Week(end) Watch: Begin Again, Tammy, Earth To Echo, Deliver Us From Evil

Week(end) Watch: Begin Again, Tammy, Earth To Echo, Deliver Us From Evil

Begin Again – Embarcadero A few weeks back, I reviewed the stage musical version of director John Carney’s movie, Once. There were some aspects I…

Weekend Watch: Transformers, Third Person, Citizen Koch

Weekend Watch: Transformers, Third Person, Citizen Koch

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Everywhere Extinction, huh? Does that mean after this one, (the fourth!) there will be no more? Please? Mark Wahlberg is…

Falling Slowly: Once, the Musical

Falling Slowly: Once, the Musical

I liked the 2006 film Once well enough, but didn’t fall madly in love with it as many of its fans did. I certainly understood…

Weekend Watch: Jersey Boys, Think Like A Man Too, Borgman, Ivory Tower, Ping Pong Summer

Weekend Watch: Jersey Boys, Think Like A Man Too, Borgman, Ivory Tower, Ping Pong Summer

Jersey Boys – Everywhere Last year, I reviewed a local run of the decade-old musical, and found it pleasant enough, if pretty predictable. I’m surprised…

Weekend Watch: 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Obvious Child, DocFest

Weekend Watch: 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Obvious Child, DocFest

22 Jump Street – Everywhere As far as unnecessary movie reboots of TV shows go, 2012′s 21 Jump Street was one of the less egregious…

Weekend Watch: The Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars, Night Moves

Weekend Watch: The Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars, Night Moves

The Edge of Tomorrow – Everywhere Terrible title for a movie; it sounds like a 1960′s soap opera, not another Tom Cruise action film. Speaking…

Weekend Watch: Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Cold In July, The Dance Of Reality

Weekend Watch: Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Cold In July, The Dance Of Reality

Maleficent – Everywhere Angelina Jolie is getting praise for her role as the classic Sleeping Beauty villainess,  but I can’t get past her crappy English…

Weekend Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Breastmilk, Fed Up

Weekend Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Breastmilk, Fed Up

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Everywhere My biggest complaint about 2011′s X-Men: First Class was that the early 1960′s costumes were just ALL WRONG….

Weekend Watch: Godzilla, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, God’s Pocket, The Double

Weekend Watch: Godzilla, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, God’s Pocket, The Double

Godzilla – Everywhere Godzilla destroys San Francisco! And yes, San Francisco has been the setting of many a movie filled with destruction. But I wonder…

Weekend Watch: Neighbors, Legends of Oz, Belle, Young & Beautiful, NOW

Weekend Watch: Neighbors, Legends of Oz, Belle, Young & Beautiful, NOW

Neighbors – Everywhere Frat house moves in next door to a married couple with a new baby. COMEDY! Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are the…

Bay Lights, Elliot Smith, And Mark Ruffalo: SFIFF Picks May 5th-8th

Bay Lights, Elliot Smith, And Mark Ruffalo: SFIFF Picks May 5th-8th

The San Francisco International Film Festival continues through Thursday, and there’s even more great stuff to see. Here are some picks for the rest of…

Weekend Watch: Boyhood at the SFIFF, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Walk of Shame, Fading Gigolo

Weekend Watch: Boyhood at the SFIFF, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Walk of Shame, Fading Gigolo

First off, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues through Thursday. Yesterday we offered up some highlights, and you can read about those here. One…

SFIFF Picks May 1-4: Nick Cave, The Trip to Italy, The Burt’s Bees Guy, More

SFIFF Picks May 1-4: Nick Cave, The Trip to Italy, The Burt’s Bees Guy, More

The San Francisco International Film Festival is halfway through, but there are still plenty of awesome things to see. Here are some upcoming highlights. Tonight…

Weekend Watch: The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones, And The 57th SFIFF

Weekend Watch: The Other Woman, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones, And The 57th SFIFF

The Other Woman – Everywhere Is this going to be one of those movies Jenny McCarthy might have starred in back in her heyday? (“Heyday”…

Weekend Watch: Only Lovers Left Alive, Transcendence, A Haunted House 2, The Railway Man, Heaven Is For Real

Weekend Watch: Only Lovers Left Alive, Transcendence, A Haunted House 2, The Railway Man, Heaven Is For Real

Only Lovers Left Alive – Sundance Kabuki and Embarcadero Jim Jarmusch has made a vampire movie, and if you’re familiar with the works of Jim…

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…