Month: July 2016

IN THEATERS (SF) – “The Witness”

The Witness (2016; Dir.: James D. Solomon) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. I recall a college Sociology professor giddily, almost lustily retelling the story of Kitty Genovese’s murder.  After all, it’s the stuff of college Sociology professors’ wet dreams […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Phantom Boy”

Phantom Boy (2016; Dir.: Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. The New York-based independent distributor GKIDS is becoming as important an imprimatur of quality animated cinema as Pixar […]

The Year in Barnesyard – 2016 Mid-Year Review

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2016 SO FAR 1) Three MY TAKE: “A genre-hopping blast, the anonymously named Three works as part solemn morality play and part gonzo white-knuckle thriller, part huge-hearted ensemble dramedy and part pitiless three-hander, with an almost unbearable escalation of tension that explodes into one […]