Jeffrey M. Anderson

Alden Ehrenreich plays the title character in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Courtesy Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Love of Westerns inspires Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo

It’s fitting that Alden Ehrenreich played a cowboy actor in Joel and…

Alden Ehrenreich plays the title character in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Courtesy Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried give sensitive performances in “First Reformed.” (Courtesy A24)

Paul Schrader unusually focuses on spirituality in ‘First Reformed’

The first thing one might notice about writer-director Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”…

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried give sensitive performances in “First Reformed.” (Courtesy A24)
Once again, Ryan Reynolds is funny in “Deadpool 2.” (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

Deadpool sequel cheerfully maintains original’s vulgar humor

The R-rated sequel “Deadpool 2,” the 11th film in Marvel’s X-Men series,…

Once again, Ryan Reynolds is funny in “Deadpool 2.” (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)
Margot Robbie makes the most of her role in the tepid noir “Terminal.” (Courtesy RLJE Films)

Margot Robbie gives her movie-star best in mediocre ‘Terminal’

It could be that the age of movie stars is over, replaced…

Margot Robbie makes the most of her role in the tepid noir “Terminal.” (Courtesy RLJE Films)
Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman work on the set of “Tully.” (Courtesy Focus Features)

Theron depicts real-life motherhood in ‘Tully’

“Every time Jason calls I know it’s going to be a challenge,”…

Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman work on the set of “Tully.” (Courtesy Focus Features)
Josh Brolin is the villain in the massive “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Courtesy Marvel Studios)

Marvel’s big ‘Infinity War’ balances humor, weight

It must have taken a superhuman effort to pull together this massive…

Josh Brolin is the villain in the massive “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Courtesy Marvel Studios)
Jack Nicholson stars in “The Passenger,” closing the Michelangelo Antonioni festival on April 28. (Courtesy photo)

Five Antonioni flicks at the Castro

“Alienation” is arguably the most common word used to describe Michelangelo Antonioni’s…

Jack Nicholson stars in “The Passenger,” closing the Michelangelo Antonioni festival on April 28. (Courtesy photo)
Brady Jandreau gives a touching performance in the unique “The Rider.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

Poetic ‘Rider’ tells a moving, real-life horse story

Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” is a remarkable, deeply moving melding of fact…

Brady Jandreau gives a touching performance in the unique “The Rider.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)
Charlie Plummer plays a boy who bonds with a horse in "Lean on Pete," based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. (Courtesy A24)

Andrew Haigh takes on horses, emotions in lyrical ‘Lean on Pete’

While director Andrew Haigh’s films are usually about humans looking to connect,…

Charlie Plummer plays a boy who bonds with a horse in "Lean on Pete," based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. (Courtesy A24)
Emily Blunt, left, and Millicent Simmonds star in “A Quiet Place.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

Krasinski’s deadly silence effective in ‘A Quiet Place’

As with Jordan Peele’s 2017 “Get Out,” “A Quiet Place” is a…

Emily Blunt, left, and Millicent Simmonds star in “A Quiet Place.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)
Tye Sheridan goes on adventures in the sometimes touching “Ready Player One.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Spielberg entertains masses in ‘Ready Player One’

Aside from being one of the best filmmakers working today, Steven Spielberg…

Tye Sheridan goes on adventures in the sometimes touching “Ready Player One.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
Bryan Cranston voices the part of Chief, a stray in Wes Anderson’s inventive “Isle of Dogs.” (Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Wes Anderson’s animated ‘Isle of Dogs’ is wondrous

“Isle of Dogs” is the ninth film by Wes Anderson, and his…

Bryan Cranston voices the part of Chief, a stray in Wes Anderson’s inventive “Isle of Dogs.” (Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” the new installment of the action series. (Courtesy Graham Bortholomew/ Warner Bros.)

‘Tomb Raider’ wastes another opportunity for a great female action hero

The “Indiana Jones” series has inspired dozens of other movies, but few…

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” the new installment of the action series. (Courtesy Graham Bortholomew/ Warner Bros.)
Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo star in “Gringo.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)

Complicated yet likable ‘Gringo’ runs out of steam

The knotty action-comedy “Gringo” is the latest from Blue-Tongue Films, a collective…

Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo star in “Gringo.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)
Anya Taylor-Joy, left, and Olivia Cooke appear in “Thoroughbreds,” the excellent directorial debut by Cory Finley. (Courtesy Claire Folger/ Focus Features)

Behind the scenes with ‘Thoroughbreds’ Cory Finley, Anya Taylor-Joy

“Thoroughbreds” is a unique, prickly, genre-bending experience, deftly weaving from horror movie…

Anya Taylor-Joy, left, and Olivia Cooke appear in “Thoroughbreds,” the excellent directorial debut by Cory Finley. (Courtesy Claire Folger/ Focus Features)
Jennifer Lawrence stars in the lackluster “Red Sparrow.” (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)

‘Red Sparrow’ more mopey than sexy

The chance to do an entire movie in a Russian accent must…

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the lackluster “Red Sparrow.” (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)
Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson investigate a weird anomaly in “Annihilation.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures/Skydance)
Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson investigate a weird anomaly in “Annihilation.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures/Skydance)
Voice actors Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams and director Nick Park show off their ‘Early Man’ characters. (Lionsgate)
Voice actors Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams and director Nick Park show off their ‘Early Man’ characters. (Lionsgate)
Chadwick Boseman is more than just a superhero in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” (Disney/Marvel)

Claws for celebration: ‘Black Panther’ is more than just a superhero movie.

Opening Friday in Bay Area theaters, “Black Panther” — directed by Oakland’s…

Chadwick Boseman is more than just a superhero in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” (Disney/Marvel)
James Corden is the voice of Peter Rabbit, who finds himself at odds with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) in “Peter Rabbit.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

‘Peter Rabbit’ movie misses magic of Beatrix Potter books

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

James Corden is the voice of Peter Rabbit, who finds himself at odds with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) in “Peter Rabbit.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures)