Houdini: Art and Magic, SF

Studio image of Houdini in chains, circa 1905Photo courtesy of Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library ‘Houdini: Art and Magic’ Images, film clips, and artifacts from the life of Harry HoudiniContemporary Jewish Museum, San FranciscoThrough Jan. 16, 2012 “Houdini,  ...

The Help

The Help Directed by: Tate TaylorWritten by: Tate Taylor and Kathryn StockettStarring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain, Sissy SpacekRunning time: 137 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated G-13 I inhaled Kathryn Stockett's best-seller,  ...

The 2011 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

The Eloquence of Silence: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival The San Francisco Silent Film Festival takes place at the Castro Theater July 14th - 17th. For more information, check out the festival's website at www.silentfilm.org. Half the  ...

Bride Flight

Bride Flight Directed by: Ben SombogaartWritten by: Marieke van der PolStarring: Rutger Hauer, Anna Drijver, Karina Smulders, Elise Schaap, Waldemar TorenstraRun time: 130 minutesMPAA rating: Rated R http//www.musicboxfilms.com/bride-flight A group of young women leave dreary post-war Holland for,  ...

My Perestroika

My Perestroika A Documentary by Robin HessmanRun Time: 87 minutesMPAA Rating: Unrated http://myperestroika.com Lyuba, a teacher in Moscow, has a hard time explaining Soviet history to her students—"a normal mind can't comprehend it," she says. Lyuba, together with  ...

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer Directed by Brad FurmanStarring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan PhillippeRun Time: 119 minutes http://www.thelincolnlawyermovie.com/ Thrillers always make me feel stupid. Sure, I get it that when the detective/good cop/lawyer/Angelina Jolie-type walks into his or her  ...

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (2011) Directed by Cary FukunagaWritten by Moira BuffiniStarring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie BellRun Time: 115 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 http://www.focusfeatures.com/jane_eyre   Cary Fukunaga's new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" is simply  ...

Shoah

The slogan "Work Makes You Free," in German, still hangs over the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp Shoah The 25th Anniversary of One of the Most Complete Oral Testimonies of the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour documentary,  ...

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today http://www.nurembergfilm.org/ The "today" in Sandra Schulberg and Josh Waletzky's restoration of Stuart Schulberg's (Sandra's father's) documentary is 1948; but today we are the first Americans to see this wrenching film about the rise  ...