Articles by John

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  • Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Transit’

    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.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Never Look Away’

    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.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: SF Indiefest

    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.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Heartlock’

    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.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Stan and Ollie’

    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.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: ‘The Golem’ and ‘Not Wanted’

    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.”

  • Big Screen Berkeley: Favorite films of 2018

    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.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: ‘The Quake’

    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.