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5 movies with scenes that show San Francisco

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Mick LaSalle: ‘Three Billboards’ strong at the SAGs, but who really needed to see the awards show?

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was surprisingly strong at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 21, winning best actress (Frances McDormand), best supporting actor (Sam Rockwell) and best [Read entire story]

Gary Oldman’s SAG win makes him a major contender for the Oscars

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are often the best harbinger of what the Oscars will do. This year, with the long gap between SAG and the Oscars, which is broadcast on March 4, this effect may be lessened. But let’s [Read entire story]

#MeToo is spotlighted at 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards

We’re living at a time when it’s impossible to have a 10-minute conversation without politics making an appearance. And so it’s to be expected that at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 21 [Read entire story]

Sam Rockwell gives A.C.T. a shout-out during SAG Awards win

The Bay Area’s own Sam Rockwell won a Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday, Jan. 21 for best supporting actor for his performance as a dimwitted racist cop in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and made [Read entire story]

‘12 Strong’ is based on a remarkable story, but tells a different remarkable story

A remarkable story inspired “12 Strong,” but the remarkable story actually told by “12 Strong” is a different remarkable story. Maybe the story is slightly different, and maybe it’s a lot different, but one [Read entire story]

‘The Final Year’ of the Obama Administration hard to watch 2 years later

Maybe you think you had the worst 2016 election night party in America — you know, the one that ended early. But no, that distinction belongs to then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, as evidenced in the new documentary [Read entire story]

Bening, as Gloria Grahame, does a whole lot of dying in ‘Film Stars’

“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” tells the story of the last years of glamour star Gloria Grahame, a worthy subject; but the movie faces two challenges that are very hard to get around. The [Read entire story]

Which movies to watch this weekend, Jan. 12

Darkest Hour: Gary Oldman gives the performance of his career as Winston Churchill, fighting to rally his country and inspire a war Cabinet bent on surrender, in this dramatic study of a crucial month during World War [Read entire story]

‘The Commuter’ a gripping thriller in that winning Liam Neeson formula

Liam Neeson’s action movies have a built-in appeal, whether good (“Taken,” “Run All Night”) or only so-so (“Taken 3”), but “The Commuter” is securely in the good category. It weds all the winning [Read entire story]

Oprah, politics and ‘Three Billboards’ dominate the Golden Globes telecast

“Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” was the surprise of the night, at this year’s telecast of the annual Golden Globes Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press awarded it best screenplay (Martin McDonagh), [Read entire story]

Live updates: Watch Golden Globes 2018 With The Chronicle

8:08 All right: Signing off now. Time to do the actual writing of the GLOBES story. Look back here in about an hour. And to anyone who has been reading along, let me say it has been a pleasure and a distinct sensation. [Read entire story]

Spielberg’s ‘The Post,’ with Streep and Hanks, an inspiring journalism saga

As it is with “The Post,” so it is with many Steven Spielberg movies. We sit there, a little interested, a little bit detached, thinking, well, this is OK, nothing special, but perfectly fine. And then — who knows [Read entire story]

Christian Bale western ‘Hostiles’ is the slowest movie in the west

Somebody has been watching lots of Westerns: The sky that begins a few feet off the ground. The red rock. The courage. The silence. The bad food. The people wearing the same clothes forever. And nobody has any luggage. [Read entire story]

‘Happy End’ is almost boring enough to make this review boring — almost

“Happy End” is the latest from Michael Haneke, an uncompromising filmmaker whose work is sometimes brilliant and sometimes hard to watch, and sometimes both, but not this time. “Happy End” is just hard to [Read entire story]

Plummer (as Spacey replacement) brilliant in ‘All the Money in the World’

“All in the Money in the World” was in the news before it was in the theaters because of a re-shoot to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer following the sexual allegations against Spacey this fall. His role [Read entire story]

Jessica Chastain is great, Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ not so much

This is not the review that will tell you not to see a Jessica Chastain movie. Chastain’s take-no-prisoners, full-throttle performances are a pleasure in themselves, and she is at a stage of her career — enjoy it; it [Read entire story]

Damon can’t do anything to save Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

Even before it completely falls apart, even before it begins to seem as though it were being made up on the spot, “Downsizing” is strangely unlovable. It’s a place we don’t want to visit, a world we don’t want [Read entire story]

‘Greatest Showman’ starring Hugh Jackman as Barnum magnificently idiotic

There’s idiotic, and there’s magnificent, but “The Greatest Showman” is that special thing that happens sometimes. It’s magnificently idiotic. It’s an awful mess, but it’s flashy. The temptation is to cover [Read entire story]

Golden Globe noms take some ‘Shape’ but still no clarity for wacky Oscar race

We are going into an unpredictable awards season, and the announcement of the Golden Globes on Monday morning provided little clarity. “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s dark Cold War fantasy, led the pack [Read entire story]