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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

(Adopt Films) 2013, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

(Criterion Collection) 1990, Unrated

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  

Safety Last!

(Criterion Collection) 1923, Not Rated

0 Comments · Thursday, July 18, 2013
There was a time when Harold Lloyd was as famous as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Yet it’s not really a surprise that Lloyd’s profile as a comedic master has receded in recent decades.  

Black Rock

(Lionsgate) 2012, Rated R

0 Comments · Thursday, July 18, 2013
Aselton’s latest, Black Rock, raises the stakes yet again. Written by Aselton’s real-life husband Mark Duplass, the narrative opens as three young ladies — Sarah (Kate Bosworth), Abby (Aselton) and Lou (Lake Bell) — embark on a camping trip on a small deserted island off the coast of Maine.   

Medium Cool

(Criterion Collection) 1969, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Writer-director-cameraman Haskell Wexler’s groundbreaking quasi-documentary captures the mood of a nation at high anxiety — a nation increasingly ruptured over an unpopular war and a seemingly radical counter culture that was bleeding into the mainstream.   

The Newsroom

(HBO Home Entertainment) 2012, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Newsroom is at once a high-minded critique of what television news divisions have become (ratings-obsessed entities more concerned with the bottom line than with “speaking truth to stupid,” as one character puts it) and a wit-infused comedic drama with myriad romantic subplots (most of which come off as clunky rip-offs of the one that anchored James L. Brooks’ far more successful Broadcast News).   

Sinister (Summit Entertainment)

2012, R

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Scott Derrickson’s genuinely creepy Sinister transcends many of the clichéd genre tropes that have sprouted up in recent years.
  

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (Lionsgate)

2012, PG-13

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Co-directors Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke’s highly instructive, Sundance-approved documentary attempts to dissect the myriad issues related to healthcare.  

Magic Mike

(Warner Home Video) 2012, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Steven Soderbergh, despite threats of an early retirement, continues his relentless pace with the entertaining, sneakily incisive Magic Mike, the 49-year-old director’s 11th effort since 2004 and his third in less than a year following the effective thrillers Contagion and Haywire. (By comparison, his buddy David Fincher has made nine movies since 1992.)
  

Marley

(Magnolia) 2012, Rated PG-13

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Why does Bob Marley — the man and his music — still resonate more than 30 years after his death? That’s a question director Kevin MacDonald tries to unpack in this straightforwardly rendered, often fascinating documentary about the Reggae legend.
  

Tanner Hall

Anchor Bay, 2009, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
No doubt resuscitated this year for a brief theatrical (and now DVD) release in advance of star Rooney Mara’s high-profile role in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this previously undistributed coming-of-age tale follows the melodramatic adventures of four friends on the verge of graduation from an all-girls boarding school in Providence, R.I.    

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Acorn Media, 1979, Not Rated

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In an interview included among this new three-disc set’s bonus material, novelist John le Carre calls Alec Guinness’ portrayal in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy of retired British spy George Smiley as “mystical.” And that’s the perfect word for it in this masterful BBC television mini-series from 1979, based on le Carre’s novel and adapted by director John Irvin. It’s making its DVD debut timed to the release of a new, theatrical version starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.    

Tabloid

IFC, 2011, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Errol Morris makes a welcome return to the kind of quirky subject matter that marked his early documentaries. Closer in tone to his lighthearted 1997 film Fast, Cheap and Out of Control than his recent politically driven films (The Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure), Tabloid explores the life trajectory of former Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney.    

Attack the Block

Sony, 2011, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Inevitable comparisons with J.J. Abrams’ similarly themed Super 8 favors writer/director Joe Cornish’s seemingly effortless ability to extract laughs and shocks from an alien invasion in urban London. Much of the movie’s success derives from the crackle of comedy that rolls off the Cockney-accented teen antihero thugs who dare to take on an army of pitch-black alien creatures attacking their estate housing tower.  

Raising Hope: The Complete First Season

Raising Hope: The Complete First Season Review

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By now we should have learned that a sitcom needs at least a good half-season to find its legs. It’s easy to dismiss a new show early on in its run, yet history shows that even the greatest sitcoms had mundane starts. Raising Hope might be considered such a sitcom, but, in retrospect, its early episodes are pretty solid, and it has continued to get better.