Emma Stone in The Favourite

Juicy romp ‘The Favourite’ should garner Oscar buzz for Emma Stone (Review)

The Favourite is a juicy and irreverent romp through the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714), with a focus on her years as a widow under the political influence of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough.Through the use of potent dramatic sketches and brilliant cinematography, director Yorgos...
Film Review: Superb documentary 'Perfect Note' profiles San Francisco's Café Jacqueline

Film Review: ‘Perfect Note’ tells uplifting story about San Francisco’s Café Jacqueline

Café Jacqueline, near the intersection of Grant and Union in San Francisco, has been a culinary legend for 27 years. This tiny restaurant in the heart of North Beach is the subject of a short documentary Perfect Note, Perfect Taste screened at the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival.Chef Jacqueline grew...
Ask for Jane film review - Napa Valley Film Festival

‘Ask Jane’ a riveting independent film based on true events

Ask for Jane is a riveting independent film shown recently at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Written and directed by Rachel Carey and produced by Caroline Hirsch, the movie tells the story of a Chicago-based underground collective which provided pregnancy terminations for thousands of middle-class women in the late...
Rosamund Pike / A Private War

A Private War: “You only cry when you bleed” (Review)

Rosamund Pike stars as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin.
Film Review: 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' perfect for family holiday time

Film Review: ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ perfect for family holiday time

With drawbridges, castle moats, marching tin soldiers, fog, ravens, shooting stars, and a truly mesmerizing Mouse King, along with a mysterious godfather scientist wearing an eye patch, there is plenty to interest viewers of all ages.
Film Review: 'Time for Ilhan' is about the village, building it, believing in it, sustaining it.

Film Review: ‘Time for Ilhan’ is about the village, building it, believing in it, sustaining it

Of the many fine documentaries featured in the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival, Time for Ilhan stands out for its sheer excitement and joy as we watch an essentially shy refugee embark on an amazing journey from wife and mother to an elected official in the city of Minneapolis.Ilhan...
The Whistleblower of My Lai - Film Review

Film Review: ‘Whistleblower of My Lai’ a memorable fusion of opera and documentary

Jeanne Powell reviews The Whistleblower of My Lai, an outstanding documentary from the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival.Connie Field is the director of this remarkable fusion of opera and documentary about the massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians by American troops in 1968, and the courage of one young helicopter...
Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek Old Man and Gun Film Review

‘The Old Man & the Gun’: Robert Redford shines in true heist account (Film Review)

The Old Man & the Gun is a sweet film, based on the true story of serial bank robber Forrest Tucker. David Grann’s article about Tucker appeared in The New Yorker in 2003 and is the inspiration for the movie. Grann describes Tucker as "one of the most notorious...
Fahrenheit 11/9 Film Review

Fahrenheit 11/9 Film Review: Democracy takes work

Filmmaker Michael Moore fears the consequences of a loss of faith in our country, and says it could be the death knell of democracy.
All it does it make more money - The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

Lost films byNWR: ‘Nest of the Cuckoo Birds’ is definitely quack love

Stark naked drama, to be sure. Checking out the holy grail of lost films on new streaming platform byNWR.