Trying

First-day-on-the-job jitters take on new meaning when your boss was a judge at the Nuremberg trials for Nazi war criminals. How a young woman, at the beginning of her life’s journey, finds common ground with a tormented man at the end of a storied career, is earnestly told in  ...

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 (“Suntan,” “Wasted Youth”) that advice to avoid bar hook-ups will  ...

God of Vengeance

This remarkable English language presentation of the 1906 Yiddish play, "God of Vengeance" ("Got Fun Nekome")was written by Sholem Asch (1880–1957), the prolific and popular Polish-born fiction writer. Returning after a successful short run in March 2021, the Yiddish Theatre Ensemble's production of "God of  ...

San Francisco Ballet at Home Program 3 2021

Program 03’s curator has posed several challenges as well as questions for the reviewer. Three contemporary story ballets overload one program. It takes at least two viewings to appreciate them in a filmed format. Two of the three, "Symphony #9” by Alexei Ratmansky and “Swimmer,” by Yuri Possokhov, are  ...

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 (played by Helena Zengel)—with her remaining biological family. The child  ...

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, comedy, musical performances and more.  And while staring at a  ...

[hieroglyph]

The streaming production of “[hieroglyph]” is the story of a bright, artistic, but traumatized 13-year-old girl, Davis (outstandingly impressive work by Jamella Cross), who had to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. While her mother remained in a FEMA trailer in New Orleans, her loving yet limited and overburdened  ...

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 Pere,” the ornery dad is portrayed brilliantly by Anthony Hopkins.  ...

Calder-Picasso

San Francisco’s newly re-opened de Young Museum is hosting the first American showing of a major exhibition, “Calder-Picasso.” It’s an exciting view of more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs investigating the surprising affinities between Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976) and Pablo Picasso (Spanish,1881–1973). These two revolutionaries of 20th-century  ...