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‘In Between’: A modern spin on Arab women in Tel Aviv

An engaging, revelatory slice of life, “In Between” follows three Palestinian women in Tel Aviv — kind of a “Sex and the City” and “Girls” for the Arab set. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes dark and always [Read entire story]

‘Vazante’: a lyrical tale about the savagery of slavery

Savagely lyrical, “Vazante” offers a harsh, impressionistic take on slavery in 19th century Brazil. And though the storytelling leans toward the opaque, the film has a sense of authenticity and power that keep it [Read entire story]

Cinequest unveils lineup for 13-day film festival

Cinequest, the jewel of the Silicon Valley cinema scene and one of the Bay Area’s largest film festivals, unveiled an impressive lineup of 229 films and 29 virtual reality experiences on Wednesday, Jan. 24. [Read entire story]

Key performance saves latest ‘Insidious’ installment

It’s hard not to admire “Insidious: The Last Key,” the latest prequel in the demon-chasing franchise, for showcasing a 70-something, kickass heroine who has guts, guile and good humor. That alone makes it a [Read entire story]

‘Aida’s Secrets’ a tantalizing jigsaw puzzle that begins in post-WWII camp

In “Aida’s Secrets,” a man discovers that he has been surreptitiously separated from his brother for 60 years, since they were toddlers at the Bergen-Belsen displaced person camp in Germany after World War II. And [Read entire story]

‘Dealt’: Winning doc plays its cards right

“Dealt,” a stellar documentary about one of the planet’s foremost card performers, doesn’t reveal that its subject is blind until after we see him rigorously working out and then performing mind-blowing card [Read entire story]

Frameline names new programming director

San Francisco-based LGBTQ film festival Frameline has named Paul Struthers, a prominent festival programmer in Australia, as its director of exhibition and programming. Struthers, a native of the United [Read entire story]

‘God’s Own Country’: a stirring, heartfelt romance

“God’s Own Country,” a stirring romance between an emotionally stifled sheep farmer and an irrepressible Romanian migrant worker, isn’t shy about paying homage to the classic “Brokeback Mountain,” but in many [Read entire story]

In wake of fire, Wine Country rallies around Napa Valley Film Fest

Before going to bed on the night of Oct. 8, Marc and Brenda Lhormer felt great about the upcoming Napa Valley Film Festival: All the events and movies were pretty much locked down, and things were organized. [Read entire story]

‘The Departure’: An ex-punk rocker’s mission to save lives

“The Departure,” a beautiful meditation on the value of life, centers on an unforgettable character: an ex-Japanese punk rocker who has become a Buddhist monk and devotes most of his time on Earth to helping suicidal [Read entire story]

‘Serenade for Haiti’: pleasant yet unfocused

“Serenade for Haiti,” which concerns a music center for gifted children in Port-au-Prince, is a film in search of a story, but the pleasant-to-watch documentary provides a fascinating slice of life from an island [Read entire story]

‘All I See Is You:’ an experiment gone wrong

“All I See Is You,” about a blind woman who regains her sight and subsequently views her marriage much differently, takes a promising concept and turns it into a fuzzy psychological thriller — with few thrills and [Read entire story]

‘Human Flow’: An artist’s view of the world’s refugee crisis

In “Human Flow,” dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei doesn’t break any new ground in covering the global refugee crisis, but he vividly illustrates — in straightforward yet artistic terms — the scale of the [Read entire story]

‘Take Every Wave’: Dazzling surfing shots

“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” doesn’t exactly wade deep into the psyche of the renowned surfer, but his spectacularly filmed exploits on the water are awfully fun to watch, even for those not [Read entire story]

‘Golden Circle’ too much action in service of next ‘Kingsman’ sequel

For all its breathless action, mind-boggling gadgets and stylized fight sequences, nothing much happens in the comic-book spy caper “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” It’s a sequel trying to set up [Read entire story]

‘First They Killed My Father’ an impressive effort

Angelina Jolie is quickly coming into her own as a fine director, and she takes a quantum leap in “First They Killed My Father,” which tells the story of the Cambodian genocide from the viewpoint of a little girl [Read entire story]

An ‘embarrassment of riches’ at Mill Valley film fest

Marking its 40th anniversary, the Mill Valley Film Festival revealed its highly anticipated lineup on Monday, Sept. 11, with a bevy of Academy Award contenders, international festival winners, documentaries and national [Read entire story]

Stunning debut in masterful LGBT coming-of-age study

The bold, masterful “Beach Rats,” one of the most exquisitely haunting LGBT coming-of-age stories ever told, takes place in the unhip fringes of Brooklyn, a land that time has forgotten. But nothing about this film [Read entire story]

Unleashed’: Comedy is cute but keeps characters on short lease

“Unleashed” has a cute premise: A relationship-phobic woman relies on her pets for emotional comfort, only for her cat and dog to run away — and magically return as human stud muffins to help her resolve her trust [Read entire story]

‘Hare Krishna!’: a promotional film about a movement

“Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All” plays more like a promotional video than a serious documentary about a swami and his spiritual movement. It’s so uncritical of its subject [Read entire story]