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 96% American Factory (2019) It all adds up to a revealing look at labor in the globalization age and a heartfelt salute to everyday workers. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) One Child Nation is an informative, affecting and important film that solidly documents a dark bit of Chinese history that needs remembering. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 93% Luce (2019) Too much ambiguity weakens the narrative in Luce... But outstanding performances and observant considerations of race and privilege make the movie. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) The documentary is weak as a character study but insightful when considering Wallace's impact on broadcast journalism. It's also an enjoyable 20th-century history ride. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 100% For Sama (2019) [Waad] al-Kateab and [Edward] Watts have delivered an extraordinary picture of the toll of the war on ordinary lives. The film also stands out as an indictment of the rest of the world for its neglect of the tragedy of Syria. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 99% The Farewell (2019) Skillfully blending humor and sorrow, [Wang has] made an enjoyable and empathetic film about family, mortality and identity. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) [The Reports on Sarah and Saleem] resonantly conveys the tensions that pervade its setting and the mistrust inherent in what appears to be virtually every cross-cultural interaction. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) The most satisfying thoughts, however, come directly from Morrison. Possessing insight, warmth, humor, humanity and radiant confidence, she's a spellbinding presence. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 90% Funan (2019) Paris-born director Denis Do affectingly combines hand-drawn animation with a fact-based story of horror and hope in this adult-geared, French-language, Cambodia-set debut feature. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 75% Halston (2019) Tthe film vividly presents the accomplishments of the famed designer. It's too bad it doesn't go beneath alluring surfaces to explore his deeper character. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) It is Thompson who achieves comic, and occasionally poignant, gold. Whether Katherine is being a venerable diva, a tyrannical boss or a vulnerable human being, she's a terrific heroine whose transformation is a treat to watch. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Silence of Others (2019) The [terrific] film focuses largely on post-Franco Spain, a country failing to come to terms with its past. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) This film won't satisfy everyone, but those interested in risky, bravura filmmaking should check it out, on the big screen. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) The cast sparkles. Hamzawi, relatively new to the big screen, is particularly wonderful when revealing the seemingly harsh Valerie's warmer side. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 79% Photograph (2019) Batra's organically flowing filmmaking absorbs viewers into the characters' lives and the atmosphere of bustling Mumbai, with its taxicabs, street-food vendors and ever-present juxtapositions of old and new. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) A musical fantasy that never quite breaks free from the rock-biopic formula but nonetheless delivers some satisfying pizzazz and joy. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 31% Red Joan (2019) The drama falls irremediably flat, suffering from an absence of well-developed characters. Joan's motives often are unclear or lack credibility. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 96% Little Woods (2019) It may sound cliched to say we root for these women, but indeed we do, deep down. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 65% Peterloo (2019) The film relevantly demonstrates how the rich, powerful and clueless have continued to oppress life's have-nots, a common Leigh theme. It also celebrates political and community organizing vividly. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) A beautifully made and exceptionally acted portrait of a woman at the point on her path where she starts seriously considering how her life has turned out. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 77% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Patel is as deep as a tea saucer here, but the likability and ease he brings to his character make the hackneyed material bearable. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/4 94% Transit (2019) Petzold's adaptation shifts narration duties to a minor character. He's not all that omniscient, but like the rest of this movie, he's got lots to say. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore creates a fresh and sparkling Gloria, whose face can shift from ebullience to disappointment in a flash. Gloria's scenes with the excellent Turturro's Arnold contain exciting chemistry. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 94% Styx (2019) As an indictment of indifference, the movie is neither preachy nor heavy-handed. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 88% To Dust (2019) Likable but uneven, this seriocomedy benefits from a uniquely quirky premise and winning protagonists. But it can't overcome tonal problems and bumpy storytelling. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Absorbingly told through the eyes of its indigenous characters, the movie, isn't just a subtitled narco picture. It's a remarkable portrait of a little-known culture. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) As the crime counts less than the human realities it exposes, the domestic drama - despite being thickly soapy and lacking the textural richness of Farhadi's other movies - outshines the kidnap plot. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) As survival thrillers go, the movie is compelling. It's also a poignant story of decency and hope. It also demonstrates the power of minimalist storytelling. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/4 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) This is a war picture like none we've ever seen and the latest example of the grand, gripping, humane potential of the big screen. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 13% An Acceptable Loss (2019) The coda, more brightly, isn't bad; but Curtis is the only reason to see this film. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2.5/4 73% Adult Life Skills (2019) Tunnard lays on the quirks so excessively that the constant eccentricity - goofy attire, silly toys, wacky anatomical gags - upstages the more richly human and satisfying material. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/4 20% The Aspern Papers (2019) The psychological suspense and romantic intrigue barely register. The movie's a frustrating missed opportunity. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 66% Vice (2018) McKay delivers so much creative energy and Bale is so scarily Cheney-like that the film prompts enough laughs and contains enough sizzling truths to overcome its flaws. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Despite an occasional bit of heavy-handedness, the film credibly and grippingly looks at poverty, child neglect, refugees and ID-card insanity. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Though it may leave you with some ridiculous ditties resounding in your head, "Bathtubs Over Broadway" is a completely enjoyable documentary. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/4 61% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 92% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 81% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 69% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 87% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 93% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 72% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/4 56% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 88% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018