Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco

Some Bay Area movie-goers have called the annual Jewish Film Festival their favorite Jewish holiday, and you'd have to witness the excited queue outside San Francisco's Castro Theater on opening night to understand why. This year's 36th edition, running  ...

Café Society

Starting with the plain white opening titles against a black background, Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy, "Café Society," has all the earmarks of earlier Allen rom-coms: an Allen avatar with a Jewish background, a beautiful love interest (or two),  ...

The First Monday in May (2016)

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art--"the Met"--is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and the first Monday in May. That last one is because it's the day of the Gala, the Met's  ...

Son of Saul (2015)

It turns out that murdering six million Jews takes a lot of work. Herding them off the trains; persuading them that the gas chambers are really shower rooms; removing the bodies after the killing; burning them; getting rid of the  ...

A Day of Silents

      San Francisco Bay Area silent film fans won't have to wait until summer to get their fix: "A Day of Silents," a one-day, five-film orgy of non-talkies, will be held at San Francisco's Castro  ...

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.  ...