Month: June 2017

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Nowhere to Hide”

Nowhere to Hide (2017; Dir.: Zaradasht Ahmed) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, June 30, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Politically charged, video vérité war documentaries have been appearing so frequently (and so similarly) in recent years that it becomes too easy for formalist aesthetes to […]


Okja (2017; Dir.: Bong Joon Ho) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Premieres Wednesday, June 28, on Netflix. More high-energy genre subversion from South Korean writer-director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpierecer; The Host; Memories of Murder), who this time uses a Spielberg-ian children’s fantasy template to bluntly satirize issues related to animal rights, […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Harmonium”

Harmonium (2017; Dir.: Kôji Fukada) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, June 23 at the 4 Star Theater in San Francisco. Over one year after winning the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes 2016, this repressed and implosive Japanese tragedy finally receives a limited stateside release.  Mariko […]