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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 66% Vox Lux (2018) A consideration of pop music and terrorism by rising filmmaker Brady Corbet, "Vox Lux" is a tonally shaky wild ride too uneven to qualify as an indie dazzler but too ambitious and original to ignore.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Skilled, nuanced storytelling and realistic pacing produce a graceful, textured, compelling portrait of a people with problematic behavior, shortchanged by circumstance, who interact lovingly.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
90% Widows (2018) Spiking the story with issues of class, race, gender divides, corruption, police brutality and old-guard exclusivity, McQueen creates relevant social texture. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 90% Maria By Callas (2018) Volf aims to share, with current audiences, the incredible voice of the revered 20th-century soprano. He succeeds, resoundingly.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 80% Boy Erased (2018) Hedges, again shining as a sensitive troubled teen, carries the drama, convincingly conveying Jared's confusion, fear and courage.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The director gets enough right to make the movie an honest, involving portrayal of the toll of addiction on individuals and families. He refuses to tie up the story in a feel-good bow or soften Nic's behavior to elicit viewer sympathy.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) Director Damien Chazelle, who took the mentor-pupil drama and the romantic musical to new places in "Whiplash" and "La La Land," here offers a striking, intimate and visceral astronaut story.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga, remarkable in her first leading movie role, charms as the pre-fame Ally and deftly portrays her transformation. Her mighty pipes leave no question regarding Ally's talent.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) While Phoenix delivers the reckless and playful goods as Charlie, the movie is Reilly's. His lead character is terrifically dangerous, forlorn and funny. The two actors sizzle together.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 97% Blaze (2018) The Blaze-Townes relationship, a partnership in substance abuse as well as musical collaboration, needs more development. But Hawke's unconventional methods result in a vital, multidimensional, moving consideration of an artist.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 92% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Lenz presents Kusama's art pieces copiously and admiringly, revealing them as serious works that reflect both dark experiences and a hope for peace. The movie's an optical treat.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 70% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) Filled with more characters and events than Giannoli can efficiently manage, the story isn't sharp, original or penetrating enough to justify the movie's 144-miute running time. Its resolution is a letdown.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) Neither a dud nor a cinematic page-turner, the movie ultimately proves too mild and ordinary to satisfy beyond the level of a passable rainy-day matinee. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Through her emotionally complex depiction of the Madeline-Evangeline dynamics, Decker makes her critical assessment of the collaborative process rather fascinating.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The movie often appears to be awed by the same outrageous wealth it purports to be ridiculing, and the comedy is sometimes broad and overplayed.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Writer-director Desiree Akhavan gets her message across resonantly, with subtlety, compassion and understated humor.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 83% Puzzle (2018) By remaining plugged into Agnes' emotions, focusing on her rising sense of who she is and what she wants, and by giving Macdonald the space and attention she needs to convey these factors, Turtletaub has made a modest charmer.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3 stars 99% McQueen (2018) Those without a whit of interest in the fashion world should take note of "McQueen," a richly textured profile of Alexander McQueen, the British designer and cultural force who blended the gorgeous and the gruesome to dazzling effect in his runway shows.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It's not convincing that Callahan's well-being is truly at stake. Yet the movie is vital, with a pleasantly loose-flowing tone and message that art and humor can mend the spirit.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 75% The Misandrists (2018) The blend of comedy, horror and social statement, while sometimes exciting, is too often a muddy mix.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 78% The King (2018) The King, a documentary connecting the two rise-and-fall stories, makes for fresh, exciting viewing.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) While there's sadness in the movie, it's countered with hope, and Granik's faith in humanity proves contagious.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) Without rubbing it in, Cardona and McKay convince us the country needs more people like Jose, not fewer.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A dramatically feathery but irresistibly likable dramedy.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 88% American Animals (2018) Crucially, there's humanity in this picture of four young men self-destructing, and the cast sizzles. ‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 93% Angels Wear White (2018) The film offers a thoughtful, textured and quietly furious criticism of a sexist Chinese system and society.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) The movie's focus and storytelling methods prove problematic.‐ Examiner.com
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Beauvois absorbs viewers in the rhythms and routines of the characters' world so vividly and completely that, if you go with his unhurried flow, you won't want the movie to end.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 77% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) The storytelling is messy, but the spirit is exuberantly winning in this all-ages adventure.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 94% RBG (2018) Filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen combine archival footage and interviews... in this appreciative blend of a Ginsburg 101 course and an intimate portrait dotted with fun facts.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 81% Ghost Stories (2018) Packed with jump scares, cryptic clues, eerie beings, references to other horror fare and stand-alone, head-shaking weirdness... the movie is an entertainingly creepy little chill ride laced with psychodrama.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/4 97% 1945 (2017) The cast excels. Rudolf's Istvan powerfully personifies the moral collapse that so many Europeans displayed during the Nazi era.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
82% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Without much to work with, [Michelle] Pfeiffer, who subtly expresses inner turmoil on her face, gives the movie a credible, sympathetic, charismatic protagonist.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
3/4 93% Journey's End (2018) Playing young men facing possible, even probable, doom, the actors are magnificent.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 74% Final Portrait (2018) Tucci impresses in depicting Giacometti's creative process.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/4 100% Keep the Change (2018) [Director Rachel Israel] nicely avoids rom-com contrivances - even the fish-out-of-water dynamics have a natural quality - and the actors give credible performances.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The actors give top-rate, impressively in-character performances.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/4 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Missing are the detours and oddball characters that give road tales quirk appeal. The trip is predictable from the beginning.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 97% Tehran Taboo (2018) Some of the more dramatic developments feel heavy-handed. But the movie, which touches on everything from divorce to porn to abortion to illegal satellite dishes, is socially substantial and highly enjoyable female-focused...‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2.5/4 80% 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 94% 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 53% 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 88% 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 98% 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 83% 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