Jesse Hawthorne Ficks


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'


With a new home at SFMOMA, Cinematheque's experimental CROSSROADS film fest stretches out.

More SFIFF must-sees

With the massive 60th San Francisco Film Festival in full swing, here's a list of essential screenings and experiences.

What we saw at Sundance 2017: Narratives

Offbeat stories and mumblecore came to the fore in part 2 of our critic's picks from the fest.

What we saw at Sundance 2017: Documentaries

Ficks' Picks at the lively 2017 Sundance Film Festival, part one

Ficks’ Picks: Favorite films (spoiler-free!) of 2016

From 'The Handmaiden' to 'The Love Witch,' 'Cafe Society' to 'Ixcanul,' our esteemed critic picks some surprising top flicks.

Must-sees from Mill Valley

From 'Certain Women' to 'The Handmaiden,' 'Loving' to 'La La Land' -- we revisit the best of the 2016 Mill Valley Film Fest.

The secrets of ‘Stranger Things’

Sensational Netflix series brims with deep references and numerological underpinnings.