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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 25, 2018

Don't be put off by the weird title of the new bio-pic about Jamaican-born singer-performer Grace Jones, "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami."

No masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard

No masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 25, 2018

The new docudrama "Godard Mon Amour" (opens Friday) is, like many of the cinema artifacts associated with the now 87-year-old elder statesman of the 1960s French New Wave film school, a political-sexual-philosophical jigsaw puzzle.

The Other Michelangelo: Antonioni

The Other Michelangelo: Antonioni

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • Apr 25, 2018

When I first saw Antonioni films as a young actress, I was spellbound by their beauty, intelligence, rigor, elegance, design, grasp, reach, generosity, compositions, and montage.

The Roxie Theater does April

The Roxie Theater does April

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 18, 2018

The Roxie Theater concludes its April calendar (4/20-30) with a lovely goulash of seldom-seen, minor art-house classics.

After the war was over

After the war was over

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 18, 2018

Ferenc Torok begins "1945," his "High Noon"-style adaptation of Hungarian author Gabor T. Szanto's short story "Homecoming," with the sight of a huge steam locomotive belching its way into the station of a tiny village.

SFFILM wraps

SFFILM wraps

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 11, 2018

The San Francisco International Film Festival, which began modestly with a handful of subtitled art-house films in 1957 when only a few well-educated Americans had even heard of Ingmar Bergman, is now roaring into the final weekend of its 2018 edition.

SFFILM Festival lights up the screen

SFFILM Festival lights up the screen

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 9, 2018

The 61st edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) unspools April 4-17 at a host of venues.

How they program the SFFILM Festival

How they program the SFFILM Festival

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • Apr 4, 2018

Sitting down with Noah Cowan and Rachel Rosen on a wide veranda overlooking the greenery of the Presidio, afforded this outsider insight into the machinations required to craft the sprawling schedule of the San Francisco International Film Festival.

L.A. lesbian noir lite

L.A. lesbian noir lite

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • Apr 4, 2018

A dead body attracts cops and tests loyalties in a moneyed, motorcycled Movieland enclave where three women of various ethnicities have been playing the elusive lesbian triangle.

Charting gay history

Charting gay history

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 3, 2018

In his new and unusual documentary "100 Men," New Zealand filmmaker Paul Oremland, now in his 60s, looks back on 40 years of gay history by interviewing men he's had sex with over the years.

Chinese checkers

Chinese checkers

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 28, 2018

Is there a fitting new genre in which to toss "The China Hustle?"

April approaches at the Castro Theatre

April approaches at the Castro Theatre

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 28, 2018

April finds Castro Theatre programmers at no loss for offbeat and sometimes spine-chilling double bills and career retrospectives.

Old Irish man talks peace

Old Irish man talks peace

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • Mar 28, 2018

Warring factions turn out to be Padraig O'Malley's bread and butter, as you'll see in "Peacemaker," starting Friday at the Roxie.

Vintage workers' woes at the Roxie

Vintage workers' woes at the Roxie

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • Mar 21, 2018

"The Dark Side of the Dream: Subversive Cinema for Subversive Times, 1933-1964" is the provocative title of a mini-fest of old studio potboilers centered on the dangers of being employed.