Movies and TV

Third ‘How to Train Your Dragon’: clunky story, great-looking

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the third animated feature…

Domestic drama outshines thrills in ‘Everybody Knows’

Asghar Farhadi, known for his textured Iranian dramas including the Oscar-winning “A…

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ a scrappy sequel with character appeal

“Happy Death Day,” which could be described as “Groundhog Day”-meets-”Scream,” shouldn’t have…

Radha Mitchell sees spiritual side of Celeste

Radha Mitchell gets steamed up when she hears critics comparing her title…

‘Arctic’ a literally and figuratively chilling survival tale

Set amid nature at its nastiest and featuring a magnetic Mads Mikkelsen,…

‘Cold Pursuit’ is a surprisingly thoughtful dark comedy

Notwithstanding reports about Liam Neeson’s racist comments about wanting to kill a…

‘Lego Movie 2’ still clicks satisfyingly into place

Released in 2014, “The Lego Movie” was a delightful animated surprise --…

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ brings World War I soldiers to life

Fantasy maestro Peter Jackson goes the nonfiction route in “They Shall Not…

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

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

‘Wildland’ among highlights of 21st SF IndieFest

IF YOU GO San Francisco Independent Film Festival Where: Roxie, 3117 16th…

Sam Elliott looks past wild title of new Bigfoot-themed movie

When Sam Elliott was first presented with a project titled “The Man…

‘Acceptable Loss’ an unacceptable political drama

Jamie Lee Curtis supplies the ruthless, war-mongering goods in the supporting role…

‘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,…