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Return of the Badfellas (and Ladies): Seven Films to Watch This Week

Usually critics are one film behind. In the case of David O. Russell's American Hustle, it appears they're one film ahead for a change.

Who's Johnny? Tommy Wiseau Speaks on His Cult Classic 'The Room'

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the ultimate last-minute Christmas gift: Tommy Wiseau. I caught up with the enigmatic and often just plain hard-to-understand director of the off-the-wall cult classic The Room, which plays at a midnight screening this Saturday at The Clay,  when he came to San Francisco for the film's 10th Anniversary screenings last month.

Cheap(er) Thrills: Seven Films to Watch This Week

Making movie recommendations can be a dicey proposition. Luckily, picks for flicks to see at Another Hole in the Head, which kicked off on Black Friday and runs almost up until Christmas, hardly need to come with a warning--a certain potential for awful-ness is all part of the fun.

Give Thanks: An Interview with Kathleen Hanna

It pains me to say it, but there isn't much going on in movies over Thanksgiving. Big studios know they have a captive audience, so they dump some of their least interesting flicks over the long holiday. Do yourself a favor (unless you've got kids, then definitely go see Disney's Frozen) and plop down on the couch in front of some Netflix and consider something to be really thankful for: the continuing existence of Kathleen Hanna.

Local Filmmakers Shine in Cinema By The Bay

It's been a banner year for SF-based film productions--even my own usually quiet, Inner Richmond neighborhood has seen multiple crews filming in the past few months. 

Middle-American Gothic: Seven Films to Watch This Week

Despite the ballast of critical chatter pulling in the other direction, Alexander Payne's latest film, Nebraska, undoubtedly lives up to his name. It's brutal.

American Letdown: 7 Films to Watch This Week

Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson's doc American Promise is a story about outsized hopes fostered by the American educational system, and the equally outsized disappointments that await those who dare to believe in their own will to power.

What Are You Working On? With Carlton Evans

7x7 checks in with a member of the local film scene and takes their temperature. This week, we chat with film producer and Disposable Film Fest founder Carlton Evans. 

Rated X: 7 Films to Watch This Week

Originally created by the MPAA in 1968, at the same time as the classifications G, PG and R, the original intention of the X rating was to denote 'adult content.'

Free at Last: 7 Films to Watch This Week

When the lights came up after Steve McQueen's latest film, 12 Years a Slave, I was as anxious as I probably ought to be as a white man watching a film about slavery. Where was the backslapping bonhomie that accompanied Tarantino's runaway hit Django Unchained?

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