What’s Screening: February 28 – March 6

If you live in the South Bay, you won't have to travel far for a festival. The San Jose-based Cinequest opens Tuesday. The Academy Awards, Balboa, Cerrito, Lark, New Parkway, Rafael, Roxie, Sunday (check theaters for show times). Yes, you can watch Hollywood's annual ritual of patting itself on the back in the comfort of … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 28 – March 6

Quick Opinions on The Past and Dallas Buyers Club

I know. I haven't been writing much lately aside from the weekly newsletter. I've been busy. But I have managed to get to a couple of current films. And I chose well. I really loved both of these pictures, although The Past is definitely the best of them.. A The Past Between this new film … Continue reading Quick Opinions on The Past and Dallas Buyers Club

What’s Screening: February 21 – 27

No festivals running this week. But the CineMark chain is playing Best Picture nominees throughout the week, and I'll list those at the bottom of this newsletter. B+ The Strong Man, Balboa, Sunday, 7:00. Frank Capra’s first feature proves to be a marvelous vehicle for silent comedian Harry Langdon, who for a very brief time … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 21 – 27

What’s Screening: February 14 – 20

Both SF IndieFest and the Mostly British Film Festival continue through the rest of this week. In the newly-dead movie star department, the New Parkway will run several Seymour Hoffman films this week, while the Stanford will screen Shirley Temple marathons Saturday and Sunday. And I have added another theater to the Bayflicks family, the … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 14 – 20

Jackie Robinson, Michael Sam, Sports, and the Movies

Yes, this post is about a movie, but I’ll get to that later. Call it a coincidence. This evening, I happened to read an article about Michael Sam, a successful college football player who appears (or had appeared) to have a promising future in the NFL. On Sunday, he came out. According to ESPN, “Sam … Continue reading Jackie Robinson, Michael Sam, Sports, and the Movies

What’s Screening: February 7 – 13

SF IndieFest continues through this week and beyond. But if you prefer to keep a stiff upper lip, the Mostly British Film Festival starts Thursday. A- Teenage, Roxie, Sunday, 7:01; Wednesday, 7:00. Using a combination of archival footage and dramatic recreations, Matt Wolf's documentary explores British, German, and American youth from 1904 through 1945. Through … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 7 – 13

Noir is a French Word: Two French Films at Noir City

On Saturday, the Noir City festival honored the nation that first recognized Film Noir as a genre, and gave that genre a name. Unfortunately, my wife and I were only able to attend the first two films. A- Pépé Le Moko You can't talk about this 1937 thriller without talking about star power. This is … Continue reading Noir is a French Word: Two French Films at Noir City