Tuesday, November 5 2013
This ultra low-budget "period piece" misses its chance to be inventive and artistic and instead devolves into the direct-to-DVD debacle that it is.
Monday, November 4 2013
Responsible for Oi! and some remarkably violent gigs, this little band from London's East End has a story that's more interesting than most.
Friday, November 1 2013
What's so captivating about Downton Abbey is that the servants are thrust into the forefront, wholly realized characters themselves and often the ones we care about most.
The clever boy is running... out of ideas.
Thursday, October 31 2013
Set in war-torn sub-Saharan Africa, War Witch presents a teen's view of war without political overtures.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
Monsters University is far from being Pixar’s best, but as far as prequels go, there’s enough monster-filled college humor for viewers of all ages to enjoy.
These vampires aren't allergic to sunlight, wooden stakes, or garlic. They don't sleep in coffins or stalk around in swishy capes. They do, however, brood in a very-like vampire way.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
The premise of an invisible, impenetrable and inexplicable barrier sealing a woman onto her rural property to face the elements alone might put The Wall into the territory of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but this brilliant and mysterious drama is in a class by itself.
Syfy's new series Defiance is an ambitious transmedia project. But in this case, that does more harm than good.
Monday, October 28 2013
Larry David's latest venture in feature filmmaking is a half-baked wrinkle on the "Curb" formula, but wouldn't it be rude not to watch?
It's no surprise that the tights and capes crowd have gotten their own much deserved PBS documentary and, with some small caveats, it's well worth your time.
Friday, October 25 2013
An engaging hybrid of studio era Hollywood amusement and macho B-boy rebel theatrics.
Thursday, October 24 2013
Bryan Fuller retools the Hannibal franchise as an intelligent take on the morality of horror fiction, setting a CSI procedural within a Satanic universe ruled by Mads Mikkelsen's insane Dr. Lecter.
Colin Firth and Emily Blunt turn in quirky performances, but Arthur Newman, the man and the movie, is not one you'll warm up to.
Wednesday, October 23 2013
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.
Mickey Rourke is the Devil and Danny Trejo is a badass killer sent back from the dead to wreak revenge. What’s not to love?
This is packed with enough charm and whimsy to make you feel like a child again. The remarkable Disney classic, now on Blu-ray, is sweeter than a jar of honey.
Tuesday, October 22 2013
By shifting it's point of view from a hapless family to a pair of seasoned demon hunters, The Conjuring ends up being a pleasantly frightful experience.
Drug War is clearly smarter, crisper and more ambitious than most pulp films.
This is a great cast, but alas, like many in the war-epic genre, it hasn’t aged well.