The fall film season has two fresh boys-on-drugs dramas: "Ben is Back" (out in early December) and the subject of this review, "Beautiful Boy" (opens Friday).
Director James Whale's "The Old Dark House" (1932) has recently been released on BluRay in a newly restored and remastered print.
Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich had a distinctive collaboration. Their six pictures remain visually stunning, erotic, romantic, and atmospheric.
First-time writer-director Ike Barinholtz's just-released film is the hyper-confrontational, extremely dark, Thanksgiving Day-themed comedy "The Oath."
The final weekend of the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival contains an impressive collection of serious Fall 2018 film fare.
The new biopic "The Happy Prince" will spark a variety of emotions among devotees of the Irish-born author and gay icon Oscar Wilde.
At an October 5, 2018 advance screening of the new Queen film 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' fans at the Castro Theatre enjoyed the Fox/Regency biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band, and free T-shirts.
The 41st edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival is loaded with award-season delights.
The accent is on horror and scary films at the Castro Theatre in October, with a treasure trove of spectacular films that have outlived their creators' original intentions. A highlight is a multi-film Burt Reynolds tribute.
October at the Roxie carries a heavy dose of films branded with a 1970s-80s sensibility. The theater also features cutting-edge feminist film festival "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" (10/12-13), and films from the 22nd Arab Film Festival (10/13-17).
"Love, Gilda," the new documentary about Gilda Radner that opens Fri., Sept. 21 at Landmark Theatres, is a gold mine of nuggets from the all-too-short life of the great comedian.
In "Hot To Trot," filmmaker Gail Freedman takes viewers inside the little-known, fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.
David Pavlovsky's new 30-minute documentary, "Stand Up, Stand Out," tells the story of three gay teachers' fight for equal rights during the 1970s gay liberation movement, which led to the founding of the Valencia Rose Cabaret.
The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to the Bay Area stage for a benefit performance of her one-woman show "An Evening of the Classic Lily Tomlin." The award-winning actress will perform a two-hour show on Thurs., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall.
With "Kusama-Infinity," director-writer-producer Heather Lenz takes on an impressive challenge: to dramatize the story of a radical individual, the experimental, eccentric mid-century Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Behold the Trump voter. In "American Chaos," a textured documentary from Sony Pictures Classics opening Friday, we discover the many reasons older, mostly white voters give for choosing an older man with baggage over an older women with issues of her own.
More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.
The end of summer gives film-lovers a peek at the serious film fare headed our way. Our picks combine old friends and newcomers ready to rumble. As always, it's fascinating to see how LGBTQ films figure in the ongoing cultural mix.
The Castro Theatre greets the first month of Fall with a juicy collection of classic thematic double bills. Among the highlights is a one-day retrospective of the work of Italian film star Marcello Mastroianni (Sept. 22).
This first part of our fall film preview, covering 20 titles, features an array of fiction and nonfiction features likely to play the Castro, Roxie, Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark Theatres.
I have to hand it to the "Rodents of Unusual Size" directorial trio Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer. They've made a little gem that covers the waterfront on sensitive issues from wetlands erosion to animal rights.
In the new Glenn Close dramedy "The Wife," the year is 1993, and Joan Castleman, an approval-starved, dutiful wife, is riding through the streets of Stockholm with her puffed-up novelist hubby Joe (Jonathan Pryce).
Director Jeremiah Zagar creates a child's vision of a world filled with beauty and sheer terror in "We the Animals."
Another outstanding entry in Logo-TV's final presentation in its three-documentary summer series. "Quiet Heroes," which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, will be shown on August 23, continuing through the rest of the month, streamable on August 24.
A new digitally remastered, sing-along version of the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" will screen at the Castro Theater for five days, beginning on Fri., Aug. 17.
Nonesuch has just released the first recording of "Doctor Atomic," composer John Adams' opera about the Manhattan Project, which had its world premiere from San Francisco Opera in 2005.
The Sundance Award-winning doc "Minding the Gap" arrives Friday at the Roxie Theater.
"Skate Kitchen" is a terrific new girls-can-skate-too New York City drama from San Francisco-born, Tamalpais High School-educated director Crystal Moselle.
In director Matt Tyrnauer's new documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood," author Scotty Bowers attends a book signing for his memoir "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars."
Based on a true story, director Spike Lee's latest, "BlacKkKlansman" is the tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a rookie cop in Colorado Springs during the early 1970s.
"Nico, 1988" is a sad, silly tale about a boho recording star whose heroin-fueled demise was predictable.