Make ’em Laugh

Jon S. Baird’s biopic Stan & Ollie has a certain inflationary quality, regarding the appeal of a comedy team in their sunset years. But...

Bloc Buster

Every shot is thrilling in Cold War, Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to 2013’s Ida. Like Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Cold War is an...

The Lovers

Consider If Beale Street Could Talk as a Romeo and Juliet story in which white repression is the force keeping true lovers apart.Twenty-two-year-old Fonny,...

Final Cut

Top ten films of 2018: Roma, Active Measures, Black KkKlansman, Black Panther, Cold War, First Reformed, The Other Side of the Wind, Sorry to...

Under the Sea

The problem with using Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces as a template for a movie is that you can’t use every one...

‘Roma’ Is Burning

Taking place in Mexico City in 1970 to ’71, Roma shows us everything from a forest fire, to a riot, to an earthquake, to...

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....