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‘The Other Side of Hope,’ a tale of an unlikely friendship

The deadpan irony and seemingly dispassionate air of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s movies certainly aren’t for everyone, but they are a taste worth acquiring. His latest, “The Other Side of Hope,” expands [Read entire story]

‘The Room’ star Tommy Wiseau wants to be in the next Star Wars movie

Oh hai, Millennium Falcon. Oh hai, Kylo Ren. Oh hai, stormtroopers. [Read entire story]

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Literary guide, Dec. 10

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A selection of first sentences from new books, Dec. 10

The story seemed so crazy, many didn’t believe it at first, black or white. “Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South,” [Read entire story]

Met opera winner Nadine Sierra is making her mark at a young age

NEW YORK — She made history of sorts at age 20 by becoming the youngest singer ever to win the Metropolitan Opera’s vocal competition. Now, at the age of 29, Nadine Sierra is on the brink of stardom. [Read entire story]

Sacramento irked by Stephen Colbert’s ‘trashing’ of California city at heart of ‘Lady Bird’

Stephen Colbert's interview with "Lady Bird" star Saoirse Ronan Wednesday night didn't make any fans out of Sacramento residents. [Read entire story]

Capsule movie reviews, Dec. 10

A Bad Moms Christmas This rushed sequel to “Bad Moms” (2016) feels more like a financial decision than an artistic mandate. And yet, through all its plot and editing problems, the comedy does deliver a lot of laughs [Read entire story]

Dogs and cats living together! Not quite at joint film fest

NEW YORK — The creator of a film festival celebrating dogs has taken a surprising step: cats. But Tracie Hotchner, a pet wellness advocate via books, podcasts and radio shows, isn’t going full-on [Read entire story]

Get excited for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ with these newly-released photos

"Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi" will debut in theaters next week, but until then, we're stuck trying to discern its plot twists by analyzing the minute details of the trailers, film stills, and anything [Read entire story]

‘Shadowman’ rediscovers the art and strange life of Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton’s death on Oct. 29 caused barely a ripple on the arts scene. Few newspapers and websites — the New York Times was one of the few papers to run an obit — mentioned his passing. And [Read entire story]

Holiday movies sweet or offbeat at Bay Area theaters

Yes, “A Christmas Story” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” are screening in Bay Area theaters this holiday season, but so are “Silent Night, Deadly Night 2” and “Christmas Evil.” And who [Read entire story]

A ‘Watch’ that seems to move very slowly

A brief list of things that talky, period drawing-room dramas can do well: They can make our political and intellectual debates sparkle with life, poetry and urgency. And they can envision complicated minds and hearts, [Read entire story]

Sci-fi theater troupe essays mortality and morality

The word “old,” playwright Bridgette Dutta Portman writes in “Ageless, or The Revolt of the Flesh,” is “like mouthing dollops of oatmeal. ... It’s a word we speak quietly, if we utter it at all, and never in [Read entire story]

‘Wonder Wheel’ is a little like an opera, Woody Allen style

Woody Allen has made so many great and near-great movies that every new release begins with an audience wondering — is this going to be another one? Usually, within about 15 minutes, the answer is apparent, and usually [Read entire story]

Gary Oldman a brilliant portrait of Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour”

Winston Churchill lived a life that was long and “not…entirely uneventful,” as he once put it, and so it’s only fitting that he should be the subject of movies. Hence, across the veil of years, we have seen tall [Read entire story]

Allman Brothers Offspring Gather For Special Tribute At Fillmore

By Dave Pehling SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The children of three members of hugely influential Southern rock pioneers the Allman Brothers will come together at the Fillmore in San Francisco Friday with a host of [Read entire story]

Horoscope for Wednesday, 12/6/17 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): The best part about being in demand is that you don't have to go with the first taker. Circulate word that you're looking and you'll come up with more options. [Read entire story]

New works and keyboard wizardry on tap in Berkeley

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Cooley of Drive-By Truckers performs in Mill Valley

Singer and guitar player Mike Cooley has spent the past decade-plus leading one of the more consistently rowdy and reliable live bands: the Drive-By Truckers. The Athens, Ga., alt-country band has become synonymous with [Read entire story]