Sita’s Side

Nina Paley’s animated film ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ gives a new twist to the Ramayana.

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Dictates of class and wealth undercut the usual procedural morality of a kidnapping tale in ‘Rapt’

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The Yiddish Twain

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The documentary ‘Sholom Alice: Laughing in the Darkness’ is the standout feature at the South Bay wing of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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Hard Times

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Oliver Schmitz’s ‘Life, Above All’ takes a sobering look at a  young African girl’s survival tactics.

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Scandal Sheets

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The new Errol Morris documentary, Tabloid, is salty and strangely lighthearted in its investigation of a famed sex scandal of the 1970s.

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Hogwarts at the Movies

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Like the Bond series, the Potter movies ride a roller-coaster of quality.

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Robots at Bay

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Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' is helped by the use of effective 3-D—but nothing can help the plot.

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Bucking the System

Every really good teacher is, in part, a performer. And Buck Brannaman, horse whisperer, never lets his mask slip in the excellent documentary.

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Kiwi Couples

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New Zealand’s odd ways and beautiful scenery justify an old-fashioned women’s plot in 'Bride Flight'

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To Heck and Back

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A new DVD from Flicker Alley attempts to re-create French director Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished 1964 film 'Inferno.'

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Twee of Life

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Director Mike Mills pushes audience boundaries just a little in 'Beginners,' but the cute terrier signals his real intentions.

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E.T. Film Home

J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' is a decent period-piece sci-fi flick until Steven Spielberg covers it in sentiment and schmaltz.

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Deep Roots

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Terrence Malick’s masterful ‘The Tree of Life,’ starring Brad Pitt, digs into the psychic realms of a lost world: the 1950s.

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Scaling Up

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In 'Empire of Silver,' Palo Alto director Christina Yao has created an epic tale of Chinese history that combines action with intimacy.

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City Sounds

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Fritz Lang’s silent-film classic ‘Metropolis’ comes alive at Montalvo Arts Center on May 20 thanks to Club Foot Orchestra’s innovative live accompaniment.

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13 Assassins

A new samurai film by Takashi Miike provides all the blood and mud of combat in a tale of a suicide squad taking out a despot.

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The Beaver

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster star in a canny but half-finished tale of a man coaxed out of depression with the help of a talking hand puppet.

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Westward Slow

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'Meek's Cutoff,' directed by Kelly Reichardt, looks at a small party of besieged Western pioneers.

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War Detectives

Canadian drama 'Incendies' tries to dissect the horrors of war in Lebanon.

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Aisle Seat

Kristen Wiig turns in a fine comic performance as a disgruntled wedding helper in 'Bridesmaids.'

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