Anita Katz

Ali Suliman plays a West Bank man who struggles to stay in contact with his family members, who live on the Israeli side of the border wall, in “200 Meters,” which streams in the 41st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. (Courtesy Alaa Ali Abdallah)

41st SF Jewish film fest screens at Castro and online

Dozens of movies from around the world reflect varied experiences, views

Ali Suliman plays a West Bank man who struggles to stay in contact with his family members, who live on the Israeli side of the border wall, in “200 Meters,” which streams in the 41st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. (Courtesy Alaa Ali Abdallah)
Diego Rivera’s “The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent” is filling the street level gallery at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where visitors can see it without paying admission. (Courtesy Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/Artist Rights Society/City College of San Francisco)

Diego Rivera’s epic mural graces SFMOMA

1940 masterwork ‘Pan American Unity’ on view until 2023

Diego Rivera’s “The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent” is filling the street level gallery at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where visitors can see it without paying admission. (Courtesy Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust/Artist Rights Society/City College of San Francisco)
Mavis Staples, left, and Mahalia Jackson sing in a show-stopping moment in “Summer of Soul.” (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures)

‘Summer of Soul’ gives forgotten music fest recognition it deserves

1969 concerts in Harlem were the ‘Ultimate Black barbecue’

Mavis Staples, left, and Mahalia Jackson sing in a show-stopping moment in “Summer of Soul.” (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures)
Sam Richardson is terrific as an appealingly decent ranger in the horror-thriller-comedy “Werewolves Within.” (Courtesy Sabrina Lantos/IFC)

Nice guy, a few laughs in ‘Werewolves Within’

‘Truman and Tennessee’ a visual scrapbook about literary stars

Sam Richardson is terrific as an appealingly decent ranger in the horror-thriller-comedy “Werewolves Within.” (Courtesy Sabrina Lantos/IFC)
Felix Lefebvre, left, and Benjamin Voisin give evocative lead performances in “Summer fof 85.” (Courtesy Music Box Films)
Felix Lefebvre, left, and Benjamin Voisin give evocative lead performances in “Summer fof 85.” (Courtesy Music Box Films)
Niamh Algar is excellent in the fascinating horror flick “Censor.” (Courtesy Maria Lax/Magnolia Releasing)

‘Censor’ intriguingly blends fantasy and reality

Objectivity of photography challenged in ‘All Light, Everywhere’

Niamh Algar is excellent in the fascinating horror flick “Censor.” (Courtesy Maria Lax/Magnolia Releasing)
Alma Pöysti portrays Finnish artist Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin cartoon characters, in “Tove.” (Courtesy Sami Kuokkanen)

‘Tove’ lovingly illustrates life of Finnish cartoon artist

Transgender teens take spotlight in ‘Changing the Game’

Alma Pöysti portrays Finnish artist Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin cartoon characters, in “Tove.” (Courtesy Sami Kuokkanen)
Emma Stone is an appealing anti-heroine in “Cruella.” 
Courtesy Disney

Fun plot, inspired mayhem in live-action Cruella

‘Port Authority’ celebrates self-expression, nontraditional families

Emma Stone is an appealing anti-heroine in “Cruella.” 
Courtesy Disney
Toni Collette and Owen Teale star in “Dream Horse,” a charming tale set in Wales. <ins>(Courtesy Kerry Brown/Bleecker Street/Topic Studios)</ins>

‘Dream Horse’ a charming if predictable racing tale

Nazis recall Hitler’s regime in ‘Final Account’

Toni Collette and Owen Teale star in “Dream Horse,” a charming tale set in Wales. <ins>(Courtesy Kerry Brown/Bleecker Street/Topic Studios)</ins>
Mads Mikkelsen and Andrea Heick Gadeberg appear in “Riders of Justice.” <ins>(Courtesy Rolf Konow/ Magnet Releasing)</ins>

‘Riders of Justice’ is more than a revenge movie

‘Killing of Two Lovers’ a small but searing psycho-thriller

Mads Mikkelsen and Andrea Heick Gadeberg appear in “Riders of Justice.” <ins>(Courtesy Rolf Konow/ Magnet Releasing)</ins>
“Sistine Chapel 1993/2019” is the grand finale of “Nam June Paik” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Estate of Nam June Paik/Photo by Andria Lo)

Nam June Paik predicted the internet revolution

Groundbreaking TV-loving artist in spotlight in SFMOMA retrospective

“Sistine Chapel 1993/2019” is the grand finale of “Nam June Paik” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Estate of Nam June Paik/Photo by Andria Lo)
Front, from left, Ehud Barak, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat are pictured at Camp David in July 2000 in “The Human Factor.”<ins> (Courtesy William J. Clinton Presidential Library/Sony Pictures Classics)</ins>

‘Human Factor’ goes behind the scenes of Middle East peace talks

Ambassadors who were there tell stories in appealing wonky documentary

Front, from left, Ehud Barak, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat are pictured at Camp David in July 2000 in “The Human Factor.”<ins> (Courtesy William J. Clinton Presidential Library/Sony Pictures Classics)</ins>
The Roxie Theater in the Mission, a haven for movie lovers, is slated to reopen on May 21 with a special program being selected by a poll of enthusiastic viewers. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

S.F. indie movie houses readying to reopen

Fans, operators excited to return to the big-screen experience

The Roxie Theater in the Mission, a haven for movie lovers, is slated to reopen on May 21 with a special program being selected by a poll of enthusiastic viewers. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
From left, Amir El-Masry, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Owuso-Ansah and Vikash Bhai appear in “Limbo,” directed by Ben Sharrock. <ins>(Courtesy Focus Features)</ins>

Quirky ‘Limbo’ details plight of Syrian refugees on Scottish isle

‘About Endlessness’ another droll tragicomedy by Roy Andersson

From left, Amir El-Masry, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Owuso-Ansah and Vikash Bhai appear in “Limbo,” directed by Ben Sharrock. <ins>(Courtesy Focus Features)</ins>
Ed Helms and Patti Harrison star in “Together Together,” a comedy about a man and the surrogate he hires to have a baby. (Courtesy Bleecker Street)

‘Together Together’ an uneven look at unconventionally conceived familes

‘Downstream to Kinshasa’ illustrates effects of Congo’s Six Day War

Ed Helms and Patti Harrison star in “Together Together,” a comedy about a man and the surrogate he hires to have a baby. (Courtesy Bleecker Street)
“Gunda” is director Victor Kossakovsky’s moving film about a pig on a Norwegian farm.<ins> (Courtesy Neon)</ins>

Two enlightening docs: ‘Gunda,’ ‘The Last Animals’

Films show how humans wreak havoc in natural world

“Gunda” is director Victor Kossakovsky’s moving film about a pig on a Norwegian farm.<ins> (Courtesy Neon)</ins>
Noée Abita is excellent as a competitive teen skier who is sexually abused by her coach in “Slalom.” (Courtesy Kino Lorber)

‘Slalom’ a vivid psychodrama for the #MeToo era

Syrian refugee crisis meets Western art market in ‘Man Who Sold His Skin’

Noée Abita is excellent as a competitive teen skier who is sexually abused by her coach in “Slalom.” (Courtesy Kino Lorber)
John Boyega stars in “Naked Singularlity,” the opening presentation of the 2021 SFFILM Film Festival.<ins> (Courtesy SFFILM)</ins>

2021 SFFILM Festival is online and at the drive-in

Program offers 103 films, including 42 features and 13 premieres, from 41 countries

John Boyega stars in “Naked Singularlity,” the opening presentation of the 2021 SFFILM Film Festival.<ins> (Courtesy SFFILM)</ins>
Oscar Isaac appears in “The Letter Room,” a 2020 short drama directed by Elvira Lind. (Courtesy ShortsTV)

Oscar-nominated short films online and in theaters

Live-action lineup, with three U.S. entries, particularly strong

Oscar Isaac appears in “The Letter Room,” a 2020 short drama directed by Elvira Lind. (Courtesy ShortsTV)
Michelle Pfeiffer is terrific as a quirky socialite in “French Exit.” <ins>(Courtesy Lou Scamble/Sony Pictures Classics)</ins>

Michelle Pfeiffer shines in uneven ‘French Exit’

Eccentricity overwhelms what could be effective social satire

Michelle Pfeiffer is terrific as a quirky socialite in “French Exit.” <ins>(Courtesy Lou Scamble/Sony Pictures Classics)</ins>