A Fine Balance Between Dark And Light: Blithe Spirit

A Fine Balance Between Dark And Light: Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward’s classic comedy about marriage, mortality, and spirits has landed in San Francisco for a brief twelve night run, featuring Angela Lansbury…

Weekend Watch: Mortdecai, The Boy Next Door, Cake, Strange Magic, Killers, Song One, Match, The Humbling

Weekend Watch: Mortdecai, The Boy Next Door, Cake, Strange Magic, Killers, Song One, Match, The Humbling

Mortdecai – Everywhere Basically, the rule for picking what movie to see this weekend is, if it stars or was created by someone whose name…

Weekend Watch: A Most Violent Year, American Sniper, Still Alice, Paddington, The Wedding Ringer, Noir Fest

Weekend Watch: A Most Violent Year, American Sniper, Still Alice, Paddington, The Wedding Ringer, Noir Fest

A Most Violent Year – Embarcadero The titular year in question is 1981, and for the city of New York, it was the most violent…

Print The Legend: American Sniper

Print The Legend: American Sniper

There’s a famous quote in the classic Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, in which a reporter says, “When the legend becomes fact, print…

As Close As You Can Get To Watching A Movie Stoned Without Actually Getting Stoned: Inherent Vice

As Close As You Can Get To Watching A Movie Stoned Without Actually Getting Stoned: Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson won me over with his first four movies, (Hard Eight; Boogie Nights; Magnolia; Punch Drunk Love), so much so that I’ve been…

Weekend Watch: Inherent Vice, Taken 3, Selma, Preservation, Predestination

Weekend Watch: Inherent Vice, Taken 3, Selma, Preservation, Predestination

Inherent Vice – Everywhere Director Paul Thomas Anderson returns with an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s hippie detective novel Inherent Vice. Just give Joaquin Phoenix the…

Weekend Watch: Big Eyes, Into The Woods, Unbroken, The Gambler

Weekend Watch: Big Eyes, Into The Woods, Unbroken, The Gambler

Big Eyes – Everywhere Tim Burton tells the story behind those big eyed paintings that at one time were a thrift store and garage sale…

Weekend Watch: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Annie, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Weekend Watch: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Annie, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – Everywhere The Hobbit did not need to be three movies. I suspected as much when the trilogy…

Weekend Watch: Top Five, Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Captive, The Imitation Game, Zero Motivation

Weekend Watch: Top Five, Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Captive, The Imitation Game, Zero Motivation

Top Five – Everywhere Chris Rock wrote, directed, and stars in this smart comedy about a comedian–not too unlike Chris Rock himself–who tries to reboot…

Preaching To The Choir: Kinky Boots

Preaching To The Choir: Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots, based on the 2005 movie, with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a…

Weekend Watch: Wild, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Pyramid, Happy Valley, Miss Julie

Weekend Watch: Wild, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Pyramid, Happy Valley, Miss Julie

Wild – Everywhere The wildly popular book gets the movie treatment, produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon. Being a fan of the book, I had…

Weekend Watch: Horrible Bosses 2, The Penguins Of Madagascar

Weekend Watch: Horrible Bosses 2, The Penguins Of Madagascar

Horrible Bosses 2 – Everywhere Here’s the good news: You really don’t need to see the first Horrible Bosses in order to understand its sequel,…

Weekend Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Better Angels

Weekend Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Better Angels

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Everywhere I’ve read all of the Hunger Games books, and thought the first was great, the second was…

Weekend Watch: Dumb And Dumber To, Rosewater, French Film Noir, The Theory Of Everything

Weekend Watch: Dumb And Dumber To, Rosewater, French Film Noir, The Theory Of Everything

Dumb and Dumber To – Everywhere Gotta admit, that’s a brilliant title…and the brilliance may just stop right there. Rosewater – Everywhere I’m reading the…

Theatrical Time Travel: I Love Lucy Live On Stage

Theatrical Time Travel: I Love Lucy Live On Stage

I Love Lucy Live On Stage seems like a weird concept for a theatrical show: recreate two episodes of the classic sitcom with performers imitating…

Jazz Hands And Hat Tipping: Chicago The Musical

Jazz Hands And Hat Tipping: Chicago The Musical

Here’s something I didn’t know prior to seeing the San Francisco premiere of Chicago the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday: it’s a comedy!…

Weekend Watch: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, SFDFF, SFTFF, French Cinema Now

Weekend Watch: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, SFDFF, SFTFF, French Cinema Now

Interstellar – Everywhere A LOT of nerds love Christopher Nolan, but I’ve never been as impressed by his movies as most of my fellow nerds…

Weekend Watch: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Laggies, Horns

Weekend Watch: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Laggies, Horns

Nightcrawler – Everywhere No, this is not another X-Men spinoff. This is a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an “underground crime journalist” obsessed with getting…

Weekend Watch: Ouija, Listen Up Philip, Birdman, John Wick, Dear White People

Weekend Watch: Ouija, Listen Up Philip, Birdman, John Wick, Dear White People

Ouija – Everywhere When I was a kid, I had a Ouija board, and I was an eager “player,” because it is, as the box…

Weekend Watch: Fury, The Best Of Me, The Book Of Life, St. Vincent

Weekend Watch: Fury, The Best Of Me, The Book Of Life, St. Vincent

Fury – Everywhere Brad Pitt is back fighting Nazis in another World War II movie that is just as preposterous as Inglourious Basterds, but not…

Weekend Watch: The Two Faces Of January, The Judge, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Advanced Style

Weekend Watch: The Two Faces Of January, The Judge, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Advanced Style

The Two Faces of January – Embarcadero This is being dubbed “The Talented Mr. Ripley, but in Greece,” and that’s not too far off. After…

Weekend Watch: Gone Girl, Annabelle, Men, Women & Children, Left Behind

Weekend Watch: Gone Girl, Annabelle, Men, Women & Children, Left Behind

Gone Girl – Everywhere I started casting the movie version of Gone Girl in my head the moment I started reading the book back in…

For The Fans: Pippin

For The Fans: Pippin

I’ve gone to a lot of musicals in the past year or so, but the majority of them have had pretty simple stories, and songs…

Weekend Watch: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector And His Search For Happiness, Jimi: All Is By My Side

Weekend Watch: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector And His Search For Happiness, Jimi: All Is By My Side

The Boxtrolls – Everywhere Animated movie based on the children’s book Here Be Monsters! about a human boy who is raised by underground trolls and…

Weekend Watch: This Is Where I Leave You, The Maze Runner, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Tusk, The Zero Theorem

Weekend Watch: This Is Where I Leave You, The Maze Runner, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Tusk, The Zero Theorem

This Is Where I Leave You – Everywhere I don’t think there’s anyone in this comedy’s huge cast that I DON’T like, and that has…

Weekend Watch: No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2, Last Weekend, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins

Weekend Watch: No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2, Last Weekend, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins

No Good Deed – Everywhere As much as I love Idris Elba–and believe me: I DO–I’m not sure how much entertainment I can get out…

Weekend Watch: The Identical, The Last Of Robin Hood, Innocence, Forest Gump, No No: A Dockumentary

Weekend Watch: The Identical, The Last Of Robin Hood, Innocence, Forest Gump, No No: A Dockumentary

The Identical – Everywhere Doubles are all the rage! This year we’ve had Enemy, starring two Jake Gyllenhaals, The Double with two Jesse Eisenbergs, and…

Weekend Watch: The Trip to Italy, Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Love Is Strange

Weekend Watch: The Trip to Italy, Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Love Is Strange

The Trip to Italy – Embarcadero Sequel to 2010’s The Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves taking a road…

Completely Believable Barbra: Buyer & Cellar

Completely Believable Barbra: Buyer & Cellar

Barbra Streisand has a basement full of crap she’s collected over the years. Really, who doesn’t, in some form or another? But Barbra’s basement is…

Weekend Watch: Frank, Sin City: A Dame To Die For, To Be Takei, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall, The One I Love

Weekend Watch: Frank, Sin City: A Dame To Die For, To Be Takei, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall, The One I Love

Frank – Embarcadero When I first heard of the movie Frank, back when it played the SFIFF, I thought it was a pretty insane concept…

Entertaining And Slightly Exhausting: Motown: The Musical

Entertaining And Slightly Exhausting: Motown: The Musical

It’s too bad Berry Gordy can’t make an on-stage appearance at the end of every performance of Motown: The Musical, as he did at San…

Weekend Watch: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops, Kink, Sketchfest

Weekend Watch: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops, Kink, Sketchfest

The Expendables 3 – Everywhere Redefining the term “expendable”! Basically, every famous tough guy who’s still able to walk, (and even one who maybe can’t–how’s…

Weekend Watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All In, Into The Storm, The Hundred Foot Journey, Alive Inside, What If

Weekend Watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All In, Into The Storm, The Hundred Foot Journey, Alive Inside, What If

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Everywhere I went to see the first live action TMNT movie in a theater back in 1990 because a high…

Weekend Watch: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Get On Up, Happy Christmas

Weekend Watch: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Get On Up, Happy Christmas

Guardians of the Galaxy – Everywhere I’ve said more than once before that I was a DC girl growing up, so the Marvel comic on…

Weekend Watch:  Lucy, Hercules, And So It Goes, Magic In the Moonlight

Weekend Watch: Lucy, Hercules, And So It Goes, Magic In the Moonlight

I’m back from vacation, a vacation that prevented me from recommending, with the highest praise, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. So, I’ll start this by saying, that’s…

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…