Booksmart (2019)

As of this writing, "Booksmart," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut (starring Jonah Hill's sister, the luminous Beanie Feldstein) is sporting an impressive 100% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, due in part to its empowering girl power message (both onscreen and  ...

John Wick: Ch. 3-Parabellum (2019)

It's a great week to be a dog lover at the movies. There's puppy reincarnation in "A Dog's Purpose" and puppy salvation in "John Wick: Chapter 3--Parabellum." The third installment in a series that has given new  ...

All is True (2018)

Again with the Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh! This time it’s not a movie version of a work by the bard, but rather, a close encounter with him along fault lines predicting a fractious interlude.  You may wince at  ...

Little Woods (2018)

“Little Woods” is writer and director Nia DaCosta’s debut film about two  sisters in rural South Dakota struggling to make ends meet. Tessa Thompson (“Sorry to Bother You”, “Creed”) plays Ollie, short for Oleander. Ollie is a determined, serious,  ...

Giant Little Ones (2018)

"Giant Little Ones, " directed by Keith Behrman and starring Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann and Kyle Maclachlan, is the 2018 Canadian version of “Love Simon,” a coming of age LGBTQIA drama that  ...

White Crow (2019)

Even given transparent formulas for box office success, it’s curious how each filmmaker’s starting point holds out an argument of its own. Ralph Fiennes, who directs and appears in “White Crow,” a film that collects around the idiosyncrasies of  ...

Avengers Endgame (2019)

Early on someone concludes that "No amount of money ever bought a second of time." Wise words indeed. Yet it's also a vertiginous enigma when you consider that this very well could be the most expensive film ever made.  ...

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2019

            This year's San Francsico Silent Film Festival starts and ends with film icon Buster Keaton's films: “The Cameraman” on May 1st, opening night; and “Our Hospitality” on May 5th, closing night.              The festival,  ...