Month: August 2015

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R, 8/27 issue

*After the mixed-bag of While we’re Young, the delightful Mistress America is a return to top form for director Noah Baumbach, featuring a towering, all-the-awards-worthy performance from his co-writer Greta Gerwig. *The crackling chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in The End of the Tour is essential […]

IN THEATERS – “Mistress America”

Mistress America (2015; Dir.: Noah Baumbach) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes After the entertaining but unfocused mixed bag of While we’re Young, Noah Baumbach gets back to top form with the utterly charming Mistress America, co-written with and starring Greta Gerwig. She gives a towering, all-the-awards-worthy performance as […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Phoenix”

Phoenix (2015; Dir.: Christian Petzold) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens today at Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco, Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley, and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. “I can’t stand German songs anymore.” A left-field smash last year at TIFF, Christian […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Fort Tilden”

Fort Tilden (2015; Dir.: Sarah Violet-Bliss and Charles Rogers) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens tomorrow at AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco.  Also premieres tomorrow on VOD services. “We fucked up summer.” The existential crises of the young, privileged, bored, white, female, and loathsome are blisteringly sent […]