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Don't Look Back

1967; Not Rated (Criterion)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The opening sentences of The New York Times’ 1967 review of D.A. Pennebaker’s now-classic documentary Don’t Look Back read as follows: “It will be a good joke on us all if, in 50 years or so, Dylan is regarded as a significant figure in English poetry."

Best of Enemies

2015 (R) (Magnolia Pictures)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Co-directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s engrossing documentary Best of Enemies focuses on Gore Vidal's and William F. Buckley Jr.'s battles during the ’68 conventions, which were broadcast live on ABC.   

River's Edge

(Kino Lorber) 1996, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
River’s Edge debuted alongside Blue Velvet at the 1986 Telluride Film Festival.  

Only Lovers Left Alive

(Sony) 2014, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Besides Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking Boyhood, Jim Jarmusch’s latest, the aptly titled Only Lovers Left Alive, was the most engrossing moving-going experience for me in 2014.  

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.)


(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.