Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

When you see Guillermo del Toro's name attached to anything, even as a producer, it's hard not to get excited. The man is simply a genius at creating fantastical, horrifying and mythical worlds. He's the king of creating monsters and creatures. So when Scary Stories To Tell In The  ...

The Nightingale (2019)

Jennifer Kent's sophomore feature--her last film was the terrifically taught "Babadook"-- opens with a close-up. If you look closely, it's a face on the verge of giving up. The time is the 19th century. The place is Tasmania. The heroine, Clare (Aisling Francioisi), is lying in  ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nicholas Hytner’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is notable for the casting of Gwendoline Christie (fan favorite Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as the Fairy Queen but audience members who were expecting a traditional Titania may be surprised to find that many of her  ...

The Underpants

“The Underpants” will get you hot under the collar but not as intended by author Steve Martin. Martin’s adaptation of an early 20th century German play that satirizes middle-class morals centers on the fallout when a woman’s Edwardian-era underpants fall to her ankles after she leaps  ...

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbes and Shaw (2019)

"Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbes and Shaw" is as overwrought as its title. It's also overlong, overblown and over-the-top. That's nothing new for a series known for its over-the-topness. Explosions, car chases and exploding car chases might as well be mistaken for realism in this  ...

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Don't meet your heroes is how the old saying goes. They'll just let you down. Well, The Peanut Butter Falcon - from writer and directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartzis – is here to say otherwise. Zak (the show-stealing Zack Gottsagen), a young man with downs  ...

San Francisco Ballet at Stern Grove

The pieces chosen for the opener and closer of this year’s Stern Grove San Francisco Ballet program proved the best fit for the venerable if quirky raked stage with brown panel backdrop, like you’ve seen on TV in the “Better Call Saul” office. George Balanchine’s 1952 work, “Scotch Symphony,”  ...

Them That Follow (2019)

In February 2014, a pastor named Jamie Coots from Kentucky died from a rattlesnake bite during his sermon. By the time an ambulance arrived, he'd gone home and declined medical treatment. Instead, he believed God would save him if it was his will. It may sound outlandish, but according  ...

Another Roll of the Dice

From the first joyful strains of “I Hear Music” sung by a sassy waitress wearing bobby socks, a toe-tapping-head-bobbing good time is in store with the world premiere musical “Another Roll of the Dice” at the North Coast Rep. Over the course of two acts,  ...