Cheryl Eddy

Waltz work

Tarantino's muse can't save Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

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A broad abroad

Kristin Newman on her hilarious travel memoir 'What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding'

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Falling apart together

Siblings mend their broken relationship — if not their broken lives — in dramedy 'The Skeleton Twins'

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High fly

A baseball legend comes to life in 'No No: A Dockumentary'

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Hot tickets

FALL ARTS 2014 Film season unspools at a theater (or a park or museum) near you

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS Autumn is primo movie season, not just in awards-hungry Hollywood. Here in the Bay Area we've got unique rep programming and festivals galore to keep our eyeballs fully engaged — and just enough room for some prestige movie-star pictures for dessert.

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Beyond the force

'Alec Guinness at 100' presents epics, capers, and delightful deceptions — but no mind tricks

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM In the 14 years since Sir Alec Guinness' death, his fame has only grown, thanks to the enduring cult of the biggest hit of his long career — a film he famously dubbed "fairy-tale rubbish." Star Wars (1977) made the stage-trained thespian a very rich man. It also meant that he was forever branded as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the minds of every moviegoer born in the post-lightsaber era.Read more »

Rise up singing

'Alive Inside' charts one man's quest to bring music to patients with memory loss

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM A remarkably effective — and remarkably simple — form of music therapy pioneered by New York social worker Dan Cohen finds a strong advocate in filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, whose documentary Alive Inside benefits greatly from its awesomely cinematic results. The doc sprang from a 2011 YouTube video, "Man In Nursing Home Reacts to Hearing Music from His Era," a six-minute clip that went viral after a Reddit post. (It's since garnered nearly 1.5 million views.)Read more »

Shots fired

A PFA series brings World War I films into focus

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM "The First World War holds the distinction of being America's most popular conflict while it lasted, and the most hated as soon as it was over," writes Russell Merritt in the intro to his guest-curated Pacific Film Archive series "Over the Top and Into the Wire: WWI on Film." Though World War I is a much less popular cinematic subject than WWII, or even the Vietnam War, its complexities mean that the films it did inspire continue to fascinate.Read more »

What she sees

Truth, tears, and staple-gun battles: SFJFF's female-centric films

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cheryl@sfbg.com

SFJFF The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens July 24 with The Green Prince, a documentary based on the memoir of Mosab Hassan Yousef. The son of a founding member of Hamas, he worked as an undercover agent for the Israeli secret service for 10 years, sharing a profound trust with his Shin Bet handler. The closing night film is also a documentary about a conflicted childhood that paves the way for tough choices later in life — but if Little White Lie is also a personal story, it's a far less political one.Read more »