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'We Bought a Zoo' Stampedes Bay Area Theaters Tonight for Special Sneak Preview

It would be too easy to disdain the earnest sentimentality on display in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, about a recent widower who, struggling to restore a glimmer of hope to his children’s eyes, retires from city life to raise them in a downtrodden animal park.

It’s based on a true story, of course, though it’s hard to imagine such a Hollywood-ready fairy tale unfolding so neatly off the screen. Cynics will surely scoff at the underlying message – that happiness is worth pursuing at any cost, because it’s better to soak in the sunshine than wallow in a morass of self-pity. Optimism, they’d say, is a sucker’s bet.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Fascinated by film noir? Head to the Roxie this week for a celebration of TV's greatest contributions to the genre, including shows and shorts directed a half-century ago by some of the greatest directors of our time, including Robert Altman, Sidney Lumet and Alfred Hitchcock. Elsewhere:

1. We Were Here

Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: All Week

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Reluctant to buy into the Moneyball hype? Not a problem. There is no shortage of worthy alternatives to be found this week in the city, including the San Francisco Irish Film Festival (playing through Sunday at the Roxie) and these fine offerings:

1. The Long Goodbye

Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Sept. 28

Ang Lee's 'Taking Woodstock' Offers Few Insights

The strange, improbable story of Woodstock has been documented exhaustively in print and on the screen, making it somewhat curious that Ang Lee has chosen to make it the subject of his first bona fide comedy since 1994’s Eat Drink Man Woman. Yet that’s just what we get in Taking Woodstock, a lighthearted look back at three days of peace and music whose more magical qualities fail to materialize here.

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