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  ...

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine Written and directed by: Woody AllenStarring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C. K., Peter SarsgaardRun time: 98 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated PG-13www.sonyclassics.com/bluejasmine When Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) arrives at her  ...

The 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock in "Safety Last!" San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2013 July 18-21Castro Theatre, San Franciscowww.silentfilm.org Last month's series of nine silent Hitchcock films (to be repeated at Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive in August, in  ...

What Maisie Knew

A child's view of divorce—Maisie looks on while her parents, played by Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard, bicker What Maisie Knew Directed by Scott McGehee and David SiegelStarring: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata AprileRun Time:  ...

The Company You Keep

Robert Redford bringing the 60s back in his 70s in "The Company You Keep" The Company You Keep Directed by Robert RedfordWritten by Lem DobbsStarring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris CooperRun time: 125 minutesMPAA rating:  ...