Arts & Culture :: Movies

Divine master John Waters

Divine master John Waters

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Aug 13, 2019

In his new memoir "Mr. Know-It-All," outspoken self-proclaimed "filth elder" John Waters opens a Pandora's Box of opinions, secrets, and stories.

Fall Arts Preview editions publishing August 29 and September 6

Fall Arts Preview editions publishing August 29 and September 6

  • by Advertising Department
  • Aug 7, 2019

On August 29 and September 5, we'll present our annual two-part Fall Arts Preview issues. From the museums and galleries, to local theatre, -- our fall arts preview editions will cover it all.

Gay comedian H. Alan Scott crosses boundaries

Gay comedian H. Alan Scott crosses boundaries

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 6, 2019

It wouldn't seem like a promising premise for a film: a gay man from a poor Midwestern Mormon family, who is an LA cancer survivor, writer and comedian, converts to Judaism at age 31.

Mideast soap opera 'Tel Aviv on Fire'

Mideast soap opera 'Tel Aviv on Fire'

  • by David Lamble
  • Aug 6, 2019

Israeli filmmaker Sameh Zoabi's screwball-style romantic comedy "Tel Aviv on Fire" opens Friday.

Aggressive reporting

Aggressive reporting

  • by David Lamble
  • Jul 30, 2019

The provocative new bio-doc "Mike Wallace is Here" (opening Friday) is an instructive guide to a chaotic universe.

Before 'Drag Race,' there was 'The Queen'

Before 'Drag Race,' there was 'The Queen'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 30, 2019

First released in 1968, Frank Simon's "The Queen" is an historic documentary about a drag pageant/beauty contest that took place in New York City in 1967. The film has rarely been screened since, but has now been fully restored by Kino Lorber.

A very Castro Theatre August

A very Castro Theatre August

  • by David Lamble
  • Jul 30, 2019

The Castro Theatre seeks to provide cinematic relief for the deep-summer dog days with an August schedule that combines the newest fare ("The Last Black Man in San Francisco") with the old reliable widescreen treats ("Lawrence of Arabia").

SF Jewish Film Festival Opening Party @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

SF Jewish Film Festival Opening Party @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Jul 24, 2019

After the opening night screening of 'Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles' at the Castro Theatre, filmmakers, producers, actors and patrons enjoyed the Opening Night party at The Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Swinging into summer

Swinging into summer

  • by David Lamble
  • Jul 23, 2019

Our 10 summer films to catch at a Bay Area theater are full of proven talent.

Fiddling through a difficult history

Fiddling through a difficult history

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 23, 2019

The opening-night film for the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival lit up the Castro Theatre screen last Thursday night.

Portrait of a tragic movie star's life

Portrait of a tragic movie star's life

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 23, 2019

There are fewer tales in Hollywood lore sadder than that of Barbara Payton (1927-67).

'Before Stonewall' returns

'Before Stonewall' returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 16, 2019

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the riots, "Before Stonewall" has been re-released to theaters. A powerful piece of moviemaking, the film screens at the Roxie Cinema in SF.

Jewish spectacle

Jewish spectacle

  • by David Lamble
  • Jul 16, 2019

The 39th edition of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival includes a documentary on a queer Israeli disco band ("Army of Lovers in the Holy Land") and portraits of "Casablanca" director Michael Curtiz and film critic Pauline Kael.

Haunted by women's words

Haunted by women's words

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 9, 2019

The fairer sex has been concocting Gothic tales of ghosts, monsters, supernatural phenomena and science run amok! Just look at the latest installment of Modern Cinema, "Haunted! Gothic Tales by Women," a series of dark, atmospheric tales penned by women.