Archive for April, 2017

Stories Of The Lives Of John Coltrane, Jane Jacobs, And Others
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Stories Of The Lives Of John Coltrane, Jane Jacobs, And Others

Biographies dominate this weekend’s openings. New films talk about the lives of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, social critic/activist Jane Jacobs, superstar chef Jeremiah Tower, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, and film director David Lynch. John Coltrane may be the bigger of the two jazz musician film subjects. But the film about the relationship between Morgan and […]

A Feature-Length Gun Battle With Brie Larson
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A Feature-Length Gun Battle With Brie Larson

Brie Larson participating in a feature-length shootout is just one of the cinematic delights available this weekend. The shootout takes place in the new film from the director of High Rise. But it doesn’t look from the trailer that Brie Larson will have a full-on Rambo moment. For those seeking good films not starring Brie […]

10 Suggestions For The SF Green Film Festival
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10 Suggestions For The SF Green Film Festival

San Francisco’s Green Film Festival delivers a cinematic antidote to current political and business short-sightedness. Its more than 70 films encourages viewers to take the long view of the environmental problems facing humanity. Here are ten films and events to check out over the weeklong festival, which runs from April 20-26 at such venues as […]

Melanie Laurent Finds Hope For Tomorrow
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Melanie Laurent Finds Hope For Tomorrow

Melanie Laurent is more than the female lead of Inglorious Basterds. She’s also a film director. Her newest film looks at existing and working solutions to some of the present’s pressing social and environmental problems. Otherwise, since the S.F. International Film Festival is going on for another week, new art film openings are light on […]

Chris Evans And The Mathematically Gifted Girl
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Chris Evans And The Mathematically Gifted Girl

Chris Evans, best known to moviegoers as Captain America, branches out yet again with a tale of a single father trying to retain custody of a young mathematical genius. But the big film that just opened this weekend does not star Chris Evans or even his voice. It’s an anime blockbuster about two teenagers who […]

Ten Suggestions From The 60th SFIFF
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Ten Suggestions From The 60th SFIFF

This year is the 60th SFIFF. From humble screenings at the Metro Theatre, the S.F. International Film Festival (SFIFF) has spread this year to such venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Alamo Drafthouse. The choices over the two weeks of the 60th SFIFF may feel overwhelming. Here are some suggestions […]

Jessica Chastain Plays A Savior Of The Jews
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Jessica Chastain Plays A Savior Of The Jews

In the weekend’s high-profile opening, Jessica Chastain plays a zookeeper’s wife. What makes her unique is how she resists Nazi occupiers trying to exterminate Warsaw’s Jews. Two other films opening this weekend also has Jewish subject matter, but neither involves Jessica Chastain. One film tours the new revolution in Jewish cuisine. The other delivers a […]