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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Mr. Soul! (2018) Chris Vognar "Mr. Soul!" is like a wrinkle in time, a time capsule that needed to be opened. In uncovering rare gold, it's a film that reminds us just how much we don't know. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
3/4 Pray Away (2020) Mick LaSalle "Pray Away" is a wise and compassionate film about anti-gay conversion therapy as it's practiced and encouraged by the evangelical church. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
3/4 The Green Knight (2021) Mick LaSalle The freedom that Lowery assumes for himself is staggering - and encouraging. "The Green Knight" is artistically from Jupiter, except that its real source resides deep in the human soul. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
4/4 Lorelei (2020) G. Allen Johnson Malone... is outstanding as a woman who, in some sense, has been in a prison of her own the past 15 years, waiting for that break in life that may never come. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
1/4 Jungle Cruise (2021) Mick LaSalle It's a first-class production of an empty concept and an utterly dead script. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
1/4 No Ordinary Man (2020) G. Allen Johnson There's one big problem about "No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary": It's not really about Billy Tipton. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
3/4 Old (2021) Mick LaSalle "Old" is, at times, clumsy and obvious, but it's different and weird, and it taps into something essential. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
2/4 Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Mick LaSalle By the end, it's no better than a mediocre superhero effort, except it's even worse, because there was potential there for more. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/4 Jolt (2021) Bob Strauss While it's not always as sharp as it could be, the energy in "Jolt" never falters, and there are definitely amusing bits. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
4/4 Stillwater (2021) Mick LaSalle Audiences will come away feeling like they've really been somewhere, that they were moved by the people they met and expanded by the experience. You can't ask more from a movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
3/4 Val (2021) G. Allen Johnson What really puts "Val" over the top was Kilmer's habit since he was a teenager of constantly filming. There is so much Kilmer-filmed footage that he gets sole cinematography credit. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
2.5/4 Joe Bell (2020) Mick LaSalle "Joe Bell" is better than it had to be. In fact, if you go in knowing the movie's subject, you'll find it more complicated and interesting than you might expect. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
4/4 Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Janelle Bitker Celebrates the life of the culinary TV star with warmth and sensitivity. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
2/4 Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) G. Allen Johnson A bloated 115 minutes, its mayhem and madness wearing pretty thin as it goes along. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
2/4 Going Furthur (2016) Mick LaSalle It looks futile and comical. And the movie is slow, stuffed to feature length with musical interludes with every change of location EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
1/4 Black Widow (2021) Mick LaSalle It's the cynicism that's depressing. After all, "Black Widow" is not an attempt at a good movie that failed. That would've been respectable. Rather, it's an attempt to make a piece of garbage commerce that succeeded completely. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
3/4 The Tomorrow War (2021) Mick LaSalle At its core, this is just a really good monster movie. All the same, there's a touch of beauty to it. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/4 The Forever Purge (2021) G. Allen Johnson The script by series creator James DeMonaco, who directed the first three films, never plumbs the depths of its clever concept. The intense, appealing performances by the lead actors get us through. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/4 I Carry You With Me (2020) David Lewis Most of the time, the effect is exhilarating: a surreal concoction that packs a considerable punch in the film's final moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
2.5/4 First Date (2021) Bob Strauss "First Date" is a very ambitious independent film with a charming, casual attitude. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/4 No Sudden Move (2021) G. Allen Johnson Even as everyone's plans unravel, the film does not. The script, by Ed Solomon, is sharp, as is Soderbergh's direction. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
3/4 Zola (2020) Mick LaSalle In all ways, it's unexpected - in its subject, in its treatment of its subject, and in its whole look and feel. It's an original and interesting movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
0/4 America: The Motion Picture (2021) Chris Vognar We live in ridiculous, often scary times, and political satire can provide a valuable tonic and perspective. But filmmakers have to make the effort. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
2.5/4 The Ice Road (2021) Bob Strauss Even "The Ice Road's" dumbest turns are stabilized by the presence of Neeson, a real Kenworth of a man if there ever was one. Even when big rigs are dieseling next to him, he commands the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/4 False Positive (2021) G. Allen Johnson While "False Positive" has lapses in logic and could have a quicker pace in the second half, it fully embraces a bizarre sense of the macabre that is irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
2/4 Good on Paper (2021) Carla Meyer By the end, our sympathies lie with neither duper nor the duped. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/4 F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Mick LaSalle It's huge, it's stupid and it's wonderful. It's a total blast and an invitation to put your mind into suspended animation for two giddy, ridiculous hours. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
2/4 Fatherhood (2021) Chris Vognar It will make no converts, nor will it push away the faithful. It's a Kevin Hart movie, after all. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
2/4 Luca (2021) G. Allen Johnson "Luca," like its charming village at low tide, is a shallow dip in the water. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
4/4 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) G. Allen Johnson A couple of things that stand out in the excellent new documentary "Rita Moreno: A Girl Who Decided to Go for It" is that the Berkeley resident is ferocious - and oh so vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Zaki Hasan To quote the man himself in one of his sequels, 'It belongs in a museum.' EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/4 Untitled Horror Movie (2021) Mick LaSalle If anything, this modest but entirely charming movie may deserve a tiny slice of immortality by showing the kind of goofy, escapist fun that can be created even in a grim time. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/4 Queen Bees (2021) David Lewis "Queen Bees" is a milquetoast affair, akin to an extended "Golden Girls" episode, only with a little more drama and a lot less wit. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/4 Infinite (2021) Mick LaSalle I liked it just enough to like it but not enough to think anybody else will. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
2.5/4 Awake (2021) Mick LaSalle Rodriguez is terrific. She is focused, direct, always emotionally present and never overdoing it. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) Dan Gentile Although every testimonial is emotional, the most moving may be the interviews that take place in Uganda. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
From the Manger to the Cross (1912) SF Chronicle Staff Throughout the five parts of the exhibition there is not the slightest effect of acting or straining for theatric effects. All is as simple as the great story of the Bible itself, yet remarkable in its realism. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 Port Authority (2019) Chris Vognar If you're looking for an immersive love story that takes you places you might not know, that challenges your conception of what romance looks and feels like, "Port Authority" is a great place to stop. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 Undine (2020) Mick LaSalle Undine's water origins are no impediment to an audience's investment in her romantic life. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 Two Gods (2020) Zaki Hasan It maps out a world where flawed people do the best they can; not always succeeding, but finding value and worth in the effort itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Mick LaSalle What puts the movie a notch above... is the performance of Farmiga as Lorraine Warren. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
3/4 Spirit Untamed (2021) Bob Strauss Whatever its weaknesses, contemporary parents who want a nontoxic Western to show their children could hardly find better than "Spirit Untamed." EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
3/4 Tove (2020) G. Allen Johnson Poysti's subtle, layered performance conveys Tove's complex dilemma with sweetness and pain. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
2/4 American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Bob Strauss With twin brother Mark, Michael Polish has directed acclaimed oddball indies such as "Twin Falls Idaho," "Jackpot" and "The Astronaut Farmer." But humanizing fascist collaborators takes more than just an offbeat cinematic sensibility. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
2.5/4 Friends: The Reunion (2021) Chris Vognar "Friends: The Reunion" is a fond look back for those who couldn't get enough the first time. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
4/4 In the Heights (2021) Mick LaSalle Art is either alive or dead, and this movie is emphatically and exuberantly living, energized by what can only truly be described as love. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
1/4 Cruella (2021) Mick LaSalle The world was not clamoring for an origin story about the "101 Dalmatians" villain, Cruella de Vil, and the movie doesn't justify making one. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
3/4 Plan B (2021) Chris Vognar Best of all, for all its serious intent, "Plan B" doesn't forget to be funny. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
2.5/4 Oslo (2021) Bob Strauss The actors sell most of this stuff... along with lots of information, some of it elementary but much of it steeped in gnarly transactional mechanics. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
2/4 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Mick LaSalle By the middle of its running time, "A Quiet Place Part II" requires a conscious effort to stay awake. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021