Movies and TV

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>
Michael B. Jordan adds a welcome depth to the lead character in the exciting “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.” (Courtesy Nadja Klier/Paramount Pictures)

‘Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse’ is taut and exciting

Film offers the coolest of the spy novelist’s heroes since Harrison Ford’s Jack Ryan

Michael B. Jordan adds a welcome depth to the lead character in the exciting “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.” (Courtesy Nadja Klier/Paramount Pictures)
Linda May and Frances McDormand in the film “Nomadland.” (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures/TNS)

Oscars 2021: How ‘Nomadland’ won best picture

Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times Eight months ago, Chloé Zhao drove from…

Linda May and Frances McDormand in the film “Nomadland.” (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures/TNS)
Model Chase Oma, in a custom silver lace hood and illustrated jacket by <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1002021795/silver-lace-face-mask-hood-face-mask-emf" target="_blank">Paul Gallo</a>, poses at the Lone Star Saloon.<ins> (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Fully-vaccinated date night

A movie in a socially-distanced theater proves satisfying

Model Chase Oma, in a custom silver lace hood and illustrated jacket by <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1002021795/silver-lace-face-mask-hood-face-mask-emf" target="_blank">Paul Gallo</a>, poses at the Lone Star Saloon.<ins> (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Lewis Tan plays the hero in “Mortal Kombat.” <ins>(Courtesy Warner Bros.)</ins>

‘Mortal Kombat’ is surprising dumb fun

Gory reboot is a rare fresh film based on a video game

Lewis Tan plays the hero in “Mortal Kombat.” <ins>(Courtesy Warner Bros.)</ins>
Chrissie Fit, left, and Lorenza Izzo appear in the San Francisco-set “Women is Losers.” (Courtesy Look at the Moon Pictures)

‘Women Is Losers’ underscores bias toward females of color

Lissette Feliciano’s feature debut is set in 1960s San Francisco

  • Apr 22, 2021
Chrissie Fit, left, and Lorenza Izzo appear in the San Francisco-set “Women is Losers.” (Courtesy Look at the Moon Pictures)
Ed Helms and Patti Harrison star in “Together Together,” a comedy about a man and the surrogate he hires to have a baby. (Courtesy Bleecker Street)

‘Together Together’ an uneven look at unconventionally conceived familes

‘Downstream to Kinshasa’ illustrates effects of Congo’s Six Day War

Ed Helms and Patti Harrison star in “Together Together,” a comedy about a man and the surrogate he hires to have a baby. (Courtesy Bleecker Street)
“Gunda” is director Victor Kossakovsky’s moving film about a pig on a Norwegian farm.<ins> (Courtesy Neon)</ins>

Two enlightening docs: ‘Gunda,’ ‘The Last Animals’

Films show how humans wreak havoc in natural world

“Gunda” is director Victor Kossakovsky’s moving film about a pig on a Norwegian farm.<ins> (Courtesy Neon)</ins>
The often great Morgan Freeman, seemingly inexplicably, stars in “Vanquish.” <ins>(Courtesy Lionsgate)</ins>

Action flick ‘Vanquish’ is bafflingly awful

Morgan Freeman-Ruby Rose vehicle might be worth viewing for a laugh

The often great Morgan Freeman, seemingly inexplicably, stars in “Vanquish.” <ins>(Courtesy Lionsgate)</ins>