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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
Amy Adams Arrival - Mill Valley Film Festival - Interview Video

Gearing up for 40th Mill Valley Film Festival

Stark Insider will be on location to cover a very special edition of the famed Mill Valley Film Festival.
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

First Look: Japan Film Festival of San Francisco runs Sept. 1-10, concludes with J-POP Summit

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only film celebration dedicated to Japanese cinema. In its fifth year, the festival in 2017 will feature a variety of genres, presented in the Japanese language with English subtitles. The film festival runs September 1st through 10th, ending with...
The Beguiled - Film Review

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ complex, haunting, impressive (Review)

Sofia Coppola received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film version of The Beguiled, adapted from a 1966 southern gothic novel by Thomas Cullinan. Her intriguing interpretation is complex and haunting, and impressive. Barely had her film been released when critics and the viewing public...
Mark and Jay Duplass Interview on filmmaking, Jeff Who Lives at Home (Video)

Here’s one way to possibly fund your next narrative film

Filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass announce new program to help fund up to $25,000 for narrative films made in local communities.

Twin Peaks, streaming and the challenges of old school TV ratings

In the age of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, does things like Nielsen ratings matter anymore?
Blade Runner 2049 - Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford on set

Blade Runner 2049: A Roger Deakins masterclass in cinematography

New featurette gives us closest look yet at upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
The Force Documentary - Mendocino Film Festival

Preview: 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival

The 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival invites you to “travel the world from the edge of your seat,” with venues this year in Mendocino Village, Fort Bragg and Philo. Running from June 1st to 4th, the festival features 65 films from 23 nations. Guest curators in 2017 include Larry Laboe (from SXM...
King Arthur Film Review: Jude Law

Film Review: An entertaining ‘King Arthur’ (Legend of the Sword)

Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' (Legend of the Sword) opens today. Film critic Jeanne Powell has a first look review for Stark Insider. The new Warner Brothers film based on the legend of King Arthur has potential to be a blockbuster this summer. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the picture clearly targets...
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Blade Runner 2049 Official Trailer: The best moment is…

There's a lot to like about the just released official trailer for Blade Runner 2049. The sequel to the almost-best-ever sci-fi movie (#1 would be Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey) is, in a cliche, stunning. With film veteran Roger Deakins helming the cinematography rest assured we expected it to...