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Front lines at San Francisco General: '5B'

Front lines at San Francisco General: '5B'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 10, 2020

"5B" is the story of the fabled ward at San Francisco General (now Zuckerberg) Hospital that opened in 1983 to treat patients with AIDS.

Celebrating a marriage equality victory

Celebrating a marriage equality victory

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 25, 2020

The shadow of the Mormon church looms large in "Church & State," a new documentary by Holly Tuckett and Kendall Wilcox.

First they came for 'Mr. Klein'

First they came for 'Mr. Klein'

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 25, 2020

Viewers meet the elegant Robert Klein (Alain Delon), an impeccably attired art-and-antiques dealer living in a beautifully decorated home in a tony area of Paris.

And the winner is...

And the winner is...

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 18, 2020

The 1966 film "The Oscar," released on DVD and BluRay to coincide with the just-passed Oscar season, was panned upon its initial release.

Chinese customs

Chinese customs

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 11, 2020

The Academy made a colossal mistake not nominating "The Farewell," just released on Blu-ray, as one of its Best Picture nominees.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Todd Haynes' artificial paradise

Todd Haynes' artificial paradise

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 28, 2020

When "Far from Heaven" was released in 2002, it became gay director Todd Haynes' biggest success, voted Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle and garnering four Oscar nominations.

Linda Ronstadt, born to sing

Linda Ronstadt, born to sing

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 14, 2020

Directed by gay filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is not a standard bio-pic but more a celebratory portrait of the artist.

Tough neighborhood

Tough neighborhood

  • by David Lamble
  • Jan 7, 2020

Forty-six years before "The Irishman," director Martin Scorsese put himself on the cinematic map with a penetrating docudrama of Lower Manhattan's Little Italy neighborhood.

Hollywood's mordant self-fascination

Hollywood's mordant self-fascination

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jan 7, 2020

Gay director Vincente Minnelli's "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952) has recently been released for home viewing using the new 4K technique.

Merry impeachment!

Merry impeachment!

  • by David Lamble
  • Dec 23, 2019

"All the President's Men" (1976) was the film that paved the way for Robert Redford's role establishing the Sundance Film Festival.

Disjointed look at lesbian mothers

Disjointed look at lesbian mothers

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 23, 2019

Italian filmmaker Karole Di Tommaso offers "Mom + Mom," a comedy-drama based on her own real-life experiences. The film tells the story of Karole (Linda Caridi) and Ali (Maria Roveran), a lesbian couple in Italy who want to start a family.

Viewing classics for the holiday season

Viewing classics for the holiday season

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Nov 26, 2019

Those seeking DVDs as holiday gifts for movie buffs will find a fascinating trove of classics to please even the most demanding fans.

Lauren Bacall, threatened by obsessed fan

Lauren Bacall, threatened by obsessed fan

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 26, 2019

Released in 1981, "The Fan" was a star vehicle for middle-aged superstar Lauren Bacall, who was basically playing herself, a middle-aged superstar.