Best Movies 2019

1. AVENGERS: ENDGAME True, Martin Scorsese said comic book movies are nothing but theme parks...but, WHAT a theme park. And though it may not even count as cinema for some people, this climactic installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity saga (three  ...

Best TV 2019

1. LODGE 49 (AMC) Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay tribute to one of the weirdest, most singular TV programs since "Twin Peaks: The Return" (and the original "Twin Peaks" before it), gone far too soon from this  ...

Copenhagen

Berkeley’s Indra's Net Theater is now staging the first American production of the newly revised version (2018) of playwright Michael Frayn’s illustrious, award-winning drama, “Copenhagen,” well-directed by Indra’s Net Artistic Director Bruce Coughran. The celebrated “Copenhagen” is based on the 1941 meeting between two internationally respected physicists, Niels Bohr  ...

Becky Nurse of Salem

Sarah Ruhl rules! The MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner’s latest play, a world premiere, and her sixth at Berkeley Rep is a thoroughly captivating, charming, and ultimately satisfying quirky comedy that ponders the Salem witch trials and much more. With humor and insight, “Becky Nurse of Salem” explores family  ...

Singer & Son

Singer & Son split the difference and give you their Top Fifteen films of the Decade, Singer with 10, Son with five. Singer: Pain and Glory (2019). Pedro Almodovar IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8291806/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Trailer:  ...

James Greenberg

Film critics are by-in-large naysayers. Glass half-full kind of people. There is always something lacking in this year’s films. I remember going to Sundance and even before the films started screening people would automatically say, “not as good as last year.” I beg to differ. In any given year  ...

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 to capsulate all the choices to just ten, with much  ...

George Wu

Another decade coming to a close provides an opportunity to reflect on the peak achievements in film, and so without further ado, here are my superlatives in descending order. 10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Omnibus films almost  ...

Little Women (2019)

By my count, there have been at least a dozen film and television productions of “Little Women,” including two silent pictures, a BBC miniseries and a musical. So what is it about Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical novel of the fabulous but impoverished March sisters coming of age in 1860s  ...