May 24, 2023

Hurt Feelings

 Nicole Holofcener questions the efficacy of little white lies     On a lunch hour picnic with his parents, Eliot (Owen Teague) grimaces with disdain while they share a single ice cream cone. When his mom, Beth (Julia-Louis Dreyfus), asks him if he’d like to try it—after both she and her husband,...
May 24, 2023

Ladies’ Choice

May 17, 2023

Toxic Blooms

May 10, 2023

Yours, Mine, Ours

May 3, 2023

Pass the Punch

Polite Society is a little bit too polite Entranced by the advertising, the wary consumer approaches Polite Society on tiptoes, half expecting a ruse yet somehow emboldened, against all reason, by an inkling that this particular summer-access bauble,...
Apr 26, 2023

Killer of Nazis

Grizzled Finnish freedom fighter repels invaders in wild WWII actioner ‘Sisu’ Anti-Nazi war movies don’t necessarily need to be very complicated. That is, it’s probably enough that a narrative feature takes a position against Nazi and/or fascist politics...
Apr 19, 2023

Go With the Flow

Gorgeous documentary ‘River’ celebrates the power and mystique of water  If a movie fan has enjoyed Godfrey Reggio’s kaleidoscopic eco-documentaries (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, et al.), then he or she will probably discover worlds of meaning in the new doc...
Apr 12, 2023

Fest and Foremost

SFFILM’s San Francisco International Film Festival is once again amongst us, often brilliantly At the age of 66, SFFILM’s San Francisco International Film Festival—the oldest film fest in the Western Hemisphere—is one of the world’s very few such...
Apr 5, 2023

Bombs Away

Current-events thriller shows ‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline,’ plus a little more  Don’t go to How to Blow Up a Pipeline looking for another streamlined, over-produced procedural thriller packed with high-speed gratuitous sex and violence. It’s not...
Mar 29, 2023

The Forger

Where is your paperwork? Under normal circumstances, the story of Cioma Schönhaus’ brief career in forgery would be a standard crime drama. But Maggie Peren’s film, The Forger, inverts the genre, with much more at stake than someone...
Mar 22, 2023

A Good Person

Postcards from the edge of New Jersey A Good Person is Zach Braff’s syrupy rendition of films like Ordinary People and The Sweet Hereafter. The depressed mood in these movies saturates the screen with depictions of loss and...
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