Coming Attractions: What you can soon see in Bay Area Theaters

As you probably know, Gene Wilder passed away Tuesday. I didn't love every movie he made, but I always loved his performance. Now the good news: On Friday, September 23, the Balboa will host a three-movie Madeline Kahn-a-thon. It will include Gene Winder in Blazing Saddles. Here's some other good news: Castro The really big … Continue reading Coming Attractions: What you can soon see in Bay Area Theaters

What’s Screening: August 26 – September 1

Two relationship movies open this week--one of them about the Obamas. Also Preston Sturges, Ray Harryhausen, Alfred Hitchcock, and a Mexican film festival. Festivals The Hola Mexico Film Festival opens tonight and runs through Sunday, screening ten Mexican films over the weekend. New films opening B+ The Intervention, Roxie, opens Friday Over a weekend getaway, a … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 26 – September 1

Chimes at Midnight Blu-ray Review

Orson Welles boiled down five related Shakespeare plays, found the comic tragedy at their core, and created a masterpiece. Chimes at Midnight, also known as Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight, has been unavailable in anything like a complete version for decades. With the recent theatrical restoration, and Criterion's new Blu-ray based on that restoration, it's finally … Continue reading Chimes at Midnight Blu-ray Review

Love, romance, and a whole lot of problems bubble up in The Intervention

B+ Comedy-drama, but mostly drama Written and directed by Clea DuVall All romantic relationships have problems, and those problems provide fodder for this very funny relationship drama (or maybe it's a very serious comedy). But according to Annie (Melanie Lynskey), only one couple is supposed to have problems here, and everyone else is supposed to … Continue reading Love, romance, and a whole lot of problems bubble up in The Intervention

Before the White House: My review of Southside with You

C Romantic meander Written and directed by Richard Tanne The movie starts like a commercial. The camera moves smoothly over an impossibly clean residential street filled with smiling people. Upbeat, happy music plays over the opening credits. The message is clear: This is going to be a feel-good movie about two people falling in love. … Continue reading Before the White House: My review of Southside with You