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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...

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...

BIG WEEK: What to do Aug. 19-25, 2015

SF Drag King Contest, Origami-Palooza, Hempcon, Afterskool Specials, Thee Oh Sees, Coco Fusco, Jill Scott, more essential events. DON'T MISS OUT! Sign up for...

What to see at the 35th SF Jewish Film Festival

Don't schvitz! From Hitchcock to DJ AM, here are six essential picks from the sprawling annual cinematic feast, beginning Thu/23. By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS The 35th Annual...

Now watch this: our essential SFIFF58 guide, part 2

Uncomfortable Hamburger, Ukrainian unrest, optometrist vs. demon, border town peacemakers, an IPhone 5S feature, and deaf-mute 'Tribe.' By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS Part two of our...

Now watch this: our essential SFIFF58 guide, part 1

Mommy horror, obsolescent humans, anti-trafficking activism, and the latest from Jenni Olsen and Guy Madden at the SF International Film Fest. By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN...