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Film festival season is upon us

Film festival season is upon us

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 29, 2019

Springtime is in the air, and for Out There that means big-time film festivals are on the horizon.

Multiple murders in Mumbai

Multiple murders in Mumbai

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 29, 2019

"Hotel Mumbai" is a powerful if awkwardly timed tutorial about just how hard it is to be a courageous global citizen in an era when all decent values appear to have been swept aside.

Hungary heart

Hungary heart

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 26, 2019

Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes, responsible for the harrowing 2015 Holocaust docudrama "Son of Saul," returns with a slowly paced pre-WWI drama commencing at a crucial moment in the history of his country.

Bogey & Baby do BluRay

Bogey & Baby do BluRay

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Mar 19, 2019

The American Film Institute named Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) the #1 male legend of the 20th Century.

Forbidden desires inflamed onscreen

Forbidden desires inflamed onscreen

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 19, 2019

David Thomson, who lives and teaches in San Francisco, has been called the best writer on film in English, having authored almost 30 books on the subject, from biographies to chronicles about Hollywood.

Fleeing Fascism in Europe

Fleeing Fascism in Europe

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 19, 2019

With "Transit," opening Friday, acclaimed German director Christian Petzold completes a trilogy of films that's not for everyone.

Before the flooding

Before the flooding

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 12, 2019

In "Ash is Purest White," his 13th and perhaps most challenging film, Chinese writer-director Jia Zhang-Ke offers a tortured travelogue disguised as a love story.

German Zeitgeist

German Zeitgeist

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 5, 2019

The 23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, unspooling new films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, kicks off at the Castro Theatre, March 8-10.

Mission: Art-Historical Heist

Mission: Art-Historical Heist

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 5, 2019

"I wanted to make something that wouldn't be boring," states Slovenian-born filmmaker Milorad Krstic, and he has succeeded beyond measure in his wildly original debut feature "Ruben Brandt, Collector."

Portrait of the artist as a young man: Robert Mapplethorpe biopic

Portrait of the artist as a young man: Robert Mapplethorpe biopic

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 5, 2019

In the new biopic "Mapplethorpe," we meet a bratty young Robert Mapplethorpe as played by rising UK star Matt Smith.

Teen angst

Teen angst

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 5, 2019

In "Giant Little Ones," high schoolers Franky and Ballas, best friends for life, have an unexpected late-night sexual encounter after a night of raucous partying and heavy drinking.

It has happened here

It has happened here

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 26, 2019

"A Night at the Garden" explores a night in February 1939 when over 20,000 members of the American Nazi Party filled Manhattan's Madison Square Garden.

Cultural connections

Cultural connections

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 19, 2019

Out There goes out & about to arts & cultural events five nights out of seven most weeks. It's a good way to stay involved, be a part of the city, see different neighborhoods and get out of our own personal bubble.

Encores! Best Pictures worth revisiting

Encores! Best Pictures worth revisiting

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 19, 2019

Some Best Picture Oscar winners were instantly inexplicable choices — "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952), "Crash "(2005) — while others are a reflection of their time. Many transcend their eras. Several are worth watching again.