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June 2015

‘Sartana Your Angel of Death’ Is Part Illusionist, Part Mystic

I Am Sartana Your Angel of Death is worth watching for those fans of the Sartana character, but it’s definitely not a high point in the spaghetti western series.


Ray Milland Gets Juicy for Roger Corman

Ray Milland stars in these two juicy, sometimes delirious, sometimes beautiful movies directed by Roger Corman in the '60s.


Jackie Chan’s 10 Best Films

From drunken masters to rumbles in the Bronx, Jackie Chan's career is chock full of goofs and kicks. These ten films capture what makes Chan so magnetic.


‘The Hired Gun’ Is a Disposable B-Western Shot in Cinemascope

Although The Hired Gun may be of interest for those who like its lead actors, on its own terms it's a forgettable B-picture.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan Awakens Chekhov from a ‘Winter Sleep’

At 196 minutes, Winter Sleep is no easy watch, but in its Chekhovian echoes it becomes a confident mood piece.


‘The Alphabet Murders’ Is Agatha Christie Set in a Cartoon World

With The Alphabet Murders, director Frank Tashlin adapts Agatha Christie and highlights the spectacle rather than the sense in the story.


Hitchcock’s ‘Jamaica Inn’ Is a Good Film That’s Been Sullied by a Bad Print - Until Now

A sparkling new restoration from the British Film Institute, derived from an archival negative, makes the case that Jamaica Inn is much better than its reputation.


‘Day of Anger’ Is a Spaghetti Western Oedipus

Like the best spaghetti westerns, Day of Anger injects social commentary into its flashy widescreen vistas and ear-catching music.


‘Staircase’ Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.


‘Blind Woman’s Curse’ Is Full of Delirious Action With Swords and Cats

This bewildering, reckless, and captivating Japanese monstrosity is a colorful, widescreen explosion of cross-genre craziness.


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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

// Channel Surfing

"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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