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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
Damien Chazelle directing on set of LA LA LAND. Photo courtesy: Summit.

BTS La La Land: Damien Chazelle directing Emma Stone

One of the most talked about films in recent memory is La La Land. There's good reason for that. Writer-director Damien Chazelle has done the near impossible: reboot the storied musical for the big screen. And, to boot, there's plenty of agreeable ingredients here: strong performances by leads Ryan Gosling and...
The Comedian Film Review

‘The Comedian’ Film Review: De Niro leads all-star cast with convincing performance

Director Taylor Hackford has been creating critically acclaimed films for decades, and The Comedian is no exception.  Starring Robert De Niro, Edie Falco, Patti LuPone and an all-star cast, this trenchant comedy profiles an aging comedian at a crucial moment in his fading career – raising questions about where he...

Oscar Watch: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling lead record-tying 14 nominations for LA LA LAND (Video)

"I didn't even know he could dance." That was actress Emma Stone talking about her dashing co-star Ryan Gosling. Turns out that, yes, they both can dance -- exceptionally well. News broke today that La La Land had done what a lot of critics were forecasting: dominated the 2017 Oscar nominations. 14...
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Oscar Watch: Nicole Kidman scores best actress nomination for LION (Video)

Nicole Kidman's understated and riveting performance in Lion has not only won over new and existing fans alike, but also is receiving glowing reviews from critics. And the good news keeps on coming. Now the famed Australian actress can add the Academy to the list of those who feel her performance...
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Smash or Trash? New Blade Runner 2049 trailer is here

"Replicants are like any other machine. They're either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit it's not my problem." Don't mess with a good thing. That's the thinking among a lot of us hardcore Blade Runner fans. Ridley Scott's often misunderstood classic from 1982 has aged like a fine...
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In Theaters: Talking ‘La La Land’ with Emma Stone, director Damien Chazelle (Video)

A lot of movies are basking in adulation this year. Arrival with Amy Adams. Lion with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Moonlight with Mahershala Ali. Among so many other quality productions. Bottom line: it's looking to be very competitive come awards season. But perhaps the most-talked about, most highly praised effort so...
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‘DREAM’ with Loni Stark – Coming Soon to Stark Insider

Life or fiction. Which do you choose? DREAM. Coming soon to Stark Insider. A West Coast Adventure. A Lifetime in the Making. A Dream Within a Dream By Edgar Allan Poe Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet...
Loving - Film Review

‘Loving’ a forgotten but vitally important part of American history (Film Review)

Loving is director Jeff Nichols’ most acclaimed film yet and the one most likely to win Academy awards. It has been featured in film festivals in Cannes, Toronto, Austin TX, Mill Valley and Telluride CO. This American story of challenging struggle and ultimate triumph is brought to life wonderfully...
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Top 10: Best underrated horror films that don’t rely on jump scares

It's been a good past year or two for the horror genre. Plenty of innovative, multi-layered films like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Babadook and It Follows have ensured that us fans of non jump-scare fare are satiated. If you're like me, you like sub-text, or at least...
Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman star in Lion.

Lion, Moonlight, Loving win over audiences at Mill Valley Film Festival

At the Mill Valley Film Festival "quality is paramount." Here is a list of this year's audience favorites.