Movies and TV

Singer-actress Keala Settle appears in conversation and song at the Herbst Theatre on March 15. (Courtesy photo)

Keala Settle lives the greatest showman’s rule

Singer overcomes fears with success of ‘This Is Me’

Singer-actress Keala Settle appears in conversation and song at the Herbst Theatre on March 15. (Courtesy photo)
“Juliet of the Spirits” is among the films screening at the March 7 day-long tribute to Federico Fellini at the Castro. (Courtesy photo)

Films opening March 6, 2020

‘Fellini at 100’ showcases master’s films Saturday at the Castro

  • Mar 6, 2020
“Juliet of the Spirits” is among the films screening at the March 7 day-long tribute to Federico Fellini at the Castro. (Courtesy photo)
“Onward” tells the story of brothers Ian (voiced by Tom Holland), left, and Barley (voiced by Chris Pratt). (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ a fun fantasy romp

Animated feature succeeds Despite Disney ‘dead parent’ trope

  • Mar 6, 2020
“Onward” tells the story of brothers Ian (voiced by Tom Holland), left, and Barley (voiced by Chris Pratt). (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)
Due to public health threats, Stanford University is canceling some programs at Cantor Arts Center, though the museum, and the Anderson Collection, will remain open. (Courtesy photo)

Coronavirus threat postpones Stanford museum programs, Ocean film fest

Officials take precaution as public health concerns mount

Due to public health threats, Stanford University is canceling some programs at Cantor Arts Center, though the museum, and the Anderson Collection, will remain open. (Courtesy photo)
Usher Raymond, left, and Garrett Hedlund, star in “Burden.” (Courtesy Mark Hill/101 Studios)

‘Burden,’ ‘Incitement’ focus on real-life haters

Films detail lives of KKK members, Rabin’s assassin

Usher Raymond, left, and Garrett Hedlund, star in “Burden.” (Courtesy Mark Hill/101 Studios)
Cinequest’s Poets N Film event on March 8 features a film about and appearance by Beat poet ruth weiss. (Courtesy photo)

Cinequest turns 30 with films and much more

Silicon Valley fest offers latest in tech and live performances, too

Cinequest’s Poets N Film event on March 8 features a film about and appearance by Beat poet ruth weiss. (Courtesy photo)
Will Forte stars in “Extra Ordinary,” which he calls a “horror movie, but also a comedy and a love story.” (Courtesy photo)

Will Forte gets ‘Extra Ordinary,’ Dan Scanlon moves ‘Onward’

Funny filmmakers also can produce a touching moment or two

Will Forte stars in “Extra Ordinary,” which he calls a “horror movie, but also a comedy and a love story.” (Courtesy photo)
Oprah Winfrey (pictured on the big screen) went into the Chase Center crowd on Saturday, sharing wellness tips with fans. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

Oprah brings her 2020 vision to Chase Center

TV star, mogul shares wellness advice, personal stories

Oprah Winfrey (pictured on the big screen) went into the Chase Center crowd on Saturday, sharing wellness tips with fans. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are excellent in “Ordinary Love.” (Courtesy Bleecker Street)

‘Ordinary Love,’ ‘And Then We Danced’ at the movies

Performances shine in stories about cancer, romance

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are excellent in “Ordinary Love.” (Courtesy Bleecker Street)
Barbara Eden charmed students and fans during a QA at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Thursday. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Catching up with TV’s beloved Jeannie

Barbara Eden in town for S.F. Conservatory honors

Barbara Eden charmed students and fans during a QA at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Thursday. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adèle Haenel, left, and Noémie Merlant star in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” (Courtesy MK2 Films)

A fictional painter, real-life film critic light up the screen

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Art of Pauline Kael’ new at the movies

Adèle Haenel, left, and Noémie Merlant star in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” (Courtesy MK2 Films)
92nd annual Academy Awards winners

92nd annual Academy Awards winners

South Korean film ‘Parasite’ earns four top honors

92nd annual Academy Awards winners
“Joker” is among the most nominated 2019 films in contention in the 92nd annual Academy Awards. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Complete Oscar ballot for 92nd Academy Awards

From acting to visual effect nominees, here’s the full list

  • Feb 7, 2020
“Joker” is among the most nominated 2019 films in contention in the 92nd annual Academy Awards. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
The Roxie is holding its annual Up The Awards Benefit Bash on Oscar Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Film lovers host SF Oscar-watching parties

Offerings range from ‘glamming’ to slamming

The Roxie is holding its annual Up The Awards Benefit Bash on Oscar Sunday. (Courtesy photo)
Julia Garner is superb in “The Assistant,” opening Friday at the Embarcadero and Kabuki in San Francisco. (Courtesy Ty Johnson/Bleecker Street)

Codes of silence abound in ‘Assistant,’ ‘Traitor’

Office- and Mafia-set films have commonalities

Julia Garner is superb in “The Assistant,” opening Friday at the Embarcadero and Kabuki in San Francisco. (Courtesy Ty Johnson/Bleecker Street)
Margot Robbie is fun in “Birds of Prey,” the newest movie based on a DC Comics character.(Courtesy DC Entertainment)

Harley Quinn and her gang are lovable psychopaths in ‘Birds’

Margot Robbie gives inspired, wacky performance in title role

  • Feb 6, 2020
Margot Robbie is fun in “Birds of Prey,” the newest movie based on a DC Comics character.(Courtesy DC Entertainment)
Cynthia Erivo, playing the title role in “Harriet,” is the only person of color to receive an Oscar nomination in a major category. (Courtesy Focus Features)

Oscars 2020: Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s show

There’s no host, and few people of color nominated

  • Feb 5, 2020
Cynthia Erivo, playing the title role in “Harriet,” is the only person of color to receive an Oscar nomination in a major category. (Courtesy Focus Features)
Izel Bezuidenhout, left, and Nicole Fortuin star in “Flatland,” screening Feb. 18 in the Mostly British Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Hidden gems of Mostly British film fest

Movies from the UK, Ireland, Australia and more in 12th annual program

Izel Bezuidenhout, left, and Nicole Fortuin star in “Flatland,” screening Feb. 18 in the Mostly British Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)
Strong actresses in SF for Berlin & Beyond film fest

Strong actresses in SF for Berlin & Beyond film fest

Plentiful premieres at annual German cinema showcase

Strong actresses in SF for Berlin & Beyond film fest
Blake Lively stars in “The Rhythm Section,” an uneven action film from the producers of the James Bond movies.

‘Rhythm Section,’ Oscar shorts are slow and serious

Off pacing, heaviness characterize January 2020 releases

Blake Lively stars in “The Rhythm Section,” an uneven action film from the producers of the James Bond movies.