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Stream of the Week: ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE – one woman’s climb to a culinary legacy

The documentary Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table tells the story of the New Orleans powerhouse restaurateur – and it’s one compelling story. Ella Brennan is a woman who, before she was thirty, started running restaurants in the pre-feminist 1950s.  Ella … Continue reading

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TV/Stream of the Week: TOWER – a most original and important retelling of a story that we thought we knew

This week, the PBS documentary series Independent Lens will feature Tower, a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin. Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly chosen to be shot … Continue reading

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TONI ERDMANN: father and daughter, laugh and marvel

Toni Erdmann is a MUST SEE. You might not expect an almost three-hour German comedy to break through, but I’ve seen it, and I think that it should win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture.  Writer-director Maren Ade gives … Continue reading

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AQUARIUS: spirit, thy name is Sonia Braga

In the Brazilian character-driven drama Aquarius, Sonia Braga plays Clara, the last owner of a beachfront condo who hasn’t sold out to a developer who owns the rest of the condos.  The conflict is between Clara, who refuses to sell … Continue reading

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TOWER: a most original and important retelling of a story that we thought we knew

  Tower is a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin.  Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly chosen to be shot by a gunman in the landmark tower 240 … 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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Movies to See Right Now

The Mill Valley Film Festival is underway – don’t miss Oscar hopeful Toni Erdmann this week; after the MVFF, Toni Erdmann won’t be screened again in the Bay Area until it opens theatrically on January 20, 2017. You might be … Continue reading

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Mill Valley Film Festival: the documentaries

Here are my top documentary picks at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival: Tower is a remarkably original retelling of the 1966 mass shooting at UT Austin.  Tower is a tick-tock of the 96 minutes when 49 people were randomly … Continue reading

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Mill Valley Film Festival: best bets

The Mill Valley Film Festival is the best opportunity for Bay Area film goers to catch an early look at the prestige films that are scheduled for release during Award Season..  My choices for the most promising entries among the … Continue reading

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MVFF: DEATH BY DESIGN – the environmental price of tech

This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival features Death by Design, an important environmental exposé on the toxic impact of personal electronics. Most of us have heard that some very dangerous materials and some horrific working conditions are used in the … Continue reading

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