Review by Samantha Anne Carrillo

The Command to Look: A Master Photographer's Method for Controlling the Human Gaze

From the ’20s to the ’50s, William Mortensen defied the likes of Ansel Adams to pursue his own erotic and grotesque vision of photography.
V.23 No.45 | 11/6/2014
You know it’s a bad day when your imaginary, superhero alter ego is giving you shit.

Film Review

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton mocks his own backstory in high-flying show biz satire

By Devin D. O’Leary
Michael Keaton mocks his own backstory in heady, high-flying show biz satire Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
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