Weekend Watch: Rio 2, Draft Day, Cuban Fury, Dom Hemingway, Under the Skin

Weekend Watch: Rio 2, Draft Day, Cuban Fury, Dom Hemingway, Under the Skin

Rio 2 – Everywhere I’m not sure why, but I was convinced there had been at least four movies in this animated franchise, but I…

Weekend Watch: Captain America, Frankie & Alice, Goodbye World, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2

Weekend Watch: Captain America, Frankie & Alice, Goodbye World, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Everywhere Let me take this moment to avoid the movie at hand and talk about a related topic: TV’s…

Weekend Watch: Noah, Sabotage, Cesar Chavez, Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Ernest and Celestine

Weekend Watch: Noah, Sabotage, Cesar Chavez, Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Ernest and Celestine

Noah – Everywhere When I first saw the posters for this, I was convinced it was a joke. Then I saw a trailer on TV,…

Weekend Watch: Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, Bad Words, Anita, Dark House, Le Week-end

Weekend Watch: Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, Bad Words, Anita, Dark House, Le Week-end

Muppets Most Wanted – Everywhere As much as Ricky Gervais can bug me sometimes, I gotta admit, when he’s paired with Muppets, he’s pretty damned…

Kick Ass Heroine: Divergent

Kick Ass Heroine: Divergent

I understand the draw of teen lit. They’re page turners that appeal to the heightened, hormone-fueled emotions of your younger years. The world sucks, you’re…

Weekend Watch: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Veronica Mars, Need For Speed

Weekend Watch: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Veronica Mars, Need For Speed

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Everywhere Yes, after making us wait for a whole damn week, Wes Anderson’s latest confection is finally making its Bay…

Weekend Watch: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Bethlehem, The Lunchbox

Weekend Watch: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Bethlehem, The Lunchbox

First off, sorry San Francisco, but we will not be graced with the presence of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel this week, and that,…

Weekend Watch: Non-Stop, Son Of God, Stalingrad

Weekend Watch: Non-Stop, Son Of God, Stalingrad

Non-Stop – Everywhere Last week, I wrote about the movie 3 Days to Kill, and how it sounded like a Liam Neeson movie that didn’t…

Weekend Watch: In Secret, 3 Days to Kill, The Wind Rises, Pompeii

Weekend Watch: In Secret, 3 Days to Kill, The Wind Rises, Pompeii

In Secret – Everywhere Let’s start with In Secret, because it stars two of my current crushes: Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange. Oscar Isaac was…

Weekend Watch: Robocop, Endless Love, About Last Night

Weekend Watch: Robocop, Endless Love, About Last Night

RoboCop – Everywhere What’s with this year’s selection of Valentine’s Day movies? They’re almost all remakes. That’s like giving someone a box of knock-off chocolates…

Weekend Watch: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy

Weekend Watch: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy

The Lego Movie – Everywhere If you were to tell me last year that an animated movie based on a line of toys was going…

Weekend Watch: Labor Day, That Awkward Moment, Oscar Shorts, 12 O’Clock Boys

Weekend Watch: Labor Day, That Awkward Moment, Oscar Shorts, 12 O’Clock Boys

Labor Day – Everywhere Here’s the thing: If the movie Labor Day were any good, it would have been released around the real Labor Day,…

Completely Crazy: Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Completely Crazy: Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Before attending the San Francisco premiere of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, I had dinner down the street at Cafe Royale. (Just OK; my coq au vin…

Amazing Grace: Philomena

Amazing Grace: Philomena

Philomena is one of those “based on a true story” movies that seem to flood theaters at the end of the year. The majority of…

Controversial Classic: Porgy and Bess

Controversial Classic: Porgy and Bess

Ira and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is a classic and historical opera not without its share of controversies, dating back to its 1935 premiere….

A Real Sense Of Magic: Peter And The Starcatcher

A Real Sense Of Magic: Peter And The Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher is an odd bit of theater. Not exactly a musical, although it has a few musical numbers. Not exactly a child’s…

Beat It: Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur

Beat It: Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur

Fascination with the Beat Generation seems to come in waves. I remember the first time I experienced a resurgence in interest and popularity: It was…

Weekend Watch: The Counselor, Bad Grandpa and Big Ass Spider!

Weekend Watch: The Counselor, Bad Grandpa and Big Ass Spider!

The Counselor – Everywhere The pre-release buzz on this drug-running crime drama has it that it’s kind of bananas, and possibly not in a good way….

For The Fans: The Wizard of Oz

For The Fans: The Wizard of Oz

In the past three weeks, I’ve gone to see three live musicals, which, for someone who isn’t exactly musical theater’s biggest fan, is a lot….

Some Kind of Wonderful: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Some Kind of Wonderful: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is, as the title would suggest, about Carole King, the singer and songwriter whose career began as a teenage songwriter,…

There Won’t Be Blood: Carrie: The Musical

There Won’t Be Blood: Carrie: The Musical

I’ve been obsessed with the Carrie musical since its brief and disastrous Broadway run way back in 1988. There was no Internet then, so I’m…

Thoroughly Engaging: Populaire

Thoroughly Engaging: Populaire

While I don’t shy away from French films as a rule, I can understand the oft-lobbed criticism that they can be slow, and pretentious, and…

Slow And Beautiful: Thérèse

Slow And Beautiful: Thérèse

Audrey Tautou, who will forever be known for Amélie, and identified with that film’s happy pixie female lead, is a beautiful woman. But in the…

Sparkly But Standard: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical

Sparkly But Standard: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical

If you saw the 1994 movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, liked the costumes, but felt the actual drag performances were kind…

You Want Kick-Ass? THIS Is Kick-Ass: You’re Next

You Want Kick-Ass? THIS Is Kick-Ass: You’re Next

I first saw You’re Next at the San Francisco International Film Festival back in April, and loved it. I knew I wanted to experience it…