Friday, December 13 2013
Four films starring, or more accurately including, Vivien Leigh,only intermittently register the star power she brought to her American productions, though her collaborators acquit themselves well.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Although this lacks some of the teeth of its source material, it is a powerful document nonetheless, buoyed by outstanding performances and a straightforward, no-nonsense visual style.
The two-disc, Blu-Ray release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones really, really wants you to be absorbed in that world.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
This "Rich Mahogany Edition" of Anchorman features lots of bonus stuff, including an extended cut and the supplemental film, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.
Yes, The Beast Within is about a shape-shifting insect kid who runs around attacking people while still wearing his letterman’s jacket.
Despite containing any number of intriguing moments, A History From Behind the Lens fails to provide a coherent overview of the art form.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
While Despicable Me delivered a solid story on top of a touching character arc for its super villain with a heart of gold, the sequel is a more pedestrian affair.
The first movie for the "post-theatrical era", The Canyons vividly illustrates a despairing, nymphomaniac generation run amok.
From the director of Singin' in the Rain comes this sci-fi horror film that had all the potential to be the next Alien, but falls far short of the mark.
Monday, December 9 2013
Fast and Furious 6 is a movie about cars, muscleheads and an international terrorist plot that can only be saved by muscleheads with cars.
Broadway dancer and singer Gregory Hines stars as a super soldier hunting a runaway robot girl in the largely forgotten sci-fi action flick, Eve of Destruction.
Is there really a causal link between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character and modern-day crime investigation techniques?
Friday, December 6 2013
Kino-Lorber's release of Nosferatu features some of the best special features of any DVD this year.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Entering into Gomes’s hypnotic triptych, Tabu gives the viewer a chance to see just how far cinema has come, and just how far it can go in the hands of a master.
The great band featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Tony Williams, at its best.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Cassavetes' aesthetic, both in front of and behind the camera, was less Method immersion than mad (as in gleeful) exploration, skirting the emotional edge without tripping into or wallowing in cathartic excess.
The heart is in the right place even if the head isn't for Springsteen and I, a "fan-made" homage to the Boss for... who, exactly?
I felt ridiculous, but I found myself choking back tears throughout this film.
Monday, December 2 2013
WWII in HD is required viewing for its high-minded ideals and its near-flawless execution. It makes other films on the subject matter pale in comparison.