Arts & Culture :: Movies

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.

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.

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.

Radical artistic vision

Radical artistic vision

  • by David Lamble
  • Sep 12, 2018

With "Kusama-Infinity," director-writer-producer Heather Lenz takes on an impressive challenge: to dramatize the story of a radical individual, the experimental, eccentric mid-century Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Trump cards

Trump cards

  • Sep 12, 2018

Behold the Trump voter. In "American Chaos," a textured documentary from Sony Pictures Classics opening Friday, we discover the many reasons older, mostly white voters give for choosing an older man with baggage over an older women with issues of her own.

Bring on more fall arts

Bring on more fall arts

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 5, 2018

More arts events are coming to the Bay Area this fall! Let's list some.

Fall Preview: Film

Fall Preview: Film

  • by David Lamble
  • Sep 5, 2018

The end of summer gives film-lovers a peek at the serious film fare headed our way. Our picks combine old friends and newcomers ready to rumble. As always, it's fascinating to see how LGBTQ films figure in the ongoing cultural mix.

Castro Theatre does September

Castro Theatre does September

  • by David Lamble
  • Sep 5, 2018

The Castro Theatre greets the first month of Fall with a juicy collection of classic thematic double bills. Among the highlights is a one-day retrospective of the work of Italian film star Marcello Mastroianni (Sept. 22).

Fall Preview: Film

Fall Preview: Film

  • by David Lamble
  • Aug 29, 2018

This first part of our fall film preview, covering 20 titles, features an array of fiction and nonfiction features likely to play the Castro, Roxie, Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark Theatres.

Swamp rats

Swamp rats

  • by David Lamble
  • Aug 29, 2018

I have to hand it to the "Rodents of Unusual Size" directorial trio Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer. They've made a little gem that covers the waterfront on sensitive issues from wetlands erosion to animal rights.

Woman behind the Nobel Prize-winner

Woman behind the Nobel Prize-winner

  • by David Lamble
  • Aug 22, 2018

In the new Glenn Close dramedy "The Wife," the year is 1993, and Joan Castleman, an approval-starved, dutiful wife, is riding through the streets of Stockholm with her puffed-up novelist hubby Joe (Jonathan Pryce).

Escape into imagination

Escape into imagination

  • by David Lamble
  • Aug 22, 2018

Director Jeremiah Zagar creates a child's vision of a world filled with beauty and sheer terror in "We the Animals."

Lesbian heroines of the AIDS epidemic

Lesbian heroines of the AIDS epidemic

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 22, 2018

Another outstanding entry in Logo-TV's final presentation in its three-documentary summer series. "Quiet Heroes," which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, will be shown on August 23, continuing through the rest of the month, streamable on August 24.

Banish the Meanies!

Banish the Meanies!

  • by Sari Staver
  • Aug 17, 2018

A new digitally remastered, sing-along version of the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" will screen at the Castro Theater for five days, beginning on Fri., Aug. 17.