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Dakota Johnson stars in SUSPIRIA Photo: Sandro Kopp/Amazon Studios

What to make of ‘Suspiria’ remake? First stills from Amazon Studios offer potential clues

What to make of the upcoming (November 2, 2018) Suspiria remake? Well, I guess you can at least be thankful it's not another overblown Hollywood blockbuster super hero movie. Then again, it is traversing hallowed ground. Though I'm intrigued by the prospect of a modernized version of Dario Argento's seminal...
Festival of Disruption by David Lynchvideo

The David Lynch ‘Festival of Disruption’ Experience (Stark Insider Video)

A new Stark Insider video is here! Filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man) hosts a bi-annual arts & music fest held in Los Angeles (October) and Brooklyn (May) each year called Festival of Disruption. NEW: Watch Stark Insider on Amazon Prime Lynch curates the line-up himself which features...
SFMOMA: René Magritte: The Fifth Season - Photo Review - Stark Insider

In Photos: René Magritte ‘The Fifth Season’ at SFMOMA

A Stark Insider photo review of René Magritte: The Fifth Season at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). #thisisnotahashtag And what a savvy way to kick off the striking Rene Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967) exhibit! On Friday, SFMOMA held a member preview and proved, once again, that it was quite possibly the...

Stark Insider On Location: Sunset Blvd.

Fire is coming! Fire is coming! New Stark Insider video is incoming. Tune in to 05.19.2018. 3D glasses not required. Stark Insider On Location: Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 05.19.2018. Subscribe to Stark Insider on YouTube to receive notifications when new videos are posted.
San Francisco Theater Review: ME AND MY GIRL at 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco

Tap and Tomfoolery: Me and My Girl

It’s funny how two people can discover the same thing at once. Calculus. Oxygen. A neglected musical. Me and My Girl, hardly a household name even among connoisseurs of classic musical theater, is getting simultaneous revivals from 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco and Encores! in New York –...
The Color Purple - SHN Orpheum Theatre review by Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Star power makes The Color Purple bright

The women of The Color Purple have unimaginably hard lives. They’re subject to an unrelenting series of rape, abuse, and racism. The musical (currently on tour to the SHN Orpheum) is touching and uplifting in spite of that, because it’s the story of how they overcome all those forces...
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‘Tully’ Film Review: Charlize Theron delivers moving portrayal of overwhelmed mother

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFilm) continues to impress as it celebrates 56 years of presenting innovative documentaries and extraordinary films over a two-week period. As part of this annual celebration of film, Charlize Theron was honored at the Castro Theater before the showing of her new film, Tully....
Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 at American Conservatory Theater, San Francsisco

Searching for freedom with Father Comes Home from the Wars

Midway through Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3, at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco), a Confederate colonel sets his Union prisoner Smith guessing his slave Hero’s price. The callous discussion of a human being’s dollar value horrifies Smith (and the audience), but to...
Cirque du Soleil - BTS Video Interview with Loni Stark

Backstage: Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, now in Washington, DC (Video)

Luzia means sound (luz) and rain (iluvia). It's an apt name for Cirque du Soleil's newest touring show... Luzia. Indeed you can expect incredible, thunderous music and sound effects along with, for the first time in a Cirque show, an on stage rain machine. Stark Insider goes backstage at Luzia to...
Film Review: 'The Judge' documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival: Erika Cohn’s ‘The Judge’ impresses (Review)

Religious courts in Asia Minor historically banned women from adjudicating domestic and family matters – both the Shari’a courts of Islam and the Rabbinic courts of Judaism. Attorney Kholoud Al-Faqih challenges that history. The Judge is an absorbing documentary about an amazing attorney in Palestine, who became the first woman...