Anita Katz

Andra Day sounds great in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”<ins></ins>

Singing soars in uneven ‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’

‘Test Pattern’ takes on timely issues, from racism to women’s health

Andra Day sounds great in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”<ins></ins>
Frances McDormand, left, and David Strathairn appear in the wonderful “Nomadland.”<ins> (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures)</ins>

‘Nomadland’ a sublime, magical story of people in transition

‘A First Farewell’ intriguingly depicts Muslim villagers in China

Frances McDormand, left, and David Strathairn appear in the wonderful “Nomadland.”<ins> (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures)</ins>
Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen are charming in “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.” <ins>(Courtesy Dan Anderson/Amazon Studios)</ins>
Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen are charming in “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.” <ins>(Courtesy Dan Anderson/Amazon Studios)</ins>
Martine Chevallier, left, and Barbara Sukowa star in “Two of Us.” (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

‘Two of Us’ a tender tale about older women in love

‘A Ghost Waits’ charms with romance, horror

Martine Chevallier, left, and Barbara Sukowa star in “Two of Us.” (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)
Niousha Jafarian is superb in Kourosh Ahari’s “The Night.” (Courtesy IFC Midnight)

‘The Night’ cleverly melds horror and marital strife

‘Dear Comrades’ rivetingly depicts life in the 1960s Soviet Union

Niousha Jafarian is superb in Kourosh Ahari’s “The Night.” (Courtesy IFC Midnight)
The charismatic Adarsh Gourav, left, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas star in “The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of the novel by Aravind Adiga.<ins> (Courtesy Netflix)</ins>

‘White Tiger’ takes in-depth look at India’s caste system

‘Identifying Features’ depicts human effects of Mexico’s drug wars

The charismatic Adarsh Gourav, left, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas star in “The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of the novel by Aravind Adiga.<ins> (Courtesy Netflix)</ins>
From left, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge star in the fascinating “One Night in Miami.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)

Four famed Black heroes gather in riveting ‘One Night in Miami’

‘Some Kind of Heaven’ digs into life at a huge Florida senior community

From left, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge star in the fascinating “One Night in Miami.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)
Claire Dunne plays an Irish woman who goes on a self-discovery journey in “Herself.”<ins> (Courtesy Amazon Studios)</ins>

A woman builds a house in appealing ‘Herself’

‘Dissident’ a doc about an intrepid Saudi reporter

Claire Dunne plays an Irish woman who goes on a self-discovery journey in “Herself.”<ins> (Courtesy Amazon Studios)</ins>
People who are shunned because they are physically unattractive are the subject of “Happy Face.” (Courtesy Dark Star)

‘Happy Face’ takes in-depth view of individuals deemed unsightly

Clunky but genuine film tackles rarely addressed subject

People who are shunned because they are physically unattractive are the subject of “Happy Face.” (Courtesy Dark Star)
Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are convincing couple in “Sylvie’s Love.” (Courtesy Nicola Goode/Amazon Studios)

‘Sylvie’s Love’ a sexy, old-fashioned melodrama

But classy, engaging film with a Black cast lacks depth

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are convincing couple in “Sylvie’s Love.” (Courtesy Nicola Goode/Amazon Studios)
Atsuko Maeda plays a Japanese TV show host who visits Uzbekistan for work in the affecting “To the Ends of the Earth.”(Courtesy Kim Stim)

A Japanese TV host journeys in evocative ‘To the Ends of the Earth’

‘The Last Blockbuster’ an engaging, nostalgic documentary

Atsuko Maeda plays a Japanese TV show host who visits Uzbekistan for work in the affecting “To the Ends of the Earth.”(Courtesy Kim Stim)
Diego Luna and Sienna Miller star in “Wander Darkly,” a psychological romantic drama by Tara Miele. (Courtesy Lionsgate)

Tara Miele’s ‘Wander Darkly’ fascinates and frustrates

‘76 Days’ looks at COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China

Diego Luna and Sienna Miller star in “Wander Darkly,” a psychological romantic drama by Tara Miele. (Courtesy Lionsgate)
Paul Bettany, right, and Peter Macdissi are excellent in “Uncle Frank,” a cliché-packed melodrama.<ins> (Courtesy Amazon Studios)</ins>

‘Uncle Frank’ is both moving and clichéd

‘Zappa’ a sprawling doc about a unique rock artist

Paul Bettany, right, and Peter Macdissi are excellent in “Uncle Frank,” a cliché-packed melodrama.<ins> (Courtesy Amazon Studios)</ins>
Guy Pearce makes the most of a showy role in “The Last Vermeer.” <ins>(Courtesy Jack English/TriStar Pictures 2020 CTMG)</ins>

Guy Pearce elevates ‘Last Vermeer’

‘Born to Be’ sensitively documents transgender surgery

Guy Pearce makes the most of a showy role in “The Last Vermeer.” <ins>(Courtesy Jack English/TriStar Pictures 2020 CTMG)</ins>
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, is prominently featured in Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”
Courtesy photo

Frederick Wiseman brings Boston to life in ‘City Hall’

‘Irmi’ tells touching story of survival, resilience

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, is prominently featured in Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”
Courtesy photo
From left, Jack Lowden, Fiona Shaw and the excellent Tamara Lawrance star in “Kindred.” (Courtesy IFC Films)

Superb lead performance boosts creepy ‘Kindred’

‘Koko-Di Koko-Da’ an intriguing, sinister fantasy

From left, Jack Lowden, Fiona Shaw and the excellent Tamara Lawrance star in “Kindred.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
Jules Porier, left, and Marta Nieto appear in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s intriguing “Madre.” (Courtesy Strand Releasing)

‘Madre’ a dark and buoyant psychological drama

‘Us Kids’ details rising anti-gun violence youth movement

Jules Porier, left, and Marta Nieto appear in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s intriguing “Madre.” (Courtesy Strand Releasing)
Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Bay Area artists jam-pack vivid ‘de Young Open’

Huge exhibition — with works for sale — showcases diversity, supports community

Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Jamie Dornan, left, and Anthony Mackie make the most of their roles in “Synchronic.” (Courtesy Rustic Films)

Sci-fi adventure ‘Synchronic’ looks good, but lacks originality

New Orleans-set time-travel thriller could be sharper

Jamie Dornan, left, and Anthony Mackie make the most of their roles in “Synchronic.” (Courtesy Rustic Films)
“David Byrne’s American Utopia” is a wild and thoughtful concert film featuring the Talking Heads frontman. (Courtesy David Lee)

Spike Lee captures David Byrne’s upbeat show in ‘American Utopia’

’S#!%house’ a sensitive coming-of-age tale

“David Byrne’s American Utopia” is a wild and thoughtful concert film featuring the Talking Heads frontman. (Courtesy David Lee)