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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.

Forced to Live in Darkness

Forced to Live in Darkness

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 21, 2018

In 2007 John Kapellas, a gay man who lives in the Mission, was forced to permanently retreat to his apartment after his body began to develop painful rashes whenever he was exposed to natural or artificial light.

Along the spectrum

Along the spectrum

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 21, 2018

In "Keep the Change," New York City-based writer-director Rachel Israel expands an earlier short film, a sensitive but realistic portrait of a man and a woman dating along the autism spectrum.

Vineyard roots

Vineyard roots

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 21, 2018

The new film "Back to Burgundy" will best be appreciated by true wine-lovers, but even if you are, like me, a dedicated Diet Coke-head, there's a lot to savor in this melancholy comedy-drama from veteran French director Cedric Klapisch.

Culture shock

Culture shock

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 14, 2018

"Oh Lucy!" is that rare foreign-language social comedy that one should not arrive late for.

Coming out in love

Coming out in love

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 14, 2018

A best-selling teen novel has become this spring's most charming gay film.

Dance of defense

Dance of defense

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 14, 2018

Israeli writer-director Samuel Maoz is diabolically clever in using the metaphor of an old-fashioned dance - the kind they used to teach in school before rock-n-roll - in his latest fiction feature "Foxtrot."

End of the road

End of the road

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 7, 2018

A couple married 48 years, skillfully brought to life by film veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, are the best reason to catch Italian director Paolo Virzi's American film debut "The Leisure Seeker."

Hedy Brew

Hedy Brew

  • by David Lamble
  • Mar 7, 2018

Even before she left her Nazi-threatened Austrian childhood home, it was clear that Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was not just another pretty face.

Stage & page to screen & Oscars

Stage & page to screen & Oscars

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 28, 2018

Although film is considered a director's medium, it's equally dependent on writers. Thus, from their inception, the Academy Awards honored screenplays.

Tehran confidential

Tehran confidential

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 28, 2018

In "Tehran Taboo," opening Friday at the Roxie, a collection of cartoon adults and kids take us on a perilous excursion through a country our president has consigned to limbo.

The Castro Theatre does March

The Castro Theatre does March

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 28, 2018

Oscar winners and runners-up feature heavily in the Castro Theatre's March schedule. A dash of classic French cinema adds spice to this cold and unpredictable month.