Meadowlands

Meadowlands is the quintessential paranoid fantasy of a suburb...a community that appears to be safe, bucolic and picturesque, but actually has a sinister, threatening inner core. As the series begins, Danny (David Morrissey) and Evelyn (Lucy Cohu)  ...

Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction, an enthralling crime drama, has a back-story almost as appealing as the movie itself. It’s the first effort of a remarkable group of students at the University of Chicago who, starting with grants from the University, and without  ...

The Counterfeiters

Starring: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach Written and Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky MPAA Rating: Rated R Run Time: 1 hour 38 minutes German with subtitles http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/ The Counterfeiters is the dramatic depiction  ...

Quantum of Solace

Regardless of what you may have heard, I did not travel from San Francisco to London to see Quantum of Solace before it opened in the US. But I did see the film on my first night in London, at  ...

Married Life

It is a treat to watch a movie made for adults instead of the omnipresent teenage fare. Married Life, with its superb cast, its literate screenplay, which delves into the heart of relationships, and its noteworthy direction and cinematography, is  ...

Dan in Real Life

It's hard not to enjoy a heartwarming movie, such as Dan in Real Life, in which Dan, a cheerless widower with three children (Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson and Marlene Lawston) finds love and happiness. It's also hard not to  ...

Note by Note

The full-length documentary, Note by Note, is a fascinating account of the yearlong process of building one Steinway grand piano, Number L1037, starting with lumber and ending with a unique, complex concert grand. Since the late 1800s, in an ordinary  ...

Interview: Ben Niles

Ben Niles I met with Ben Niles on May 31, 2008 in San Francisco. The following is a shortened transcript of the interview. ESM: Would you tell me a bit about your background? Niles: Well, I grew  ...

My Fuehrer

Dani Levy undertakes a challenging task with My Fuehrer to make an historical comedy out of a Jew's interactions with Hitler during late 1944. But some challenges are better left unaccepted, and unfortunately My Fuehrer is one  ...

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

Dori Berinstein, a three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, makes her debut as a feature film director in the full-length documentary, ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.And her bias is clear: ShowBusiness is a homage to the Herculean labors of  ...