What’s Screening: November 28-December 4

Wow! No festivals. But we still have some movies worth watching. A Century Ago: The Films of 1908, Rafael, Thursday, 7:00. One hundred years ago, movies were just about to discover they were an art form. And Thursday night, the Rafael will screen about two hours of shorts from the year D.W. Griffith first started … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 28-December 4

Two Quick Reviews

Two movies I've seen theatrically in the last few days: The Secret Life of Bees Hollywood makes terrific action movies and romantic comedies, but nothing helps you appreciate independent cinema like a major studio attempt at serious social drama. Gina Prince-Bythewood's adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel (which I haven't read) is well-meant, well-designed, and … Continue reading Two Quick Reviews

What’s Screening: November 21-Thanksgiving

The Latino Film Festival closes Sunday. Then we're festival-free for awhile. Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, Elmwood, opens Friday. People don’t recognize the name Anita O’Day the way they do Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald, but as a jazz vocalist she’s arguably in their class. She possessed a beautiful voice, a unique … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 21-Thanksgiving

What’s Screening: November 14-20

The Stanford is going to weekly engagements. That's the big news this week. The just-announced Humphrey Bogart festival will open a different double bill every Friday and run it through Thursday. 3rd I, the Chinese American, and the Latino Film Festival continue this week. Sounds of Wall-E, Rafael, Sunday, 3:00. Andrew Stanton and Pixar made … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 14-20