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Movie reviews and showtimes for Berkeley, Oakland, the East Bay, Albany, the San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda, Emeryville, Richmond, El Cerrito

Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0800

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Mixed Signals on The 15:17 to Paris

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:58:00 -0800

(image) Clint Eastwood's moral quandary. Clint Eastwood takes a chance with The 15:17 to Paris, his sincere but puzzling account of the 2015 incident in which three young American men overpowered an armed terrorist on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.…

Double Lover: Multiple Problems for Filmmaker François Ozon

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) The woes of a 25-year-old former model don’t inspire much sympathy. Chloé (Marine Vacth) isn't feeling well so she goes to a psychiatrist named Paul (Jérémie Renier).…

A Fantastic Woman: From Chile, a Modern Tale of a Transgender Woman

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Daniela Vega’s performance is one the very best of this past year. Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's Gloria took us by surprise when it showed up in East Bay theaters in 2014.…

In Black Panther, Ryan Coogler Combines Fantasy with Politics

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0800

(image) Yes, it's good. Tempting as it may be to discuss Ryan Coogler's Black Panther from other angles - film-historical, sociological, box office, et cetera - the only question that really counts is: Is it any good?…

BAMPFA Film Series Spotlights Sergei Eisenstein’s Visual Power

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) The Russian director’s masterworks are ripe for rediscovery. Where to begin talking about Sergei Eisenstein?…

You Can Skip the Oscars, but Don’t Miss the Oscar Nominated Short Films

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Twice the movie enjoyment in half the time. We've covered most of this year's Academy Award-contending features in previous reviews, but there's still some important "homework" to do for film nerds in search of unheralded wonders.…

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Mixes Occasional Spirituality with Incessant Battles

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) It’s Arab and proud of it. Here we are in the fifth week of 2018 and the awards contenders leftover from last year still have a death grip on the movie houses.…

The Political Is Made Personal in The Insult

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:00:00 -0800

(image) Ziad Doueiri's incisive drama is a fascinating glimpse into one of the world's perennial trouble spots. An apartment dweller gets into a dispute with a construction crew over a drainpipe sticking out from the apartment's balcony. Sounds like a very minor event, hardly worth mentioning.…

We Have Met the Hostiles, and They Are Us

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Christian Bale’s sorrowful Western examines “the essential American soul.” Frankly, Hostiles is not the finest Western of the past 10 years. But that's not to say it is unimportant or trivial.…

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Neither Do Dreams.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Annette Bening rises above her material. Annette Bening doesn't particularly resemble Gloria Grahame.…

Phantom Thread: Do Aesthetes Have Feelings?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:39:00 -0800

(image) Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson thinks they do. French cuffs.…

The Final Year: Remembering the Last Days of the Obama Presidency

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:51:45 -0800

(image) Don’t forget to bring some Kleenex. For admirers of political documentaries, a thoughtful profile of the last 12 months of any presidential administration is a potential treat, but supporters of Barack Obama might be wary of walking into Greg Barker’s The Final Year without bringing along a box of Kleenex.…

Happy End Is Another Haneke Horror Show

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Isabelle Huppert stars in Michael Haneke’s latest excursion to the dark side. You might characterize the cinema of Michael Haneke as an acquired taste.…

BAMPFA’s New Film Series Highlights Pioneering Actor/Filmmaker Ida Lupino

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Ida Lupino was a petite presence onscreen, with delicate facial features highlighted by expressive eyes.…

The Post Reminds Us of the Late, Great Power of the Press

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks deliver a timely message. Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks reportedly cleared their production schedules in order to make The Post for release this holiday season.…

All the Money in the World Reveals the Rotten Lives of the Rich

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Ridley Scott’s satisfyingly lurid exposé of how the billionaire class treats its black sheep. Good evening, and welcome to "The Rotten Lives of the Rich."…

Molly’s Game: Poker Face

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Jessica Chastain leaves a chill over Aaron Sorkin’s drama. This must be the week for troubled winter athletes.…

I, Tonya: Catfight on Ice

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0800

(image) The Tonya Harding story is laughable, in a cruel way. Gossip enthusiasts and readers of the National Enquirer will recall the case of Tonya Harding, the former Olympic ice skater and U.S. figure skating champion who was banned from the sport for life for her role in the 1994 attack on her longtime rival, skater Nancy Kerrigan.…

Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0800

(image) Dialogue and acting distinguish it from the competition. The elegant Lombardian villa in Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name was made for romance.…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Viva la Resistance!

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0800

(image) A female-led rebellion battles a brutal plutocratic oligarchy in neo-Nazi uniforms? You betcha. Armed with intelligent dialogue, fully dimensional characters, and the requisite wowie-zowie audio-visual effects, the Rian Johnson-Walt Disney Pictures-Lucasfilm-Ram Bergman Productions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is pretty darned good.…

Romantic Fantasy The Shape of Water Shapes Up to Be One of the Year’s Finest

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Guillermo del Toro and Sally Hawkins were made for each other. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, one of the very best movies of 2017, has the outlines of a classic fairytale.…

Gary Oldman Surpasses Himself in Darkest Hour

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Proof that there’s still room for another World War II flick. Here we are in December, with award-seeking movies flooding into theaters at an alarming rate. One of the more conspicuous is Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, the latest (maybe the last?)…

Wonder Wheel: The Very Latest Nostalgia

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0800

(image) Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, under the Coney Island boardwalk. With apologies to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the setting of Wonder Wheel is a "Coney Island of the Mind" — in this case the mind of writer-director Woody Allen, who famously refuses to relinquish the 20th century. As imagined by Allen, with exquisite cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and production design by Santo Loquasto, Coney Island in the 1950s is crowded with working-class New Yorkers escaping the heat.…

A Refugee Discovers

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0800

(image) Once upon a time in Aki Kaurismäki's Helsinki. The Other Side of Hope begins with a startling sequence. A man emerges from a pile of coal on a ship in the middle of the night, picks up his sack, disembarks, and walks the streets of a city, wiping off the coal dust as best he can.…

Voyeur: Sex, Lies, and Book Deals

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0800

(image) Titillating motel sex story checks in, but the details don't check out. Spoiler alert: It's pretty much impossible to discuss the new Netflix documentary Voyeur without giving away the movie's big surprise.…