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G. Allen Johnson

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Past articles by G.:

How ‘Inside’ brought Willem Dafoe back to his roots in experimental theater

Movie about an art thief trapped in an elaborate penthouse forces Oscar-nominated actor to become his own work of art. → Read More

Review: Mel Brooks’ ‘History of the World’ is back — and it ‘stinks on ice’

Hulu's 8-episode sequel, with Brooks as producer, is a big letdown after 42-year wait. → Read More

‘Close’ director Lukas Dhont returns to Bay Area to speak ‘straight from the heart’

Filmmaker to bring Oscar-nominated film to Smith Rafael Film Center, ODC/Dance Company for special screenings. → Read More

‘Mind-blowing’ Exploratorium program turns 40

Exploratorium Cinema Arts Day, proclaimed by the mayor's office, kicks off a yearlong celebration of the San Francisco institution's film-centric program. → Read More

This man is trying to save movie theaters, starting with his own

Greg Laemmle stars in 'Only in Theaters,' a documentary about an 84-year-old family business and the fight to save the moviegoing experience. → Read More

Review: In ‘Return to Seoul,’ French woman lands in birth country to find herself

She's the life of the party - until she isn't, in French-Korean film caught between two cultures. → Read More

Exclusive: CGV S.F. latest Bay Area movie theater to close

The San Francisco cineplex at 1000 Van Ness plans to shut down at end of February. → Read More

Another Planet Entertainment announces that Castro Theatre is open for booking

Latest move is sign that the Berkeley-based company is placing renovation plans on hold. → Read More

Review: ‘The Blue Caftan’ delicately explores illicit love in Morocco

The lives of an old-school tailor and his loving wife are disrupted by the arrival of a handsome young apprentice. → Read More

Review: ‘The Hidden Blade’ rides Tony Leung’s charm — for a while

Espionage tale set in World War II Shanghai has great period detail, but ultimately slows to a crawl. → Read More

Tom Luddy, Bay Area film impresario and Telluride Film Festival co-founder, dies at 79

The Berkeley resident produced films, worked with Pacific Film Archive and SFFilm and co-founded Telluride Film Festival. → Read More

Kim Novak came to San Francisco, and San Francisco was never the same

A toast to Kim Novak as she turns 90, still the quintessential San Francisco cinematic heroine. → Read More

How ‘Ant-Man’ star Paul Rudd became pals with a 49ers legend

As 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' hits theaters, actor reflects on the San Francisco-ness of his character. → Read More

Review: Bay Area-born Monica Barbaro shines in sappy rom-com ‘At Midnight’

'Top Gun: Maverick' actress and San Francisco native plays a movie star who falls for a resort manager in Valentine's Day comfort cinema on Paramount+. → Read More

Oakland-set ‘Blindspotting’ TV show announces season two premiere date

Starz series continues the adventures of Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), raising her son in chaotic circumstances. → Read More

Castro Theatre renovation plans hit with a major setback by City Hall

Recommendations move to Board of Supervisors after impassioned public hearing at San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission meeting. → Read More

Review: Oscar-nominated ‘Close’ is one of the best movies of 2022

Belgian filmmaker's second feature is an immersive tale about the highs and lows of the friendship between 13-year-old boys. → Read More

He was the North Bay's indispensable movie guide. Today is his last day

SonomaMovies.com and NorthBayMovies.com have been run for free by Petaluma's Bert Towle, who is retiring. → Read More

Noah Cowan, former SFFilm director, dies at 55

The longtime festival programmer and independent film producer had battled brain cancer. → Read More

Review: ‘Infinity Pool’ is the savage skewering of our times we deserve

Director Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, crafts a twisted, visually intriguing, unhinged movie designed to make you squirm. → Read More