Stories about Screen Grabs

‘Lowrider Lawyers’ put the city on trial

New movie uses music, humor, and truth to address the killing of Alex Nieto.

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: 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...
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...

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...

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...

Watch out: 5 more from Frameline 39

Porn patriarchs, Kenyan rebels, cute couples, stud strippers, and even more at the huge LGBT film festival By Marke B. SCREEN GRABS I remember my first...