Stories about DocFest

Screen Grabs: Great new docs, from global inequality to SF thrash metal

Though the impulse for many during times of stress is to escape into fictional entertainment—or something “stranger than fiction,” like Tiger King—nonfiction can prove just as diverting, and arguably...

Screen Grabs: More new flicks for your streaming pleasure

Welcome to Part 2 of our survey of new streaming releases you might be seeing in theaters at present if sanity weren’t currently prevailing—at least in most places. (Check...

Screen Grabs: Native American Reelism, Bay Area Thrash Metal …

SCREEN GRABS The ever-lengthening annual period known as “awards season” arguably starts this Friday with the arrival of The Goldfinch, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week. It’s Brooklyn...

Screen Grabs: A gripping dispatch from the heart of Aleppo

SCREEN GRABS No doubt many cineastes in the Bay Area and well beyond will be lining up this weekend for arguably the first interesting mainstream release of the summer, Tarantino’s...

Screen Grabs: She’s the Official Coolest Person Ever

SCREEN GRABS Here’s something you don’t normally see mid-summer at the multiplex: Simultaneous openings of two movies with Emma Thompson. Neither are exactly Howard’s End, however, one being writer-costar...

Screen Grabs: Last Black Man in San Francisco, Mexico’s Golden Age ….

SCREEN GRABS In addition to SF Cinematheque’s annual Crossroads showcase for experimental work at SFMOMA (see Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' preview this week) and the continuation of SF DocFest (see our...

Screen Grabs: Going big, from Woodstock to Godzilla

SCREEN GRABS Bigger is presumably better this week, with Godzilla: King of the Monsters (the third Hollywood film about the critter who’s starred in 32 Japanese ones) and Rocketman...

I want my SF DocFest: Our critic’s top picks

Truth is reliably stranger than fiction at SF DocFest, whose 18th annual edition takes over the Roxie Theater for eleven days starting May 30, with an opening night Wed/29 at...

Screen Grabs: Festival mania fills local cinemas!

SCREEN GRABS There is surely nowhere in the world with more film festivals per capita than San Francisco. While the bigger annual events are mostly over by this time...

Screen Grabs: Jaws, RGB, Leave No Trace …

SCREEN GRABS Important note: The Opera Plaza Cinemas, which comprise four among the ever-shrinking number of remaining arthouse screens in the Bay Area, is at risk of closing—the theater wanted...