Arts & Culture :: Movies

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.

Gotta dance!

Gotta dance!

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 19, 2018

In "Hot To Trot," filmmaker Gail Freedman takes viewers inside the little-known, fascinating world of same-sex competitive ballroom dance.

Lily Tomlin returns

Lily Tomlin returns

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 12, 2018

The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to the Bay Area stage for a benefit performance of her one-woman show "An Evening of the Classic Lily Tomlin." The award-winning actress will perform a two-hour show on Thurs., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall.

Revisiting the Rose

Revisiting the Rose

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 12, 2018

David Pavlovsky's new 30-minute documentary, "Stand Up, Stand Out," tells the story of three gay teachers' fight for equal rights during the 1970s gay liberation movement, which led to the founding of the Valencia Rose Cabaret.