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Mostly British Gets It All Right

Mostly British Gets It All Right

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 14, 2018

Since its inception a decade ago, the Mostly British Film Festival has carved out an unusual niche, distinguishing itself among a crowded field of local festivals as a reliable source for classic and first-run English-language movies from abroad.

Party of three

Party of three

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 14, 2018

"In Between" opens with a comic prologue. A young woman is having her legs waxed by a grandmotherly type.

Castro Theatre's Oscar Bait

Castro Theatre's Oscar Bait

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 14, 2018

In the second half of February, the Castro Theatre's countdown to Oscar rolls out a handful of Best Picture contenders the way they should be seen.

Transgender Heroism

Transgender Heroism

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 7, 2018

"A Fantastic Woman," the 2018 Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee from Chile, opens in the shadows, within a poorly lit Santiago nightclub.

More independence

More independence

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 7, 2018

The 20th San Francisco Independent Film Festival continues through Feb. 15 at the Roxie (3117 16th St.), Victoria (2961 16th St.) and 518 Val Pop-Up (518 Valencia).

Back for more Berlin & Beyond

Back for more Berlin & Beyond

  • by David Lamble
  • Feb 7, 2018

The 22nd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival unspools Feb. 9-11 at the Castro Theatre, Feb. 12 at Berkeley's Shattuck Cinemas, and Feb. 13-15 at the Goethe-Institut (530 Bush St., SF).

Watch Your Back! 'Noir City' Fest Wraps

Watch Your Back! 'Noir City' Fest Wraps

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 3, 2018

This year's Noir City film festival at the Castro Theatre finishes with some rarely seen examples of the genre.

Watch your back! 'Noir City' fest wraps

Watch your back! 'Noir City' fest wraps

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jan 31, 2018

This year's Noir City film festival at the Castro Theatre finishes with some rarely seen examples of the genre.

Claire Denis, stranger in a strange land

Claire Denis, stranger in a strange land

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 31, 2018

The patron saint of outsiders, French director Claire Denis, doesn't fear to tread on the dark side.

Independent-minded cinema

Independent-minded cinema

  • by David Lamble
  • Jan 31, 2018

The 20th San Francisco Independent Film Festival returns at precisely the moment when you're feeling a little exhausted from pre-Oscar buzz.

Brazilian brutality

Brazilian brutality

  • by David Lamble
  • Jan 24, 2018

"Vazante" is an engrossing film from veteran director Daniela Thomas.

Bad blood

Bad blood

  • by David Lamble
  • Jan 24, 2018

The 2018 Oscar candidate from Lebanon "The Insult" begins with deceptive simplicity.

Fearful times: Noir plays the Castro

Fearful times: Noir plays the Castro

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Jan 24, 2018

Eddie Muller's 16th Noir City Film Festival, running Jan. 26-Feb. 4 at the Castro Theatre, features many frightening, rarely seen films. Audiences will leave chilled and edgy.

Hump Days

Hump Days

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jan 17, 2018

The Hump! Film Festival, the 13th annual event, is coming to San Francisco's Victoria Theater, Jan. 17-27.