Landline (2017)

“It’s like a play within a play,” Nate (Finn Wittrock) observes halfway through “Landline.” He’s the clever, charming, and handsome interloper from Dana’s (Jennie Slate) past. He insinuates himself into the traditions of what she describes when she proclaims  ...

Restless Creature (2016)

Wendy Whelan was one of the celebrated ballet dancers in the New York City Ballet. until her retirement in 2014. She danced leading roles in many of the classic Balanchine and Robbins works that form the basis for  ...

Moka (2016)

“Moka” is a revenge thriller tendering a compact story that traverses Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Some of its action plays out on the lake’s French bank in the city of Évian-les-Bains, and the rest in the Swiss city of Lausanne.  ...

Letters from Baghdad (2016)

Everybody has heard of T. E. Lawrence--"Lawrence of Arabia"--adventurer, explorer, expert on what's now called the Middle East. Certainly every movie-goer has seen Peter O'Toole in flowing white robes, riding through the wide-angle desert with his coterie of Arab  ...

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Father's Day, wedding day, graduation--all important June occasions. And, of course, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1st to 4th. This year, as in the 21 preceding years, the festival will feature a  ...

SXSW 2017: The Rest of the Fest

Previously on Culture Vulture, I shared the Top Five Films I saw at Austin's 2017South-by-Southwest Festival. And now, my picks for additional SXSW hits and misses, coming soon to a theater, festival, streaming service,  ...

Truman (2015)

You know you’re in for a treat when among the opening scenes of a film is one where two mature men face each other across a threshold, say nothing, but with an exchange of facial expressions and body language, tell  ...

Andrew Osborne’s Top Five Films at SXSW 2017

Does moviegoing matter? And with so many options for consuming entertainment, is there still a distinction between small and big screens? In the mainstream blockbuster world, theaters have become theme park attractions with vibrating D-BOX  ...

San Francisco Film Festival 2017

Sixty years doesn't seem a great length of time, but as the San Francisco International Film Festival is turning 60, it's holding a unique distinction of being the oldest such event in the Americas. (The world record  ...