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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.

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...
Loni Stark in DREAM - by Clinton Stark

‘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.
Amy Adams Arrival - Mill Valley Film Festival - Interview Video

It’s a Wrap: Mill Valley Film Festival 39 celebrates closing night with class, poignant ‘Loving’

16 days of indie film, engaging discussions, and -- yes! -- amazing after parties. A recap of MVFF 39.

James Franco, Lola Sultan talk ‘In Dubious Battle’, mud and Franco possibly being a “goofball” (Video)

Stark Insider continues its ongoing coverage of the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) with an interview with James Franco and Lola Sultan at the screening of In Dubious Battle. Past segments include: Nicole Kidman (Lion), Amy Adams (Arrival), and Emma Stone (La La Land).  The guy will just not stop. James Franco...

Nicole Kidman lights up Mill Valley, talks ‘LION’ & importance of human connection, mothers (Video)

Stark Insider is a media sponsor of Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) 39. Don't miss a thing. Get your iPad, iPhone, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, VR headset, Android, self-driving car, or plain old web browser ready, and be sure to subscribe to the Stark Insider YouTube Channel for updates, news, and...