Movies and TV

Mary Kay place dazzles in ‘Diane’

“Diane” is a movie about an individual life and, also, life itself.…

Films opening Friday, March 29, 2019

3 Faces: In Jafar Panahi’s Cannes award-winning drama, a famous Iranian actress…

‘Hotel Mumbai’ captures drama of terrorism, with cliches

“Hotel Mumbai” dramatizes the horror and heroism in India’s largest city during…

Tim Burton’s spin on ‘Dumbo’ makes old story worth retelling

None of the recent Disney live-action re-imaginings of classic animated films (“Cinderella,”…

‘The OA’ brings Brit Marling to San Francisco

By Joshua Rotter Special to S.F. Examiner Brit Marling wasn’t satisfied with…

  • Mar 22, 2019

Films opening Friday, March 22, 2019

The Aftermath: In postwar Germany, tensions arise when a British colonel (Jason…

  • Mar 22, 2019

‘Transit’ compellingly looks at refugees in peril

German filmmaker Christian Petzold pointedly transports the Holocaust to current times and…

Peele expertly follows ‘Get Out’ with startling and wildly entertaining ‘Us’

Jordan Peele’s “Us” attempts the impossible job of following the sensation that…

Films opening Thursday-Friday, March 14-15, 2019

Ash Is the Purest White: The decade-spanning romantic drama set in modern-day…

Jia Zhangke touches on favorite themes in masterful ‘Ash Is Purest White’

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke isn’t a household name in the U.S. His…

Julianne Moore dances in ‘Gloria Bell’

Julianne Moore’s joyfully fresh take on filmmaker Sebastian Lelio’s dance-loving heroine allows…

Films opening Friday, March 8, 2019

Captain Marvel: Brie Larson plays the title character in Marvel’s first solo…

‘Styx’ a thrilling sea-set morality tale

Titled for the mythological river separating the worlds of the living and…

Funny, lovable ‘Captain Marvel’ has girl power

“Captain Marvel,” the 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, maintains the…

Berlin & Beyond fest returns to a divided Germany

Two teenagers from East Germany sneak in a movie theater in West…

Films and more at Cinequest creativity fest

Opening March 5, Cinequest is showcasing scores of independent and international titles.…

‘Birds of Passage’ a portrait of a little-known culture, with drugs

“Birds of Passage,” from Colombia, tells a story about the drug trade…

Films opening Feb. 28-March 1, 2019

Birds of Passage: Set in 1970s Colombia, the mystical drama centers on…

Neil Jordan gives ‘Greta’ a human touch

Neil Jordan’s “Greta” resembles 1990s psychopathic stalker movies such as “Misery,” “Pacific…

Quirky ‘To Dust’ tells story of a cantor and science teacher

A grieving Hasidic cantor and an undistinguished science professor explore the world…