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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
3/4 86% 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 71% 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
31% 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 79% 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 83% 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 86% 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 75% 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 87% 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 82% 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 76% 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 85% 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 92% 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 84% 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
3/4 90% Hounds of Love (2017) Among the fine cast, Booth stands out as the confused, on-edge Evelyn.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 86% The Lovers (2017) The movie is easy to relate to as it depicts disappointments of married life; it's also an enjoyable comedy about two people who aren't ready to give up feeling.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) While far from flawless, this movie doesn't leave you feeling empty.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Performances are effective throughout. Lahti, in the title role, is completely believable as both a talented athlete and a humble soul.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Whether you are familiar with Jacobs' ideas or are a newcomer, this documentary merits 92 minutes of your time.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2.5/4 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) An entertaining lead performance engages us in the manic world of a protagonist who, in real life, we'd want to shoo away. But too much plot and not enough cohesiveness undermine the movie's emotional impact and narrative clarity.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 100% Truman (2017) Gay's direction and screenplay (cowritten by Tomas Aragay) and splendid performances keep the characters feeling real and spontaneous, resulting in a captivating tale of human (and canine) companionship and caring.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3/4 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) You may have to fortify your illogicality tolerance when viewing the anime adventure "Your Name." But this body-swap romance by the exciting and talented filmmaker Makoto Shinkai is nonetheless exquisite, beautiful and entertaining.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3/4 100% The Settlers (2017) This documentary may not brighten your day, but it's important, enlightening viewing.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/4 90% Frantz (2017) In the central role, Beer affirms her status as a rising international star. Niney portrays hauntedness superbly.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Its adventure, intelligence, originality, rich mood, worthy subject and powerful lead performance make it impossible to dismiss.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2/4 35% The Last Word (2017) The film is a comedy that benefits from the gifts of an effectively typecast Shirley MacLaine but traps her in a story lacking credibility and in a production bereft of emotional truth.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2/4 23% Table 19 (2017) A bland screwball comedy sunk by an excess of gimmickry and a lack of credibility and punch.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) All said, the film shapes up as a mildly entertaining missed opportunity, notable for its performances, especially Bernal's.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The performances are in sync with Smoczynska's vision of a Polish fantasyland both bouncy and visceral. Olszanska, as the hungry-looking Golden, and Mazurek, as the, relatively speaking, sweeter Silver, command the screen.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Hosseini and Alidoosti, both Farhadi veterans, are extraordinary. Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, as the terribly behaving but deeply human man who triggered the disaster, also is superb.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Truth, grace, and simplicity rule in this film, which establishes Dudok de Wit as a rising star in world animation and provides audiences on these shores with a memorably unusual adventure.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 94% Neruda (2016) The actors make the robust, confident Neruda and the thin, self-doubting Peluchonneau riveting psychological, as well as physical, complements.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/4 83% Julieta (2016) The cast's two Julietas both excel as their character's pre- and post-tragedy selves, who switch place mid-scene in a cinematic magic trick that affirms Almodovar's status as a master.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/4 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) The down-to-earth quality of the human dynamics, which are completely absent of superhuman behavior, give the characters a credibility that allows audiences to believe their lives in these treacherous waters are at stake.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The film's immensely agreeable real-life story has so much joy and energy, we're willing to go the predictable distance.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
1/4 13% Collateral Beauty (2016) It's a ludicrous story, and the filmmakers, despite a grade-A cast, deliver neither the Capra spark nor a credible depiction of grief.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Compromised by too many plot twists, Miss Sloane is not a searing condemnation of Capitol Hill politics nor a penetrating character portrait of an adrenaline-addicted power player. But it is a terrifically acted, electric thriller.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
1.5/4 43% Ovation! (2016) [Ovation] is passable fare that might suffice for a rainy-day matinee. But it can't complete with superior films playing around town now.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan doesn't write dialogue that spells out details of the harrowing event. He leaves it to outstanding actors to convey the effect of the experience via facial expression and body language.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Adams, slightly hampered by the busy plot, carries the film as a woman realizing distressing truths about herself. Gyllenhaal, especially as Tony, powerfully portrays anger and desperation.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) Even when the plot has you shaking your head, expect to be moved.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 100% Tower (2016) This is gripping nonfiction cinema containing thrills and a point.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Directing, screenwriting, acting, cinematography and music combine superbly in the movie, which is based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney and has been compared to Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 88% Christine (2016) Hall's quietly extraordinary performance as a woman disconnected from the world she so desperately wants to glow in makes the movie worth seeing.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 83% Denial (2016) The problem is that the story is set up with Lipstadt as its passionate heroine and driving moral force. Yet she's been buttoned up, which limits the emotional impact of a film that should be stirring.‐ San Francisco Examiner
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016