Anita Katz Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Anita Katz

Anita Katz
Anita Katz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Francisco Examiner

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 85% The Party (2018) Compactly edited, "The Party" isn't the worst way to spend 71 minutes of viewing time.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 98% In Between (2018) ... the film proves captivating as well as timely.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) ... an audaciously carnal and outrageous wild ride that may wind up a cult classic someday. For now, though, it is simply grade-A trash whose ability to dazzle the senses as its ludicrous story progresses, isn't quite enough to satisfy.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3/4 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) ... this compelling Chilean drama condemns hate and ignorance though a gracefully presented story about a grieving trans woman rejected by her deceased lover's family.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5/4 55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) We don't get many animated adventures with Islamic heroes and historical Arabian settings, and while it may be too intense for younger kids, the film merits note for bringing these elements to Western family audiences.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3.5/4 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Viewers seeking a solid political or courtroom drama, or simply something with depth, should give "The Insult" a look.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/4 84% The Final Year (2018) ... this documentary serves as a contagiously appreciative salute to an administration that appeared genuinely dedicated to making the world more humane.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Together these characters generate so much chemistry that - for awhile at least - we can ignore the movie's shortcomings.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3.5/4 100% Quest (2017) It may be impossible not to be moved by the goodness, grace and dignity displayed by the Raineys as they weather challenges.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) ... Sorkin's trademark pervasive intelligence and Jessica Chastain's sharp lead performance make this movie, which profiles poker maven Molly Bloom, an enjoyable wild ride.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie gives a commanding comic performance, playing Tonya as a force of talent, determination, spunk and rotten choices. Janney is caustic gold as the swearing, chain-smoking, horrid LaVona.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) ... the movie succeeds as a non-preachy comment on how governments fail to provide refugees with needed assistance and it embraces human goodness and common humanity in a world where anybody could become a refugee.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 94% The Breadwinner (2017) The story could be tighter, but the heroine is as intrepid as any Disney princess, and the animation is gorgeous...‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2.5/4 85% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Written and directed by Petra Volpe ("Dreamland"), this Swiss import is enjoyable if you don't expect much.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, and superbly acted by Frances McDormand and a handful of costars, the film is a splendidly mixed tonal cocktail and holiday-season highlight.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) It's funny, sad, witty, observant and captivating.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2.5/4 54% LBJ (2017) ... Harrelson delivers an earnest portrait of a flawed but decent man... He keeps the movie vital. Unfortunately, he can't erase the problems of jumpy and frustratingly safe storytelling.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% Jane (2017) ... a captivating profile of an extraordinary woman and of a career distinguished by intelligence and an undying sense of wonder.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Competently directed, capably acted and visually shimmering... But overall, the movie is a slightly above-par attempted trophy contender.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) "Ex Libris" is a quietly powerful film about how libraries, by giving individuals and communities access to information, are crucial to a democracy's ability to survive.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
84% Loving Vincent (2017) The beautiful, novel movie takes viewers into the paintings and, with them, the life of the postimpressionist Dutch artist.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) ... a retro-fun salute to the analog age and a thoughtful consideration of how digital technology affects our lives.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 100% Unrest (2017) As often happens with video diaries, the film is limited in scope. But it is still an engrossing and important documentary that convincingly demonstrates that ME is real and gives voice to people whose homebound condition makes them largely invisible.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) [Mike] White has a distinctive way of venturing into creepy places while at the same time treating the characters compassionately; we care even as we wince.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 92% The Force (2017) The documentary is stimulating viewing.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 85% Beach Rats (2017) [Writer/Director Eliza] Hittman supplies impressive emotional and atmospheric realities all her own.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 90% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) A monstrous machinator who, herself, is a victim of a crooked system, Maria Drazdechova is nuanced as well as shameless, and rather fascinating.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Less academically, it's a blast of energy and a stirring musician showcase.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
80% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Watterson, assisted by in-sync acting (Urbaniak, a Hal Hartley alum, is especially amusing), efficient editing, innovative gags and dazzling DIY production design, has delivered a rush of loony fun.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3/4 85% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Adeptly directed by Finnish filmmaker Klaus Haro, who emphasizes the hope and pride his protagonist inspires in his young students, this is a smooth sail of a movie too enjoyable to be doomed by its formulaic presentation of deserving material.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 89% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) "After Love," directed and cowritten by Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse, is an insightful and involving drama centering on the collapse of a marriage.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) This semi-indie is a satire, a psycho-comedy and cautionary tale. Though it's not as wicked as some may hope for, it's worthy and occasionally stellar.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/4 80% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Had this movie run longer than 80 minutes, its novelty would likely have faded, and the thinness of the plot would have become problematically evident.‐ SF Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) The only truly worthy lines come from Bob Dylan, whose "Visions of Johanna" is on the soundtrack.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/4 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) Crucially, the film respects its characters and doesn't let indie eccentricity upstage underlying humanity.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 88% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Yes, this French drama has a treacle problem. But its lead actresses generate more than enough spark to offset the sentimentality over the movie's surprisingly enjoyable two-hour running time.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) A joy ride for movie lovers.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) All [the actors] succeed, but special mention goes to Whitehead's Tommy, whose mixture of fear and determination in the opening scene sets the movie's tone, and Rylance, whose civilian skipper suggests quiet dignity like no other.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3/4 89% Pop Aye (2017) Pop Aye, the feature debut of writer-director Kirsten Tan, is a conventionally structured road tale with sparkling character interactions and a delightful variation on the concept of man's best friend.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2.5/4 70% Moscow Never Sleeps (2017) Beyond the novelty, and beneath the surface dazzle, the human stories, while solidly acted, deliver little emotional impact. Moscow may never sleep, but the waking lives depicted in movies like this need to truly affect us.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2.5/4 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Performances excel throughout. Friedel's Elser looks like a poet and supplies a winning combination of charm and conviction.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) It's a slightly messy, often funny and humanity-filled alternative to summer blockbusters.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/4 89% Maudie (2017) Walsh's uncluttered storytelling allows the actors to go to raw and stirring places, and the film becomes an affecting portrait of meaningful companionship amid hardship.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 83% Letters From Baghdad (2017) While Bell deserves a more comprehensive portrait, this documentary brings her into vivid focus and captures the world she inhabited.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) While Lithgow's Strutt can be a hoot, Hayek owns the movie. Her Beatriz is a complicated mixture of clarity and confusion, and she's a self-described old soul whose capacity for caring, however unfashionable, proves lastingly moving.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 86% Band Aid (2017) Rare among romantic comedies, this modest but stimulating indie, the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, delivers not romcom formula, but genuine emotion.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Loach has created a modest but moving film that triumphs as a social drama, a friendship tale, and a trip through the world of job centers and food banks.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2.5/4 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) The actors keep the movie involving, and for some, Dyrholm's performance alone is ticket-worthy. But the impact quickly fades when she leaves the screen.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/4 100% Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia (2017) The commentary of these and other survivors and their descendants makes the sometimes dry documentary illuminating and often affecting.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3/4 86% The Wedding Plan (2017) It's an old-fashioned romantic comedy that adheres to that recipe while benefiting from novelty appeal, a compelling lead performance, and a cute, winningly presented premise.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017