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All eyes on SFIFF59

Queer gangs, haunted Iranian housewives, apocalyptic high rises: our guide to 59th San Francisco International Film Festival

At the CROSSROADS in 2016

70 films, nine programs, three days: CROSSROADS Film Festival is here for lovers of the eye-popping avant-garde
The Fits reviewed by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

What we saw at Sundance

From rapturous 'Fits' and glorious 'Certain Women' to a stabbing 'Lesson' and a freewheeling 'Lovesong', the film fest shined.

SF Indiefest: A trio of top picks

A glimpse at the many offerings of this year's sprawling film fest, Feb 11-25

Ficks’ Picks: The best films of 2015 (spoiler-free!)

Boxers, assassins, Star Wars, and Jem: Three dozen keepers that leapt off this year's screens.
48 Hills:Big Week Halloween

BIG WEEK: 22 terror-ific Halloween events

From Motown maniacs and "boograss hillbillies" to glam rock ghouls and the Phantom of Grace Cathedral, SF's undead are dancing to a Beetlejuice beat. By...
48 Hills: Horror

Horror films save lives

A personal appreciation of the bloodiest genre of all. Plus a super-scary stalker top 10! By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS My mother told me that...

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...
48 Hills Big Week

BIG WEEK: What to do Sept 30-Oct 6, 2015

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Castro Street Fair, Veg Fest, Art Night, Sharktoberfest, Algiers, John Carpenter tribute, more essential events this week. By Marke B.  BIG WEEK As the...

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...