Boulevard (2014)

  "Maybe it's never too late to start living the life you really want," says Winston (Bob Odenkirk), the best friend of Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) in Williams's last live-action film, "Boulevard." That's a sweet, upbeat--and unearned--sentiment at the  ...

Iris (2014)

  Less is more, Mies van der Rohe's memorable dictum, must be anathema to Iris Apfel, the subject of documentarian Albert Maysles' final film before his death earlier this year. Like his other films--"Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter," and many  ...

Viva la Libertà (2013)

"Viva la Libertà" has little to do with libertà but everything to do with politics, personality, and fooling all the people all the time. We're in contemporary Italy, where Enrico (Toni Servillo--"La grande belleza," "Il Divo"), a senator and  ...

Advanced Style

      It's Fashion Week in New York--when isn't it?--and the pages of the New York Times feature the new styles daily. And, of course, they're all modeled by women barely out of their teens.  ...

Code Black

Who hasn't done time in the ER: with a sliced lip, chest pain, a child with a broken bone or a fever?         It's not an experience anybody is eager to relive. Yet for millions of Americans, the ER is the  ...

Silent Movie Festival, San Francisco

    It's disorienting: San Francisco's Silent Film Festival has moved from its iconic mid-July position to the last weekend in May!  What's going to enliven the doldrums of summer? On the other hand, what better way  ...

Fading Gigolo (2013)

      Would you pay a thousand dollars to have sex with John Turturro? Okay.  That's what I expected. But you're thinking of the geeky Turturro of many Spike Lee and Coen Brothers films,  ...

Le Joli Mai

In May of 1962, the first spring after France's debilitating war with Algeria, documentarian Chris Marker, together with his cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, filmed "Le Joli Mai" ("The Lovely Month of May") and dedicated it "to the happy many." You'll  ...

The Armstrong Lie

If you're looking for a tragic hero in the classic mold, look no further than Lance Armstrong. Astronomic rise, as in seven Tour de France victories in a row (after conquering cancer)? Click. Abject downfall, as in being exposed  ...

The Atheist Film Festival

The 5th Atheist Film Festival www.sfatheistfilmfestival.org September 14, 2013 Roxie Theatre, San Francisco. CA San Francisco has no shortage of film festivals.  There's the San Francisco International Film Festival, the oldest in the United States; the Jewish Film  ...