Gatekeeper

Supposedly there are 35 films about Vincent van Gogh. It’s a tribute to the depth and clearness of Willem Dafoe’s acting that the latest,...

High Plains Riffers

The Coen Brothers anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs portrays the frontier as a place of death so sudden and terrible that the word...

Five Easy Splices

The Stinson Beach Doc Fest, now in its fifth year, offers a truly filmic treat under one roof—and for a good cause. The festival...

Lights, Camera, Napa!

Two movements have dominated discussions in 2018: gender equality and action over outrage, topics that reign at the Napa Valley Film Festival, running Nov....

Old School

Orson Welles’ Other Side of the Wind is likely the most famous unfinished film ever, blighted with feuding producers and heirs, and shoots that...

Lake’s Latest

Weed the People is director Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake’s timely and compelling documentary about using cannabis oil as an alternative medicine...

Word Crimes

God bless all the actors who aren’t there because of their looks. The literally catty tragicomedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? commences nicely with...

Mike the Knife

Slasher films never seemed particularly frightening, even in their heyday, circa 1975–85, which David Gordon Green’s Halloween tries to commemorate.Like flaunting the silly Satanic...

Seeing Red

In Mandy, we face the question of how much you can gussy-up the kind of movie that most people have been watching since they...

Rocket’s Red Glare

In First Man, Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) compresses seven years in the astronaut Neil Armstrong’s life, from testing the hypersonic aircraft X-15...