Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a bad film. Not a good film weighed down by some reasonable flaws. Not an okay film that is occasionally enjoyable. Just a bad movie, plain and simple. The plot is a mess. The dialogue borders on self-parody. The directing is juvenile. It’s awful, and it…
One of the highlights of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was director James Ponsoldt’s fourth feature film, “The End of the Tour.” Based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s 2010 book “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself” — an account of Lipsky’s five-day interview with late literary icon David Foster Wallace — the…
Bringing together a vast assortment of films and filmmakers, the annual festival incorporates highlights from Cannes, Toronto and Sundance as well as a number of as yet unreleased world premieres. The following is a sampling of feature films that you won’t want to miss this year at the Bay area’s most prestigious film festival.
Woody Allen’s latest film, “To Rome With Love,” doesn’t evoke as many laughs as last year’s “Midnight in Paris,” but it’s still an entertaining, if fleeting, piece.
The premise seems promising: high-strung pizza-boy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is living the loser life with his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) until a couple of redneck criminals-in-the-making strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank for them.
Actors get famous because they’re capable of becoming something they’re not, and so the chance that their personalities in the real world would match their onscreen personas are fairly dismal. Fortunately, Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari may be the world’s best exceptions to that rule: they’re every fan’s fantasy — they’re living, breathing manifestations of every character they’ve ever played.
Promoters for “The Social Network” are hammering home Facebook’s college connection, bringing the film back to campuses that provided the inspiration and the first users for the social networking site. The film was screened at Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto for a packed crowd of Stanford students on Sunday night, followed by a question-and-answer session Monday with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and actors Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer in Roble Theater.