Get ready for a raucous evening of booze-fueled shenanigans this Saturday at the Tunnel Top Bar on Bush Street, where the California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters (in partnership with the upcoming Paranormal Activity 3) will begin a four-hour search for evidence of spooky goings-on in and around Union Square. The festivities begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Summer is officially over, but Hollywood is still churning out enough remakes (Footloose, The Thing), tech-savvy adventures (Real Steel) and physics-defying thrillers (In Time) to make the adjustment that much smoother. With the first weekend of October about to begin, let's take a look at what the month has to offer.
Real Steel (Oct. 7)
The fighters: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie
Calling the shots: Shawn Levy
It is a typically frantic morning in New York’s theater district, where this evening John Turturro will pay tribute of sorts to two collaborators past: Woody Allen, for whom he played a writer in Hannah and Her Sisters, and Ethan Coen, who cast the Brooklyn native in movies including Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou. Yet Turturro will never take the stage.
When Jeff Nichols began writing Take Shelter, his prize-winning selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the young, recently married director was enjoying a banner year. It was the summer of 2008, just weeks after his movie debut, Shotgun Stories, opened to wide critical acclaim, and he was content with his career and his family.
But something was amiss. “Anxiety is born out of having something to lose,” he says, reflecting on the uncertainty that permeates Shelter, his searing family drama, opening Friday, about a father tortured by visions of an apocalyptic storm. “I had a nagging feeling that the world was heading for harder times.”
Sure, it's a shamelessly shrewd marketing ploy, the same kind Paramount rolled out so successfully four years ago in support of writer-director Oren Peli's original low-budget shocker about suburbanites terrorized by an invisible demon. But if you want Paranormal Activity 3 to premiere in San Francisco on Oct.
Abe Sylvia's Dirty Girl, starring Juno Temple (Year One) and newcomer Jeremy Dozier as a "married" couple whose rebellious streaks inspire them to flee Norman, Okla., for the presumably greener pastures of Fresno, will be screened as part of a special sneak preview tonight at the AMC Metreon on Mission Street.
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
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: All Week
How impressive is 50/50, a movie that could easily have wallowed in the weepiest clichés and pressed all the tear-jerking buttons, but foregoes them for something subtler and more honestly moving. Here, improbably, we have a comedy about a young man, fit and fastidiously health-conscious, floored by a cancer diagnosis and faced with even odds to survive.
The premise is as thin as the razor first-time feature director Eli Craig uses to draw first blood in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, his grisly comedy of Three’s Company-style misunderstandings. Mistaken for backwoods murder junkies by college kids on a camping trip, good-natured rednecks Tucker (Serenity’s Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) set out to kill the newcomers with kindness.
The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival opens Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. A must for cinephiles, foodies and wine lovers alike, the five-day "extended weekend" features a premier selection of independent films and hotly anticipated Oscar contenders, as well as conversations with some of the most exciting actors, directors, producers and writers working in movies today.
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