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Spoon turn up the heat with ‘Hot Thoughts’

In their review for Spoon’s last outing — 2014’s still-excellent “They Want My Soul” — Rolling Stone wrote that “no failed electronic experiment […] has sullied [Spoon’s] run.” Which is hilarious, because the band’s newest album, “Hot Thoughts,” might be considered an electronic experiment, but certainly not a failed one. “Hot Thoughts” introduces splashes of electronica…

Cat people and leopard men: Val Lewton at the Stanford Theatre

Zombies and ghost ships and cats — oh my. For the month of April, the Stanford Theatre will screen the films of legendary horror producer Val Lewton. All nine of Lewton’s horror films will be screened in gorgeous 35mm film: “Cat People,” “I Walked with a Zombie,” “The Leopard Man,” “The Seventh Victim, “The Ghost Ship,” “The Curse of the…

A perfect movie week? ‘The Red Turtle,’ ‘Personal Shopper,’ ‘I Am Not Your Negro’, ‘Song to Song,’ ‘Frantz’

In recent memory, has there been a more inspiring week for film? Think on it: Malick’s latest joint, Studio Ghibli is back, Kristen Stewart fights texting ghosts (and herself), and James Baldwin goes to the movies. All of these were released in the past week or two—not to mention the still-playing “Get Out,” “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” “The Salesman,” “Hidden…

Perf romance: Ernst Lubitsch’s ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ at the Stanford Theatre

Christmas comes early with the soaring “Shop Around the Corner” (1940), which plays at the Stanford Theatre this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19 at 5:40 and 9:30 p.m. Director Lubitsch is the benevolent Papa Claus, and Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan are his merry head elves, bringing joy, color and humble beauty. A bit of…