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Documentary ‘Whose Streets?’ a loud, angry plea for justice

Like to Michigan in 1967, where Kathryn Bigelow’s current “Detroit” portrays race riots during the civil rights decade. [...] “Whose Streets?” does not shy away from our wide racial divide and is a loud plea [Read entire story]

Bay Area theaters pay tribute to Robert Mitchum centennial

[...] he would soon become the coolest, most laconic American movie star and stay that way for a half century, from the mysterious fiance in William Castle’s B noir “When Strangers Marry” (a.k.a. “Betrayed”) in [Read entire story]

‘Person to Person’ can’t make a connection

Writer-director Dustin Guy Defa achieves something quite remarkable in “Person to Person”: a dialogue-driven film following more than a dozen characters during the course of one day in New York City, with not one [Read entire story]

Balboa honors Paul Thomas Anderson on Thursdays in August

There’s a scene in “The Master,” one of the decade’s best films, in which alcoholic World War II vet played by Joaquin Phoenix is alone in a movie theater, having abandoned “The Cause,” the cult run by a [Read entire story]

Charlize Theron powers ‘Atomic Blonde’ with fists and feet

When we first see Charlize Theron in “Atomic Blonde,” she is emerging from a tub of ice, bloodied, bruised but still glamorous, photographed in a stylized black and white; then she is off to a mission debriefing. [Read entire story]

‘Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge’ lacks vital elements

A movie directed by a woman (Marie Noelle) about the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only one to win it twice would seem to be a slam dunk. The film spans the years from her Nobel Prize in physics — shared in [Read entire story]

Hong Kong director Johnnie To comes to SFMOMA

In the two decades since launching his own production company, Milkyway Image, To (pronounced “Dough”) has directed 38 films — nearly two a year — a string of energetic, visually creative genre films, mostly the [Read entire story]

‘The Big Lebowski’ plays at Oakland’s New Parkway

The Coen brothers have had a long and eclectic career — but even as talented as they are, sometimes it seems they’re throwing anything against the wall to see what sticks. The anthem for slackers and marijuana use [Read entire story]

Melville’s ‘Leon Morin: Priest’ pairs Belmondo, Riva

Priest shows he was as skillful handling words as a knife or a gun. In the film set during the Occupation during World War II, matinee heartthrob Jean-Paul Belmondo is a country priest who finds himself drawn to a [Read entire story]

Special screening of ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’ in San Rafael

The film opens at both the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, but the Thursday screening in San Rafael is a party. Revisiting his subject after 25 years provides a depth other [Read entire story]

Japanese 1960s trip ‘Funeral Parade of Roses’ opens at Roxie

Even when subversion in movies became the norm, it must have been somewhat jarring to go to Tokyo art houses and see Japanese titles such as “Go Go Second Time Virgin” or “Double Suicide: A Japanese [Read entire story]

‘The Ornithologist’ an allegorical journey of self-discovery

A bird-watching expedition becomes a journey of religious self-discovery in Portuguese filmmaker Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ allegorical “The Ornithologist,” which, if nothing else, will have the adventurous viewer [Read entire story]

In France’s ‘Moka,’ a mother seeks revenge for son’s death

If Hollywood ever does a remake of “Moka,” it will be much different from the French original about a grieving mother who hunts down the couple she thinks is responsible for her son’s unsolved hit-and-run [Read entire story]

BAMPFA noir series highlights films by women crime writers

Born in Chicago in 1899, she put herself through business school, worked in advertising and journalism and became a novelist and a playwright, fully supporting her mother with her writing by the time she was 25. No [Read entire story]

Farley Granger’s Hitchcock films screen at Castro Theatre

Farley Granger’s brief run as a leading man in classic Hollywood is not considered major, and yet he made three unshakable classics: The hidden subtext was that he was in the closet, as he details in his 2007 [Read entire story]

Restored lost Duvivier classic ‘Panique’ plays at BAMPFA

French director Julien Duvivier, like many European filmmakers, spent World War II in the comfortable exile of Hollywood, where he made a couple of nice movies (“Lydia,” “Tales of Manhattan”). Michel Simon stars [Read entire story]

Roxie celebrates Sofia Coppola with double feature

Last month, Sofia Coppola became the second woman to win best director at the Cannes Film Festival, arguably the second most prestigious director’s award behind the Academy Awards, following the Soviet Union’s Yuliya [Read entire story]

Life as a 450-pound man in Mexican indie ‘Walking Distance’

While Alejandro Guzman Alvarez’s Mexican indie “Walking Distance” moves as slowly as its corpulent hero, it’s mostly gentle and sweet, if you can forgive its somewhat unsatisfactory third act. [...] he takes a [Read entire story]

Catwoman Lee Meriwether recalls Adam West; ‘Batman’ at Alamo

In tribute to West, the Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission Theater is screening Batman: The Movie, the 1966 big-screen version of the ABC TV series that was a box-office hit for 20th Century Fox, through Thursday, June 22 [Read entire story]

‘Letters from Baghdad’: doc on female Lawrence of Arabia

After watching the documentary “Letters from Baghdad” by Sabine Krayenbuhl and Zeva Oelbaum, you might be forgiven for wondering why David Lean, when mulling over making a film about British influence in the Middle [Read entire story]