Month: May 2016

IN THEATERS (SF) – “The Idol”

The Idol (2016; Dir.: Hany Abu-Assad) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday at Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco, the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad garnered Best Foreign Film Oscar nominations for his terrorist […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “High-Rise”

High-Rise (2016; Dir.: Ben Wheatley) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 13 at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco, the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Barbecued dog is the appetizer here, human flank steak the main course, with a […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Tale of Tales”

Tale of Tales (2016; Dir.: Matteo Garrone) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 13 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Bizarre but oddly restrained gory fantasy from Gomorrah director Garrone, an intertwined anthology inspired by the fairy tales of Giambattista Basile.  Salma Hayek and John […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Neon Bull”

Neon Bull (Dir.: Gabriel Mascaro) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. A documentarian making only his second narrative feature, writer-director Gabriel Mascaro invests the entrancing and upsetting Neon Bull with equal parts lived-in authenticity and dreamlike beauty.  Neon Bull follows […]