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By Jason Victor Serinus

Tom Volf's new documentary "Maria by Callas" is essential viewing for anyone who cares about classical music, opera, the human psyche, or the biases of American media.

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By Brian Bromberger | November 13, 2018

When they turn 80, most people would probably love to look like Jane Fonda, who appears more like 50.

By Sura Wood | November 13, 2018

It would seem to defy the laws of probability that there could still be undiscovered gems in the vaults of Film Noir.


By David Lamble | November 13, 2018

With "Widows," Afro-British director Steve McQueen completes the fourth in his quartet of films on topics that have shaped our modern world.

By David Lamble | November 13, 2018

This time of year is rich with wannabe Golden Globe and Oscar contenders, films that are looking for some box-office love and awards-season hardware.


By Sari Staver | November 6, 2018

The opening-night feature of the SF Transgender Fim Fest is about performer Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson's role.

By David Lamble | November 6, 2018

Presenting the 2nd Cinematografo International Film Festival. This Asian American-themed event presents an array of films and videos, many with LGBTQ content.


By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 30, 2018

Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, "Boy Erased" is an emotionally riveting new film about a young man in Arkansas, a pastor's son, who goes to a conversion therapy camp.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 30, 2018

Rami Malek beautifully channels the late rock star Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," the new biopic of Queen, the band Mercury (1946-91) fronted.


By David Lamble | October 30, 2018

The Castro Theatre waits until Turkey Month to get back to its best rep programing.

By David Lamble | October 23, 2018

The subject of the new drama "Wildlife" (opening Friday) is achingly familiar to many LGBTQ filmgoers.


By David Lamble | October 23, 2018

Directed by Glenn Silber, "The War at Home" captures how a generation of students at the University of Wisconsin/Madison was radicalized by school authorities complicit in the American war machine.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 23, 2018

Best-known for her appearances in over-the-top comedies such as "Life of the Party," Melissa McCarthy is given a rare opportunity to play a dramatic role in the new film "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"


By David-Elijah Nahmod | October 17, 2018

Director James Whale's "The Old Dark House" (1932) has recently been released on BluRay in a newly restored and remastered print.

By Tavo Amador | October 17, 2018

Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich had a distinctive collaboration. Their six pictures remain visually stunning, erotic, romantic, and atmospheric.


By David Lamble | October 17, 2018

First-time writer-director Ike Barinholtz's just-released film is the hyper-confrontational, extremely dark, Thanksgiving Day-themed comedy "The Oath."

By David Lamble | October 17, 2018

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).


By David Lamble | October 10, 2018

The final weekend of the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival contains an impressive collection of serious Fall 2018 film fare.

By David Lamble | October 10, 2018

The new biopic "The Happy Prince" will spark a variety of emotions among devotees of the Irish-born author and gay icon Oscar Wilde.


By Steven Underhill | October 10, 2018

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.

By David Lamble | October 3, 2018

The 41st edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival is loaded with award-season delights.


By David Lamble | September 26, 2018

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.

By David Lamble | September 26, 2018

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).


By Sari Staver | September 19, 2018

"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.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | September 19, 2018

In "Hot To Trot," filmmaker Gail Freedman takes viewers inside the little-known, fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.


By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

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.

By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

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.


By David Lamble | September 12, 2018

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.

By | September 12, 2018

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.


By Roberto Friedman | September 5, 2018

More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.

By David Lamble | September 5, 2018

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.


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