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Ficks’ Picks at TIFF: Midnight movie madness

From David Gordon Green's 'Halloween' to Gaspar Noe's 'Climax,' the Toronto International Film Festival offered popcorn delights.

Ficks Pick at TIFF: Experimental cinema is where it’s at!

This year's Toronto International Film Festival showcased stunning sociological portraits, avant-garde thrills, and metaphysical chills.

Ficks’ Picks at TIFF: The grand masters return

Godard, Cuarón, Panahi, Reygadas, and other contemporary greats bring new films to the Toronto International Film Fest.

Ficks’ Picks at TIFF: Indian Cinema in full effect

From 'Husband Material' to 'Hotel Mumbai,' the Toronto International Film Festival boasted a slate of impressive Indian films.

Ficks’ Picks at TIFF: Gorgeous Chinese films + early Oscar buzz

35 features, 35 shorts in 11 days of the Toronto International Film Festival: Here's part one of Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' reports.

Ficks’ Picks: A guide to the CROSSROADS 2018 experimental film festival

SF Cinematheque's annual eye-popper ranges far and wide, from American commercials and Chinese streets to a tribute to local genius Paul Clipson.

Jump into the SF International Film Festival midstream!

Don't be overwhelmed by the SFIFF monster: Here are our recommendations for the second half of the sprawling event.

What we saw at Sundance 2018, round two: Women fight back

Three ace revenge flicks feature fierce females getting their own. Plus: Nick Cage goes gonzo, and did they really hand out marijuana at a screening?

What we saw at Sundance 2018: Live from Park City

Dramatic tales of first sexual experiences, life and gentrification in Oakland, fertility quests, dissolving marriages, and gay conversion therapy lit up festival screens.

Ficks’ Picks: Favorite movies of 2017

Thirty-plus awesome cinematic moments, from 'Twin Peaks: The Return' to 'Blade of the Immortals' and 'The Florida Project'