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‘Despicable Me 3’: great animation, so-so story

“Despicable Me 3,” the latest installment in the juggernaut series about an ex-villain who now chases super-villains, has a lot going for it: cute characters, some clever set-pieces and of course, dazzling [Read entire story]

A guide to celebrating SF Pride

Resisting regression and celebrating — not necessarily in that order — will be the overarching themes of the 47th annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade, which has become one of the [Read entire story]

Frameline offers bounty of movies during Pride Week

San Francisco’s Pride Week would not be complete without taking in a movie at Frameline, the most renowned LGBTQ film festival in the world. For the entire week, the festival will be playing movies day and night, [Read entire story]

’47 Meters Down’: Waters infested with sharks, tension

After “47 Meters Down” — an often terrifying if somewhat implausible horror-thriller about two sisters trapped in an underwater shark cage — the scuba diving industry may never be the same. Unfortunately, their [Read entire story]

‘The Women’s Balcony’: a charming tale of a synagogue feud

“The Women’s Balcony,” about a rift within an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Jerusalem, is such an agreeable, crowd-pleasing film that its light touch could be mistaken for being lightweight. [...] beneath its [Read entire story]

‘Slack Bay’: The French gone wild

The uneven, misanthropic French comedy “Slack Bay,” one of the weirdest period pieces in quite some time, is an odd combination of “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” Monty Python, and “Laurel and [Read entire story]

‘Obit’: a delightful look at death stories

Obituaries have always been one of the most misunderstood and underrated art forms in the newspaper profession, but the highly enjoyable documentary “Obit” finally gives credit to the storytellers who bring people to [Read entire story]

‘Risk’: A fascinating, fly-on-the-wall look at Julian Assange

“Risk,” a fascinating conundrum of a movie about Julian Assange and his fuzzy free speech movement, may not be remembered as the definitive film about the Wikileaks affairs. [...] its remarkable access to the master [Read entire story]

‘The Dinner’: Too many courses overwhelm an interesting meal

“The Dinner,” a well-acted psychological drama in which four people at a high-end restaurant struggle with family matters, is an interesting meal with too many courses. Director Oren Moverman cannot be faulted for [Read entire story]

‘Unforgettable’: a deliciously awful film for the ages

“Unforgettable,” a purported drama about a scorned woman who tries to destroy her ex-husband’s fiancee, is a perversely entertaining showcase of deliciously awful acting, memorably putrid lines and laugh-out-loud [Read entire story]

‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’: Plenty on the menu

The intriguing, easily digestible documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” has a lot more than food on its plate. “In Search” is also an education about Israel’s surprisingly diverse cultures, and an [Read entire story]

‘Wilson’ has plenty of laughs but doesn’t completely satisfy

Woody Harrelson plays Wilson, an unfiltered loner who invades the personal spaces of others and offers pointed critiques of contemporary society, whether he’s with an unsuspecting dog-walker, a train passenger or even [Read entire story]

‘Contemporary Color’: vivid if distant view of color guards

“Contemporary Color” is a concert documentary that celebrates the gathering of 10 color guards — flag-spinning, rifle-tossing squads that perform impressively choreographed routines to original songs from the likes [Read entire story]

‘Everybody Loves Somebody’: a bilingual delight

Like its bilingual heroine, the multicultural romantic comedy “Everybody Loves Somebody” breezily bounces back and forth from Baja to Los Angeles, and it’s a pleasant diversion, on both sides of the border. In a [Read entire story]

‘Everybody Loves Somebody’: a bilingual delight

Like its bilingual heroine, the multicultural romantic comedy “Everybody Loves Somebody” breezily bounces back and forth from Baja to Los Angeles, and it’s a pleasant diversion, on both sides of the border. In a [Read entire story]

‘Monster Trucks’ has no emotional gear

“Monster Trucks” starts out with a relatively adult, science fiction premise: that our current obsession with fracking could threaten underground, intelligent creatures unknown to us. [...] this is a live action [Read entire story]

‘Seasons’: Beautifully shot but overstuffed nature documentary

[...] this eco-friendly film attempts to be an elegy for the world’s forests since the dawn of humanity, coupled with a steady montage of earthbound creatures doing what they do in nature documentaries. [...] when [Read entire story]

‘The Take’: a popcorn movie about a pickpocket, CIA agent

“The Take,” a steady if unspectacular action thriller, pairs an American pickpocket with a lone-wolf CIA agent, unlikely allies in the pursuit of a gang behind a deadly bombing in Paris. [...] to its credit, “The [Read entire story]

‘Almost Christmas’ is serviceable, but not inspired

Dysfunctional-family holiday movies have become commonplace at the theaters in the days before Thanksgiving, so even before the first potato pie comes out of the oven, “Almost Christmas” already faces the challenge [Read entire story]

‘Aquarius’: Sonia Braga electric as woman on verge of eviction

The plot of “Aquarius” may sound pedestrian — a 65-year-old widow fighting real estate developers to stay in her home — but this Brazilian movie is a fascinating character study and a poetic meditation about how [Read entire story]