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
2/4 29% 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 76% 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 95% 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 95% 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 78% 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 14% 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 67% 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 89% 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 89% 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 86% 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 71% 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
3/4 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Writer-director Desiree Akhavan gets her message across resonantly, with subtlety, compassion and understated humor. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 73% The Misandrists (2018) The blend of comedy, horror and social statement, while sometimes exciting, is too often a muddy mix. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 77% The King (2018) The King, a documentary connecting the two rise-and-fall stories, makes for fresh, exciting viewing. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A dramatically feathery but irresistibly likable dramedy. - San Francisco Examiner EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) The movie's focus and storytelling methods prove problematic. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 76% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018