Anita Katz

Domestic drama outshines thrills in ‘Everybody Knows’

Asghar Farhadi, known for his textured Iranian dramas including the Oscar-winning “A…

‘Arctic’ a literally and figuratively chilling survival tale

Set amid nature at its nastiest and featuring a magnetic Mads Mikkelsen,…

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ brings World War I soldiers to life

Fantasy maestro Peter Jackson goes the nonfiction route in “They Shall Not…

‘Acceptable Loss’ an unacceptable political drama

Jamie Lee Curtis supplies the ruthless, war-mongering goods in the supporting role…

Winter 2019 Arts Preview: Museums and Galleries

Monet, Calder and kimono fashion are on the winter exhibition slate. OPENING…

Oddities outweigh humanity in ‘Adult Life Skills’

Thanks to the smarter aspects of its storytelling and its likable lead…

Fine art assembly at sixth Fog Design+Art

Designed with the adventurous nature of Bay Area art lovers in mind,…

‘Aspern Papers’ could have been a moving romantic literary drama

Based on Henry James’ 1888 novella about a dead poet’s love letters,…

Satisfying shorts from 2018 Sundance fest on tour

The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour -- a rare opportunity to…

‘Vice’ energetically details Dick Cheney’s rise to power

“Vice,” written and directed by Adam McKay, is messy going as it…

Gauguin’s changing styles reflect a spiritual journey

Paul Gauguin, the French post-impressionist painter and rule-breaker whose flattened imagery, bold…

A Lebanese boy fends for himself in compassionate ‘Capernaum’

Part neorealism, part Dickens and part Hollywood heart-tugger, “Capernaum,” directed and co-written…

‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’ shines spotlight on industrial musicals

Though it may leave you with some ridiculous ditties resounding in your…

‘Vox Lux’ a portrait of a pop star, and world, in crisis

A consideration of pop music and terrorism by rising filmmaker Brady Corbet,…

Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ graced by master’s touch

Alfonso Cuarón honors his childhood nanny in “Roma,” his 1970s-set memory drama.…

Contemporary conceptual Chinese art urges inquiry

Provocative and conceptual Chinese artists from three turbulent decades address globalism and…

‘Shoplifters’ a touching look at a family of criminals

“Shoplifters,” new from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, is a beautifully crafted, gently…

‘Widows’ a fun heist thriller with a touch of depth

“Hunger,” “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen brings his…

The singing is stunning in ‘Maria by Callas’

“Maria by Callas” (opening Friday at the Clay) isn’t a penetrating portrait…

‘Boy Erased’ a sympathetic look at a gay teen’s faith, sexuality

A gay teenager experiences the nightmare of conversion therapy in “Boy Erased,”…