Colin Firth In The Literary Life

Colin Firth playing legendary book editor Maxwell Perkins anchors the most high profile of the weekend’s art film openings. But for those who don’t want to bask in the star power of Colin Firth, there are more tasty options. Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells a tale of a deposed dictator getting firsthand exposure to the misery he inflicted. Also, the director of Attenberg returns with a quietly devastating takedown of male vanity and competitiveness.


One of the highlights of the 59th S.F. International Film Festival gets its theatrical debut. Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg) tells the story of six well-to-do vacationing Greek men who compete against each other to determine which of them is “the best in general.” However, their judging criteria winds up going from sleeping positions to throwing stones to (inevitably) penis size. A slow burn satire of the male competitive spirit.

Opens June 10 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas


Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage makes his feature film directorial debut with this biopic based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius. The drama centers on the professional relationship and friendship between renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) and literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Also starring Laura Linney as playwright and Max’s wife Louise Perkins as well as Guy Pearce as Perkins discovery F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Opens June 10 at the Albany Twin, the Embarcadero Center Cinemas, and the Guild Theatre


When young Morgan learns she has three months left to live, she leaves her comfortable middle-class existence behind. Joined by rebellious gender-bending artist Jordan, Morgan records their adventures together on a hand-held camera. By the time her time is up, the dying woman hopes to capture who and what matters most in life.

Opens June 10 at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

The President

In an unnamed country, the President and his family rule their country with an iron fist and live lives of luxury at their peoples’ expense. But when a coup d’etat overturns his brutal rule, the former dictator finds he has to flee across the country with his young grandson in tow. That journey lets him see first-hand the miseries of those he subjugated. Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar) shows that he’s as skilled a director outside his home country as inside it.

Opens June 10 at the 4-Star Theatre


Eight years ago, John Biswas (Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan) lost his granddaughter Angela in a fatal kidnapping. Since the girl’s death, John has been obsessed with trying to bring Angela’s kidnapper to justice. Father Martin Das, an ex-cop turned priest, reluctantly helps John. Now a copycat kidnapping brings together Father Martin and investigating cop Sarita Sarkar to work on the new case. But John has not given up his own search for Angela’s kidnapper, and it looks as if he’s finally closing in on the culprit…

Opens June 10 at the AMC Metreon 16

Time To Choose

Academy Award-winning documentarian Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) focuses on the worldwide climate change crisis in his new film. With narration by Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), the film travels around the world to lay out the nature of the crisis and current attempts to apply existing solutions. Everyone from entrepeneurs to those working on the front lines of fighting extreme climate change are heard from.

Opens June 10 at the California Theatre and the Embarcadero Center Cinemas

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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