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  ...

The Damned (1969)

    Watching Luchino Visconti’s 1969 film, "The Damned "("La Caduta Degli Dei," literally "The Fall Of The Gods"), not long after I watched James Dean’s last film, "Giant," was an interesting synchronicity, because both films center around the lives of  ...

The Double (2013)

“The Double,” an ambitious, artistic, and psychologically unsettling film based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, explores the life of a timid introverted government clerk, Simon James (excellent Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”), whose lonely existence renders voyeurism his only  ...

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,  ...

Veronica Mars (2014)

For better or for worse Veronica Mars gives fans of the old TV Show and Kickstarter backers almost everything they could possibly want. This is the rare film that I can absolutely say I was looking forward to seeing and  ...

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

A story of unlikely friendships doesn’t get any more quirky than in the hands of filmmaker Wes Anderson and in the form of his latest project, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." In it, viewers get to explore the world of  ...

Arab Film Festival, San Francisco

You'd think you were living on another planet, or in at the very least an alternate reality when you leave your house after watching the news. Is everyone out to get you, and is the world really falling apart at  ...

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)

      Like the Broadway doyen herself, the documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” is brilliant, funny caustic, critical and tender. What might have been merely a sycophantic airbrushed view of Ms. Stritch and her marvelous talents,  ...

Non-Stop (2014)

Liam Neeson has taken some lessons from Miley Cyrus, apparently he can’t stop doing films that are derivatives of his popular Taken franchise. They should have just called this “Taken 3” and called it a day. At times it almost  ...