Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

Mick LaSalle

SF Chronicle

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Mick:

Stop theater-shaming movie critics — we’re all doing the best we can

The increased use of home video to screen movies is not a bad thing — or even a new thing. → Read More

Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt save otherwise dumb ‘King’s Daughter’

The romantic fantasy only comes alive when they are on the screen. → Read More

Review: In 'The King's Daughter,' good acting makes up for a feeble script

Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt raise the level of a lightweight romantic fantasy. → Read More

Review: ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’ is part art film, part hard-core pornography

Radu Jude's film, the winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is a provocative and irritating Romanian comedy with graphic sex scenes. → Read More

Review: After watching Alyssa Milano cavort, realizing that 'Brazen' is a new kind of bad

The latest Netflix thriller — starring Milano, Sam Page and a bunch of weird guys — is bad, but not boring bad. Flashy bad. → Read More

Review: Jeremy Irons plays a genial Neville Chamberlain in ‘Munich: The Edge of War’

Netflix drama has a revisionist take on Britain's maligned, Hitler-appeasing prime minister. → Read More

This year's subdued Golden Globes calls its future into question

'The Power of the Dog' and 'West Side Story' won Globes in the best picture categories. But will it have any influence on the 2022 Oscars? → Read More

Kids today ... they like movies like 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage'

In this week's 'Ask Mick LaSalle,' the Chronicle movie critic explains the popularity of the lousy 'Venom' sequel and talks about censorship. → Read More

Sidney Poitier, a star who ‘meant something,’ dies at 94

Poitier cut through the prejudices of the '60s onward with films like 'Lilies of the Field,' 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' and 'In the Heat of the Night.' → Read More

Review: ‘The 355’ — with Chastain, Cruz, Nyong’o and Kruger — is brainless fun

Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong'o and Diane Kruger star in an action thriller that, 15 years ago, would have starred men. → Read More

For the first time in decades, women are ascendant in American films

Mick LaSalle notes that over the past few years we are seeing a dramatic spike in the number of English-language movies that star women. → Read More

Review: Lea Seydoux shines as a TV journalist in Bruno Dumont's 'France'

French filmmaker's latest is a mix of the sincere and satirical. → Read More

Review: ‘Parallel Mothers,’ with Penélope Cruz, shows Almodóvar’s mature mastery

Pedro Almodóvar's latest film is about motherhood, while touching on the Spanish Civil War. → Read More

Review: In Asghar Farhadi's 'A Hero,' Iran itself is most of the problem

The story of a man struggling to stay out of debtors' prison becomes a frustrating watch. → Read More

Get a hearing aid? Why don’t you get a toupee?

In this week's 'Ask Mick LaSalle,' the Chronicle movie critic gets some advice and talks about the opera. → Read More

The Chronicle’s 10 worst movies of 2021

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' tops the list of cinematic abominations. → Read More

10 movies to start looking forward to in 2022

Among the movies to watch for in 2022, expect superheroes, science fiction and more films by and starring women. → Read More

Why were you so nasty to the guy who said he couldn't hear dialogue?

This week's Ask Mick LaSalle column also discusses versions of 'War and Peace' and 'Nightmare Alley,' including the ones worth watching and even those that aren't. → Read More

2021 was a tough year, but the film industry made it a little better

For a while, it looked like movies in theaters might be a thing of the past. But film audiences showed otherwise. → Read More

Review: ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ rules with anarchic cinematic cool

The fourth movie in the series is as impenetrable as the others but, when they're this fun, who cares? → Read More