Fiancee’s daughters wrongly blame me for divorce While it may not be necessary for her to tell her adult daughters that their father was a cheater, and that’s the reason she left him, she should definitely call a family meeting and clear the air by telling them that you were not the reason the marriage ended.
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A Mexican soap-opera actor and philanderer gets his comeuppance in “You’re Killing Me Susana,” a romantic comedy that feels at times like a by-the-numbers exercise, but is partly redeemed by some decent jokes and an appealing performance by Gael García Bernal.
The Oscar’s 9 best picture nominees
Prep for your Oscars party this weekend with a recap of this year’s nine best picture nominees, each film reviewed by The Chronicle’s Datebook team.
“I used to have a very boring day job,” she said by phone, and then my life was made more exciting by the fact that I fell down the rabbit hole and discovered sex parties.
ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You may not see yourself as a role model, but you are. Your unique blend of straight shooter, coach, and willingness to race to a loved one's rescue makes you someone that people want to emulate.
Oscar-nominated short films screen at 7 Bay Area theaters
There are four days left until the Oscars, and for completists, there are several Bay Area theaters showing complete short-film programs in the categories of live action, animated and documentary.
Bitter Harvest: A romantic drama, this movie takes place in the Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s, when the nation was undergoing a famine and Stalin was solidifying his power.
Nicholas Hoult plays a man who gets involved in a drug heist with an eccentric (Anthony Hopkins) who is in charge of the scheme.
Otis Taylor is an unconventional blues man, working the twang of a banjo into his tunes, taking on social causes in his music, and performing on his own schedule.
Taylor once stopped touring for nearly two decades, and worked as an antiques dealer.
Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick revealed in an essay in Forbes that the money she received from Chick-fil-A’s use of Starship’s 1987 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in a Grammy night commercial will go to an LGBQT rights organization — in protest of the fast food chain’s stance on same-sex marriages.
ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You're tempted to sidestep a confrontation, but don't. You need to protect your interests before things get worse.
“Logan” takes its indestructible metal claws to comic book movie norms and destroys them, and it’s a wonderful thing.
The new Wolverine film exists in an established universe, but it takes a massive tone shift from the relatively bloodless earlier X-Men films, going berserk in its own moody and ultra-violent direction.
Huichica West, a folk-centered music festival taking place at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma, California, has announced its lineup for the two-day festival.
He’s thinking that the moon is the most beautiful he has ever seen when he hits the man.
“Waking Lions,” a novel by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
You were twenty-three years old, and it was there, on that desolate island where no flower grows, that you were first granted the opportunity to look over God’s shoulder.
Too lackluster to be praised highly, yet too benign to be excoriated, “Rock Dog” is the perfect family film for a rainy day with no other options.
If all of the above sounds like faint praise, then I have succeeded in my goal.
‘Get Out’ reveals a comic nightmare vision of modern-day race relations
“Get Out” is a comic horror film about all the things that happen when a black man goes to his white girlfriend’s house for a weekend visit.
Most touring rock acts only wish they could pack arenas like the performers in “Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment.”
The show, which runs through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose (it moves on to Oakland’s Oracle Arena in March), features more than 60 international skaters dressed as Disney characters leaping, twirling and doing death spirals.
Jenny McAllister’s 13th Floor and Colin Epstein’s Twisted Oak get physical when the two dance companies each perform a 40-minute work at ODC Theater this weekend.
The entry for 13th Floor is “Lightning Strikes Anonymous,” which is about people obsessed with electricity.
Celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night with The San Francisco Chronicle as Datebook and Style writers cover the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the night is sure to pack a political punch and bring out the laughs, fashion faux pas and more.
You might have caught Henry Phillips’ performing his quirky comic songs on Comedy Central or Jimmy Kimmel — or in various YouTube clips.
Or you might have seen “Punching the Clown,” his 2009 movie in which he plays himself — that won the Audience Award at Slamdance.
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The starvation of the Ukrainian people by Stalin’s Soviet government in the 1930s resulted in the deaths of between 7 million and 10 million people.
The insistent, sentimental soundtrack is something out of a TV movie from 30 years ago.
Oscar nominees still in the theaters
The latest from Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”), which is also France’s foreign film entry in the Oscar sweepstakes, provides a signature role for Isabelle Huppert as a woman who is brutally raped in the movie’s opening sequence and seems bizarrely unaffected.
John Brooks “The Girl Behind the Door.”
1 p.m. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.
Alex George “Setting Free the Kites.”
5 p.m. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland.
Nephew acts as if he lives here [...] his mom committed suicide. Two years later his dad died in his sleep. How can I get through to this kid without hurting him?
A combination of sculpture and framed installations, on view at the gallery through March 5, Tara Donovan — both the artist and the exhibition — invites the viewers to make the art their own without too much outside interference.
Playland-at-the-Beach closed in 1972, and nearly half a century later, it’s difficult to even imagine a huge amusement park along Ocean Beach on the west end of San Francisco.
The 9,000-square-foot building is part museum, part indoor carnival, with antique games, pinball machines set on free play and other curiosities.
Among the artistic innovations that Michael Morgan has created during his years as music director of the Oakland Symphony, one of the most reliably inventive is the “Notes From ...” series.
Throughout a long career, Pinchas Zukerman has been acclaimed not only for the ease and technical prowess of his playing but for his versatility as well.
[...] he appears Friday, Feb.
Japanese internment panel discussion, film at Asian Art Museum
Bay Area filmmaker Emiko Omori is front and center of much of the Bay Area observance of the 75th anniversary of the executive order to send Japanese American citizens to internment camps during World War II.