What’s Screening: March 31 – April 6

The Bay Area's biggest film festival opens this week. And there are plenty of great films around that have nothing to do with SFIFF. Festivals The San Francisco International Film Festival opens Wednesday and runs for 15 days. You'll find my recommendations and reports in this special section of Bayflicks. The Sonoma International Film Festival … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 31 – April 6

Silent Film Fest coming in early June

Let's step away from the Festival opening next Wednesday, and take a look at a very different one that opens in early June. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival provides an intensive, four-day immersion into the first decades of the cinema. The festival brings rare prints and new restorations of classic and obscure silent movies, … Continue reading Silent Film Fest coming in early June

San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 3

Here's my final preview batch of San Francisco International Film Festival mini-reviews. Hope they help you choose what to see. When the Festival opens next Wednesday, I'll start writing about films as they screen for paying audiences - a much better way to see a movie. You can read all of my coverage of this … Continue reading San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 3

San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 2

Once again, I present three new mini-reviews of films that will screen at the San Francisco International Film Festival. You can also check out my first batch of five. I'll post at least four more before the festival opens. As usual, they're listed from best to worst. A- A Date for Mad Mary The story … Continue reading San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 2

What’s Screening: March 24 – 30

Black Panthers, Woody Allen, Chaplin's best talkie, and a whole lot of Buster Keaton grace Bay Area movie theaters this week. Festivals The Albany Film Festival continues through Sunday Buster Keaton Weekend opens tonight and runs through the weekend. Read my report and recommendations. The Sonoma International Film Festival opens Wednesday Promising events Panel discussion … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 24 – 30

SF Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 1

Here's my first collection of San Francisco International Film Festival mini-reviews: five movies appraised from best to worst. Three of them are narratives. The two documentaries, which happen to be the two best in the lot, deal with Haiti, and cover the horrible 2010 earthquake. A Bending the Arc If this documentary doesn't make you … Continue reading SF Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 1