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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Monday, June 15 2009

20 Questions: Crayton Robey

The Boys in the Band defined a moment in LGBT history. Crayton Robey explores that history in Making the Boys, which debuted at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.


Tuesday, January 8 2008

Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.


Monday, April 30 2007

Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.


Reviews

Wednesday, October 23 2013

Captain Howdy Still Terrifies in 'The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition'

Forty years after the original release of The Exorcist, this extras-heavy release looks and sounds incredible and makes for one more terrifying journey into the unknown.


Wednesday, January 16 2013

Matthew McConaughey Gives Viewers a Strong Jolt of Reckoning in 'Killer Joe'

Killer Joe is a nasty piece of work, a bleak, sadistic but oddly funny noir boasting a startlingly dark turn by Matthew McConaughey as the titular hitman, and a breakout performance by Juno Temple.


Tuesday, October 9 2012

'The French Connection' Is Transcontinental in More Ways Than One

Hailed as a classic in the cop genre, its legacy as the first R-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture is undeniable. As if that weren’t enough, a viewing 40 years later reveals how literal the title is: it’s a crime film that bridges '60s French and American cinema.


Monday, July 30 2012

Mean and Simple: 'Killer Joe'

William Friedkin's Killer Joe invites you to feel at once repulsed and thrilled by the horrors unfolding so inevitably in its final moments.


Monday, April 19 2010

Jade

Jade denies the viewer the pleasures that are needlessly treated as being beyond reach despite being right there on the screen in front of us, begging to be rearranged, realized and enlivened.


Blogs

Tuesday, March 13 2012

SXSW Film Festival Day 2: 'Killer Joe'

Killer Joe and... well, nothing else mattered.


News

Monday, May 28 2007

William Friedkin: A master storyteller returns with Bug

"What a director's doing at all times in a film is creating an atmosphere where the actors feel free not only to perform," William Friedkin


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