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.
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Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week
Why: Isolation and an early-life epiphany await Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto), a Dominican pitching prospect who comes to question the limited scope of his professional ambition during a minor-league stint in rural Iowa. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2006’s Half Nelson), Sugar is a moving, unflinchingly honest take on the immigrant experience, infused with an obvious passion for America’s pastime.