Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco

Some Bay Area movie-goers have called the annual Jewish Film Festival their favorite Jewish holiday, and you'd have to witness the excited queue outside San Francisco's Castro Theater on opening night to understand why. This year's 36th edition, running  ...

The Music Of Strangers (2015)

We all want to be loved. We all want to belong. But what do you do if your house is bombed and everyone in it dies? Do you become bitter, or take the high road? And what do you do  ...

Café Society

Starting with the plain white opening titles against a black background, Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy, "Café Society," has all the earmarks of earlier Allen rom-coms: an Allen avatar with a Jewish background, a beautiful love interest (or two),  ...

The First Monday in May (2016)

No doubt, the documentary "The First Monday in May" will draw comparisons to "The September Issue," although done by different directors. Besides probably drawing some of the same audience, both feature fashion, Vogue magazine and its editor, Anna Wintour. But  ...

Sweet Bean (2016)

The theme of “unlikely friendships” in a film may be over used and sometimes used ineffectively, but for Sweet Bean it’s appropriate, effective and welcome. Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the heart of the dorayaki pancakes  ...

SXSW 2016: THE REST OF THE FEST

SXSW 2016 HONORABLE MENTIONS 1. ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA Thought-provoking and (during at least one SXSW post-screening Q&A) argument-sparking, Matt Ornstein’s documentary examines racial discrimination through the eyes of Daryl  ...

The First Monday in May (2016)

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art--"the Met"--is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and the first Monday in May. That last one is because it's the day of the Gala, the Met's  ...

THE FIVE BEST FILMS I SAW AT SXSW 2016

1. THE TOWER Winner of both the SXSW 2016 Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary, director Keith Maitland’s animated/non-fiction hybrid depicting the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas is roughly  ...

My Golden Days (2016)

Twenty years after "My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument" was released in France, its sequel/prequel "My Golden Days" now opens in the States. It might hold a record for being the sequel/prequel  ...