After a surprisingly funny cameo in Todd Phillips' smash comedy The Hangover, "Iron" Mike Tyson returns to the big screen this Sunday for a two-night stand at the Red Vic. Catch him if you can. If not, there are plenty of worthwhile alternatives playing this week at an indie theater near you.
Former heavyweight champion turned cautionary tale Mike Tyson has been described as a lot of things – a thief, a rapist, an animal unleashed and, during his professional heyday, the most terrifying fighter on the planet – but rarely has he been presented as sympathetic.
That changes in James Toback’s Tyson, a featured selection at the San Francisco International Film Festival, in which the once dominating boxer tells his story in painfully candid detail, acknowledging his eventual ambivalence toward the sport that made him a superstar and repeatedly professing his desire to lead a better, more righteous life.
Whether you’re in the mood to learn more about one of the most feared prizefighters of the modern era, two of Walt Disney’s most celebrated songwriters, or the inventive animated shorts of A Thousand Pictures, the next two weeks of America’s longest-running film festival, which kicked off last night and ends May 7, will feature roughly 200 films and plenty of associated merriment. Here’s a list of what we want to watch.
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