Month: October 2016

IN THEATERS (SF) – “The Handmaiden”

The Handmaiden (2016; Dir.: Chan-wook Park) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 27, in San Francisco at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission and the Landmark Embarcadero. The best film of the year so far.  Anyone who has followed me over the years knows my love-hate relationship […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Being 17”

Being 17 (2016; Dir.: André Téchiné) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 27, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Pampered, white, tentatively out teen Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein, who also starred in the MVFF39 offering Keeper) gets driven […]

MVFF39, Weekend 2

A rainy weekend in Northern California put a damper on my MVFF39 weekend plans, so we’ll keep this final installment short and sweet.  Simon Killer director Antonio Campos’ Christine (GRADE: B) tells the tragic story of Florida anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall, in a perfectly mannered performance), who […]

MVFF39, The Weekdays (M-Th)

Hard-working director Pablo Larraín, who showed The Club at last year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, traveled to the Bay Area again this year to debut two new movies – tomorrow’s closing night selection Jackie, an English-language biopic about Jackie Kennedy set in the immediate aftermath of the 1963 […]

MVFF39, Weekend 1

Once again this year, the Mill Valley Film Festival got off to a splashy, star-heavy start, with west coast premieres of Arrival and La La Land attended by their respective stars Amy Adams and Emma Stone.  My august colleagues in the San Francisco Film Critics Circle even hobnobbed […]