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  • Start-Up Soccer: SF City Football Club Aims to Be Your Local Team

    On a windy evening in late April, fewer than a dozen players from the semi-pro San Francisco City Football Club assemble for practice at Franklin Square Park in the Mission. The team's mood parallels the weather — bleak. Four days More >>
  • Sex, Lies, and 8 Minutes: Reality TV Ripoff

    The moral scruples of most reality television shows are dubious, at best. Hidden cameras, unlimited booze, and a house full of 19-year-olds could be the premise for a barely legal basement porn site or a pitch for MTV's latest iteration More >>
  • Holly Herndon Returns to the Avant-Pop Platform

    Holly Herndon makes music that sounds like now. Her songs are a mashup of audio clips from her browser activity, Skype conversations, and recordings of her domestic life that she processes through a laptop while layering, looping, and cutting up More >>
  • One Way to Die in the West

    Scottishly, John Maclean's first feature is a brooder that can't keep from cracking itself up. It follows a wayward teen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) through 1800s Colorado (2000s New Zealand), chasing the girl he likes (Caren Pistorius) and not realizing that his More >>
  • Partners in Life and Work

    Marc Brener's The Rumperbutts is a well-meaning musical-fantasy that never quite comes to life. Bonnie (Kori Gardner) and Jack (Jason Hammel) are a married couple in a Yo La Tengo-esque indie band — or a Mates of State-esque indie band, actually, since More >>
  • Darkness at Toon

    Animation about animals has struggled to be taken seriously for decades (particularly animation intended for young girls), and YBCA's Not Suitable for Children screens three films that frequently take the "talking animals" trope to family-unfriendly places. Martin Rosen's 1982 The Plague More >>
  • Cry for Me, Argentina

    What's it all about, Alonso? Jauja, the stark new film by Lisandro Alonso, ain't tellin'. Or maybe it is, but it's a puzzle that viewers are left to solve by themselves. (This critic believes it's about toxic masculinity and the male More >>
  • The French Missed Connection

    A true crime story of money and power and sex and betrayal and missing persons and the mafia, André Téchiné's French Riviera-set film stars Catherine Deneuve as a casino owner and still somehow manages to be dull. It is to More >>
  • Almost-Golden Girls

    You might go in expecting a heart-on-sleeve handout to middle-class women of retirement age, by whom and for whom movies aren't often enough made. But I'll See You In My Dreams isn't charity, and director Brett Haley, co-writing with Marc Basch, doesn't More >>
  • The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

    Killing is never good — no, not even in whatever hypothetical situation just popped into your head — and Andrew Niccols' Good Kill considers the psychological toll on drone pilots. Tom (Ethan Hawke) is a middle-aged fighter pilot who once flew actual More >>


  • U2 @ SAP Center in San Jose
    Last night U2 performed the first U.S. date of it’s Innocence + Experience tour at SAP Center in San Jose. All four band members were present despite recent injuries sustained by both Bono and Edge. The sold out show took audience members on a walk down memory lane as the band revisited their roots. The innovative stage and lighting used gave the arena show an intimate feel, and engaged audience members in all sections of the venue. Photographs by Sugarwolf.
  • Bay to Breakers 2015 - NSFW
    The 103rd annual Bay to Breakers 12K race was packed on Sunday despite the cold weather. With a starting point a few blocks from The Embarcadero, people dressed as bananas, Elvis and everything in between ran west through the city and finished at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach.

    Photographs by Christopher Victorio.

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