Stories about Films

The illuminated woman of ‘Crimson Peak’

Guillermo de Toro's latest gothic horror has more up its sleeve than loving, gory homage.  By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS Cinephiles should have a field day...

Even more Ficks’ Picks from the Toronto International Film Festival

Bucolic witches, splendid cemeteries, awkward Chinese futures, little sisters, swell lobsters, and more from TIFF 40. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.  By...
48 Hills: TIFF 40 Dheepan

More Ficks’ Picks from the Toronto International Film Festival

Tamil rebels, explicit 'Love,' 3D horrors from the past, a Moroccan masterpiece, and gobbledygook skin flicks in part 2 of our coverage. Read part one...
48 Hills: TIFF 40

Ficks’ Picks from the Toronto International Film Festival, part 1

Hitchcock revisited, Laurie Anderson's dog, Neo-Nazi horror, Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animation... and a nightmarish new E.T.? (Read part 2 here.) By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS...

BIG WEEK: What to do Sept. 16-22, 2015

By Caitlin Donohue SF Punk Renaissance looks back, Lex Club documentary screening, Teengirl Fantasy, DJ Uniiqu3, Amy Winehouse art and more The Punk Rock Sewing Circle...

BIG WEEK: What to do Sept. 9-15, 2015

By Caitlin Donohue Prancing Elites warm you up for Oakland Pride, plus Slice Harvester, Lenny Kravitz, Big Dick's House of Big Boobs, Mad Decent Block...

Future fantasies collide in “Late Stage San Francisco”

Maryam Rostami's latest performance piece takes on problematic visions, apocalypse porn, and "roadkill Kardashians." By Caitlin Donohue ONSTAGE Performer Maryam Farnaz Rostami hardly thinks that her play...

BIG WEEK: What to do Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2015

Bay Area Brew Fest, L7, Erykah Badu, Ukrainian Festival, Ballet Flamenco, Red Hots Burlesque, Marc & the Casuals, and more essential events. By Marke B. BIG...

BIG WEEK: What to do Aug 12-18, 2015

Street Food Festival, 420 Games, Los Van Van, The Wailers, Tinariwen, Sex Panic, more essential events this week. By Marke B. BIG WEEK You've got only a...

Guns, girls, gangsters storm Castro Theatre

From 'Chinatown at Midnight' to 'Dangerous Blondes,' the I Wake Up Dreaming series showcases rare noir films, Thu/6-Sept. 3. By Dennis Harvey SCREEN GRABS Elliot Lavine...