by Richard von Busack

Superfarmer is back! Joel Salatin, the engaging Virginia agriculturalist seen in Food, Inc and interviewed in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, returns in Ana Sofia Joanes’s documentary Fresh. (It opens Oct 1 at the Oaks in Berkeley, the Smith Rafael in San Rafael, and the Red Vic and the Opera Plaza [...]

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis (Knopf, $26.95, 370 pp.)

By Richard von Busack

Some wiseacre (maybe it was the now-forgotten proto-McSweeneyite Jack Douglas?) once summed up the plot of Of Human Bondage as “a story about a guy with a clubfoot getting kicked around by a girl, when it seems like it would have made more [...]

Step Brothers — Sibling Rivalry

Step Brothers
(R; 98 min.) Crisp, well-written and satisfyingly crude high-concept comedy sort of based on The Parent Trap. It has the usual livery of a Judd Apatow comedy: the ’80s references, the thrift-shop T-shirts, the general air of spoiled male folly. But the film moves faster than usual; maybe the Jon Brion soundtrack seems to [...]