Michael Fox



Set on another planet some years in the future, Avatar delivers a thundering indictment of colonialism (of people), exploitation (of natural resources) and militarism that is old news, frankly, to anyone who's seen a Western from Hollywood's heyday.

American Indian Film Festival-

American Indian Film Festival

Like every other identity-oriented festival on the crowded Bay Area film calendar, the annual survey of movies by and about indigenous peoples is of substantial interest and value to nonmembers of the tribe (so to speak).

Cinema by the Bay Preview-

Cinema by the Bay Preview

Even with all the film festivals crammed into the local calendar, there isn't room to showcase all the remarkable work by Bay Area filmmakers. Cinema by the Bay neatly plugs the gap (a little).

Capitalism, A Love Story-

Capitalism, A Love Story

The activist filmmaker's latest finds him less angry and contemptuous than we've ever seen him. But do we really want a kinder, gentler Michael Moore?

The Informant!-

The Informant!

The Informant! takes us into the executive suite to introduce us to the puppet masters pulling the strings of our corrupt economic system. The joke is that they aren't sleek masters of the universe but complacent Midwestern schlubs with expanding waistlines.

World's Greatest Dad-

World’s Greatest Dad

Dark comedy, done properly, requires a scabrous view of human nature and a mordant affection for human fallibility. Bobcat Goldthwait is simply too nice for the job. His latest, World's Greatest Dad, has a softness at its center that leaves us with an unsatisfied appetite for blood.

Flame & Citron-

Flame & Citron

A disquieting movie examining the malleable nature of morality during World War II opens today. No, it's not directed by some dude named Tarantino. You're kidding, right?

S.F. Jewish Film Festival -- 2009-

S.F. Jewish Film Festival — 2009

Identity film festivals actively seek out images beyond mainstream movie and television strictures, yet typically gravitate toward positive portrayals. The SFJFF takes a more aggressive and risky approach.

Three Monkeys-

Three Monkeys

For moviegoers craving engagement instead of escape, the stunningly acted Turkish domestic drama Three Monkeys is the perfect antidote to the smash-bang-kaboom blockbusters.

Food, Inc.-

Food, Inc.

Working in an investigative journalism tradition once honed and now abandoned by U.S. television networks, Robert Kenner's Food, Inc. is a non-sensationalist yet quietly infuriating exposé of U.S. chicken, cattle and corn production. If the phrase "essential viewing" still has any meaning, it applies to this documentary.

Ben Rivers' ghostly mysteries-

Ben Rivers’ ghostly mysteries

Ben Rivers cultivates an air of intrigue and mystery in his films, with no intention of providing answers or resolution. You can't accuse him of being calculating or clever, coy or cruel. Not when he's providing so much droll, delicious pleasure.