Arts & Entertainment

42nd Mill Valley Film Festival Reviews

Posted October 8, 2019 by

Ken Loach’s new film “Sorry We Missed You” delivers a quietly chilling study in slow death by capitalism.  Delivery driver Ricky and elder homecare worker Abby just want to better their family’s lives. But they’re unaware the gig economy system
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San Francisco Green Film Festival Reviews

Posted September 24, 2019 by

“Push,” “The River And The Wall” and “16 Sunrises” “Squat!  Squat! F**k the rich greedhead a**holes!” is definitely not a normal audience member reaction at the San Francisco Green Film Festival (hereafter SFGFF).  However, the 9th SFGFF’s Opening Night Film
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“Ms. Purple”–Review

Posted September 17, 2019 by

With “Ms. Purple,” Justin Chon’s follow-up to his acclaimed “Gook,” classical music gets turned into the inner voice of its central character Kasie.  That viola-heavy music mourns lost dreams and opportunities yet cannot envision the possibility of personal change. As
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Jean-Pierre Leaud Film Reviews

Posted August 20, 2019 by

French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud first came to world cinema-goers’ attention with his lead performance as Antoine Doinel in Francois Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical classic “The 400 Blows.”  Truffaut was so impressed by Leaud’s performance that he had him reprise the character in
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Reviews From The 39th S.F. Jewish Film Festival

Posted July 16, 2019 by

Festival Opening Night Film Max Lewkowicz’ “Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles” may be more a triumph of subject goodwill and entertaining anecdotes.  This still charming documentary shows classic dark musical “Fiddler On The Roof”’s creation and how its tale of
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A Plant Closing War, Viewed From Inside

Posted July 16, 2019 by

Last winter, protestors wearing yellow vests commanded center stage in France. Their grassroots challenge to the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron drew on a long tradition of labor militancy, including factory closing fights. When these protestors still had blue
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Final Frameline 43 Reviews

Posted June 25, 2019 by

Stephen Kijak’s fascinating Frameline Film Festival Centerpiece Documentary “Sid and Judy” delivered a portrait of gay icon Judy Garland mainly through the reminiscences of Garland’s manager and eventual third husband Sid Luft.  Newbies to the Garland mystique will be treated
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