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
Publications: San Francisco Examiner

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 93% Test Pattern (2021) Hall and Brill deliver essential, terrific chemistry, and Ford addresses numerous underlying topical concerns -- consent, boundaries, self-blame, patriarchal attitudes, relationship power dynamics -- perceptively and affectingly. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
2.5/4 59% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) In the end, Day, Billie's activism, and the song Billie champions are worthy of attention. But this vastly uneven movie doesn't do them justice. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 100% A First Farewell (2018) Wang's down-to-earth tone, familiarity with the subject matter, and success in inspiring natural and sometimes delightful performances from the nonprofessional young cast result in a thoroughly engaging, believable, and quietly moving story. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/4 94% Nomadland (2021) The movie also contains scenic grandeur -- deserts, plains, forests -- and Zhao derives superb human-connection moments from her cast. These can be profoundly moving. McDormand helps bring about the magic. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/4 77% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Terrific together, Allen and Newton breeze through even the weakest material with a winning rapport and provide essential chemistry and spirit. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 88% Sator (2019) Acting as writer, director, cinematographer editor, and composer, Graham has made a deeply personal and thoughtfully conceived movie that fictionalizes his family's struggles with mental illness into an unusual horror narrative. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) The movie sometimes borders on overblown melodrama as the characters machinate, but fortunately, Meneghetti doesn't lose touch with what's at its heart: Madeleine and Nina's bond. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/4 96% A Ghost Waits (2020) While too light and slight to be able to deliver its darker material with the impact it calls for, the supernatural romance A Ghost Waits presents its tale of love and loneliness with refreshing heart and sweetness instead of the expected scares and gore. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/4 79% The Night (2021) Ahari provides the requisite jump scares, while simple light and shadow create striking visual imagery. Angsty sound effects convey the mounting unease. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 96% Dear Comrades! (2021) A riveting depiction of the Soviet bureaucracy, a stirringly angry condemnation of the Novocherkassk massacre and cover-up, and an unsentimentally affecting story of a mother's love. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Identifying Features calls attention to the terror occurring in northern Mexico, through a quietly compelling story about a mother searching for her missing son on terrain made deadly by the drug wars. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 92% The White Tiger (2020) While viewers may not entirely embrace Balram's dark side, Gourav's charismatic, multifaceted, energetic performance makes it possible for them to stick with him for two hours. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) King juggles many elements in the movie and drops none. One Night in Miami is a blast of momentous social history and a stimulating watch. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) The film rambles somewhat, and a split-screen sequence clashes tonally with the rest of the film. But overall, it shines as a seriocomic document of how fantasy can't cure conditions like unhappy marriages and loneliness. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 93% Herself (2021) Bright as well as dark, the film also impresses as a celebration of friendship and as a reminder of the joy that can flow when people help each other. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/4 97% The Dissident (2020) Director-cowriter Bryan Fogel presents the story like a political thriller, and while he sometimes goes overboard in achieving that, the film is gripping. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 92% Sylvie's Love (2020) Not much may exist beneath the film's appealing surfaces, but for satisfying escapism, Sylvie's Love delivers. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
2.5/4 68% The Last Blockbuster (2020) If the phrase "Be kind, rewind" rings a nostalgic bell in your heart, this doc will likely qualify as an enjoyable diversion. But expect nothing more. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) Best known for his paranormal dramas, Kurosawa has made a thoughtful, gentle movie about cultural divides, tourist disorientation, and a young woman's realization of her potential. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 76% Wander Darkly (2020) Miller helps this emotionally complicated material to succeed. She is willing to take Adrienne to dangerous and unlikable places and is believable as a possible ghost, a shattered trauma survivor, and a romantic heroine. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 100% 76 Days (2020) It also casts a deserved spotlight on Wuhan's frontline medical workers, and, by extension, medical workers who have, over the months, been battling the virus with commitment and compassion nearly everywhere. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 100% Mayor (2020) As Osit shows Hadid working to make Ramallah a place its people can take pride in, the mayor becomes an extraordinary documentary subject and we want to thank Osit for introducing us to Hadid and taking us inside his city. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/4 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) [Mikkelsen's] dark streak complements Vinterberg's sunny tones and who, without much to go on, creates a multi-shaded, fascinating, frequently funny protagonist filled with frustration, anger and misplaced vitality. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
2.5/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Macdissi's funny, warm and emotionally authentic Wally is crucial to the film's successful aspects. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/4 95% Zappa (2020) The sum total is a justifiably sprawling and almost never dull consideration of a unique and complicated artist. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
2.5/4 68% The Last Vermeer (2020) A riveting drama, or perhaps dark comedy, exists somewhere in this movie, but despite Pearce's contributions, the film shapes up largely as a lightly entertaining missed opportunity. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 100% Born to Be (2020) [Director Tania Cypriano has] delivered an enlightening and affecting film that compellingly denounces hate and underscores the right of transgender people to receive quality, compassionate health care. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) The film is adroitly edited, journalistically solid, morally infuriating and more gripping than most Hollywood thrillers. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Irmi (2020) Selvin and Fanshel's heartfelt tribute to Irmi is undeniably moving, and the consideration the pair give to the 20th-century Jewish experience, and to the strength and contributions of refugees and immigrants, broadens and deepens the picture. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 100% City Hall (2020) A humane and vital picture of democracy at work. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2.5/4 70% Kindred (2020) The movie belongs to Lawrance's Charlotte. The rising young actor makes her character so multifaceted, human and deserving, we stick seriously with her even when the screenplay falters. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 82% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) Swedish writer-director Johannes Nyholm doesn't quite wow with surprises, but displays darkly impressive personal touches as he takes his characters through the terror wringer. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 92% Mother (Madre) (2020) It takes the surprising and satisfying form of a psychological drama following the mother's journey through loss. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 87% Us Kids (2020) Snyder vividly captures the energy, savvy and dynamism of her young subjects. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) You don't have to be a David Byrne fan to enjoy this movie, although it might turn you into one. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 96% Shithouse (2020) Demonstrating skills and sensibilities rare for a first-time filmmaker in his early 20s, Raiff has taken a familiar breaking-away and first-love story and filled the spaces between the plot points with connective spark and resonant feeling. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 95% The Planters (2020) Kotcheff and Leder, impressive behind and in front of the camera, believe in their characters and have fun with Sadie's condition without treating mental illness as a laughing matter. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 99% Totally Under Control (2020) While the issues are familiar terrain, the stories and details assembled give rise to an important and appropriately infuriating full picture. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 65% Once Upon a River (2020) Newcomer DelaCerna delivers a solid, likeable lead performance, and Rose sets a tone just mythic enough to prevent practical concerns about teenage Margo's personal situation from overshadowing the narrative. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 68% The Glorias (2020) [The Glorias] contains some extraordinary subjects, and Taymor dramatizes them with stellar historical elements and colorful character dynamics. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
2.5/4 62% Blackbird (2020) As domestic tearjerkers go, this one fares slightly above so-so, boosted by Michell's near-avoidance of sentimentality and first-rate ensemble cast. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) It all adds up to an edifying and timely picture of a crucial issue about which most of us are only superficially knowledgeable. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 94% The Mole Agent (2020) It all adds up to an uplifting and engaging blend of spy entertainment, personal journey, social statement and thoughtful reflection. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 94% Critical Thinking (2020) Leguizamo's storytelling, while conventional, features lively interactions, embraceable characters and credibly depicted struggles. The tournament scenes contain sports-movie adrenaline. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 35% Measure for Measure (2020) The plot-dense, character-packed story seldom comes to stirring life, and while the actors emote capably, the emotion doesn't resonate much. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 61% Stage Mother (2020) An irresistible Jacki Weaver makes a potentially disastrous premise more enjoyable than seems possible, but can do only so much with the contrived material she's bringing vividly to life. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 100% Watch List (2020) Overall a brave and gripping drama addressing how Duterte's war on drugs is an ineffective and inhumane conflict that targets small-time players in poor communities. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 60% Chemical Hearts (2020) Reinhart and Abrams share an appealing rapport. The young actors benefit from working with Tanne, who has a gift for capturing vividly on camera the sparks his actors generate. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 97% La Llorona (2020) Bustamante blends serious political content, domestic drama and horror fantasy smoothly and effectively. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/4 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Herself an actor, Seimetz draws on-target humor-laced (the film is funny) performances. Sheil, both entertaining dippy and dramatically solid in the role of anchor presence Amy, is particularly noteworthy. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020