Bay Area Reporter

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Rating Title/Year Author
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) Gregg Shapiro A Good Woman is Hard to Find tries to be everything for everyone...nevertheless, its' refreshing to watch Sarah move from fearful to fierce. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Good Kisser (2019) Gregg Shapiro Clark is a cryptic bean-spiller, so it's important to pay attention to what he says in his conversations with Jenna. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Mucho mucho amor (2020) Victoria Brownworth It's a fascinating story, an amazing life and the only sadness is that Mercado is gone now and we can't still access that amor that he brought to so many. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) David Lamble Stephen Chbosky's decision to translate his MTV cult novel into a movie where "the gay kid is the coolest kid" pays huge dividends... EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Salvation Army (2013) David Lamble ...benevolent but still painful... EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
A Secret Love (2020) Brian Bromberger To those who believe same-sex relationships are inferior or dissimilar to straight ones, they need only watch Secret Love to be otherwise convinced. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) David Lamble David O. Russell's eccentric Philly-cheesesteak screwball comedy leaves me cold, but may prove to be his big crossover hit. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Lincoln (2012) David Lamble In a truly epic first act, the equal of anything in the David Lean canon, Steven Spielberg and his screenwriting collaborator, playwright Tony Kushner, frame the awful dilemma Lincoln faced in what would prove to be the last four months of his life. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Life of Pi (2012) David Lamble Among its many virtues, this beautiful fable of a teen boy holding a grown tiger at bay for 277 days at sea makes a strong case for the superiority of live-action drama over animation... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Django Unchained (2012) David Lamble A loose-cannon Best Picture pick. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) David Lamble In Benh Zeitlin's audacious post-Katrina, African American folk story, a female Huck Finn fights to survive the storm with a grouchy, drunken, difficult daddy. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Argo (2012) David Lamble Who would have thought that anyone could have pulled off an audience-friendly comedy/drama on the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis? EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Amour (2012) David Lamble Veteran Austrian auteur Michael Haneke eschews his trademark polarizing story tropes to produce a moving and complex portrait of the final months of a marriage between two retired Parisian music-teachers. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Enough Said (2013) David Lamble Enough Said keeps us laughing and rooting for this season's top romantic odd couple: Julie Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Blue Jasmine (2013) David Lamble Cate Blanchett is over the moon in the best Woody Allen drama since Match Point. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
The Great Gatsby (2013) David Lamble [It] allows a modern audience to see Leo's stylized Gatsby as more than a petulant nouveau riche interloper, to grasp that Gatsby is at heart a story of class warfare, disguised as a doomed love affair. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Before Midnight (2013) David Lamble In the brilliant third part of Richard Linklater's two-decade spanning trilogy, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy stroll through a paradise-on-earth slice of Greece. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) David Lamble Both Cannes' award-winning female leads deliver naturalistic performances that transcend their much-ballyhooed extended sex scenes. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Fruitvale Station (2013) David Lamble Coogler provides a suspenseful moral parable overflowing with the kind of incongruities that pepper the lives of our martyrs: Harvey, Matthew and Tyler Clementi. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) David Lamble It's a tribute to the leads and the strong hand of Silva that we can be enchanted and repulsed by both. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
C.O.G. (2013) David Lamble In Kyle Patrick Alvarez's funny adaptation of David Sedaris' essay, out actor Jonathan Groff channels a prideful sissy-boy on the verge of hilarious pratfalls... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Test (2013) David Lamble This entertaining time capsule, set in SF's modern-dance world, makes playful use of that fateful moment when the first blood test for the HIV virus debuted. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) David Lamble Goofy plot digressions and a Kerouac-worthy subplot deliver the season's most original comedy/drama... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Kill Your Darlings (2013) David Lamble This engrossing new film about a long-forgotten murder that launched the Beat Generation kicks off with a toast from the pillow lips of Lucien Carr... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
42 (2013) David Lamble Brian Helgeland depicts how agonizing the struggle is for any despised minority to get their foot in the door. 42 climaxes at the apex of baseball legend Jackie Robinson's first season in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
12 Years a Slave (2013) David Lamble As McQueen's observant camera reminds us, we are all, in some insidious way, kin under the skin. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013) David Lamble Vidal is America's mid-century gay gadfly, lacing his Ben-Hur script with a queer subplot. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) David Lamble Alex Gibney moves into an elite class of filmmakers with this timely tale of tormented whistleblowers. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Prisoners (2013) David Lamble This gripping rust-belt thriller has us fear for the fates of a trio of besieged souls... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
The Iron Lady (2011) David Lamble Abi Morgan's bold script has Meryl Streep's Lady Margaret Thatcher hearing voices and experiencing a full-bodied apparition of her late hubby Dennis. This darkly clever film is about class warfare... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
3 (2012) David Lamble ... expect subjects that make you queasy before prompting howls of laughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Romeos (2011) David Lamble There's poignancy in Lukas' late-night English Internet chats with comrades in transition, and growing doubts that he can earn his new body without losing his mind and old friends. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Jane Eyre (2011) David Lamble The 18th film of Charlotte Bronte's chilly castle tale is a transcendently romantic, tragic, gothic ghost story from Cary Joji Fukunaga... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
() David Lamble Maryam Keshavarz plants her girl-loving heroines firmly in the belly of the beast... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
The Ides of March (2011) David Lamble Some of the best political writing since Gore Vidal's Kennedy clan-inspired The Best Man, another witty "liberal" knife-fight. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Into the Abyss (2011) David Lamble Herzog spares us little in this sorrowful take on Crime and Punishment in Rick Perry's kingdom. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Another Happy Day (2011) David Lamble Sam Levinson's comedy primal scream... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Pina (2011) David Lamble Dance fans will appreciate Wim Wenders' hypnotic 3-D capture of choreographer Pina Busch's pioneering modern programs. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Me and Orson Welles (2008) David Lamble Zac Efron displays mojo as a plucky newbie with just a hint of the young Tyrone Power. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Everything Strange and New (2009) David Lamble "Poet of the Oakland flatlands" Frazer Bradshaw captures a landscape and a people who are at times as much prisoners as residents. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Gomorra (2008) David Lamble The violence here is all the more unnerving arriving as it does, as pro boxers say, like the punch you didn't see coming. Its style falls between the verite school of documentary and a revitalized Italian Neorealism. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
The Maid (2009) David Lamble Told with nonchalant sexual candor, The Maid examines a wealthy Chilean family as both buttress against change and unlikely incubator for new social and political mores. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Clapham Junction (2007) David Lamble Theo's story is sharply observed, with Pinter-like dialogue... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Lymelife (2008) David Lamble Alec Baldwin and Jill Hennessy are electrically profane as the womanizing home-builder and his botanically distracted frau. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Tyson (2008) David Lamble James Toback combines a vivid recapitulation of everything you think you know about "Iron Mike." EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Pop Star on Ice (2009) David Lamble The beauty of David Barba and James Pellerito's full-length portrait of champion US figure skater Johnny Weir is that even when you think you know who he is, the next frame will present yet another contradiction. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
The Hurt Locker (2008) David Lamble Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie exchange drunken punches to the gut as we wonder what civilian life could offer that might possibly compete with this sweaty, boozy, dirty love. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
The Messenger (2009) David Lamble Foster dazzles as a young man defusing the rage within. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Redwoods (2009) David Lamble This Russian River love story will linger with lonely-hearts of all persuasions. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Rivers Wash Over Me (2009) David Lamble ...into the brutal currents of a violent small North Carolina town that has more than its share of big-city drug, gun and sexual identity dilemmas... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020