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‘Force’ a bold and honest tour of Oakland police drama

“If you do the wrong thing, we are going to look at that critically.” Those words, from then-Oakland police chief Sean Whent to a group of young officers, resound in Peter Nicks’ superb new [Read entire story]

Dolores Huerta film is a revealing, engaging tribute

Dolores Huerta was a fierce fighter for the United Farm Workers, ascending to a civil rights leadership role, then seizing seemingly impossible victories against agriculture industry leaders and their political allies. [Read entire story]

Asomugha powerful in challenging, rewarding ‘Crown Heights’

“Crown Heights” begins with Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” a scene-setting snippet of music to establish Colin Warner as a struggling 18-year-old in the early 1980s. He’s close to the [Read entire story]

Disco star Sylvester honored at Go Bang! party

San Francisco disco legend Sylvester will be celebrated at the annual Go Bang! party, hosted this year at the Stud bar. Sylvester was a singer-songwriter and performer who helped shape the San Francisco [Read entire story]

San Francisco Comic Con brings fun to Moscone Center

The geek credibility for the San Francisco Comic Con is rising, as the convention moves to Moscone Center this year. Celebrity guests include Peter Capaldi (“Dr. Who”), Sean Astin (“Lord of the [Read entire story]

A flying ‘Leap!’ into family film inconsistency

“Leap!” is the kind of movie where if you see someone holding a stack of dishes, they will certainly break in the name of a lazy comedic moment. There seem to be two job classifications among the [Read entire story]

826 Valencia celebrates with 826 Day block party

The 826 Valencia writing and tutoring center celebrates its 15th year with an 826 Day Block Party, a free celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will have a strong 826 Valencia [Read entire story]

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony assemble for UC Theatre show

When N.W.A. legend Eazy-E signed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in 1993, the group blended the street-wise vibe of their patron with a melodic side that allowed the five-member group to develop its own sound. [Read entire story]

Mimi Pond’s graphic novel memoir at home in Oakland

Mimi Pond is an incredible storyteller in any medium, most famously as a TV writer for “The Simpsons” as well as “Designing Women” and “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” [...] the greatest depths of melancholy, [Read entire story]

Kamau Bell recruits actor-activist Danny Glover for KALW show

W. Kamau Bell is a national star now, with a TV show (“United Shades of America” on CNN), popular podcasts and the ability to travel as a stand-up comedian. “Kamau Right Now!,” a debate, discussion and comedy [Read entire story]

Bland ‘Nut Job’ sequel forages for a reason to exist

The jokes about dogs eating their own vomit would have been much harder to watch with state-of-the-art animation. Will Arnett voices Surly, a selfish squirrel who learned nothing from the previous movie, growing fat off [Read entire story]

Pinball machine art and science at Chabot Space Center

The Pacific Pinball Museum of Alameda has brought a traveling show to the Chabot Space & Science Center, which includes lessons about physics, engineering, graphic design — and dozens of playable pinball [Read entire story]

Martin and Short bring variety show to Concord

Martin was introduced in the mid-1970s, and Short’s term from 1984-85 was one of the few seasons Martin didn’t appear as a guest star. Martin and Short’s traveling variety show combines broad gags, impersonations, [Read entire story]

Comic Norm Macdonald at San Jose Improv

Norm Macdonald survived four years on the “Saturday Night Live” anchor desk (plus several appearance as Burt Reynolds on the “SNL” favorite “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch) with his legendary status [Read entire story]

‘SNL’ alum Kevin Nealon returns to Cobb’s in S.F.

Kevin Nealon was one of the more likeable “Saturday Night Live” cast members during his marathon run from 1986 to 1995, even managing to make the corrupt pot-smoking city councilman in “Weeds” seem [Read entire story]

Don’t overthink ‘Wish Upon,’ and you might have fun

For a movie that trawls so deeply into the preposterous, “Wish Upon” is very honest about the moral uncertainty of youth. Who among us, at age 17, wouldn’t have sacrificed a neighbor to a horrifying garbage [Read entire story]

‘Last Dalai Lama’ shows a spiritual leader at peace

[...] even he admits to a temper when it comes to Tibet’s continued frustrations with China, and the possibility that because of politics, he may be the 14th and final Dalai Lama. Mickey Lemle’s “The Last Dalai [Read entire story]

Hughley performs benefit for Pittsburg arts foundation

D.L. Hughley has tried a little bit of everything in the past 25 years, starring in the TV sitcom “The Hughleys,” traveling as one of “The Original Kings of Comedy,” working as a national radio host and [Read entire story]

San Anselmo-raised Arj Barker returns to Cobb’s in SF

San Anselmo-raised comic Arj Barker isn’t afraid to bring lowbrow elements into his comedy. Along with an entertaining “Flight of the Conchords” stint, he once did a flash animation series called “Arj and [Read entire story]

Singer-songwriter Richard Marx arrives at Uptown in Napa

In a four-album period from 1987 to 1994, Marx cranked out radio-ready singles at a breakneck pace, including “Hold on to the Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Satisfied” and “Keep Coming Back.” Since his [Read entire story]