Movies and TV

‘Serenity’ is a fishing-boat film noir turned sideways

“Serenity” starts like a traditional film noir, glossy and heated, with a…

Diedrich Bader revels in ‘Office Space’s’ cult classic status

Venerable character actor Diedrich Bader is proud to have one of the…

‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ lead Oscar race, with 10 nominations each

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 2019 Oscar…

‘Collisions’ among SF IndieFest’s most timely, topical films

San Francisco writer-director Richard Levien’s “Collisions,” a sensitively portrayed, moving story about…

Karyn Kusama discusses ‘Destroyer’s’ physical, moral challenges

Although 2018 included remarkable cinematic achievements by women, Karyn Kusama’s extraordinary, haunting…

Oddities outweigh humanity in ‘Adult Life Skills’

Thanks to the smarter aspects of its storytelling and its likable lead…

Pawel Pawlikowski follows ‘Ida’ with dynamic black-and-white ‘Cold War’

In 2015, Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski won the Oscar for Best Foreign…

‘Aspern Papers’ could have been a moving romantic literary drama

Based on Henry James’ 1888 novella about a dead poet’s love letters,…

Films opening Jan. 10-11, 2019

The Aspern Papers: An editor travels to 19th century Italy seeking love…

Satisfying shorts from 2018 Sundance fest on tour

The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour -- a rare opportunity to…

‘Escape Room’ tantalizes both brains and brawn

True cineastes know that January movies are generally unwanted castoffs, the riffraff…

2018: The year’s best movies

Looking forward to the bulk of awards season, here’s The Examiner’s annual…

‘Vice’ energetically details Dick Cheney’s rise to power

“Vice,” written and directed by Adam McKay, is messy going as it…

Films opening Dec. 19-25, 2018

Aquaman: The half-man, half-Atlantean is the latest D.C. superhero to get an…

‘Aquaman’: Moments of fun, but too long and explosive

The sixth in the DC Extended Universe movie franchise, “Aquaman” is fun,…

A Lebanese boy fends for himself in compassionate ‘Capernaum’

Part neorealism, part Dickens and part Hollywood heart-tugger, “Capernaum,” directed and co-written…

Armie Hammer steps into RBG’s husband’s shoes in ‘On the Basis of Sex’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has evolved into a role…

‘Moonlight’-maker Jenkins follows Oscar win with elegant ‘Beale Street’

Barry Jenkins, whose glorious “Moonlight” won three Academy Awards including best picture,…

Films opening Thursday-Friday, Dec. 13-14, 2018

Bathtubs Over Broadway: Late-night TV comedy writer Steve Young stumbles upon the…

‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’ shines spotlight on industrial musicals

Though it may leave you with some ridiculous ditties resounding in your…