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Wednesday, October 8 2014

‘Cotton Comes to Harlem’ Has Quality Activism and Acting

Ossie Davis's directorial debut raises questions and statements about race and culture in America that resonate strong today.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

Cold War Tensions Turn to Unintentional Comedy in ‘Meteor’

Meteor is one of a breed of '70s disaster flicks, but only real standout about this new re-release is its large price tag.


Monday, October 6 2014

‘Donnie Brasco’ Shows It’s Easy to Get Lost in the Underworld

When Mike Newell's relatively low-key mob movie was released in 1997, Al Pacino and Johnny Depp were at very different junctures than they are today.


‘Last Action Hero’ Is a Parody That Misses Its Own Point

The irony of Last Action Hero is that many of the best jokes work better in hindsight; however, most of the jokes are so dated that it is hard to imagine the film cultivating new fans.


Friday, October 3 2014

‘The Good Lie’ Means Too Well

The Good Lie voyages from the endless deserts of east Africa to the well-intentioned if myopic world of white America.


‘Bird People’ Is Perched Between Rapture and Oblivion

At first focused on quotidian details, Bird People takes a surreal turn.


‘Seizure’ Rides on Oliver Stone’s Name

Oliver Stone's feature film debut is a wicked little horror movie that predicted the home terror films of later eras.


Thursday, October 2 2014

‘The Two Faces of January’ Tells the Tale of Compatriots in a Foreign Country

Aided by Marcel Syskind's gorgeous cinemaphotography, the audience sees that these characters are often hidden beneath only the lightest of masks.


In ‘Juggernaut’ a Ship Is in Peril, But Do You Care?

As much as Richard Lester throws the audience into the action, we have no reason to care about the fate of any of the passengers of the SS Britannic.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

‘Ivory Tower’ Is a Scattered Look at an Important Topic

Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower opts to generate heat rather than shed light on key issues in American higher education.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Remains the Ultimate Revisionist Western 40 Years Later

It opens with images of mortality and ends with a monster’s operatic dance with a chain saw under a deathly, brooding Texas sun—it’s about America, man.


Monday, September 29 2014

You May Not Get It, But David Lynch Knows What He’s Doing in ‘Eraserhead’

It takes 89 minutes to watch David Lynch's Eraserhead, but it could take 89 years to figure out what the hell it was that you just saw.


Friday, September 26 2014

In ‘Tracks’, Life Hangs Upon a Single Moment

Tracks explores the problem of authenticity, what it means, and who perceives it.


Tom Hardy’s Role in ‘The Drop’ Makes This Film More Than Just Another Noir

If you follow your instincts and bolt at the start of this sturdy and bleak noir, you miss Tom Hardy creating a thing of beauty yet again


Everything About ‘The Equalizer’ Is Wrong

As much as Robert (Denzel Washington) delivers action and melodramatic conventions, he also hints at another possibility entirely.


There’s No Horsing Around in ‘A Brony Tale’

A Brony Tale isn’t as fun as it should be, but it does manage to say a lot of interesting things about stereotypes and fandom.


Thursday, September 25 2014

‘The Stream’ Is a Deluge of References

Aching for the past dam(n)s The Stream.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Fair Enough at the Very Least: ‘The Legend of Billie Jean: Fair Is Fair Edition’

One might believe in the "Legend" of Billie Jean Davy if the distributor cared a little more about extras.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ Is a Charming Collection of Anachronisms

The classic farcical Sondheim musical springs to Blu-ray with all the hilarity of the classic movie, but only half the songs of the classic stage play.


‘Fear in the Night’ Speaks the Indecipherable Language of Noir

Noir, as a definitive term, is elusive and always out of reach, as are dreams. So what are we to do with Fear in the Night, a noir that traffics in dreams?


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