What’s Screening: May 3 – 9

This week in Bay Area movie screens: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Dr. Ruth, Tom Hanks, Barry Jenkins, Stanley Kubrick, Marlon Brando, and film festivals silent, Asian, and truthful. Festivals The San Francisco Silent Film Festival continues through Sunday. Read my preview. Doclands also continues through Sunday CAAMFest (The Asian-American Film Festival) opens Thursday New films opening A- … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 3 – 9

Ask Dr. Ruth and you’ll probably get a good answer

B+ Biographical documentaryDirected by Ryan White Dr. Ruth Westheimer is such an interesting person that it's surprising it took so long for someone to make a documentary about her. But after documentaries about Fred Rogers and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were commercially successful, it was time to celebrate the upbeat, witty, nonagenarian Holocaust-survivor who became famous talking … Continue reading Ask Dr. Ruth and you’ll probably get a good answer

SFFILM Fest Preview, Part 1: Spaceships, a Savage family, Sex, & Satan

Here's my first batch of films screening at the upcoming SFFILM Festival (also known as the San Francisco International Film Festival). A Aniara This slow, frightful, depressing space movie from Sweden carries a heavy charge. A spaceliner taking refugees to Mars (Earth has become unlivable) has an accident that sends them out to the edges of … Continue reading SFFILM Fest Preview, Part 1: Spaceships, a Savage family, Sex, & Satan