What’s Screening: January 30 – February 5

We've got film festivals: Berlin & Beyond continues at the Castro through Sunday, then has one-day events in Palo Alto and Berkeley, closing on Monday. SF Sketchfest, which is not really a film festival but has some film events, continues through this week and beyond. IndieFest opens Friday. I've placed SF Sketchfest screenings at the … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 30 – February 5

Timbuktu: Tyranny works slowly

A political drama Written by Abderrahmane Sissako and Kessen Tall Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako At first glance, life in the fabled city and the surrounding prairie seem to have changed little over the centuries. But there are changes far more unsettling than the ubiquity of cellphones. An armed group of Muslim fundamentalists have taken over … Continue reading Timbuktu: Tyranny works slowly

Marriage and Murder Marathon: Watching five features Saturday at Noir City

I spent Saturday at the Castro for the penultimate day, and the longest day, of this year's Noir City festival. Over the course of nearly 12 hours, the festival screened five feature films about crime, attempted crime, sex, attempted sex, and marriages both nurturing and homicidal. The festival's theme this year is "Til death do … Continue reading Marriage and Murder Marathon: Watching five features Saturday at Noir City

Godard and Wilder: Friday Night at the Pacific Film Archive

What do Jean-Luc Godard and Billy Wilder have in common--aside from the obvious? The Pacific Film Archive is currently running series on both of them: Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema and Ready for His Close-Up: The Films of Billy Wilder. Friday night, the PFA screened one film from each series. This was not a … Continue reading Godard and Wilder: Friday Night at the Pacific Film Archive

Intense Empathy: My review of Two Days, One Night

A- Drama Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Roger Ebert once described cinema as "a machine that generates empathy." Few films show off that important capability better than the Dardenne brother's latest achievement, Two Days, One Night. I can't imagine anyone watching this film without worrying about, rooting for, and identifying with the … Continue reading Intense Empathy: My review of Two Days, One Night

What’s Screening: January 23 – 29

We've got film festivals: Noir City continues and wraps up on Sunday. SF Sketchfest continues through this week and beyond. Berlin & Beyond opens Thursday And we've got movies: A- Two Days, One Night, opens Friday at the Shattuck and other theaters. The boss gives his employees a choice: Either Sandra (Marion Cotillard) keeps her … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 23 – 29