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Mom vs. Mom: 7 Films to Watch This Week

Bay Area-based filmmaker Jeremiah Birnbaum's Torn, which won Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and has been slowly and quietly making its way across the US since, can be a bit of a hard sell, but it's a film that deserves an audience.

13 Horror Flicks to Watch on SF Screens

They say you can't judge a book by its cover. That may be true, but a great horror movie always has to have a great poster. Check out some of these wild posters from our list of 13 horror gems playing around SF this Halloween season:

Lesbian Lust: 7 Films to Watch This Week

Any film or TV show that features a good deal of lesbian sex and courts mainstream appeal begins at a disadvantage. Like the first few seasons of "The L Word" before it, Stacie Passion's Concussion is taxed to walk a fine line: to titillate without pandering, to deliver thrills without looking like exploitation.

Soul Sensations: 7 Films to Watch This Week

Anyone who's ever been out on a Friday night knows that Soul Music is a big deal in San Francisco. Despite the fact (or perhaps because of it) that most of its major canon was recorded over 40 years ago, on any given night in the city you can hear all varieties of soul, from girl groups to boogaloo, from slow jams all the way to jitter-inducing Northern Soul.

Local Flicks Dot Mill Valley Lineup: An Interactive Map

They're everywhere! Despite the fact that it's not quite in San Francisco (most of it takes place at the Smith Rafael Film Center in Marin), the Mill Valley Film Festival does perhaps the best job of any locally based film festival when it comes to showcasing local talent. 

What Are You Working On? With Spencer McCall

7x7 checks in with a member of the local film scene and takes their temperature. This week, we chat with film director (and dog cloning enthusiast) Spencer McCall. 

Seven Films to Watch This Week

Once known for its crass commercialism and ability to turn out hundreds of films a year, Hong Kong cinema has slowed down quite a bit in the years following the handoff of the former British Colony to China. There are still a number of great directors working from the hub though, and Film Society's annual series, Hong Kong Cinema, boasts the latest films by nearly all of its leading lights.

Seven Films to Watch This Week

One review and six previews of this weekend's upcoming flicks.

In the studio-authored blurb for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, which he also wrote and stars in, Don Jon's Addiction, the words "good old fashioned" appear not once, not twice, but three times.

What Are You Working On? Q & A With Michael House

7x7 checks in with a member of the local film scene and takes their temperature. This week, we chat with film director Michael House.

Seven Films to Watch This Week

One review and six previews of this weekend's upcoming flicks.

More than once I've considered re-titling my weekly film list "Let us now praise hi-brow sh*t," because the space here is so often devoted to the more obscure, intelligent, and, in my mind, interesting flicks to come down the pipe--the rationale being that superhero movies get enough press already.

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