Red Cliff

Red Cliff (2009)Directed by: John Woo Starring: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Zhao WeiMPAA rating: RRun Time: 148 minutesAfter Hong Kong martial arts and wushu ("sword") films became big in the 1990s, filmmakers who were not known whatsoever  ...

Taiwan Film Days

Taiwan Film DaysWant to know where you can find some good authentic Taiwanese cinema? The answer, from November 6-8, is San Francisco. The place: Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinema. The event: Taiwan Film Days, a film series  ...

This Is It (2009)

This Is It (2009)Director: Kenny OrtegaStarring: Michael Jacksonhttp://www.thisisit-movie.com/http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/michael-jacksons-this-is-it/featurette-travis-payneThis Is It is one of those films that defies logic. As a document of the last months of Michael Jackson’s life, a behind-the-scenes record of rehearsals for the come-back tour that  ...

Six Films from the Arab Film Festival

6 Films from the Arab Film Festival San FranciscoOctober, 2009Pomegranates and Myrrh (2008 )  Palestine  95 mins. Salt of This Sea (2008 )   Palestine 104 mins. Casanegra (2008 )  Morocco  124 mins.Help ( 2009 )  Lebanon   77 mins. Not  ...

Antichrist

Antichrist Written and Directed by Lars von TrierStarring: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem DafoeRun Time: 109 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated NC-17http://www.antichristthemovie.comhttp://www.hulu.com/watch/101875/movie-trailers-antichrist---exclusive-clip Antichrist isn't a film for everyone. On the contrary, it seems that there is something in it  ...

Beaches of Agnes

Beaches of AgnesA documentary by Agnes VardaRun Time: 110 minutesMPAA Rating: Unratedhttp://www.cinemaguild.com/beachesofagnes/Eternally feminine and forever a feminist, French director Agnes Varda is loved and honored at home as the 81-year-old grandmother of New Wave cinema.Luckily for those  ...

NYFF 2009

NYFF 2009http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff/nyff.htmlIf the New York Film Festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center sets the stage for the upcoming art house movie season, then the outlook is grim.  By that I don't necessarily mean bad, but definitely  ...

Bright Star

Bright Star (2009)Written and Directed by Jane CampionStarring: Abbie Cornish, Ben Wishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry FoxRun Time: 119 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated PGhttp://www.brightstar-movie.com/Jane Campion is a sensualist. Her main interests are more of the senses than  ...

Paris

ParisDirected by: Cédric KlapischWritten by: Cédric KlapischStarring: Juliette Binoche, Romain DurisRun Time: 130 minMPAA Rating: Rated Rhttp://www.ifcfilms.com Sometimes it takes a disaster or near-death experience to catch one's attention and appreciate life or at least start evaluating it.  ...

Herb and Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy (2008) Directed by: Megumi Sasaki Run Time: 91 minutes http://www.herbanddorothy.com Herb and Dorothy, an award-winning documentary, tells the extraordinary story of two ordinary people of moderate means who have come to rank among the world's  ...