San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2021

              It’s back: the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and still the largest festival of its kind, has returned after last year’s pandemic-related hiatus.               Well, let’s modify that: it’s back with caveats.  Only  ...

Together, Together (2021)

“Together Together” is a respectable attempt at understated comedy (or is it quirky comedy or dramaedy?). It seems to be unabashedly more of a mildly amusing film in search of, or without need of, a genre label or purpose.  ...

Monday (2021)

Most people would not put much credence on a relationship that begins in a club, even worse when one or both parties are drunk. Depending on your perspective at the end of “Monday,” a romantic drama by Argyris Papadimitropoulos  ...

News of the World (2020)

“News of the World” is a western film in the old tradition. A good guy, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd played by Tom Hanks, fights forces of evil as he attempts to reunite a damsel in distress—well, a 10-year-old girl  ...

The Top Five Movies I Saw at SXSW 2021

With a year to prepare after becoming one of the first major American events derailed by the coronavirus in 2020, the virtual 2021 South by Southwest multimedia festival did an admirable job of socially distancing four days of screenings,  ...

The Father (2020)

This is a unique and interesting character study of Anthony, an elderly man in the throes of dementia who is in denial of his situation and resisting help from his daughter, Ann. Adapted from Florian Zeller’s play titled, “Le  ...

SXSW 2021 Preview

by Andrew Osborne What a long, strange trip it's been. When I wrote my preview of the 2020 South-by-Southwest Festival just about a year ago, there were less than 100 COVID cases in  ...

Waging Change (2019)

Peabody Award winner Abby Ginzberg’s documentary film, “Waging Change,” tells a compelling story exposing the sordid working conditions in the restaurant industry, focusing on its lowest paid tip wait staff. Customer tips in lieu of employer wages begins on  ...

Paula Farmer’s Best Movies of 2020

We’ll never know if this year’s list of the “Best Of”/ “Top Ten” Movies of 2020 are what they are because of the oddity of being a pandemic year, or in spite of it. There are plenty of movies  ...

Some Kind of Heaven (2020)

In the unlikely event that there’s an overabundance of merriment in your life under COVID, and nobody in your pod is complaining enough, you might want to see “Some Kind of Heaven.” It’s Darren Arnofsky’s latest exploration of middle-class  ...