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COURTESY SOPHIA CONSTANTINOU/ SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETYIn “The Royal Road

Jenni Olson's 'Royal Road' a powerful, personal film

A deeply personal, remarkably intelligent and profoundly moving experience, Jenni Olson's “The…

COURTESY SOPHIA CONSTANTINOU/ SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETYIn “The Royal Road
COURTESY  PHOTO“Dior and I” is fascinating as it goes behind the scenes of the high-fashion world and showcases impeccable work done by dedicated artists and tailors.

Haute couture comes alive in ‘Dior and I’

"Dior and I" burrows into the world of haute couture, chronicling the…

COURTESY  PHOTO“Dior and I” is fascinating as it goes behind the scenes of the high-fashion world and showcases impeccable work done by dedicated artists and tailors.
COURTESY DIYAH PERAMichiel Huisman and Blake Lively are an appealing couple in “The Age of Adaline

Michiel Huisman of 'Game of Thrones' shows humble side in 'Age of Adaline’

Last year, Dutch actor Michiel Huisman took over the role of Daario…

COURTESY DIYAH PERAMichiel Huisman and Blake Lively are an appealing couple in “The Age of Adaline
COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURESRussell Crowe plays a man searching for his missing sons after the 1915 battle of Gallipoli in "The Water Diviner."

Russell Crowe divines, conquers in directorial debut

Just past 50 and widely considered one of the finest actors of…

COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURESRussell Crowe plays a man searching for his missing sons after the 1915 battle of Gallipoli in "The Water Diviner."
COURTESY  PHOTOThe 58th San Francisco International Film Festival’s varied offerings include “3 1/2 Minutes

Big lineup for 58th S.F. International Film Fest

On a wintry night in 1957 at the Metro Theater on Union…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe 58th San Francisco International Film Festival’s varied offerings include “3 1/2 Minutes
COURTESY  PHOTOFestival films of local interest include "Romeo Is Bleeding

S.F. International Film Festival select programs

Here’s a brief sampling of the hundreds of films and programs offered…

COURTESY  PHOTOFestival films of local interest include "Romeo Is Bleeding
COURTESY CAROLE BETHUEL/CG CINEMAJuliette Binoche

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ an intriguing salute to actresses

French writer-director Olivier Assayas journeys into the foggy Alps and into the…

COURTESY CAROLE BETHUEL/CG CINEMAJuliette Binoche
COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONALAlicia Vikander and director Alex Garland work on the set of “Ex Machina.”

Director Alex Garland credits ‘Ex Machina’ to great team effort

Alex Garland's brilliant, richly textured new "Ex Machina" is among the rare…

COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONALAlicia Vikander and director Alex Garland work on the set of “Ex Machina.”
COURTESY WALTER THOMSON/IFC FILMSBerenice Marlohe and Anton Yelchin star in “5 to 7

‘5 to 7’ an affair to remember

Victor Levin's "5 to 7" is a writer's movie. Its main focus…

COURTESY WALTER THOMSON/IFC FILMSBerenice Marlohe and Anton Yelchin star in “5 to 7
COURTESY DAVE BOYLEAyako Fujitani appears in “Man from Reno

Atmosphere abounds in S.F.-set, noir-inspired ‘Man From Reno’

Even the pet-store turtles are imposters in “Man From Reno,” a locally…

COURTESY DAVE BOYLEAyako Fujitani appears in “Man from Reno
COURTESY ADOPT FILMSDakota Fanning does a nice job as the title character in the period piece “Effie Gray.”

‘Effie Gray’ a fascinating slice of Victorian life

“Effie Gray” tells the story of the young Scotswoman who caused a…

COURTESY ADOPT FILMSDakota Fanning does a nice job as the title character in the period piece “Effie Gray.”
COURTESY SCOTT GARFIELD/UNIVERSALVin Diesel

'Furious 7' speedy yet long

In the seventh movie in the "Fast & Furious" series, horror master…

COURTESY SCOTT GARFIELD/UNIVERSALVin Diesel
COURTESY  ROBERT VIGLASKY“Woman in Gold” stars Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann and Ryan Reynolds as her attorney.

Helen Mirren, Klimt portrait light up in ‘Woman in Gold’

Dame Helen Mirren, the only actress in history to portray Elizabeth I…

COURTESY  ROBERT VIGLASKY“Woman in Gold” stars Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann and Ryan Reynolds as her attorney.
COURTESY CLAIRE FOLGER/WARNER BROS. PICTURESWill Ferrell

'Get Hard' could be harder

Given their big fan bases, teaming Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in…

COURTESY CLAIRE FOLGER/WARNER BROS. PICTURESWill Ferrell
COURTESY HOPPER STONE/BLEEKER STREETAl Pacino is good as an aging rock star trying to redeem his life in “Danny Collins.”

Al Pacino makes most of 'Danny Collins'

Compromised by fame, drugs and a bogus tan, an aging rock star…

COURTESY HOPPER STONE/BLEEKER STREETAl Pacino is good as an aging rock star trying to redeem his life in “Danny Collins.”
COURTESY IFC FILMSAn irresistible octogenarian piano teacher is the subject of Ethan Hawke’s satisfying documentary "Seymour: An Introduction."

Spirited 'Seymour' reveals magic of music, ideas

An octogenarian piano teacher who extols the merits of the soft pedal…

COURTESY IFC FILMSAn irresistible octogenarian piano teacher is the subject of Ethan Hawke’s satisfying documentary "Seymour: An Introduction."
COURTESY  PHOTODirector Pierre Morel (pictured) worked closely with star Sean Penn on the new action flick “The Gunman.”

More to Morel's 'Gunman' than action

Though director Pierre Morel has worked with jack-of-all-trades filmmaker Luc Besson for…

COURTESY  PHOTODirector Pierre Morel (pictured) worked closely with star Sean Penn on the new action flick “The Gunman.”
COURTESY COHEN MEDIA GROUPEclectic filmmaker Orson Welles is profiled in a new documentary by Chuck Workman.

‘Magician’ a pleasant, if unfulfilling, intro to Welles

If you have some interest in mid-20th century theater, radio or film,…

COURTESY COHEN MEDIA GROUPEclectic filmmaker Orson Welles is profiled in a new documentary by Chuck Workman.
COURTESY MARJORIE STURMSavannah Knoop appears at JT in “The Cult of JT Leroy

Doc reveals the anatomy of a hoax

Centering on a literary hoax fizzy with personality, “The Cult of JT…

COURTESY MARJORIE STURMSavannah Knoop appears at JT in “The Cult of JT Leroy
COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOSDirector Kenneth Branagh has created a sumptous version of “Cinderella

Kenneth Branagh makes ‘Cinderella’ a live-action spectacle

Fie on those feminist princesses of recent animation fame. “Cinderella,” a live-action…

COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOSDirector Kenneth Branagh has created a sumptous version of “Cinderella