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Friday, September 18, 2020
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Movies

Screen Grabs: Meet in the middle

This week's must-stream films bring visions of faraway lands and all-too-close looks at our own.

Screen Grabs: Heavy themes for heavy times

New movies: Social media manipulation, voter suppression, deportation, white nationalism... Oh, and Suzi Quatro!

Raising the wage for tipped workers

'Waging Change' by Berkeley filmmaker Abby Ginzberg tracks the fight for better service industry pay, from 9/11 to #MeToo.

Oakland’s Jun Yu represents in ‘Mulan’

The young actor, playing Cricket in the live-action version of the beloved film, breaks out on the big (and small) screen.

Screen Grabs: Two notorious tricksters return—as does the big screen(?)

This week sees the US release at last of what must be the most re-scheduled movie in history, Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s latest Rubik’s Cube-y sci-fi extravaganza was the highest-profile...

From stoner cartoon frog to vicious alt-right icon in ‘Feels Good Man’

It is only appropriate that Feels Good Man, Arthur Jones's documentary about cartoonist Matt Furie and his creation Pepe the Frog should screen at the Roxie Theater's virtual cinema,...

Screen Grabs: Docfest brings pop-punk, word nerds, Pac-Man, Sleeze Lake, more

With no end in sight yet for a public health crisis that (thanks to the inimitable bungling of Dear Leader) only other countries are successfully moving past, many arts...

Ficks’ Picks at the 11th Annual CROSSROADS Experimental Film Festival 

This year's mind-melting batch of experimental films at San Francisco Cinematheque's 11th annual CROSSROADS 2020, may be extremely helpful to some of you looking for an alternative to all...

Screen Grabs: Get a funky zap from ‘Mr. Soul!’

One had hoped that the passage of over half a century from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s would provide a view of how far we’ve come as...

Screen Grabs: Flicks for diverse takes on the forces that be

From globe-trotting LGBTQ narratives to social justice documentaries (and dramas), there’s a lot of diversity amongst fresh streaming releases this week—as well as some low-down dirty thrills in a...