Arts & Culture :: Movies

Photographer captures life, is captured

Photographer captures life, is captured

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 10, 2020

Last week Out There went to see filmmaker Mark Bosek's new documentary "The Times of Bill Cunningham," about the late New York Times street photographer of the same name.

Peaches Christ & Co. stage classic film

Peaches Christ & Co. stage classic film

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 10, 2020

"Drag Becomes Her," a mad satire of the Meryl Streep/Goldie Hawn supernatural comedy "Death Becomes Her," promises to leave audiences in stitches.

Holmes after hours

Holmes after hours

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 10, 2020

In this neglected minor classic, immortal director Billy Wilder asks, "Was Sherlock Holmes gay?"

Sympathy for the art thief

Sympathy for the art thief

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 10, 2020

If fiendishly concocted escapism is what you hanker for right now, consider "The Burnt Orange Heresy," a highly entertaining new Italian melodrama opening Friday.

Vintage Coppola

Vintage Coppola

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 3, 2020

BAMPFA looks back at a studio's legacy with "Francis Ford Coppola and 50 Years of American Zoetrope," a two-part series that assembles films from 1963-2019 directed or supported by Coppola and the company he built.

Capitalist hijinks in 'Greed'

Capitalist hijinks in 'Greed'

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 3, 2020

"Greed" (opening Friday), from British director Michael Winterbottom and comic actor Steve Coogan, has Coogan playing an arrogant, knighted textile importer.

Online Extra: Castro Theatre mixes classic & contemporary

Online Extra: Castro Theatre mixes classic & contemporary

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 3, 2020

After the fireworks of the political season, the Castro Theatre offers a refreshing change of pace: a mix of contemporary and classic cinema, including tributes to Judy Garland and Kirk Douglas, who just left us at the exalted age of 103.

Five-man band in a beautiful tragedy

Five-man band in a beautiful tragedy

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 25, 2020

In the opening frames of the fabulous rock-history memory piece "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band," the one-time pretty boy and still quite handsome bandleader Robbie Robertson ruefully reflects on a human tragedy.

Georgian beauties in the dance

Georgian beauties in the dance

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 18, 2020

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.

February becomes the Castro Theatre

February becomes the Castro Theatre

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 11, 2020

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.

World-class, German-language films

World-class, German-language films

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 4, 2020

Bay Area film buffs welcome the Goethe-Institut's 24th annual celebration of contemporary German-language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Modern English: Mostly British Film Festival

Modern English: Mostly British Film Festival

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 4, 2020

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.

Best Actress encores

Best Actress encores

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 4, 2020

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.

2020 Oscar predictions: winners all!

2020 Oscar predictions: winners all!

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 4, 2020

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.