The film provides neither dramatic fireworks nor a well-footnoted plod through history. No matter: most viewers will be utterly delighted by its gently humorous approach and the letter-perfect performances of its leads.
Head on over to BAMPFA in downtown Berkeley to see one of the gems of Weimar cinema as well as a 1949 film that, according to its prologue, tells a story that is "told one hundred thousand times each year.”
No list and no awards ceremony has a monopoly on good film: cast your net wide enough, and you’ll find something everyone else overlooked. Here are 16 movies that impressed Berkeleyside's film critic this year.
Unless you’re a disaster movie obsessive, you can surely find a better use for your time than watching this generic film with its unimpressive, barely adequate CGI effects.
This documentary from China explores the fascinating — and disturbing — world of "live streaming hosts," who build an audience and make money by singing and dancing online.
Admirers of George Pal’s 'Puppetoons' or the holiday classics of Rankin-Bass will want to check out this Czech animator’s films, screening as a series of five at BAMPFA. Even if you're not, you're in for a treat.
Two films: One about a collective of lost souls and abandoned children living happily but precariously on the outskirts of legality; the other follows two young African-American men in the rural South over several years.
One of the better recent crime films concludes with an army of police closing in on its prey. Our protagonist worries not: he’ll meet it with a song in his heart, a spring in his step and bullets in his gun.
You owe it to yourself to see the immaculate restorations of 'Zéro de conduite' (1933) and 'L’Atalante' (1934), both screening at BAMPFA as part of its 'Jean Vigo Regained’ series.
A film set in Florida in the months before and after the 2016 Presidential election relates the struggles of a working-class family portrayed by an all-amateur cast; plus anti-war protests in 1963
For your viewing pleasure: Inside a Danish emergency call center, a man trying to escape the plague-ridden Paraguayan backwater, and the history of American socialism told by a nonagenarian farmer.
There’s plenty to recommend during week two of the film festival across the bay that continues through Oct. 14.