David Thomson, who lives and teaches in San Francisco, has been called the best writer on film in English, having authored almost 30 books on the subject, from biographies to chronicles about Hollywood.
With "Transit," opening Friday, acclaimed German director Christian Petzold completes a trilogy of films that's not for everyone.
In "Ash is Purest White," his 13th and perhaps most challenging film, Chinese writer-director Jia Zhang-Ke offers a tortured travelogue disguised as a love story.
The 23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, unspooling new films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, kicks off at the Castro Theatre, March 8-10.
"I wanted to make something that wouldn't be boring," states Slovenian-born filmmaker Milorad Krstic, and he has succeeded beyond measure in his wildly original debut feature "Ruben Brandt, Collector."
In the new biopic "Mapplethorpe," we meet a bratty young Robert Mapplethorpe as played by rising UK star Matt Smith.
In "Giant Little Ones," high schoolers Franky and Ballas, best friends for life, have an unexpected late-night sexual encounter after a night of raucous partying and heavy drinking.
"A Night at the Garden" explores a night in February 1939 when over 20,000 members of the American Nazi Party filled Manhattan's Madison Square Garden.
Out There goes out & about to arts & cultural events five nights out of seven most weeks. It's a good way to stay involved, be a part of the city, see different neighborhoods and get out of our own personal bubble.
Some Best Picture Oscar winners were instantly inexplicable choices — "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952), "Crash "(2005) — while others are a reflection of their time. Many transcend their eras. Several are worth watching again.
The late Marlon Riggs (1957-94) captured a cultural movement in his 1989 music- and poetry-driven documentary "Tongues Untied: Black Men Loving Black Men."
In filmmaker Richard Yeagley's fly-on-the-wall documentary "The Sunday Sessions" (on DVD from FirstRun Features), behind-the-scenes footage reveals how a manipulative process works.