Month: October 2017

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Tragedy Girls”

Tragedy Girls (2017; Dir.: Tyler MacIntire) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, November 3. Appealing newcomers Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp headline this ghoulish and unfunny horror satire, playing high school cheerleaders and lifelong besties with an unhealthily active interest in serial killers.  In an attempt to expand […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Rat Film”

Rat Film (2017; Dir.: Theo Anthony) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 27, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Director Anthony makes his feature debut with this unconventional documentary about the persistent rat problem in Baltimore, and the connections between the thriving vermin and the city’s […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “78/52”

78/52 (2017; Dir.: Alexandre O. Phillippe) GRADE: C- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 27, at the Alamo Drafthouse at New Mission; now playing on VOD services. Superficial cinephilia from The People vs. George Lucas director Phillippe, a wide-ranging non-examination of the infamous shower scene from Psycho (the title of the documentary refers […]


Dina (2017; Dir.: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 20, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. The best documentary of the year so far, and also the most touching love story.  Directors Santini and […]