Jeffrey M. Anderson

‘Peter Rabbit’ movie misses magic of Beatrix Potter books

For fans of Beatrix Potter, the new “Peter Rabbit” movie is more…

‘Winchester’ could have been a great ‘true’ ghost story

Believers in ghosts in the Bay Area probably looked forward to the…

‘Vazante’ is a vivid poem about the enslaved

In this current sociopolitical landscape, where discussions of women in film are…

Don’t go in ‘Den of Thieves’

“Den of Thieves” is an apt title. In the heist movie, a…

‘Phantom Thread’ a grand, perverse human tale

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” is one of his best movies, eschewing…

Lin Shaye makes ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ worth seeing

“Insidious: The Last Key” is the fourth in the “Insidious” horror franchise,…

‘Downsizing’ a misfire from usually reliable Alexander Payne

“Downsizing” is a puzzling anomaly in filmmaker Alexander Payne’s oeuvre, a bizarre…

Beauty, desire fill ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” is the third in what…

‘Last Jedi’ vies for best of ‘Star Wars’ status

If the new trilogy of “Star Wars” sequels is deliberately mirroring the…

‘Darkest Hour’ cohorts amazed as Oldman becomes Churchill

Joe Wright, director of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna,” “Anna Karenina” and…

‘Shape of Water’ a gorgeous romance about monsters and outcasts

By now, many know of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House, the…

Franco brothers’ ‘Disaster Artist’ pays loving homage to ‘The Room’

“We love ‘The Room!’ says James Franco, munching on melon slices. “We…

With magic and beauty, Pixar’s ‘Coco’ celebrates family, music, life and death

Pixar’s 19th animated feature film, “Coco,” which opens Wednesday in Bay Area…

‘Justice League’: A team come true

Well, this is a happy surprise. After the sludgy, lumbering, overly serious…

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Orient Express’ a bright, old-fashioned ride

In the new “Murder on the Orient Express,” Agatha Christie’s beloved Hercule…

Richard Linklater chats about ‘Last Flag Flying’s’ rich characters, performances

Richard Linklater has been on a roll in recent years, with outstanding…

New Thor movie has fun, personality

The 17th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Series, “Thor: Ragnarok” feels…

Todd Haynes talks about sound and quiet in ‘Wonderstruck’

Todd Haynes is one of the few American filmmakers that conveys ideas…

‘Marshall’: Important topic, great entertainment

Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall” is, simply, an important film as well as an…

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is very good, if not quite great

Watching a sequel to “Blade Runner,” at least for a certain generation…