Arts & Entertainment

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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More Reviews From Frameline 43

Posted June 25, 2019 by

From the moment convenience store clerk Chris gives prospective transwoman and central character Tina the stink eye, the viewer fears for her safety.  That anxiety, heightened by the flash forward of the film’s opening moments, keeps a viewer’s attention riveted
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Frisco 1956: The Best of Times?

Posted June 25, 2019 by

“San Francisco teems with young poets. Hundreds from about sixteen to thirty may show up and engage in an enthusiastic, freewheeling celebration of poetry.” – Richard Eberhart, “West Coast Rhythms,” The New York Times, September 2, 1956.   If you
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Wrap-Up Reviews From DocFest 2019

Posted June 12, 2019 by

Despite the title, there are no schizophrenic mutants to be found within the running time of Casey Beck’s short documentary “Legion.”   Instead, viewers will see Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, and Tie Fighter pilots in this film. That’s because the organization
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