Critics Corner: A COFFEE IN BERLIN

Read two critical perspectives on A Coffee In Berlin  (2012, Jan Ole Gerster) , from Kelly Vance and Jackson Scarlett.  A Coffee In Berlin  opens in San Francisco at Landmark Cinema’s Opera Plaza and in Berkeley at Landmark’s Shattuck Theater on Friday, June 20, 2014. 

American Gothic: THE GRAPES OF WRATH at PFA

by Kelly Vance Look at poor little Muley.  Skulking in the dry fields at night, ducking headlights, peering through windows, moaning and whimpering like a hungry ghost.  We recognize actor John Qualen by his voice but the rest of him is shadowy and more frightened than usual, even more anxious than Qualen’s Earl Williams, the […]


by Ben Terrall Billed as “subversive cinema … for subversive times,” the Roxie’s four-day series “The Dark Side of the Dream” (March 23-26) is a powerhouse collection of hard-hitting American movies made between 1933 and 1964. Former Roxie programmer Elliot Lavine, who returns to San Francisco from his new home in Portland for this run, […]


A musician, compiler and composer explains how he scored a silent film for today’s audience. by Rodney Sauer The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra was commissioned to create two new scores for the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, one of which is the newly restored 1926 film Silence. It shows at the Castro Theatre on […]

Looking Forward to Mill Valley Film Fest

by Meredith Brody The French say that appetite comes with eating. And after a few weeks devoted to wholesale viewing of films both new and (occasionally) old at Telluride, Toronto, and New York, I’m looking forward to the 39th edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival, which begins on October 6th and runs through the […]