An introduction to Japanese cinema

Coming on the heels of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, here’s our primer for movie-crazy, pop-cultural adventurers looking for seldom-visited territories to explore:...

Postponed Doclands Fest Talks to Filmmakers from Home

Doclands Documentary Film Festival, hosted by the California Film Institute, brings compelling true-life films to Marin each spring; though this year’s festival...

How the Coronavirus Came Between the Logan Whitehurst Doc and You

As the timetable for the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent stay-at-home response continue to lengthen into May and beyond, more and more...

These Local Theaters Will Screen Films In Your Home

While movie theaters remain closed during the shelter-in-place ordeal, local film purveyors are taking to the web to screen movies for those...

Digging Dirt

A difficult part of this quarantine stems from an essential loss of American identity: If you’re not working, and you can’t buy...

‘Overwhelm the Sky’ Makes its reach

Overwhelm the Sky is the kind of slippery film that gets called "ambitious" as a backhanded way of saying that it tried...

Flammable Romance

The two-woman, huntress-gets-captured-by-the-game romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire offers a lot, particularly ravishing color that makes the actresses look like...

Oscar-nominated animated shorts screen together

Get out your handkerchiefs, because rich tales of sadness constitute this year’s selection of Oscar animated shorts—cancer, Alzheimer’s and mistreated animals are among the...

‘Aeronauts’ keeps its head in the clouds

The gallant and thrilling The Aeronauts bypasses the problem of telling an adventure story about Victorians with large beards by making a romantic fiction...

Sharp Mystery

Middling, but not without surprises, Knives Out is Rian Johnson’s mystery about a group of greedy heirs in ugly holiday sweaters.They’re the descendants of...