Movies and TV

Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga heat up ‘Star Is Born’

“A Star Is Born,” the fourth version of the showbiz melodrama, doesn’t…

Smart ‘Smallfoot’ champions kindness, curiosity

Trailers for the new computer-animated, kid-friendly “Smallfoot” were unpromising, and the yeti…

Violent ‘Sisters Brothers’ an appealing offbeat Western

“The Sisters Brothers” combines a violent Western and an offbeat road (trail?)…

Matthew Morrison kicks off Bay Area Cabaret’s 15th season

It’s early in the day when Matthew Morrison comes to the phone…

Women in focus at sixth SF Japan film fest

Even though it ran two decades ago when the Asian Art Museum…

Rob Paulsen of ‘Animaniacs’ fame: Laughter is best medicine

Rob Paulsen, the man behind some of the most beloved TV cartoon…

Films opening Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Blaze: Based on a true story, the film by Ethan Hawke is…

‘Blaze’ tells little-known story of country great

“Blaze,” directed by Ethan Hawke, is a free-flowing, honey-colored, emotionally satisfying ramble…

‘House with a Clock’ a magical family-friendly adventure

Based on a 1973 novel by John Bellairs, “The House with a…

Emmy stars upstaged by surprise marriage proposal

For those who care, here are the results from the 70th annual…

Films opening Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

American Chaos: In the documentary, which is set during the 2016 presidential…

A colorful portrait of art legend Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, the painter, sculptor, installation maker, performer, provocateur and 89-year-old art-world…

Subversive fourth ‘Predator’ movie is fast, funny

Shane Black’s “The Predator” probably isn’t what anyone expected from a new…

Film festivals bust out across the Bay

It’s fall arts season in the Bay, and that means there’s no…

Films opening Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

The Apparition: The Vatican recruits a journalist to investigate a young woman’s…

‘Apparition’ a worthy, if not thrilling, religious mystery

A supernaturally themed mystery set entirely and refreshingly in the natural world,…

‘Pick of the Litter’ an adorable look at guide dogs in training

Certain types of movies are critic-proof. For example, those who might criticize…

SF Green Film fest tackles international environmental issues

“It’s elemental” is the theme of the eighth San Francisco Green Film…

Films opening Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

40 Years in the Making-The Magic Music Movie: Filmmaker Lee Aronsohn examines…

‘Bookshop’ isn’t a page-turner

Featuring an old-fashioned bookstore, a picturesque English seaside setting and Bill Nighy…