Something evil lurks in Hungary in Budapest Noir

B+ Mystery Written by András Szekér, from the novel by Vilmos Kondor Directed by Éva Gárdos Note: I wrote this review last summer, after seeing the movie at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. My intention was to post the review shortly before the film's Bay Area theatrical run. Last night I discovered that it's … Continue reading Something evil lurks in Hungary in Budapest Noir

What’s Screening: May 17 – 23

Here's what's in Bay Area movie theaters this week: New movies about spaceflight, Shakespeare, and fascism. Old movies about kidnapping and adultery. You can spend your weekend at an Asian-American film festival, then on Monday watch Tarantino's Holocaust revenge fantasy. Festivals CAAMFest (The Center for Asian American Media Festival) continues through Sunday New films opening … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 17 – 23

Aniara: It’s a long trip to nowhere, but it’s worth it

A Science Fiction Written and directed by Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja This slow, frightful, depressing space movie from Sweden carries a heavy charge. Unless you watch nothing but Hollywood movies, you know almost from the start how it's going to end, and it isn't going to be good. And yet there are moments of transcendent … Continue reading Aniara: It’s a long trip to nowhere, but it’s worth it

Welles, Lang, Kobayashi & Rock ‘n’ Roll: BAMPFA’s summer schedule

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive's summer program offers popular classics and little-known works. And, since it's the BAMPFA, it includes a lot of films you might want to see. Since it's the PFA, every movie must be part of a series. Here are the nine series starting in the summer: Julio Bracho and Mexican … Continue reading Welles, Lang, Kobayashi & Rock ‘n’ Roll: BAMPFA’s summer schedule