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More Reviews From The 40th Mill Valley Film Festival

Posted October 12, 2017 by

The titular “White Sun” is a metaphor for the clouded brightness of Nepal’s future.  As Deepak Rauniyar’s film shows, such problems as ironbound traditions and political differences make imagining a better life difficult.  Ex-Maoist soldier Chandra has returned to his
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Reviews From 40th Mill Valley Film Festival

Posted October 5, 2017 by

In “Felicite,” director Alain Gomis makes his titular club singer an anti-heroic survivor of Kinshasa’s hardscrabble urban life.  Her face generally resembles a stony mask.  Womanizing drunk Tabu seems her boyfriend in the tolerated usefulness sense.  Felicite’s personal limitations start
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Mill Valley Film Festival 40 Preview

Posted October 3, 2017 by

Readers who have idly considered attending the Mill Valley Film Festival (hereafter MVFF) in past years might want to take the plunge and attend the 2017 festival in person.  It’s the 40th MVFF.  More importantly, from October 5 through 15,
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“The Force”—Powerful New Film on Oakland Police

Posted September 14, 2017 by

Peter Nicks’ quietly challenging new documentary “The Force” is the film needed for America’s highly polarized environment of “police vs. the public.”  Without cheerleading for either side, Nicks’ observant camera captures the cultural markers by which various public and law
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Latinos Are Becoming Extinct in Hollywood, Report Shows

Posted August 8, 2017 by Dennis Romero

(This piece first appeared in LA Weekly ) Latinos, the largest minority in the nation, and the largest racial or ethnic group in California and Los Angeles, are virtually disappearing from the big screen, a new report on Hollywood diversity
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“Columbus”—Film Review

Posted August 8, 2017 by

Kogonada’s debut feature “Columbus” well earns its praise for being poetic and enigmatic but never static.  This gorgeously meditative film opens the viewer’s eyes to the everyday beauty that the psychic detritus of everyday routine blinds us to. The film’s
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More Reviews From The 37th S.F. Jewish Film Festival

Posted July 25, 2017 by

Actress Hedy Lamarr should also have been publicly recognized for her inventive genius.  Instead, personal naivete and institutionalized sexism led to Lamarr’s ending in far less glorious circumstances.  Alexandra Dean’s quietly tragic documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” shows how
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