Salinger (2013)

    After reading David Denby’s “The New Yorker” review of the documentary about J.D. Salinger, which has recently been released for public consumption, I felt somewhat smugly satisfied at my lack of desire to see the movie  ...

My Brother the Devil

Fady Elsayed and James Lloyd play two brothers in Sally El Hosaini's debut feature My Brother The Devil Written and directed by Sally El HosainiStarring: Nasser Memarzia, James Lloyd, Fady Elsayed, Said Taghmaoui, Letitia WrightRun Time: 111 minutesMPAA Rating:  ...

The We and the I

The We and the I Directed by Michel GondryWritten by Keith Bunin and Michel GondryStarring: Michael Brodie, Teresa Rivera, Laidychen Carrasco, Jonathan OrtizRun Time: 103 minutesMPAA Rating: Not Rated As the byline at the bottom of this  ...

The 2012 Arab Film Festival

The Arab Film Festival's opening night film, "The Man Without a Cell Phone" The 2012 Arab Film Festival San Francisco. Berkeley. San Jose. Los Angeles www.arabfilmfestival.org It's fun to talk to Philip Glass because he always says something that  ...

Lore

Lore Directed by Cate ShortlandWritten by Cate Shortland and Robin MukherjeeStarring: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai MalinaRun Time: 108 minutesMPAA Rating: Not Rated http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/index.php/lore/ A rarely seen part of history, "Lore" tells the story through the eyes of Lore  ...

12 Films From the Arab Film Festival

12 Films From The Arab Film Festival 13-23 October 2012San Francisco. San Jose. Berkeley. Los Angeleswww.arabfilmfestival.org Who would have thought that the wave of revolutions sweeping the world would have started in the supposedly backward even primitive Middle  ...

Berlin and Beyond Festival 2012

Berlin and Beyond Festival website 17th Annual Berlin & Beyond Festival by Renata Polt Back in the day—like, in the 1960s—movie-goers lined up to see the erotic Swedish sensation "I Am Curious Yellow" or the latest films by  ...

The War Around Us

Al Jazeera footage of the horrors of the war in Gaza permeates "The War Around Us" The War Around Us A documentary directed by Abdallah OmeishRun Time: 75 minutes www.thewararoundus.com "Passionate" is hardly the word that comes to mind  ...

The 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Louise Brooks as Lulu in "Pandora's Box" The San Francisco Silent Film Festival The Castro Theater, San FranciscoJuly 12-15, 2012 www.silentfilm.org by Renata Polt The thing about silent films, as anyone who saw last year's Oscar-winning "The Artist" knows,  ...

Savage Jazz Dance Company

Savage Jazz Dance Company Presents: "Dances for Oakland" At left, Savage Jazz Company Dancers Alison Hurley and Jarrod Mayo (photo credit: Mark Kitaoko)   http://savagejazz.org/ The dance company of Oakland choreographer Reginald-Ray Savage celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend  ...