This week: A documentary about a scurrilous, hugely popular supermarket tabloid; an uneasy absurdist comedy; and 34 minutes of essential viewing for punks young and old.
A family reels after a single mother is detained by ICE in this locally produced gem set in San Francisco.
A British New Wave classic starring Kim Stanley as a psychic at Pacific Film Archive, plus 80s-sitcom-style weirdness.
Mariano Llinás’ film ‘La Flor’ runs well over 14 hours, but this critic can’t wait to see it again; meanwhile one of the nastiest men of the 20th century is the subject of a documentary by director Matt Tyrnauer.
Despite its only partially satisfying conclusion, this horror flick is a must-see for genre fans this Halloween season.
There have been films about the migrant experience, but few if any told from the perspective of the migrant and none with the impact of Midnight Traveler. Also: a late-period silent film from China.
An enigmatic film that won Best First Feature award at this year’s Frameline festival, and a Swedish movie that proves foreign filmmakers make formulaic movies too.
Opening this week: A quiet drama about life in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, one of the greatest British films of the 1960s and a screening with Burning Man co-founder John Law in attendance.
An American indie with underlying honesty, and a documentary, ‘The Life and Times of Molly Ivins’.
This week: a magnificent magical realist fable from the slums of Mexico City; plus, a heartfelt paean to psychedelic sage Ram Dass.
A bad-boy journey back to the music and art scene of the ’80s, Mexico City style; plus an Iranian classic at the Pacific Film Archive
Gangster movie fans will love Giovannesi’s ‘Piranhas;’ Plus: animated Buñuel for adults and precocious youth alike.
Some highlights of the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which kicks off on July 18, with many East Bay screenings.
Three movies to see: a Palestinian drama about a dangerous extra-marital affair; a sharp critique of Catholicism from Jacques Rivette; and a prescient pop culture feature.
In the pantheon of filmmaking greats, Pier Paolo Pasolini stands alone. Now another great director, Abel Ferrara, has made a movie of his life, depicting his final day on earth.
This satirical comedy about one of the world’s best soccer players is odd, yet entertaining.