Wednesday, October 22 2014
Ghost in the Shell remains an excellent milestone in anime, but this barebones release is devoid of the extras that would truly make this edition special.
Tuesday, October 21 2014
Live at the Rainbow '74 doesn't contain all of Queen's biggest commercial hits, but features some of their heaviest rock from their amazing early days.
Monday, October 20 2014
Brutality can take many forms, from war making to banking.
Vincent Price brought class to everything he did, a quality evident even in the B-movies of The Vincent Price Collection II.
There's hardly enough killer fish action in Killer Fish to keep the film afloat.
Friday, October 17 2014
The commercial approach of The Book of Life is to draw on a wide range of celebrities to craft an entertainment that just about anyone could like.
A onetime Hollywood superhero takes a stab at respectability by adapting Raymond Carver’s writings to Broadway in Iñárritu's hallucinogenic satire of the entertainment industry.
Thursday, October 16 2014
Lilting challenges what it means to assimilate into a culture, suggesting that blending in isn't necessary for shared experience.
The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
Terry Gilliam's quest for life's biggest answers finds a new formulation in The Zero Theorem: perhaps, the film suggests, there is no meaning to it all.
Million Dollar Arm is a film that picked the wrong protagonist.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
Richard Brooks's adaptation of Elmer Gantry lives and dies on Burt Lancaster's strangest, most unforgettable performance.
Monday, October 13 2014
Even when Obvious Child lacks interesting conflict, it still admirably presents women in a way atypical from mainstream cinema.
Saturday, October 11 2014
Like most kids' movies, this one is less chaotic and inventive than it is predictable and reassuring.
Friday, October 10 2014
In Whiplash, all the visual and aural magic comes from Andrew's (Miles Teller) precise and jazzy drum solos.
A strong cast fights a losing battle against subpar material in this ramshackle drama.
Like any movie in the curmudgeon-mentors-a-child subgenre, St. Vincent draws some fine lines, between comedy and sentimentality, formula and, well, more formula.
A master of visuals, Walerian Borowczyk's stunning recreation of medieval life presents a world which seems as real and defined as the space in our own living rooms.
Thursday, October 9 2014
Flesh + Blood has at least this to its credit: it's not as bad as Howard the Duck.
Wednesday, October 8 2014
Even as you know the US government can be brutal in its retributions, you're also left with a set of images that are a bit too mythic or contrived.