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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The new year has arrived, and with it the promise of long-awaited sequels to The Hangover, Kung Fu Panda and Pixar's Cars, the distressing inevitability of Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and the mind-numbing realization that Little Fockers sits lazily atop the box-office charts. The good news: Bay Area moviegoers have plenty of worthwhile alternatives, including:

1. Blue Valentine

Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650

'Hedwig' Director John Cameron Mitchell Takes a Detour into the 'Rabbit Hole'

The stars of Rabbit Hole, Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, play mourning parents eight months removed from the death of their son, each so consumed by individual grief that neither is attuned to the other’s emotional and physical needs.
 
It’s the kind of domestic melodrama Hollywood studios rarely make anymore, and perhaps the last man you’d expect to direct it is John Cameron Mitchell, best known for 2001’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, his seminal comedy about a transsexual punk rocker, and the 2006 bohemians-in-heat drama Shortbus.
 

Roller Disco Fever Grips the Mission this New Year's Eve at CELLspace

Tired of stumbling through another New Year's Eve after one too many glasses of Korbel? Try skating instead. Tonight at CELLspace, guests 21 and over are invited to break out their most outrageous New Wave attire, fortify their nerves with a little liquid courage, and relive the glory days of disco while roller skating into 2011.

10 for '10: The Year in Movies

With 2010 about to fade into our rearview, it's time to pay our respects to a year that produced its share of very good movies, but precious few great ones. It was a year dominated by memorable performances in supporting roles – Christian Bale as a crack-addicted burnout in The Fighter, John Hawkes as a rough-and-tumble hillbilly in Winter's Bone, Jacki Weaver as an insidious matriarch in the overlooked Australian import Animal Kingdom – and the visual bravura of Inception, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and TRON: Legacy.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the flat, not a creature was stirring... except for me (with my mom's cat), hastily posting this week's Theater Roundup before returning to wrapping presents, re-watching some of the year's best movies (currently playing: The Tillman Story) and sipping on low-fat egg nog. Happy holidays!

1. True Grit

Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650
When: All Week

Anna Faris Recalls Leslie Nielsen and Her Reluctant Move to Big-Screen Comedy

Anna Faris is free to speak her mind.
 
The 34-year-old Baltimore native, who earned High Times magazine’s coveted Stoner of the Year award in 2007 for her starring turn in the comedy Smiley Face, knows the drill when it comes to televised interviews – smile for the camera, stay peppy and keep the tone light.
 
But here at press day for the live-action Yogi Bear, in which Faris stars opposite Tom Cavanagh, Justin Timberlake’s animated Boo-Boo Bear and Dan Aykroyd’s even more animated Yogi, she’s free to be candid.
 

Cause Célébrité: Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere'

It’s hard to imagine a story much slighter than Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a running diary in the life of a Hollywood star – a life rife with malaise, superficial encounters and the occasional, frustratingly inconvenient reminder that he is something more than the sum of his celebrity.
 
Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is also a dad, just not a very attentive one. Yet when he invites his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) over for lunch and a little Guitar Hero, he cares enough about her feelings to kick one of his many anonymous conquests to the curb, at least for the afternoon. Cleo is the first to sign the cast on his arm.
 

Who Is Hailee Steinfeld? Only the Biggest Star of Joel and Ethan Coen's 'True Grit'

Fifteen minutes after Josh Brolin met 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld for the first time, he was pinning her down with a blade to her throat.
 
No, this was not another shocking case of When Celebrities Attack. Brolin and Steinfeld were on the set of Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit remake, opening today, and their introduction preceded the rehearsal of one of the movie’s tensest scenes.
 

Ring in the New Year with 'Rocky Horror' at the Clay Theatre

New Year's Eve is not an evening most people spend at the movies, but considering the commotion in the streets, the difficulty of getting last-minute dinner reservations and the overcrowding at the bars – thanks in part to novice drinkers ready to paint the town red with vomit – perhaps the last night of 2010 would be the perfect time to catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Clay Theatre.

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