Movie Review: Man From Reno is a fine addition to the San Francisco thriller canon

There’s something unsettling about San Francisco, which has been an epicenter of cinematic paranoia ever since James Stewart stalked Kim Novak through Vertigo. Over the years, filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation), Philip Kaufman (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), and Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) have exploited its winding streets and fogged-out sight lines for maximum tension.

The independently produced thriller Man From Reno isn’t in the (heavy)weight class of those films, but it’s worthy on its own modest terms. Touching down in the City By The Bay on a book tour, thirtysomething Tokyo-based novelist Aki (Ayako Fujitani) decides to get lost in the city, partially because she’s sick of pushing her latest bestseller and partially because she’s looking for a little bit of the intrigue she’s made such a nice living writing about. Fate obliges in the form of a handsome Japanese …

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