A rock-solid verite docu, Peter Nicks' "The Waiting Room" spends hard time in the emergency room at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., where patients often have to wait all day to be seen, then…
A quietly absorbing portrait of the infinitely finicky care that goes into Michelin three-starred French cuisine, "Step Up to the Plate" has the requisite mix of vicarious gastronomical thrills and…
Enthusiasts of '70s subculture will get their smiley face on with "The Source," which chronicles the short life and rather spectacular demise of a quintessentially Southern California spiritual…
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A doobie in hand -- along with some munchables, of course -- might aid viewing of "California, 90420," an unfocused documentary that touches on marijuana legalization and other concrete issues, but…
"People v. the State of Illusion" provides author Austin Vickers a glossy illustrated lecture to propagate his motivational message that we can escape our personal "prisons" through fundamental…
A rather queasy cross of conventional biodoc and first-person therapy cinema, "An Encounter With Simone Weil" has helmer Julia Haslett seeking solutions to her own problems by investigating the life…
The difficulties of adapting idiosyncratic literature to the screen are all too apparent in "The Trouble With Bliss," which turns Douglas Light's well-received debut novel into a misfired quirkfest…
Inauspiciously billed as a life-affirming descendant of "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Full Monty," "Reuniting the Rubins" proves as drearily formulaic as the weakest of those films' myriad…
A smug San Francisco couple's status quo is shaken by the overtures of a second, sexually rapacious pair in "Yes, We're Open."
After the indie songfests "Colma: The Musical" and "Fruit Fly," H.P. Mendoza goes in another direction entirely with "I Am a Ghost," the writer-helmer's idiosyncratic wade into horror terrain.
The current GOP nomination race has many wondering how things shifted so far right that Republicans risk alienating much of their own membership.