Cheryl Eddy

You better recognize

Under-the-radar artists (and a misunderstood legend) get their due in Mill Valley Film Fest doc

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cheryl@sfbg.com

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL The Mill Valley Film Festival opens with selections by Oscar nominees (Men, Women & Children director Jason Reitman), winners (The Homesman director Tommy Lee Jones), and multiple winners (Hilary Swank stars in The Homesman). But while MVFF prides itself on star power, it's also a champion of unsung artists, exemplified by a quartet of documentaries in this year's lineup. Read more »

Keys of life

Jimi Hendrix and Nick Cave feature in two very different movies

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM The music biopic is a tricky beast. Very few directors are able to compellingly compress true-life tales into films that actually have some interest beyond "Hey, that famous/infamous thing you already knew about happened like this!" — though superior performances (recent Oscar-winning examples: 2004's Ray, 2005's Walk the Line) can help buoy the results. Far rarer are more artistically daring films that unfold more like docu-dramas than glossovers, like Control (2007) and Sid and Nancy (1986).Read more »

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 »