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‘Golden State Killer’ arrest brings new attention to late author’s book

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:17:05 UT

The arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer has drawn tremendous renewed attention to a book by Michelle McNamara, who investigated the case for years and died before the book was published. The comedian Patton Oswalt, who was married to McNamara, said it was “great news” that police arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspect in murders and rapes that the journalist wrote about in her true crime book, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.” DeAngelo, 72, was to make a court appearance April 27 in Sacramento on charges related to at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes from 1976 to 1986.

Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is too long and crowded

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:37:12 UT

Over the past few years, the Avengers, together and separately, have spawned a number of good, very good or reasonably entertaining movies. But with “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Comics franchise arrives at the stage of decadence. There’s just too much of it. A victim of its own success, the movie has just too many appealing characters to stuff into one story. It’s no longer one team of superheroes fighting a single villain, but several teams fighting the same villain throughout the known universe, over the course of 150 minutes of screen time.

Comedians Bill Burr, Jeff Ross to headline Stand Up for Heroes benefit

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:11:12 UT

Comedians Bill Burr and Jeff Ross are scheduled to headline a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Stand Up for Heroes on May 17. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show at the Masonic in San Francisco go on sale at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Burr and Ross will perform during an evening of comedy and music, along with inspirational stories from war veterans in attendance, according to organizers. This is the first Stand Up for Heroes benefit on the West Coast; previous events have been hosted in New York. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff was injured by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq for ABC News. He started the foundation in 2006 to help veterans.

‘The Judge’ follows trailblazing Palestinian female Shariah court jurist

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:53:55 UT

In 2009, Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first female judge in the Palestinian Shariah (or religious) court system. As Erika Cohn’s fascinating documentary “The Judge” shows, al-Faqih has fought for justice for Palestinian women ever since. Or men, if it happens to be the case, al-Faqih points out in the documentary, since she is there to uphold the law, not pursue an agenda. But men usually have an advantage and women a disadvantage in Shariah courts handling domestic issues such as divorce and spousal support. The film shows the self-possessed al-Faqih brooking no nonsense during court proceedings, in which most participants are men.

Worth Seeing: Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ looking mighty nice

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:52:45 UT

Blockers: Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz play parents who find out that their daughters have a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, and so they go out and try to block the sex from happening. There’s lots of crude humor, and not all the jokes land, but the movie has many hilarious moments. Rated R. 102 minutes. — Mick LaSalle I Feel Pretty: An insecure woman becomes suddenly convinced that she is beautiful and irresistible and this change in attitude transforms her life. It’s an ideal vehicle for Amy Schumer, a comedy that’s broadly funny, but also endearing and humane. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes.

A sunny look at a community of people with disabilities in ‘Summer in the Forest’

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:52:02 UT

Offering a hopeful vision of a world where everyone belongs, “Summer in the Forest” is an agreeable documentary about a French communal facility that houses residents with developmental disabilities. The star of the show — and its moral voice — comes in the admirable form of progressive octogenarian Jean Vanier, who set up the L’Arche facility during the 1960s as an alternative to the draconian institutions that kept people with mental and physical disabilities under lock and key. Since then, L’Arche’s humane treatment — in which self-determination is emphasized — has been emulated in 35 countries.

‘Godard, Mon Amour’ is the great Godard movie Godard could never make

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:50:31 UT

In “Godard Mon Amour,” writer-director Michel Hazanavicius takes everything great about the French director Jean-Luc Godard and uses it to explain everything that’s wrong with him. Like the best of Godard’s own work, this new movie has the humor and briskness of a comedy, while telling a serious story of an artist’s self-delusion and decline. Hazanavicius is not a household name in the United States, but his silent movie, “The Artist,” won the best picture Oscar for 2011. Done in the style of the 1920s, “The Artist” was so specific in its details that it didn’t look like some generic silent film, but like something Paramount might have made circa 1927.

Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’ portrays a victim of colonialism — the colonist

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:25:49 UT

“Zama,” from Argentine director Lucrecia Martel, tells a story of how colonialism victimizes people, but from an unusual angle. It’s the story of a 17th century colonial magistrate, stuck in some awful South American outpost, with only one dream — to get reassigned, so he can return to his wife and newborn child. We find Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho) at the start of the movie standing near the edge of the shore, wearing his uniform, and his hat, and his sword, looking as out of place in that setting as he might look walking down Market Street in the same outfit. He just doesn’t belong there, and yet he’s there all the same, part of the functionary class, a bureaucrat who applied for the wrong job.

Cinema-verite direction gets in the way of showing the true Grace Jones

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:12:49 UT

Sometimes you just wish filmmakers would get out of their own way. Grace Jones is a fascinating figure, a Jamaican-born reggae/funk/pop singer-songwriter who was equally at home in the Studio 54 scene and Andy Warhol’s Factory and who parlayed her androgynous, exotic looks into an international modeling and acting career. I first saw her as a fierce warrior alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wilt Chamberlain in “Conan the Destroyer” and a Bond girl/villain who manhandled Roger Moore in a sex scene in “A View to a Kill,” and I was curious enough to find out more about her. But you won’t see any of that in Sophie Fiennes’ cinema-verite portrait “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Complex ‘Ghost Stories’ balances horror, intrigue and humor

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:22:58 UT

“Why is it always the last key that unlocks everything?” Martin Freeman says the words, with a mysterious arrogance, in the second half of “Ghost Stories” — a thoughtful and rewarding horror film by writer-director Andy Nyman and co-director Jeremy Dyson. Patience is necessary to enjoy the paranormal mystery, which tells three eerie tales (four including the framing story), each with a slow build. The scares are sporadic, but the payoff is worth it, with a vibe that feels more like great television than mainstream horror. (That’s a compliment.) Nyman and Dyson ably balance tension, terror and even a little humor.

Iceland music festival offering 'world's most expensive festival ticket' for $1 million USD

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:36:08 UT

Secret Solstice, an Icelandic 4-day music festival taking place in Reykjavik this June, is seeking a wealthy buyer for one very special, very expensive ticket.

The ticket, being sold to just one person for $1 million USD, obviously includes entry to four days of music featuring international musicians like Gucci Mane, Steve Aoki, Slayer, Stormzy, Clean Bandit, Goldlink and more, but that's just the beginning.

Recommended reading, April 29

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:29:06 UT

We recommend these recently reviewed titles: The Female Persuasion By Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead; 456 pages; $28) Like all of Wolitzer’s novels, “The Female Persuasion” is timely, but also timeless, accomplishing its feminist mission with an almost breezy lightness that belies its social weight.

Literary guide

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:28:56 UT

Sunday Sasha Abramsky “Jumping at Shadows.” 9:30 a.m. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. Bay Area Book Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15. Downtown Berkeley. Anne Jacobus “Surprise Me! How the Unexpected Powers Your Writing.” 6:30 p.m. $10-$25. Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. Nikki McClure “The Great Chicken Escape.” 2 p.m. Diesel, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. www.dieselbookstore.

Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of April 29

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:04:49 UT

Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver’s effervescent revue of send-ups and showstoppers in which Snow White looks for love in an onslaught of pop-culture lampoons and fantastic hats. Ongoing. $25-$130. Club Fugazi, 678 Green St., S.F. (415) 421-4222. —R. Hurwitt The Bridges of Madison County Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown’s musical adaptation of Robert James Waller’s novel, now in a TheatreWorks production, gives depth and contour to the brief liaison between Iowan housewife Francesca (Joan Hess) and roving National Geographic photographer Robert (Rob Richardson).

Art listings

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:57:51 UT

San Francisco Asian Art Museum “Thursday Nights: The Buddha’s Diet.” Author Dan Zigmond discusses “Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind.” Sample a bite of suggested dishes while you listen. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 3. Museum admission plus $5. “Pop-Up Meditation: Body Awareness.” 11 a.m. Sat., May 5. Admission plus $5. “Traces of the Past and Future: Fu Shen’s Paintings And Calligraphy.” Through Sept. 4. “Testimony.” Through June 10. “Divine Bodies.” Videos and photographic works by contemporary artists along with traditional devotional art. Through July 29. “A Guided Tour of Hell.” Pema Namdol Thaye, paintings. Through Sept. 16. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. 200 Larkin St.