Movies & TV

The Balboa Theater in the Outer Richmond has built an outdoor parklet and sells popcorn and beer regularly. (Sara Gaiser/S.F. Examiner)

Historic, independent cinemas hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic

By Jackson Guilfoil Bay City News Service Movie theaters everywhere are staggering…

 

From left, Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge star in the fascinating “One Night in Miami.” (Courtesy Amazon Studios)

Four famed Black heroes gather in riveting ‘One Night in Miami’

‘Some Kind of Heaven’ digs into life at a huge Florida senior community

 

A Muni-inspired prop bus stands near Ghirardelli Square as Marvel Studios films scenes for its upcoming movie, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Marvel Superhero film now shooting in San Francisco

It’s the first feature film to return to The City since the pandemic

 

Rules released by city officials Monday restrict movie theaters to 25 percent of capacity and prohibit selling concessions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Theaters turn down chance to reopen due to ‘insurmountable’ restrictions

City rules limit movie houses to 25 percent of capacity, ban sale of concessions

Rules released by city officials Monday restrict movie theaters to 25 percent of capacity and prohibit selling concessions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Keith Knight is the award-winning creator of “The K Chronicles” (his semi-autobiographical strip) and “(Th)ink” (his single-panel political satire). (Photos courtesy of Keith Knight)
Keith Knight is the award-winning creator of “The K Chronicles” (his semi-autobiographical strip) and “(Th)ink” (his single-panel political satire). (Photos courtesy of Keith Knight)
Chadwick Boseman held the screen with power and unerring purpose

Chadwick Boseman held the screen with power and unerring purpose

Actors death from cancer at the age of 43 devastates fans, peers

Chadwick Boseman held the screen with power and unerring purpose
Palo Alto native Raphael Bob-Waksberg speaks about his new book of short stories on Oct. 16. (Courtesy photo)

Litquake hosts ‘BoJack Horseman’ creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Creator of surreal TV show focuses on love, compromise in new short story collection

Palo Alto native Raphael Bob-Waksberg speaks about his new book of short stories on Oct. 16. (Courtesy photo)
Teddy Lee and Tiffany Chu star in “Ms. Purple.” (Courtesy Oscilloscope)

‘Ms. Purple’ a marvelously moody drama

L.A.’s Koreatown is setting of evocative Justin Chon film

Teddy Lee and Tiffany Chu star in “Ms. Purple.” (Courtesy Oscilloscope)
Brad Pitt fills the screen in “Ad Astra.” (Courtesy Francois Duhamel/Twentieth Century Fox)

Despite great space sequences, ‘Ad Astra’ remains distant

Brad Pitt plays searching astronaut in James Gray movie

Brad Pitt fills the screen in “Ad Astra.” (Courtesy Francois Duhamel/Twentieth Century Fox)
“Yuli,” the story of Carlos Acosta, a black Cuban dancer for the Royal Ballet, opens the San Francisco Latino Film Festival on Sept. 20. (Courtesy photo)

Diverse lineup in 11th SF Latino film fest

Features, docs, shorts from three continents on roster

“Yuli,” the story of Carlos Acosta, a black Cuban dancer for the Royal Ballet, opens the San Francisco Latino Film Festival on Sept. 20. (Courtesy photo)
The late great Texas commentator Molly Ivins is the subject of an entertaining documentary screening at the Opera Plaza. (Courtesy Robert Bedell/Magnolia Pictures)

‘Raise Hell’ showcases Molly Ivins’ wicked wit

Inspiring doc profiles prophetic political writer

The late great Texas commentator Molly Ivins is the subject of an entertaining documentary screening at the Opera Plaza. (Courtesy Robert Bedell/Magnolia Pictures)
Lexy Kolker — who doesn’t look like she’s acting — is excellent in “Freaks.” (Courtesy Well Go USA Entertainment)

Inventive ‘Freaks’ does so much with little

Low-budget, sci-fi horror flick is ingenious

Lexy Kolker — who doesn’t look like she’s acting — is excellent in “Freaks.” (Courtesy Well Go USA Entertainment)
From left, Bill Hader and James Ransone have some funny moments in “It Chapter Two.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
From left, Bill Hader and James Ransone have some funny moments in “It Chapter Two.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
In “Tigers Are Not Afraid,” Paola Lara plays a Mexican girl living in an area plagued by drug wars. (Courtesy Shudder)

‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ is magical, horrifying, realistic

Writer-director Issa Lopez a storytelling talent worth watching

In “Tigers Are Not Afraid,” Paola Lara plays a Mexican girl living in an area plagued by drug wars. (Courtesy Shudder)
Keira Knightley plays a British whistleblower in “Official Secrets.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
Keira Knightley plays a British whistleblower in “Official Secrets.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
Micah Stock and Jillian Bell star in the charming “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” (Courtesy Anna Kooris/Amazon Studio
Micah Stock and Jillian Bell star in the charming “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” (Courtesy Anna Kooris/Amazon Studio
John Travolta, left, plays Moose, and Devon Sawa the object of his obsession, in “The Fanatic,” a film by Fred Durst. (Courtesy Quiver Distribution)

John Travolta relates to ‘Fanatic’ title character

Acting vet joins forces with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst

John Travolta, left, plays Moose, and Devon Sawa the object of his obsession, in “The Fanatic,” a film by Fred Durst. (Courtesy Quiver Distribution)
Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott star in “Charlie’s Angels,” opening in November. (Courtesy Sony Entertainment)

Fall 2019 Arts Preview: Movies

With fun and serious offerings, there’s something for everyone

Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott star in “Charlie’s Angels,” opening in November. (Courtesy Sony Entertainment)
“Aquarela,” Victor Kossakovsky’s nature documentary about water, screens at the Metreon. (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

Films opening Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Awesome ‘Aquarela’ illustrates illustrates water’s power, beauty

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“Aquarela,” Victor Kossakovsky’s nature documentary about water, screens at the Metreon. (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” describes the making of an early film by director Luis Buñuel. (Courtesy GKIDS)

Animated ‘Buñuel’ tells story of shocking doc ‘Las Hurdes’

Unusual film offers introduction to surrealist auteur

“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” describes the making of an early film by director Luis Buñuel. (Courtesy GKIDS)