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Self-Important Silliness Trumps Logic in 'The Oxford Murders'

It sounds impressive, all this talk of universal logic, rule-following paradoxes and absolute certainties, rolling so melodically off the tongue of John Hurt, who could bring gravitas to a reading of the phone book. Yet even Hurt, cheerfully chewing the scenery as curmudgeonly Oxford professor Arthur Seldom, cannot save Álex de la Ingelsia’s arbitrary murder mystery from its own miscalculations.
 
Adapted from a novel by mathematical logician Guillermo Martínez, The Oxford Murders works best as a showcase for Hurt, who preaches the gospel of Wittgenstein before lecture halls packed with disciples, and Elijah Wood’s blue eyes, ablaze with earnest agitation even when his delivery falls flat.

Plush Toys & Psychedelic Cereal Boxes @ Giant Robot's 'Hot Pink Fuzz' Opening Tomorrow Night

If you're looking to duck in away from the fog and warm things up a bit, stop in Giant Robot tomorrow night for the opening reception of their 'Hot Pink Fuzz' show, featuring colorful, wacky and FUZZY art.

Hot Pink Fuzz, which runs until September 8, is a group art show featuring new works by Miss Muju, Monyomonyo, and Snaggs, three artists who have wild imaginations and artistic prowess to match. Miss Muju is UK-based sculptor who excels in symbolic figures, both palm-sized and gigantic.

Three-Day Sausalito Film Festival Returns Tonight with 'The Dry Land'

After the rousing success of last year's inaugural festival – an affordable, star-studded three-day event at picturesque Cavallo Point – the second Sausalito Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Callippe Theater and Ballroom with the Bay Area premiere of The Dry Land, writer-director Ryan Piers Williams' story of war veteran returning from Iraq to rebuild the life he left behind in small-town Texas.

Rufus Wainwright Piano Playing His Way to the Fox Theatre Next Week

The Fox Theater's impeccable string of summer concerts just won't quit. Crystal Castles is throwing down there tonight, and in just a few weekends, beloved crooner Rufus Wainwright is piano-playing his way onto the stage on August 21st with his singer-songwriter sister, Martha Wainwright.

Live Review: Bhi Bhiman @ The Independent

Why is it that the single mention of singer/songwriter completely turns the general public into silent submission? Admit it, you see a show listed, and the first thing it says is “acclaimed singer/songwriter from…” and you completely skip over the listing. Why is that? There’s a great tragedy in that opinion of dismissal. Mostly because you’d be missing intelligent, hilarious, and very talented artists like Bhi Bhiman.

Kevin Kline Talks 'The Extra Man,' Shakespeare and the Death of Broadway

Henry Harrison is not known for his kindness. The outspoken eccentric at the center of The Extra Man, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s buoyant adaptation of a 1998 Jonathan Ames novel, he is rather a textbook narcissist.
 
Thoughtless and hopelessly self-absorbed, he is a “confirmed bachelor” positioned “to the right of the Pope” in matters of bedroom politics. He is casually contemptuous of the rich, older women who subsidize his threadbare lifestyle at high-society’s fringes. And that is precisely why Kevin Kline wanted to play him.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

With the second-ever Athiest Film Festival arriving at the Red Vic and the Sausalito Film Festival celebrating its opening night with the regional premiere of Ryan Piers Williams' The Dry Land, Bay Area cinephiles might find their dance cards full this Friday – and the rest of the week seems just as promising. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.

When Aging Action Stars Attack: Sylvester Stallone's 'The Expendables'

A Rotten Tomatoes reader described The Expendables thusly: “Its purpose is to be violent.” Mission accomplished. Sylvester Stallone’s long-rumored convening of the Lat Pack – a motley crew of action stars past and present, including Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and, in his first dramatic role since 2004’s Around the World in 80 Days, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – is a love letter to bloody excess.
 

DIYbca Big Idea Night Party

If you've never been to YBCA's Big Idea Night, now's about time. If the last shindig is any indication (it drew 2,500 people!), this is one hot night you don't want to miss. So, clear your schedule for this Saturday's FREE party, where you'll have hands-on interaction with the oh-so-popular DIY culture of homemade, homespun goodness.

Tough Love: A Street-Fighting Romeo Rises in 'Scott Pilgrim'

At 40, Simon Pegg is too old to play Scott Pilgrim, the painfully ordinary 22-year-old bassist of the fledgling garage-rock trio Sex Bob-omb. Still rebounding from a painful breakup – he’s the dumpee – Scott finds an effusive “Scottaholic” in high-schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), who soothes his tattered ego but otherwise fails to engage him. For all his affectations, he’s an aimless schlub.
 

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