Official Secrets (2019; Gavin Hood) GRADE: C- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, September 13, at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and the Varsity Theater in Davis. Keira Knightley stars as British whistleblower Katharine Gun in this shallow and painfully derivative biopic. The real Gun is a blonde, but those […]
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Inferno (2016; Ron Howard) — Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 46 “You have three explainers in one room together. Who’s the alpha explainer?” Farraday pointer superfans Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell don their Dante deathmasks to review Ron Howard’s pointless puzzle movie Inferno. This 2016 sequel finds Howard the […]
Angels & Demons (2009; Ron Howard) – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 45 “This movie makes no sense, the logistics make no sense, and when you find out the reveal, it makes less sense.” Synchronize your ticking clocks for this shifty-eyed episode of the Dare Daniel podcast. Suspiciously good […]
Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 44 – Warcraft: The Beginning (2016; Duncan Jones) “Everyone is constantly explaining things, and yet nothing makes any sense.” The Beginning is the end is the beginning this week on the Dare Daniel Podcast. Magic school dropouts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell travel to […]
The Nightingale (2019; Jennifer Kent) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, August 9, at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco, Piedmont in Oakland and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Jennifer Kent follows up the psychological horror of her 2014 breakthrough The Babadook with a […]
Pilgrimages – Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami festival By Daniel Barnes *Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami plays at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on 8/3, 8/11 and 8/17. Visit the Roxie website for a complete list of showtimes. Influential Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami passed away in 2016, leaving behind […]