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Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

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Jesse Hawthorne Ficks is the film history coordinator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle. He curates and hosts “MOViES FOR MANiACS,” a film series celebrating underrated and overlooked cinema, in a neo-sincere manner.

Oscar who, again? Ficks’ Picks fave flicks from last year, part two

Japan's rampaging reptile shares space with 'Rotting in the Sun'—and our critic's pick for 2023's most unfairly maligned movie.

Oscar who? Ficks’ Picks fave flicks from last year, part one

Oakland pride 'Earth Mama,' 'Asteroid City,' and the BTS of 'Nope' are among films walking away with our statuettes.

What we saw at Sundance 2024, part 3: Bring on the docs

Satanists verité, AI Brian Eno, Will Ferrell road trip, dueling rock bands, a Navajo Nation 'Oppenheimer' counterpoint, more

What we saw at Sundance 2024, part two: Oh, the drama!

Our critic takes in River Gallo's intersex love saga 'Ponyboi', Sean Wang's Fremont autobiographical tale, and much more.

What we saw at Sundance 2024, part one: Rise of the genre flicks

This year was all about genre films, from Kristen Stewart's barbell romance to Angus Cloud's Oakland epic.

Eyeing the bounty of experimental films at CROSSROADS 2023

SF Cinematheque's 14th installment promises alchemical techniques, diabolical creations, frenetic explosions of color

What We Saw at Sundance: In 39th edition, fest finds strength in powerful newcomers

Bay rapper Tia Nomore's film debut, terrifying teen spirit-conjuring, and a grisly 'Frankenstein' reboot thrilled.

What We Saw at Slamdance 2023: Park City’s indie-indie fest returned with outsider gems

Nuclear fallout doc, Hallmark TV romance parody, and zany geniuses of 'Space Happy' were Slam standouts

Ficks’ Picks Epic List: Part two of the best 2022 films

From Isabella Rossellini's heartfelt performance as a grandmother shell to 'Avatar: Way of the Water,' movie moments that made magic.

Ficks’ Picks Epic List: Our fave 2022 films (part one!)

The best indies and blockbusters of the year that was, in double and triple feature form for the cinema completist in you.