Thursday, July 17 2014
Stuart Cooper's World War II drama Overlord easily deserves a place among the great anti-war films.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, now in a sterling Criterion edition, remains lovely to look at and difficult to fully comprehend.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
The simple yet transformative hat-trick of Under the Skin is that it is the humans who are alien.
Friday, July 11 2014
Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.
Thursday, July 10 2014
Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
For any a fan of The Who’s “Maximum R&B” music, this is as close to being there as you can possibly get without a time machine and a hefty ticket charge.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry.
Monday, July 7 2014
There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.
Wednesday, July 2 2014
It’s nearly impossible to not get roped in by the easy banter of the dialogue, the epic drama, and the luminous images of this quintessential Western.
Tuesday, July 1 2014
Despite being set in London's Swinging Sixties, Up the Junction comes across just as apropos of America's here and now.
These adventurous women only wear some kind of underwear or nightie in front of the windows for that funny little peeping tom across the courtyard.
Monday, June 30 2014
Dino Risi is able to turn this odd couple’s story into a film that’s socially and emotionally intelligent -- and entertaining.
Tony Randall comes across like a star for the little screen overwhelmed by the Big Screen, a Felix Unger-type trying out unsuccessfully for Her Majesty’s Service.
Friday, June 27 2014
Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.
This is apparently the first major Hollywood film to have no director credit, because nobody wanted to claim it. Yet it deserves reconsideration.
Thursday, June 26 2014
L’eclisse is a highly regarded work of European modernism that is pretty to look at, interesting to think about, and grueling to watch unfold.
The mysteries are consistently smart and well done, but it's the relationships between the characters that really make the show.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami doubles-down on familiar themes in this film, with varying results.
Often overshadowed by the World War II 20 years later, the Great War remains, in many sad ways, the yardstick for futility, pointlessness and waste.
Tuesday, June 24 2014
If 300 is the cinematic equivalent of a video game, then 300: Rise of an Empire, is at water level: murky, awkward and not nearly as fun.