In "And Then We Danced," writer-director Levan Akin has fashioned a powerful, passionate love letter to young men everywhere, but particularly to those trapped in tradition-bound macho cultures.
Nothing beats a post-Oscar hangover quite so well as a late February night at the Castro Theatre, where the programmers have booked a baker's dozen worth of traditional and freshly minted classics.
Bay Area film buffs welcome the Goethe-Institut's 24th annual celebration of contemporary German-language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The Mostly British Film Festival, a relatively new kid on the block, is turning 12. This annual event, dedicated to English-language films made outside the U.S., remains a standout in a local field packed with choices.
Each era has its own definition of great acting, which often puzzles subsequent generations. The following Best Actress Oscar-winning performances are worth a second viewing.
Best picture: Will Win: "1917." Should Win: "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood." Director Quentin Tarantino evokes 1969 Hollywood in so many clever ways, even the Manson Family is upstaged.
"The Assistant," opening Friday at Bay Area theatres, is a monster film where you never quite glimpse the monster. It's inspired by the scandals surrounding disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.
Eddie Muller's 18th Noir City film festival ends at the Castro Theatre on Feb. 2 with many memorable examples of the genre from foreign countries.
Handicapping the 2020 Oscar derby is complicated by the difficulty of trying to read the minds of the Academy's approximately 9,000 members. The following predictions are based on my own top film choices plus the national critics' lists.
The 22nd edition of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) is our local version of that great film launching pad, Sundance.
Eddie Muller's 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival, "Noir City: International II," opens at the Castro Theatre on Jan. 24. The program features rarely seen movies from around the world.