Movies and TV

The uplifting “In The Heights,” based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2005 stage musical, celebrates life in Washington Heights, N.Y. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Lin & tonic: Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ hits the big screen exuberantly

Film version of B’way hit is everything a movie musical should be

The uplifting “In The Heights,” based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2005 stage musical, celebrates life in Washington Heights, N.Y. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
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)
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are back as the beloved Warrens in the third “Conjuring” movie. <ins>(Courtesy Warner Bros.)</ins>

Third ‘Conjuring’ shows signs of demonic fatigue

New director revisits the Warrens in slightly tired sequel

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are back as the beloved Warrens in the third “Conjuring” movie. <ins>(Courtesy Warner Bros.)</ins>
Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won an Oscar for her role in “Minari.” <ins>(Courtesy A24)</ins>
Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won an Oscar for her role in “Minari.” <ins>(Courtesy A24)</ins>
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
From left, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds and Emily Blunt appear in “A Quiet Place Part II.” <ins>(Courtesy Paramount)</ins>

Hush life: ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ a solid sequel

Impeccably made film has indelible pandemic-era images

From left, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds and Emily Blunt appear in “A Quiet Place Part II.” <ins>(Courtesy Paramount)</ins>
Photojournalist and filmmaker Lou Dematteis is part of the team behind “Keeper of the Fire,” a documentary about poet Alejandro Murguía screening at the Roxie at 4:45 p.m. June 5 and online in June in SF DocFest. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

‘Keeper of the Fire’ matches words with images

Filmmaker Lou Dematteis sheds light on poet Alejandro Murguía

Photojournalist and filmmaker Lou Dematteis is part of the team behind “Keeper of the Fire,” a documentary about poet Alejandro Murguía screening at the Roxie at 4:45 p.m. June 5 and online in June in SF DocFest. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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>
Suki Waterhouse is good in “Seance,” the debut feature by writer-director Simon Barrett. (Courtesy RLJE Films)

Director Simon Barrett debuts with scary, atmospheric ‘Seance’

Horror flick nods to Italian cinema and plays cleverly on genre motifs

Suki Waterhouse is good in “Seance,” the debut feature by writer-director Simon Barrett. (Courtesy RLJE Films)
Emma Stone plays the title character in the live-action “Cruella.” (Courtesy Laurie Sparham/Disney)

Back to the big screen: Summer Movie Preview

A brief look at the most promising of 2021’s offerings

Emma Stone plays the title character in the live-action “Cruella.” (Courtesy Laurie Sparham/Disney)
Amy Adams is excellent in the psychological thriller “The Woman in the Window.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Pane killer: ‘Woman in the Window’ a well-executed thriller

Joe Wright’s latest is conventional yet beautifully acted

Amy Adams is excellent in the psychological thriller “The Woman in the Window.” (Courtesy Netflix)
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>
Filmmaker Will J. Zang’s four-minute hybrid documentary “The Leaf” is part of CAAMFest’s Out/Here Shorts program focusing on LGBTQ+ stories. (Courtesy Will J. Zang)

Gay Chinese filmmaker Will Zang has a dilemma in ‘The Leaf’

CAAMFest screenings reflect diverse Asian and Asian-American experiences

Filmmaker Will J. Zang’s four-minute hybrid documentary “The Leaf” is part of CAAMFest’s Out/Here Shorts program focusing on LGBTQ+ stories. (Courtesy Will J. Zang)
The new film adaptation of “In The Heights” is in the lineup of 2021 San Francisco Pride festivities. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Frameline, SF Pride screen ‘In The Heights’

Ballpark film event features adaptation of Tony-winning musical

The new film adaptation of “In The Heights” is in the lineup of 2021 San Francisco Pride festivities. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
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>
Jason Statham, left, and Josh Hartnett star in “Wrath of Man.” (Courtesy Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)
Jason Statham, left, and Josh Hartnett star in “Wrath of Man.” (Courtesy Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)
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>
Don Johnson, currently appearing on NBC's "Kenan," has been shooting scenes for a new "Nash Bridges" show in The City. (Courtesy Chris Haston/NBC)

New ‘Nash Bridges’ show filming in The City

Supervisors OK use of SFPD insignia for series’ use

  • May 4, 2021
Don Johnson, currently appearing on NBC's "Kenan," has been shooting scenes for a new "Nash Bridges" show in The City. (Courtesy Chris Haston/NBC)
“Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem,” a social justice film by Robert Greenwald, can be viewed online for free. (Courtesy photo)

Enlightening documentary examines injustices surrounding misdemeanors

Film looks at devastating effects of system on minority communities

  • Apr 30, 2021
“Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem,” a social justice film by Robert Greenwald, can be viewed online for free. (Courtesy photo)
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>