Category Archives: Upcoming Movies

SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Here’s a wonderful movie (with an off-putting title) that you can ONLY see Sunday in Palo Alto or Wednesday in San Francisco. Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need … Continue reading

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: top picks

the 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF37), opens this Thursday. The SFJFF is the world’s oldest Jewish film festival, and, with a 2016 attendance figure of 40,000, still the largest. It’s one of the Bay Area’s top cinema … Continue reading

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Al Gore in person, plus Hedy Lamarr!

It’s time to get ready for one of the Bay Area’s top cinema events: the 37th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF37), which opens July 20, and runs through August 6 at five locations throughout the Bay Area. The … Continue reading

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San Francisco International Film Festival: fest preview

This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILMFestival) – the 60th edition – opens on April 5 and runs through April 19. As always, it’s a Can’t Miss for Bay Area movie fans.  This year’s program is especially loaded.  Here … Continue reading

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Cinequest 2017: festival preview

I’ve already seen over twenty offerings from Cinequest 2016, and here are my initial recommendations. AUDIENCE-PLEASERS For Grace: a winning British dramedy about an adoptee’s search for his biological family that doesn’t go as expected. First feature for director Sebastian … Continue reading

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Cinequest Insiders Look at the 2017 Festival

The Movie Gourmet asked the folks who pick the movies at Cinequest about this year’s program. MIKE RABEHL is Cinequest’s Director of Programming/Associate Director. Is there any remarkable new filmmaking talent with a first or second film (like Lost Solace … Continue reading

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Cinequest 2017 around the corner

Make your plans now to attend the 27th edition of Cinequest, Silicon Valley’s own major film festival. By some metrics the largest film festival in North America, Cinequest was recently voted the nation’s best by USA Today readers. The 2017 … Continue reading

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NOIR CITY: the great San Francisco festival of film noir

I always look forward to the Noir City film fest, which gets underway in San Francisco this week. Noir City is the annual festival of the Film Noir Foundation, spearheaded by its founder and president Eddie Muller. The Foundation preserves … Continue reading

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TCM’s Hitchcock binge-a-thon

You can spend New Years Day watching football OR you can tune into Turner Classic Movies for OVER TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK.  Seven out of Hitchcock’s best eight films are on tap:  Rope, Strangers on a Train, The Birds, … Continue reading

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TONI ERDMANN: Must See at MVFF

One MUST SEE at the Mill Valley Film Festival is Toni Erdmann, from writer-director Maren Ade. You might not expect an almost three-hour German comedy to break through, but I’ve seen it, and I think that it’s a lock to … Continue reading

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