Films

Film Review: mother!

September 15, 2017
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If a stranger knocks at your front door… Standing before an unpainted bedroom wall, a young and thoroughly domesticated woman ponders which shade of eggshell will look just so. She mixes up a tester, applies a strip, and steps back to regard her work. Elsewhere an older man inhabits his writing study, conjuring magic onto […]

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Film Review: Home Again

September 8, 2017
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Reese goes home again, but that doesn’t mean you have to     With Home Again, writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s debut feature, we see that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The daughter of filmmaker Nancy Meyers (The Intern; It’s Complicated; The Holiday; Something’s Got to Give), Meyers-Shyer here copies her mother’s patented feel-good […]

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Film Review: Patti Cake$

August 25, 2017
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Straight outta Jersey: Portrait of an unlikely rap star makes for one of the summer’s best films     New Jersey filmmaker Geremy Jasper got his start making music videos, so it makes sense that his first foray into feature films is a picture about an aspiring musician. With Patti Cake$, Jasper draws on both […]

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Film Review: Ingrid Goes West

August 18, 2017
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Tonally uneven film obscures provocative premise    If you sometimes worry you may be checking your Facebook and Instagram feeds just a little too frequently, rest assured that you’ve got nothing on Ingrid Thorburn. As portrayed by an exceptional Audrey Plaza, the social media obsessed heroine of Ingrid Goes West becomes a poster child for […]

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Film Review: The Only Living Boy in New York

August 11, 2017
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Let your honesty shine, shine, shine… Except when it doesn’t, like in this phony, affected picture    The word “serviceable’ gets bandied about quite a bit in director Marc Webb’s new film about a young writer, which is ironic, since The Only Living Boy in New York is anything but. In fact, serviceable is actually […]

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Film Review: Brigsby Bear

August 4, 2017
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Mooney’s funny and poignant film Bears witness to the restorative power of art  If you watch Saturday Night Live regularly, you know that cast member Kyle Mooney seems like the kind of smart-but-nerdy guy who probably spent his middle school years making goofy action-figure based short films with his friends. Fast forward some 20 years […]

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SFJFF37 Spotlights: The Boy Downstairs / Mr. Predictable / A Classy Broad / Bombshell

July 30, 2017

The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, showcasing over 60 films from more than a dozen countries, opened on July 20th, and runs until next Sunday, August 6th. This year, the Festival boasts over 15 West Coast premiers, and more than 40% of its films are directed by women, including both its opening and closing […]

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Film Review: Atomic Blonde

July 28, 2017
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Theron heats up a cold city Take a world nearing collapse, a main character with oodles of bitchy beauty, add some cold-war cloak and dagger spycraft, throw in some “fluid sexuality,” lots of fight scenes, and just a pinch of back story. Good so far? Not so fast. Take away the script. Take away the […]

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Film Review: Detroit

July 28, 2017
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Bigelow’s intense, harrowing film remains fiercely relevant “It’s hard to believe this could happen in America,” a character says in Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s grim but brilliantly effective new film about the 1967 Detroit riots and their aftermath. But for those of us watching exactly 50 years later, such believing is all too easy — […]

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Film Review: Dunkirk

July 21, 2017
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Dunkirk: powerful and memorable In Christopher Nolan’s astonishing new film Dunkirk, we follow a major battle early in World War II through the struggles of a number of soldiers, sailors, and airmen as they attempt a massive retreat from France across the English channel in the face of constant German attacks. Though the events of that […]

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