Arts & Entertainment


Matt Swindells’ “Mancunian Candidate”

Posted December 8, 2016 by

Matt Swindells, an extraordinarily gifted drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Manchester ex-patriate who makes his home in San Francisco these days, provides the rhythmic pulse for some of the Bay area’s finest jazz musicians. Swindells has also lent his talents as
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Sophia Takal’s New Thriller, “Always Shine”

Posted November 22, 2016 by

Sophia Takal’s new film “Always Shine” may lack the commercial buzz of “Fantastic Beasts” and “Moana.”  Yet this psychological thriller, which opens this Friday at the Roxie Theatre, skillfully infuses a genre tale with unsettling psychological insight. Takal’s choice of
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A Scene from Robert Zagone's 1966 film, Drugs in the Tenderloin

Reviews From Another Hole In The Head Film Festival

Posted November 3, 2016 by

Despite being a psychological horror study, Sophia Takal’s “Always Shine” sabotages the genre’s catering to the male gaze and male power.  It’s wrenching watching the tragic deterioration of Anna and Beth’s friendship during a weekend trip at Big Sur.  The
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Tackling Gentrification in “Aquarius”

Posted October 27, 2016 by

Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Brazilian drama/comedy “Aquarius” delivers a luminous celebration of both physical and emotional place.  Sonia Braga’s amazing lead performance anchors Filho’s film with a love of locality and hatred of greedhead developers that will bring smiles of recognition
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Reviews From 39th Mill Valley Film Festival

Posted October 6, 2016 by

“After The Storm” offers director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s take on a Wes Anderson-style flawed protagonist.  Once promising novelist Ryota is now creatively blocked and constantly scrounges for money.  A divorce hasn’t stopped his pining for his ex-wife and his son.  This
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