Tag: sci-fi

IN THEATERS (SF) – “The Untamed”

The Untamed (2017; Dir.: Amat Escalante) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, August 4, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. More dreary provocation from Heli director Escalante, this time an intriguing but no less deadening blend of sexually charged sci-fi and kitchen-sink social drama.  Impressive newcomer Ruth Ramos […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R/MCW, 10/1 issues

*When a film works, the critical tendency is to praise the director and move outward from there, but the palm-sweat intensity of Sicario feels more like a triumph of brilliant actors and collaborators over a gaseous auteur. *My Sicario review was reprinted in this week’s Monterey County Weekly. […]

IN THEATERS – “Insurgent”

Insurgent (2015; Dir.: Robert Schwentke) GRADE: C By Daniel Barnes In this weak-kneed sequel to last year’s surprisingly enjoyable Divergent, Shailene Woodley returns as Tris, a fugitive in a post-apocalyptic world of heavily regulated societal factions.  Tris belongs to the thrill-seeking Dauntless faction, but she’s secretly a “Divergent”, […]

Daniel Barnes @ the SNR – 5/8 issue

#barnesyardbumps: *Under the Skin is the best film of the year so far.  Scarlett Johansson  (pictured left) is perfect as the alien seductress at the movie’s center, a blithe black widow who gets increasingly weaker the further she explores a budding humanity that is only skin deep. Director Jonathan […]