Now Playing Power Rankings

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Harold and Lillian”

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017; Dir.: Daniel Raim)

GRADE : C+

By Daniel Barnes

*Opens Friday, July 21 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, the Rialto Elmood in Berkeley, the Rialto Sebastopol in Sebastopol and the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

When Andy Warhol opined that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” he forgot to mention that even those that never achieve fame will still get kid-glove documentaries made about them.  The latest over-inflated trifle is this cutesy “love story” about storyboard artist/production designer Harold Michelson and movie researcher Lillian Michelson, a married couple that put their thumbprints on a number of Hollywood classics.  A film about their respective processes, an examination of the way that minor contributors make a mark on another person’s work, could have been fascinating, but writer-director Raim seems content to equate Harold and Lillian’s contributions with authorship, which is insane.  It’s an easy watch, and there is the occasional intriguing glimpse into the inner workings of a long-lasting Hollywood marriage, but Lillian’s open refusal to discuss difficult aspects of her past limits any potential for insight, and makes you wonder why this movie even exists.  Crazy thought: if the subject of your soft-pedaling documentary refuses to talk about her own life, you probably don’t have enough material for a feature.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Power Rankings (July 21-27, 2017)

Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name.
*2) A Ghost Story
*3) Get Out
*4) Kedi
*5) Dawson City: Frozen Time
6) Dunkirk
*7) The Little Hours
8) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
*9) Endless Poetry
10) Spider-Man: Homecoming
11) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

12) War for the Planet of the Apes
*13) Lady Macbeth
14) The Beguiled
15) Cars 3
*16) Alien: Covenant
*17) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

18) The Big Sick
19) Wonder Woman
20) The Hero
*21) Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

22) Transformers: The Last Knight
23) The Mummy
*24) Letters from Baghdad
25) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
26) Everything, Everything
27) Baywatch

HAVEN’T SEEN

Baby Driver
*The Bad Batch
The Boss Baby
*The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s…
*City of Ghosts
Despicable Me 3
Girls Trip
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The House
*It Comes at Night
*Lost in Paris
*Marie Curie
*Moka
*Moscow Never Sleeps
*Our Time Will Come
*Pop Aye
Valerian and the City…
Wish Upon

These rankings are updated every Thursday, and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, because they are obviously the superior option wherever available.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Power Rankings (July 14-20, 2017)

Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) A Ghost Story
*2) Dawson City: Frozen Time
*3) The Little Hours
4) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
5) Spider-Man: Homecoming
6) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

7) War for the Planet of the Apes
8) The Beguiled
9) Cars 3
*10) The Women’s Balcony
*11) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

12) The Big Sick
13) Wonder Woman
14) The Hero

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

15) Transformers: The Last Knight
*16) The Mummy
*17) The Wedding Plan
*18) Letters from Baghdad
19) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
20) Everything, Everything
21) Baywatch

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Eyez on Me
Baby Driver
*Battle Scars
The Boss Baby
*The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography
*Churchill
*City of Ghosts
Despicable Me 3
47 Meters Down
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The House
*The Last Dalai Lama?
*Lost in Paris
*Manifesto
Megan Leavey
*Moka
*Our Time Will Come
*Pop Aye
Wish Upon

These rankings are updated every Thursday, and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, because they are obviously the superior option.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (July 7-13, 2017)

Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name
*2) Get Out
*3) Kedi
*4) The Little Hours
*5) Harmonium
*6) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
7) Spider-Man: Homecoming
*8) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

9) The Beguiled
10) Cars 3
*11) I, Daniel Blake

12) Alien: Covenant
*13) The Women’s Balcony
14) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

15) The Big Sick
*16) The Ornithologist
17) Wonder Woman
18) The Hero

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

19) Transformers: The Last Knight
*20) Paris Can Wait
21) The Mummy
*22) The Wedding Plan
*23) Letters from Baghdad
24) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
25) Everything, Everything
26) The Book of Henry
27) Baywatch

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Eyez on Me
Baby Driver
*The Bad Batch
The Boss Baby
*Churchill
Despicable Me 3
47 Meters Down
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The House
*It Comes at Night
*Manifesto
Megan Leavey
*Moka
*Our Time Will Come
Rough Night
*13 Minutes

These rankings are updated every Thursday, and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, because they are obviously the superior option.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (June 30-July 6, 2017)

Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews.

* = playing in SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name
*2) Get Out
*3) Kedi
*4) Harmonium
*5) A Quiet Passion
6) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
*7) Maudie

MIXED-POSITIVE

8) The Beguiled
9) Cars 3
10) Alien: Covenant
*11) The Women’s Balcony
12) Beatriz at Dinner
*13) Nowhere to Hide

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*14) My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
*15) The Big Sick
*16) Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
17) Wonder Woman
18) The Hero

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

19) Transformers: The Last Knight
*20) Paris Can Wait
21) The Mummy
*22) The Wedding Plan
23) Letters from Baghdad
24) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
25) Beauty and the Beast
26) The Book of Henry

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Eyez on Me
Baby Driver
*The Bad Batch
The Boss Baby
*Buster’s Mal Heart
*Chuck
*Dean
Despicable Me 3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
47 Meters Down
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
The House
*It Comes at Night
*The Journey
*Like Crazy
*Manifesto
Megan Leavey
*Moka
*My Cousin Rachel
Rough Night
*Slack Bay
Snatched

These rankings are updated every Thursday, and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, because they are obviously the superior option.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.

The Barnesyard’s Sacto/SF Now Playing Power Rankings (June 23-29, 2017)

* = SF Bay Area only

OFFICIALLY BUMPED

*1) Your Name
*2) Get Out
*3) Kedi
*4) Harmonium
*5) A Quiet Passion
6) Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

MIXED-POSITIVE

*7) Norman
*8) I, Daniel Blake
9) Alien: Covenant
*10) The Women’s Balcony
11) Beatriz at Dinner

MIXED-NEGATIVE

*12) My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
*13) Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
14) Wonder Woman
*15) The Hero

OFFICIALLY DUMPED

16) Transformers: The Last Knight
17) Paris Can Wait
18) The Mummy
*19) The Wedding Plan
20) Letters from Baghdad
21) Everything, Everything
22) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
23) Beauty and the Beast
24) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
25) The Book of Henry

HAVEN’T SEEN

All Eyez on Me
*Band Aid
*Born in China
The Boss Baby
Cars 3
*Churchill
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
47 Meters Down
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
It Comes at Night
*Like Crazy
*Manifesto
*Maudie
Megan Leavey
My Cousin Rachel
*Ripped
Rough Night
Snatched

These rankings are updated every Thursday, and are only intended to reflect the opinion of Daniel Barnes. All films playing in Sacramento area theaters are listed, as well as most films playing exclusively in the S.F. Bay Area.  Repertory showings are excluded, because they are obviously the superior option.  Underlined films are on my catchup list.