Friday, November 7 2014
Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure.
Wednesday, November 5 2014
The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression.
Tuesday, November 4 2014
Perhaps MacFarlane will learn from his experiences, but with any luck, he'll learn the biggest lesson of all: his talents are required behind the camera, not in front of it.
Like the great antiheroes of history, Angelina Jolie's seductive performance as Maleficent gets you to root for her even as she commits acts of evil.
Monday, November 3 2014
The once widely unavailable Love Streams gets a thorough Criterion reissue, a well-deserved feat for John Cassavetes' final masterpiece.
James Franco's attempt to adapt Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God for the screen confuses merely depicting horrendous evil with saying something interesting about it.
Friday, October 31 2014
Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.
Wednesday, October 29 2014
This is the release Nightbreed fans have been waiting for.
By compressing its revolutionary struggle into such a tightly compressed and void-encircled space, Bong Joon-Ho’s evocative post-apocalyptic actioner becomes furiously kinetic but metaphorically overburdened.
Monday, October 27 2014
While Peter Sellers' role as an Indian man in The Party may represent just another one of his masks, it also does problematize this 1968 film.
Friday, October 24 2014
Amounting to one feature-length inciting incident, the low-budget zombie film The Battery will test the limits of even the most devoted horror fans’ patience.
Thursday, October 23 2014
This violent murder mystery is atypical among Cold War era films and stands up well today, but this Blu-ray could use a little more "special" in its "features".
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
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.
Thursday, October 16 2014
The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
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.