Arts & Culture :: Movies

Emotional breakdown in Montana

Emotional breakdown in Montana

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 23, 2018

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

Home fires burning

Home fires burning

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 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.

Melissa McCarthy shines in 'Forgive'

Melissa McCarthy shines in 'Forgive'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 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?"

It was a dark and stormy night

It was a dark and stormy night

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 17, 2018

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

Partnership supreme: Dietrich & von Sternberg

Partnership supreme: Dietrich & von Sternberg

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Oct 17, 2018

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

Pledging allegiance

Pledging allegiance

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 17, 2018

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

Father, son & addiction

Father, son & addiction

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 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).

More Mill Valley film action

More Mill Valley film action

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 10, 2018

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

Wilde imaginings

Wilde imaginings

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 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.

Bohemian Rhapsody @ Castro Theatre

Bohemian Rhapsody @ Castro Theatre

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Oct 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.

Cinema Mill Valley

Cinema Mill Valley

  • by David Lamble
  • Oct 3, 2018

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

Roxie's October

Roxie's October

  • by David Lamble
  • Sep 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).

Chills, thrills at the Castro

Chills, thrills at the Castro

  • by David Lamble
  • Sep 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.

Gilda Radner forever!

Gilda Radner forever!

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 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.