Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Film festivals in the time of Corona Virus are varied and limited. Some festivals chose to cancel altogether for this year, while a few, like the New York Film Festival, went completely virtual. The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF)  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Although not quite done, what a year it has been! Covid-19 has left most reeling and many grieving, while the death of George Floyd in May ignited universal righteous indignation and protests, and California has been on fire, literally.  ...

The Fight (2020)

Never have the stakes seemingly been so high for the ACLU than the last few years. Since Donald Trump took office in 201, the already thinly stretched staff of the ACLU, have been working overtime tackling key, high profile  ...

Outrage & Outcry:

What is happening in America now is more than a moment. It is a movement. It is an important one that has been decades, if not centuries in the making.  Slavery, the fight for Civil Rights, the Rodney King verdict,  ...

Small Movie Theaters in the Time of Corona

In the midst of the pandemic, a handful of movies initially slated for theatrical release refused to be left behind in the binge boost under StayAtHome orders. With businesses temporarily shutdown, and all of us shut in, people have  ...

Days of Distraction

On the surface, the protagonist of Alexandra Chang’s debut novel should be enthusiastic about her life and hopeful regarding her personal and professional future. She is a young millennial who is a smart, talented freelance tech journalist working for  ...

The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019)

At the intersection of Noir mystery thriller and art appreciation is the film, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” by director    Giuseppe Capotondi. When an ambitious, but fallen-from-professional-grace art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang) gets  approached to steal a painting  ...

Your House Will Pay

In 2019, two Korean siblings, Miriam and Grace Park who are both in their twenties, and like many others their age, they are grappling on a social level of the shooting of a black teen by a Los Angeles  ...

Just Mercy (2020)

Real-life hero lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and an advocate for death row inmates and others unfairly incarcerated, comes to life on the big screen in “Just Mercy.” Adapted from Stevenson’s memoir of the  ...

Paula Farmer

This decade of film has had years that were lean, where it was a stretch to pull ten exceptional for the “Best Of” list. But then there were glorious years, brimming with examples of excellence. Overall, it was hard  ...