Bay Area Reporter

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Rating Title/Year Author
B Twilight's Kiss (2019) Gregg Shapiro More than anything else, Twilight's Kiss is recommended for its sensitive and realistic depiction of older gay men, particularly those in the closet. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story (2021) Brian Bromberger The movie is a stinging reminder that no amount of money and fame can shield one from the deleterious impact of discrimination and mental illness. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
B+ F*ck7thGrade (2021) Gregg Shapiro [Sobule is] a natural-born storyteller in song and in speaking, and hers is a story, a cautionary tale of survival, that needs to be told. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2021
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Cornelius Washington Of course, the film's jewel is its star, Miss Andra Day, as the raspy, world-weary and determined icon, whose evening gloves and eyes masked steel and scars, in more than one sense. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
Girlfight (2000) David Lamble Director Kusama keeps Girlfight from falling into the clichés of boxing films, unearned sentiment and cheap melodrama, with bits of subversive humor. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Daughters of the Dust (1991) Steve Murray The visual beauty of Daughters is evident throughout, while the difficult narrative sneaks up on you. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
Your Name Engraved Herein (2020) Brian Bromberger Despite these deficiencies, the film is eminently watchable, especially the second half, aided by the attractiveness of the two main protagonists, who construct a believable erotic chemistry. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B- Funny Boy (2020) Gregg Shapiro The timing of the release of Funny Boy couldn't be better than at this particular moment. If people are able to overlook some of the issues... Funny Boy is still worth seeing for its various messages of understanding. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
B Breaking Fast (2020) Gregg Shapiro Breaking Fast is an appetizing movie, with Sleiman's authentic performance as the centerpiece. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
Two of Us (2019) Victoria Brownworth Two of Us is compelling, if shattering viewing. The acting, writing and direction are all superb. But Sukowa's performance is something one will not soon forget. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
B+ One Night in Miami (2020) Gregg Shapiro All four lead actors are incredible in the embodiment of their roles. Goree and Odom are particularly riveting, each giving an Oscar-worthy performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Falling (2020) Brian Bromberger Falling fails to justify why the audience should care about and uncomfortably endure this draining melodrama of a wretched mean-spirited human being and his enabling codependent accomplice. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary (2018) David-Elijah Nahmod As a film, Dirtwoman is a sometimes shocking but always entertaining tribute to one of the most unforgettable characters you will ever see. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
A- Supernova (2020) Gregg Shapiro In addition to that element of escapism, Supernova also brings dramatic realism to same-gender love and relationships, along with all the heartache that it potentially generates. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Queer Japan (2019) David-Elijah Nahmod Graham Kolbeins' new documentary Queer Japan is a colorful and sometimes dizzying portrait of LGBT life in several major Japanese cities, starting with Tokyo. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) David-Elijah Nahmod Boseman's performance is extraordinary. He imbues Levee with an intensity that is mesmerizing. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Out of Africa (1985) Steve Warren Like many a classic screen epic, Out of Africa is long, romantic, beautiful, and slightly boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
C- The Prom (2020) Gregg Shapiro You probably won't find yourself humming any of The Prom's tunes. The choreography is forgettable. Some of the performances, which are supposed to be parodies of the characters, are simply too exaggerated to be funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Terry Alan Smith It is fascinating every frame of its two hours and seventeen minutes, but I thought-upon leaving the theatre -- I wouldn't care to sit through it again. But, in retrospect, it has been haunting me -- I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Adam Block Every time these fellows run out of ideas (every four minutes) they seem to have ordered up another 2 million bucks worth of mindless car wrecks. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Howard the Duck (1986) Steve Warren Howard the Duck is a better movie for ducks than people. Send your favorite duck, but duck when Howard comes your way. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Mank (2020) Brian Bromberger With its masterful acting from top to bottom and extraordinary technical craftsmanship, Mank, despite its weaknesses, still ranks as one of the year's noteworthy films. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Brian Bromberger [It's] definitely worth watching, primarily for the incandescent, almost inevitable Academy-Award-nominated performances, from its two superstar leads, Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
B+ Dating Amber (2020) Gregg Shapiro Without spoiling it, it's safe to say that there is a big, teary conclusion that does its part in restoring our faith in the power of love and friendship. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Bare (2020) Brian Bromberger With minimal dialogue, it is probably best to view the movie as a record of the enfleshed give and take artistic process from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Proud (2020) Brian Bromberger Proud astutely parallels the intimacy of family dynamics and the thirty-year transformation of what it means to be masculine, with the attending social and political turmoil. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
C+ Stage Mother (2020) Gregg Shapiro Fitzgerald keeps things lively and gets a strong performance out of Weaver. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
Carmilla (2019) David-Elijah Nahmod This slow-paced, atmospheric film has an almost dreamlike quality. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
The Vampire Lovers (1970) David-Elijah Nahmod Polish-born Ingrid Pitt is sensational as Carmilla... EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
Daughters of Darkness (1971) David-Elijah Nahmod ...it's Seyrig's movie. Her lesbian vampire is mysterious, elegant, and hypnotic. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
Painter (2020) David-Elijah Nahmod Betsy Randle is positively chilling as Joanne... EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) David-Elijah Nahmod This is an absolutely unforgettable film, a must-see for every gay horror fan. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
C+ Rent-a-Pal (2020) Gregg Shapiro Soon enough things get dark. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B Spiral (2019) Gregg Shapiro Timely in many ways, including a message about it being unsafe "for people to stand out... in this country," the movie is another frightening case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
C+ Followed (2018) Gregg Shapiro You might be thinking, "If I never have to see another found-footage, shaky-camera horror flick, I'd be content for the rest of my days." But if you have to watch one more, you could do worse than Followed. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) David-Elijah Nahmod Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is a comprehensive and enjoyable examination of a phenomenon... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) Brian Bromberger This poet laureate of medicine's belief is that we are all alike in our uniqueness which should connect us to each other. His humane message is one all queer people will appreciate... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Bad Education (2019) Brian Bromberger Bad Education is one of the finest movies of the year... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Two of Us (2019) Brian Bromberger Sukowa is marvelous, alternating between guilt and anger... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Cocoon (2020) Brian Bromberger Cocoon has its occasional charms and will appeal to questioning teenagers. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Rialto (2019) Brian Bromberger You will need subtitles, as there is a great deal of Irish slang foreign to Americans, but there are rewards aplenty for your patience, in this adroit cathartic dissection of toxic masculinity. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Cicada (2020) Brian Bromberger Cicada hits you in the gut, but you won't mind the punch. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Cowboys (2020) Brian Bromberger Visceral entertainment that enables you to fall in love with all the characters even when they do stupid things. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Monsoon (2019) Brian Bromberger Monsoon is a subtle wink and nod commentary on the rootlessness of being an immigrant. Khaou is the master of melancholy and manages to convey so much emotion underneath... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Minyan (2020) Brian Bromberger Magnificent in every way. Skip it at your own peril. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Shiva Baby (2020) Brian Bromberger Danielle is a mess professionally and personally, yet the hilarious Shiva Baby is heart-wrenchingly hopeful and insightful about the slippery transition to young adulthood today... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Michael Lasky Director Nicholas Meyer has made this Star Trek an intelligent and slam-bang thriller with a Saturday matinee serial air. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
B Straight Up (2019) Gregg Shapiro Confusing finale aside, Straight Up is funny and touching, often in the same scene. Sweeney deserves to be commended for creating an admirable and entertaining feature-length debut. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Monstrous (2020) David-Elijah Nahmod Yes, Monstrous is a well-made, scary and suspenseful movie. Horror aficionados will not be disappointed, even if Bigfoot's appearances are few and far between... EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
B- The Prince (2019) Gregg Shapiro Occasionally undone by the stagey direction by Sebastián Muñoz, as men-behind-bars movies go, The Prince is no Kiss of the Spiderwoman, but it sure has its moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020