Opening Friday: a documentary about the Satanic Temple, a contemporary ‘church’ founded by a mysterious young man; the 'Boundless: Pema Tseden’s Cinema of Tibet' series kicks off Thursday at BAMPFA.
At the festival: a lovely Estonian film with a charming protagonist; a screen adaptation of Michael Lesy’s book 'Wisconsin Death Trap;' and a review of recent Brazilian politics. Also: Aretha in her full glory.
Highlights screening at BAMPFA from this year's festival, which opens this week and continues through Tuesday, April 23.
Mary Kay Place is brilliant in 'Diane," delivering an Oscar-worthy performance.
'The Invisibles' sheds light on one of the least known stories of WW2: the Jewish occupants of Berlin who managed to evade the camps. Also: A serious analytical review of life and work of one of cinema's great.
Based on Anna Segher’s 1944 book of the same name, 'Transit,' directed by Christian Petzold, has attempted, with mixed results, to transpose the novel’s World War II-specific plot to the 21st century.
This week: Idris Elba directs his first feature film; a 1963 movie that's every bit as good as John Ford’s classic The 'Grapes of Wrath;' and a "can't look away" film by artist Ulrike Ottinger.
If a movie about the damage wrought by western consumer capitalism on Colombia's indigenous Wayuu people sounds dry, dusty and ideological, don’t worry: it’s anything but. Also: BAMPFA screens Karl Schnabel’s only film.
A terrific new documentary opening at the Roxie Theater this weekend tells the story of an extraordinary man who became one of the most visionary graphic artists of the 20th century.
The new film by 'The Lives of Others' director Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, is a fictionalized take on the life of German artist Gerhard Richter.
This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts, both live and animated, screen at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas starting Friday. Who's going to win?
A preview of this year’s festival, which kicks off on Wednesday and continues through Feb. 14, with programming at the Mission District’s Roxie and Victoria Theaters.
This film features numerous elements of the classic prison-break movie, but ultimately strays quite far from the template, instead incorporating a few tried-and-true genre tropes into a satisfying storyline.
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.