Good Ol’ Yet New-Fangled Magic
It adds up to that good ol’ yet new-fangled magic.
Woodard Travels Up the Coast to Steep in California Tradition and Music
Woodard travels up the coast to steep in California tradition and music.
Rupert Everett Is a Magnetizing Center of Narrative Storm
Rupert Everett is a magnetizing center of this film that inspires and meanders by turns.
Excitingly Cerebral and Touchingly Human
Director Gustav Möller’s movie is as exciting as a cerebral, filmic venture and touching as a fully, knotty human story.
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins in Conversation
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins venture down their respective and collective memory lanes.
SBIFF Showcases Social, Environmental, Political Slate of Docs
SBIFF showcases a social, environmental, and political slate of docs, as well as community-engaging panel discussions with artists and community leaders.
Film Avoids Hysterical Depiction, Artfully Deals with Volatile Subject of Conversion Therapy
The film avoids hysterical depictions of the conversion campaign, instead artfully dealing with realities of a volatile situation with too much relevance in the modern moment.
Sisterly Support in Man’s World is Story’s Maxim
The balm of sisterly support in a man’s world serves as the story’s moving maxim.
Story Lingers in Mind Thanks to Deep Dive by Director
The film lingers in the mind longer than its headline-tapping relevance thanks to the deep dive made by the director.
A Blissful Art and Music-Enhanced Destination
A blissful art and music-enhanced nature destination.
Documentary Does Smashing Job of Filling in Blanks of Multitalented Brit
Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary does a smashing job of filling in the blanks and chronology of this restless, multitalented Brit.
It’s a Smaller World, After All
It’s a smaller world, after all.
HBO Adapts Book into Stylish, Arty Thriller
HBO adapts book into stylish, arty thriller for the small screen.
SBIFF Presents Its Seventh Wave Film Festival
SBIFF presents its seventh Wave Film Festival.
Features and Documentaries Screen on Fridays in July
Features and documentaries screen each Friday in July.
Actress Is Cosmic, Elusive Star of Film
This impressive first feature film drops us into the murky world of Nancy, who may or may not be a woman kidnapped as a young girl.
Series Deftly Blends Family-Friendly Elements with Bizarre, Scary Forces
The series deftly blends family-friendly elements with bizarre, scary forces.
Netflix Original Series Explores 1929 Germany’s Weimar Republic
Netflix’s original series explores Germany’s fragile but culturally fertile Weimar Republic in 1929.
Stew of a Film That Never Fully Satisfies
It’s a stew of a film that lures viewers into its tasty trap without fully satisfying.
Bill Hader Stars as Reluctant Hitman in Fab New Show
Bill Hader stars as a reluctant hitman in his fab new show on HBO.
Touching, Persuasive Documentary on the Celebrity Virtuoso
Director Alison Chernick presents a touching and persuasive documentary on the celebrity virtuoso.
Japanese Doc Delves into Specialized World of Gourmet Ramen Makers
Japanese documentary delves into the specialized world of legendary gourmet ramen makers.
Documentary Paints Portrait of Artist Who Continues to Evolve and Invent
Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary paints a portrait of an artist who continues to evolve and invent.
Woman Who’s Comes Apart Looks for Way Back to Normality
The film tells of a woman coming apart and looking for a way back into normality that has suddenly morphed.
Errol Morris’s Docudrama Scrutinizes Frank Olson’s Alleged Suicide
Errol Morris’s docudrama scrutinizes the alleged suicide of Frank Olson, who was found dead outside N.Y.C.’s Hotel Statler in 1953, having fallen from a 13th-floor window.
Drama Moves Beyond Insult that Serves as Kindling for Simmering Socio-Ethnic Rage.
Courtroom drama moves far beyond the trivial insult that serves as kindling for simmering socio-ethnic rage.
Series Raises Question: Is This Farce, Reality TV, or Both?
The scare factor underlying this series on Trump follies is its proximity to the chilling non-cartoon world over which the Trumpster has dominion.
An Enlightened Escape Route
The festival came to a close on Saturday night, with a heartwarming and civic-minded roster of Santa Barbara documentaries.
Deer in the Dreamlights
A strong undercurrent in the film is the power and the dreams, which become both a retreat from the concrete reality and a literally connective tissue between our lover protagonists.
The Lure of a Mysterious ‘Woman’
Chilean filmmaker makes a “trans-genre and transgender film.”
Sam Rockwell and Other Actors in Hollywood’s Side Lights
The crop of celebrities honored at this year’s award tributes is low-key, in that the klieg lights are being shone on actors who have artistically prospered in the chameleonic side lights of Hollywood.
Tributes, Panels, and Films Light Up the City
SBIFF has once again lit up our city in the manner to which we’ve grown accustomed, propitiously timed during the lead-up to the Academy Awards.
Directors as Cultural Superheroes
On that stage was genuinely an all-star collection of uniquely creative voices, whose work this year all deserved their Oscar nominations.
Behind and Beneath the Scenery
Film artisans take center stage, and more must see films.
Holding Court in a Divided World
The Lebanese film The Insult is a fascinating variation on the courtroom drama genre and a potent and contemporarily important tale of tolerance.
Chasing Cursors and Screen Time
Screenwriters talk about their craft, Virtuosos get loose, and more films gems.
During Gary Oldman’s Maltin Modern Master Award tribute it was clear that we were in the presence of a true acting chameleon.
From the category of docs, one of the more powerful entries is ‘Living in the Future Past,’ a masterful ecological cautionary.
Out of the Cold
Opening night film, ‘The Public’, was one of the best festival-opening features in recent memory.
Jack Black Stars as Real-Life Bandleader Jan Lewan
Viewers at once are immersed in a polka-lined world and view it from a half-satirical remove.
Tale of Dysfunctional Family Dotted by Calamities amid Calm Circumstances
This tale of dysfunctional family ties is dotted by calamities amid deceptively calm circumstances.
The Bard Goes Hollywood at UCSB
The Bard’s “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and more translated to the big screen.
Chilling Film Has Renewed Relevance in the Age of Trump
This chilling film about intolerance has renewed relevance in the age of Trump.
Spike Lee’s TV Series Creates Brooklyn-ized Audio-Visual-Cultural-Carnal Tapestry
Creating a Brooklyn-ized audio-visual-cultural-carnal tapestry is part of Lee’s overall goal here, which he nicely achieves.
The Year’s Best TV and Film
The ‘Indy’ film/television critic shares his favorite big- and small-screen offerings of the year.
Scott Frank’s Seven-Episode Series Lures Viewers into Terrain Both Familiar and Fresh
Scott Frank’s seven-episode series lures viewers into terrain both familiar and fresh.
Animated Film Lays Out Hardships In Tapestry of Fable-Like Storytelling and Harsh Realities
Hardships are laid out in a tapestry of sweet, fable-like storytelling and the harsh realities of the day.
Historical Slice of Life in the AIDS Struggle
Film conveys a historical slice of life in the AIDS struggle with a strong, supple cinematic voice.
David Fincher’s Morbidly Hypnotic TV Series
David Fincher’s morbidly hypnotic series explores the psychology and behavioral science aspects of crime fighting.
Illuminating, Sly, and Beautifully Made Film a Must-See
The illuminating, sly, and beautifully made film is a must-see in S.B.'s suddenly busy art-house scene.