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Summer movie preview

Summer’s a season for blockbusters. From sequels to spinoffs to superhero sagas, the next three months are going to be jam-packed with a variety of films for every taste. Below, the Daily previews a few films to look out for this summer. June “Jurassic World” The much-anticipated sequel to Steven Spielberg’s epic, “Jurassic World” has been…

‘Live from New York’ falls short

New York City has a way of filtering out its mediocre acts — there’s ample reason for the city’s reputation for world-class artistic and cultural institutions. Making it big in the Big Apple is an incredible feat. Lasting 40 years, though — that’s something else entirely. But that’s the story of Saturday Night Live!, the…

‘A Separation’ director’s exceptional ‘About Elly’ receives long-awaited U.S. release

Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly” is a masterful study in group dynamics. Farhadi, who hails from Iran, established himself as an up-and-coming auteur with “A Separation” — the 2011 film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. With “About Elly,” made two years prior to “A Separation” though just now receiving a U.S. release, layers…

Capsule reviews: Female directors break the celluloid ceiling at SFFIF

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), which runs from April 23 to May 7, features work from every corner of the world. Whether you’re looking for a definitive documentary feature on Zimbabwean politics (“Democrats”) or a beautiful, subdued art film on California’s famous El Camino Real (“The Royal Road”), SFIFF has a selection…

Ranking film and television streaming services

In a matter of decades, we’ve gone from vast movie palaces, towering screens and drive-in movie theaters to minute electronic displays — those belonging to the cellphones, tablets and laptops, which stream the latest in cinema and television with a few quick keystrokes. And what’s the small screen without a streaming service to match? We selected and evaluated eight online…

‘The Room’ director talks new sitcom project, directorial influences

It’s been called the “Casablanca” of horrible movies. Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” a romantic drama/black comedy, is internationally renowned for its off-kilter dialogue, continuity errors and melodramatic delivery. Since its release in 2003, the film has garnered a cult following, with monthly midnight screenings in San Francisco. Wiseau, the film’s producer, director, writer and star,…