The Displaced Persons camps of post-WW2 Europe tackled with kid gloves in 'Bye Bye Germany;' 'The Judge' is a commendable effort to demystify the Palestinian people and shari’a
'Ghost Stories' is the best (and least gruesome) horror film since 'The Babadook;' while a Grace Jones documentary has flaws, but is a must-see for fans of the great chanteuse.
A lustrous film that's a rejoinder to the ministrations of Hungary’s current anti-Semitic prime minister and an advocacy movie that'll please both left and right. Both recommended.
Diversity is one of the great strengths of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs through April 17, and female filmmakers are well represented.
This festival has been one of the jewels in the crown of the circuit, and it returns to BAMPFA, one of the nation’s premier screening rooms, for its 34th consecutive season.
Three films worth seeing: A new, insightful documentary from the prodigious Alex Gibney; a dive into the punk scene of Lawrence, Kansas; and the charming tale of a big-cat trainer.
The Caribbean 'Play the Devil' is an excellent little film that deserved much wider exposure than the brief run it received on the festival circuit. See it Thursday at BAMPFA.
Two road trip movies are opening in Berkeley on Friday. One is worth your while. The other, less so
'Bed and Sofa' offers proof that the Soviets were capable of blending socialist realism with comedy; in 'Beuys' we meet the fascinating Joseph Beuys.
Andrei Zvyagintsev tells the story of a 12-year old boy who disappears from his broken home in 'Loveless,' while John Kerry gives gut-wrenching testimony in 'Winter Soldier.'
Ensemble acting films often get short shrift, but no-one in 'The Party' hogs the limelight and the star cast works together seamlessly to create an effectively bleak black comedy.
François Ozon's latest is extremely well-made but has as many questionable elements as it does admirable ones; meanwhile catch a film program on cats in SF.
This year’s slate of animated and live action shorts (opening Friday, Feb. 9 at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas) is a varied and (almost) uniformly fine collection.