Review – No Mas! No Mas! (“How To Be A Latin Lover”)

If you were lucky enough to catch 2013’s Instructions Not Included, then you were also lucky to see true gem of a film by Eugenio Derbez, Mexico’s hottest comedic actor/ director/producer/writer. Well, he’s back with another English/Spanish language comedy film, starring himself with another child by his side. * * Derbez (a sorta Mexican Jerry…

SFFILM 60 – Not So Black and White (“Infinity Baby”)

Recently screened at the 60th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, Bob Byington’s Infinity Baby has all the hallmarks of modern independent film – a quirky concept masking a comment on the modern human condition, crisp (black and white) cinematography, a soundtrack by some hip musician and a cast of indie stalwarts. Combined they make…

SFFILM 60 – Brokeback Mutton (“God’s Own Country”)

One wouldn’t think that Ang Lee’s seminal Brokeback Mountain would be ripe for a remake already, but damned if first time feature director Francis Lee hasn’t moved the action from the American West to the hills of Yorkshire, England and come up with a comparable film. Recently screened at the 60th Annual San Francisco International…

Review – This F8 Is Gr8 (“Fate of the Furious”)

In all film franchises you have to add a typical movie trope to keep it fresh. Example: a secret twin brother (Despicable Me 3, Now You See Me 2), a villain becoming your ally  (X2: X-Men United, Terminator 2), and this movie’s trope, a trusted family member suddenly, unexpectedly, betrays the others. Gasp!! *  …

Review – No Superheroes in Sight (“Gifted”)

Chris Evans takes a break from his shield-slinging Avengers gig and dons a beard for this heart-warming and down-to-Earth story of an ordinary guy trying to keep his extra-ordinary little niece from spiraling into the same pitfalls that drove his sister to suicide. Oh, did I mention his 7-year-old niece is a mathematical genius? *…

Review – No, I’m Not Rumpelstiltskin (“Your Name”)

I love Japanese anime. From the silly (The Girl From Phantasia) to the OMG!! (Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend), the animation is pure, hand-drawn, and has intense emotion-grabbing action that is seldom seen in our cookie-cutter CG Americanized versions. I’ll put up an Akira against a Frozen any day of the week. * This is…

Review – Going, Going, Not-Quite-Gone (“Going In Style”)

Looks like it’s remake time again! Harken back to 1979 and the dramedy that starred iconic George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg, about three septuagenarians who, just to relieve their boredom, decided to rob a bank. Spinning this version with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, they decide to rob a bank because…