Category: Reviews

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Hearts Beat Loud”

Hearts Beat Loud (2018; Dir.: Brett Haley) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, June 15, at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Another snuggly non-movie from co-writer and director Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams and last year’s The Hero), this time […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “American Animals”

American Animals (2018; Dir.: Bart Layton) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, June 8, at the AMC Kabuki 8 and the Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco. Writer-director Bart Layton follows up his 2012 debut The Imposter, a documentary with dramatic tendencies about an older man pretending […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Mountain”

Mountain (2018; Dir.: Jennifer Peedom) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opens June 1, 2018, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. “Our need for mountains runs deep and wide,” breathes Willem Dafoe in his unmistakable sultry growl.  “Mountains are wild and ungovernable–this […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Lu Over the Wall”

Lu Over the Wall (2018; Dir.: Masaaki Yuasa) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 11, at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco and the Landmark California in Berkeley. This rare stinker from animation importer GKIDS offers echoes of Studio Ghibli classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo, but contains little […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Let the Sunshine In”

Let the Sunshine In (2018; Dir.: Claire Denis) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 4, at the Landmark Clay in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Claire Denis makes her first feature film since 2013’s Bastards with this beguiling romantic dramedy about a middle-aged artist who longs […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Cold Water”

Cold Water (1994; Dir.: Olivier Assayas) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, May 4, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Unreleased and unavailable for decades, writer-director Olivier Assayas’ harsh coming-of-age story Cold Water gets the 4K treatment just in time to feed my growing obsession with the filmmaker.  Originally […]

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