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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 More Movies to See at Docfest

While Pedro Almodóvar celebrates his long-delayed reunion with Antonio Banderas in the twisted new thriller The Skin I Live In, opening this weekend at the Embarcadero, SF IndieFest's 10th Documentary Festival enters its second week at the Roxie Theater, with a mostly all-new lineup of features from some of the world's most daring nonfiction filmmakers. Here's a sampling of the festival's best.

1. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

Where:
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087

Foo Fighters, Cage the Elephant and Mariachi El Bronx Incinerating the Oracle Arena

Dave Grohl will never be hip. In an age of irony, his lyrics are too earnest, his guttural howl bringing overwrought passion to hard-rocking Hallmark cards like "My Hero." So I wrote in 2005, to open my review of the fifth Foo Fighters album In Your Honor. Six years later, little has changed, and that’s a good thing.
 
It’s hard to imagine former bandmate Kurt Cobain would approve of Wednesday night’s six-string assault on Oakland’s Oracle Arena (left uninhabited by the Golden State Warriors amid an NBA lockout that only delays the team’s next losing season). Grohl, unlike the late Nirvana headliner, basks in the spotlight a bit too readily, with a zeal unbecoming a postmodern frontman.
 

Mill Valley Festival to Close Tonight with Cannes Favorite 'The Artist'

The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival comes to a close tonight with The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius' Palme d'Or-nominated romance about a silent-movie star (Jean Dujardin, of last year's Little White Lies) whose burgeoning love affair with an up-and-coming young dancer (Bérénice Bejo) coincides with the rise of talking pictures.

Incanto Executive Chef Chris Cosentino Breaks Down SF-Style 'Easy Chinese'

Incanto executive chef Chris Cosentino, a Food Network regular (as the co-host of Chefs vs. City) and the latest culinary master (after Anthony Bourdain and season-six Top Chef wannabe Eli Kirshtein, among others) to wield his knives as a comic-book superhero sidekick – adding just a pinch more bite to Wolverine's bark – expands his TV repertoire this week as a guest on the Cooking Channel's Easy Chinese: San Francisco, a 14-episode guide to creating the great Chinese dishes made famous in the city.

The 'Thing' That Should Not Be: Prequel to Carpenter Classic Handsome but Hollow

We open with a helicopter soaring across the Antarctic plain, chasing down a terrified husky. A sharpshooter rains bullets on the snowy terrain, every one missing its target. The scene is almost comical, these hapless predators devoting such effort to a frivolous hunt. But the question remains: How did the dog set them off?
 
Alas, we’ll never know. Before long, the hunters are dead and the husky is settled in the arms of a new master. But that initial hint of unrest throws all that follows into uncertainty. Something is amiss, and we know it’s just a matter of time before the movie’s darkness comes to light.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See at Docfest

The docs are in, and the prognosis is promising. Starting today, SF IndieFest's 10th Documentary Festival, a two-week celebration of the world's most penetrating filmmakers and their latest offerings, takes over the Roxie Theater and the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. Here's a look at what's on tap.

1.
Heavy Metal Picnic
Where:
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
When:
Oct. 15, 17

American Dream Gives Way to Recurring Nightmares in 'Take Shelter'

There’s a storm coming. Curtis LaForche can sense it. More ominously, he can see the dark clouds gathering, hear the deafening claps of thunder, feel the torrential downpours as they drench him with an oily rain. Is he the only one who can? Curtis has every right to wonder. Around the same age, his mother was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
 
Curtis suspects he’s headed down the same path. He is given sleeping pills to ward off his nightmares, in which everyone – his neighbors, his wife, even the family dog – tries to tear him to shreds. He recounts his fears to a counselor at the free clinic, but even at his most lucid he believes the visions are no mere delusions. Why else would he get rid of his dog and part with his closest friend?
 

Pat Brown's Legacy Recalled in Mill Valley Standout 'California State of Mind'

At one point during an old interview featured in California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown, the so-called “Architect of the Golden State” is asked to name California’s greatest governor – a loaded question, perhaps, considering that Brown’s son Jerry held the office at the time.
 

Presumed Innocent: Juno Temple Gets 'Dirty' for Abe Sylvia's Coming-Out Comedy

Don’t mistake Juno Temple’s youth, cherubic smile or even her “properly British” bent as signs of weakness. Tease her with the promise of a juicy part and she’ll fight for it with tigerlike ferocity, which might explain why the 22-year-old is tearing through the most prolific year of her young career, highlighted by a star-making turn in Abe Sylvia’s coming-of-age comedy Dirty Girl.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The Mill Valley Film Festival is in full swing, Napa Valley's first is just around the corner, and with the arrival of Take Shelter and George Clooney's Ides of March, the season of Oscar has begun in earnest. Here's a look at what's playing this week at an indie theater near you.

1
. Take Shelter

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