Stories from Movies

4 not-to-miss upcoming film fests

Screenings, including one featuring a Patrick Stewart movie, are scheduled in Sebastopol, Monte Rio, Petaluma, Cloverdale, Geyserville and Healdsburg.

‘Steve Jobs’ reveals hero, villain roles of Apple co-founder

The dramatization of the life of Steve Jobs is the latest movie to examine a charismatic visionary who mesmerized the masses while alienating his subordinates and friends.

'Paul Taylor' a portrait of a dance master

The documentary shows us a Paul Taylor dance, 'Three Dubious Memories,' taking shape in a matter of weeks.

‘99 Homes’ is a scary look at real estate crisis

Real estate can be a bloody business. A dirty, bloody and soul-sucking business. Especially in 2010, the year in which this housing crisis thriller is set.

‘Pan’ a grim, bizarre prequel

In addition to the most awesomely unnecessary prequel in recent memory, we have the official worst-ever Peter Pan film adaptation of any sort.

'He Named Me Malala' an inspiring true story

Malala’s inspirational spirit is undeniable, and the documentary allows that to shine through.

Damon brilliant in ‘The Martian’

Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, Matt Damon is the winning heart of this epic space adventure.

‘Meet the Patels’ a funny lesson in dating, expectations

Fresh from breaking up with his white American girlfriend, an Indian-American man decides he wants someone who shares his culture.

‘Coming Home’ a poignant tale of suffering

Amnesia becomes a character in this heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by political corruption.   

‘Shanghai’ awkward, clunky and charming

The movie is hardly the best tale set in the months before Pearl Harbor, but it has some charms.

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