Stories about Films

Screen Grabs: Forget those Oscars, let’s go to Berlin & beyond

The beloved German film fest starts this week. Plus: The Traitor, Show of Shows, The Assistant, and more in cinemas.

Indiefest electrifies with punk and sci-fi royalty, surreal thrillers, local debuts

As always, the 22-year-old film fest lights up screens with the challenging, the curious, and the profound.

Screen Grabs: Battle of the giant Russian oligarchs

Plus: Nic Cage goes gonzo for HP Lovecraft, Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, The House by the Cemetery, more movies.

Sights set globally, Noir City dives into ‘a bitter little world’

Now in its 18th year, the film fest casts a gimlet eye on international gangsters, mistresses, secrets, and betrayals.

Ficks’ Picks: The best flicks of 2019

From Inuk to Tasmania, blockbuster to experimental, this year's list ranges widely and highlights breathtaking films.

Screen Grabs: A very contemporary Les Misérables

Plus: an incredible tale of 70,000 VHS tapes, the Village People's disco disaster, and more in cinemas this week.

Screen Grabs: New year, death row

January's usual grab-bag of silly movies is leavened by two serious legal dramas (and a legend's epitaph).

Screen Grabs: Homage to a gorgeous legend + 2019’s best films

French New Wave star Anna Karina returns to the big screens. Plus: Cunningham, Invisible Life, and more in cinemas.

Screen Grabs: The (first world) war on Christmas

1917 is emotionally and atmospherically vivid. Plus: Little Women, Uncut Gems, Decoder, and more in cinemas this week.

For San Francisco, the Gay Men’s Chorus brings the ‘Holigays’ home

"We first performed the Christmas Eve shows in 1991 when the AIDS pandemic was at its worst." Now, the annual shows are a mainstay.