Tuesday, July 29 2014
Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.
Monday, July 28 2014
Laura Dekker was born to be a sailor, a fact she proves in her successful solo sail around the world in Maidentrip.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
Even with some dips in quality, these four movies represent part of a remarkable run; you can feel all of them strive for masterpiece status.
Tuesday, July 22 2014
Three decades later, Scanners is still a head-popping good time.
Monday, July 21 2014
Despite their flaws, A Fever in the Blood and Wall of Noise reveal the crucial role of the film editor.
Friday, July 18 2014
Billy Wilder spares no one—not even the viewer—in this scathing satire of American culture.
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.
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.