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Under the Skin + 5 More Films to Watch this Week

Scarlett Johansson is an alien – it would conveniently explain her unwavering allegiance to SodaStream. In the new film from Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), Under the Skin, however, this revelation provides no explanation or comfort at all. 

Goodbye World + 6 More Films to Watch

For a generation seemingly addicted to discord and isolation, the impending end of the world has become something we can all get together on, though we don’t know how it will come — solar flares, earthquakes, global warming, and even the mere existence of the year 2012 have all been put to film. In Denis Hennelly’s new movie, the EOTW boldly enters the information age, and it begins with a simple text message: “Goodbye World.”

The Cheap and The Dead: 7 Films to Watch This Week

Alejandro Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune" –  a book which the cult director still to this day has not read – might have been the pinnacle of his career, had it ever been made. Instead, what we get is Frank Pavich's doc Jodorowsky's Dune, a loving exploration of the director's lapsed dream grounded by the man himself, part prophet, part trickster and always first in line to stoke his own legend.

Giving It Up for Von Trier's Nyphomaniac: 7 Films to Watch this Week

The notion that Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume I is only half of a movie doesn’t sit well: nothing about the two-hour sex opus feels incomplete –it feels delightfully restrained considering the subject matter and the director’s notorious history. Considering said history, it also feels like the edge of a precipice.

7 Films to Watch this Week: Wes Anderson's Best Story Yet and More

Though I enjoyed Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, Wes Anderson's big-budget spectacles have never had much draw for me. Like a beautiful soufflé that somehow fails to rise, they've always been missing something. If The Grand Budapest Hotel is any indication, Ralph Fiennes may have been that missing ingredient.

CAAMFest 2014 Serves Up New Films and New Food

There’s always been a rich tradition of feasting in Asian cultures, so it’s no surprise that when the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival changed its name to CAAMFest two years ago, it was doing so, in part, to make more room for food.

7 Films to Watch This Week: Rocket to Redemption

Australia's entry to the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards, The Rocketdidn't win the category. The Laos-set film, which captured accolades all over its home country and nearly swept Tribeca, wasn't even nominated, passed over for six selections all notable for their decidedly "adult" subject material, which is too bad, because it's a damn good film.

Hidden in Plain Sight: 7 Films to Watch this Week

What do the World Trade Center site, the American Airlines logo, bespoke fishing lures and the sweeping La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona have in common? Outside of their heritage as the labor of talented designers – sometimes to the point of tears – they're all willing subjects in YBCA's tightly focused upcoming showcase, the modestly titled Design & Architecture Film Series.

The Guilty Party: 7 Films to Watch this Week San Francisco

Riding high on "House of Cards" intrigue, Netflix has quickly become a prime source for political docs. Recently, its documentary Mitt was praised for its humanizing portrait of the candidate, but before that, Netflix had exclusive lease of HANK: 5 Years from the Brink, an eye-opening doc that makes its way out of the browser and onto Bay Area screens this weekend.

True Romance: 7 Films to Watch this Week

Hidden among February 14th’s ubiquitous chocolates, candy hearts, and hastily signed cards is a specter of true love: what could be more frightening? Veering from last year's twee-tastic slate filled with hot American indie name filmmakers like Joel Swanberg and Amy Seimetz, this year’s SF Indiefest takes on a subtler shade, perhaps unwittingly playing up its Valentine’s Day slot with a series of flicks about how goddamn hard love can be. 

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