San Francisco Bay Times

San Francisco Bay Times is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Gary M. Kramer
Rating Title/Year Author
Twilight's Kiss (2019) Gary M. Kramer Yeung's sensitive film captures the quotidian aspects of these ordinary lives that undergo deep and profoundly subtle changes... Yeung's exquisite and wonderfully acted film is full of such quietly powerful moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Falling (2020) Gary M. Kramer By the time father and son confront one another, in one of the film's better scenes, it is almost too late. Mortensen shows an eye for detail and composition, but one wishes his grating film were better. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Young Hunter (2020) Gary M. Kramer Viewers will likely feel conflicted and unsettled as Young Hunter plays out.... Berger takes a calculated risk here, but his skill as a filmmaker delivers a satisfying payoff.... This story is uncomfortable, but it needs to be told-and seen. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Boys State (2020) Gary M. Kramer Only occasionally inspiring....Boys State may not be particularly well made, but by the film's end, it does feature a genuinely emotional moment.... If only the rest of this disappointing film had such power. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Brotherhood (2019) Gary M. Kramer Brotherhood, which recounts a tragedy that is little-known in the United States, is best appreciated by younger viewers who can absorb the messages of heroism, bravery, and sacrifice that are raised EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
Earthquake Bird (2019) Gary M. Kramer [A] twisty and absorbing adaptation of Susanna Jones' celebrated novel. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Queen (1968) Gary M. Kramer "[A] fantastic time capsule from 1968...This documentary is a fascinating piece of history, captured in a style that is very much of-and ahead of-its time." EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Guest Artist (2019) Gary M. Kramer Guest Artist is slight (75 minutes) and stagey, but Daniels and Macias generate some sparks with their tête-à-tête. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Gary M. Kramer [A] crowd-pleasing documentary.... The film showcases the music, of course, which is wonderful, but it is how the chorus changes the minds of the people they meet-and how the people change the minds of the chorus-that reverberates. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
A Simple Wedding (2018) Gary M. Kramer This affable comedy about cultures clashing and uniting contains some witty one-liners and some amusing sight gags, which is why it is frustrating when it stoops low or goes too broad. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Clementine (2019) Gary M. Kramer Apparently, writer/director Lara Gallagher had to get something out of her system. But it doesn't make for anything interesting to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Socrates (2018) Gary M. Kramer The film boasts a striking authenticity, and Malheiros, in his film debut, is pitch-perfect, conveying Sócrates' hunger (for food, money and love), his self-reliance and his despair in ways that are both heartbreaking and inspiring. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
One Taxi Ride (2019) Gary M. Kramer Erick's courage to tell his story is inspiring, and this film is important and necessary for providing an example of bravery and support for victims. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Sister Aimee (2019) Gary M. Kramer The lesbian angle may be downplayed, but Sister Aimee offers other pleasures, such as a catchy and showstopping musical number. Hollyman delivers an impressive performance here, but it is the sultry Suarez Paz who truly captivates. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Gary M. Kramer Exquisite....Tremors is a quietly powerful film buoyed by Olyslager's remarkable performance. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
() Gary M. Kramer Absolutely enchanting...The highlight of We Are the Radical Monarchs is seeing the young girls step into power. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Monsters. (Monstri.) (2019) Gary M. Kramer A fantastic slow-burn drama...Monsters. is simple, but riveting.... In his film debut, writer/director Marius Olteanu has made a searing marital drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Benjamin (2018) Gary M. Kramer Alternately charming and cringe-inducing...Nevertheless, it is easy to root for Benjamin and his friends, even if they are their own worst enemies. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
End of the Century (2019) Gary M. Kramer [A]n absolutely hypnotic romance.... End of the Century unfolds slowly, deliberately and it plays with time, memory and imagination in ways that will provoke viewers. It also features a scene of the guys dancing that is pure magic. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Luciérnagas (2018) Gary M. Kramer [A] poignant, artfully made drama.... Marandi gives an affecting, internal performance;.... Luis Alberti smolders with intensity. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1985 (2018) Gary M. Kramer 1985 may moralize a bit, but the film is quite moving. Smith gives a strong, subtle performance, and Madsen is heartbreaking as his mom. Bring Kleenex. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Postcards From London (2018) Gary M. Kramer Witty and visually dynamic...Postcards from London unfolds as a series of clever tableaus. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Mario (2018) Gary M. Kramer This absorbing film sneaks up on viewers and packs an emotional wallop. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
Night Comes On (2018) Gary M. Kramer Fishback is riveting throughout... Spiro's film is full of smart details and compelling performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Gary M. Kramer Studio 54 shows what it is like to capture lightning in a bottle, as well as what it means to get burned. The archival footage is fabulous, and this film is a rollicking good time. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Mapplethorpe (2018) Gary M. Kramer Mapplethorpe continues to hit the expected beats of the photographer's life, having about as much depth as a Wikipedia entry. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Half Magic (2018) Gary M. Kramer Graham's well-intentioned film probably plays better as a television series than a feature EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
Quiet Heroes (2018) Gary M. Kramer Where Quiet Heroes excels is in the personal stories that put a face on both the doctors and their patients. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
Truman (2015) Gary M. Kramer Cesc Gay is not a sentimentalist, and while Truman may tug at viewer's heartstrings, it is never mawkish or maudlin. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2017
Taekwondo (2016) Gary M. Kramer Taekwondo is a leisurely-paced film that lets viewers bask in its hazy homoeroticism....anyone who succumbs to the film's sensual rhythms, it will be a stimulating experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
My Friend Dahmer (2017) Gary M. Kramer My Friend Dahmer may walk the fine line between satire and horror, but the film succeeds because it is not judgmental. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017