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 […]

MVFF40 Wrap-Up

In recent years, I have spent the first two weeks of October covering the Mill Valley Film Festival (check out my MVFF37 coverage HERE, my MVFF38 coverage HERE and my MVFF39 coverage HERE).  The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, honoring the gamut of independent film, from star-heavy productions with […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Ex Libris”

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (2017; Dir.: Frederick Wiseman) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 13, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Somewhere in the middle of this 44th feature-length Frederick Wiseman documentary, a typically sprawling and reflective look at the New […]