More crowd-pleasing than truly heart-stirring, but immensely likable all the same, Mike Mills’ “Beginners” features the story of Mills’ long-closeted father, who came out as a gay man at age 75 and lived the remainder of his life with honesty and vibrancy, terminal cancer notwithstanding.
Credit that winning premise and Mills’ bright execution for the success of this warm, entertaining dramedy. Read More
So many directors describe their movies as “personal” that the sentiment becomes commonplace, even cliché. Not so with Mike Mills — the “Thumbsucker” director, not the R.E.M. bassist — who drew on intimate details from his private life as the starting point for his powerful new drama “Beginners,” which opens June 10. Read More
The 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival presents a bewildering variety of movies in its lineup of nearly 200 selections, exemplifying both the beauty and drawback of film festivals. The assortment is amazing, but sometimes the brief capsule summaries in program guides aren’t helpful, steering patrons in wrong directions, and not necessarily to the best offerings. Here is a short list of recommended films:
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This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, unspooling April 21 through May 5, upholds a 53-year-long tradition of “being different.”Not much of Hollywood or commercial entertainment is evident in the torrent of 188 films from 48 countries, with a few exceptions. Read More