Latest DVD Reviews
Justified: The Complete First Season (2010)
shares Leonard's love of character, dialogue, and situation drama, and nicely evokes its master's voice.
Blood, sweat and oil...the only thing worse than the dark, hellish, odorous claustrophobia of the tank's innards is the tunnel vision afforded by the gun-sight...
L'Armée des ombres (Army of Shadows) (2006)
Melville outlines the valorous and dirty deeds of heroes in taut action sequences that reach unusually existential heights.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Though the carpe diem theme comes as something of a surprise,
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
makes its political points, with 'moral hazard'—the dark side of second chances—the film’s punny refrain.
Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010)
Has it really been over twenty years since
? And yet the
parody business is still booming.
True Grit (1969)
The girl with the strength of a man, and the man with a sensitive heart (albeit under layers of crust). The calculated softening of Wayne's macho persona at long last won him the Oscar.
Rush Hour (1998)
Chan...can make something out of nothing, while Ratner's chief skills seem to be talking himself into the director's chair and hiring the right people.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express (2010)
Makes a choice to eschew fun in favor of pitch-black tonality...but kudos to Harcourt and Martin for their ambition in adding new dimension to an old story.
Step Up 3D (2010)
Incredibly stupid in just about every way. And yet, it had what may have been my favorite scene at the movies this year...
Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection (2010)
It's about what makes these particular personalities tick, what draws them to the madness of theater, and the eternal conflict of art and commerce.
Despite being a moving reminder to support our troops,
cannot help but be "Exhibit A" in the case against the unwinnable "War on Terror."
The A-Team (2010)
Frantic without bringing the fun.
Space 1999: The Complete First Season (1975)
Big in scope, but not necessarily in a good way.
Momentarily exciting but utter nonsense, a Burmese Tiger Pit built over a gaping plot hole.
Knight and Day (2010)
As a pure popcorn, dreams-writ-large, kiss-kiss-bang-bang, globetrotting romp,
Knight and Day
Shrek: The Whole Story (2010)
Now that the
franchise has come to a close, it's time for the definitive collection on home video.
The creator of
returns to the black comedy of
, a goofy satire on the wages of the war machine.
The simplest way to sum up the greatness of
is to identify it as a new classic of science-fiction cinema (and, for that matter, the heist genre).
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
Picturesque photography, amped-up action, borrowed poetry, and age-old romance have
The Twilight Saga
on its surest footing yet—that is, until the youngsters grow up and realize
tells the same story so much better.
Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 (1940)
didn’t perform as well as Walt Disney had hoped, it remains a testament to his exceptional cinematic genius.
Going the Distance (2010)
The raison d’être of
Going the Distance
is exploring long-distance relationships. What a shame, then, that it has nothing much to say on the subject that isn’t completely obvious.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The performances by Gable and Tone hold up as fine star and character turns, respectively, but it's Laughton's Bligh that proves unforgettable.
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (2010)
Gathers a starry group to bow down to the beloved musical-theatre auteur.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
This PG-rated Jerry Bruckheimer production is slick as an oiled weasel: larded with fancy special effects, canned romance, corny humor and a general lack of sophistication.
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (2010)
Seven important American films from the fabled period when unconventional, independent-minded filmmaking was regarded not only as art but as a marketable asset.
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Call me a Scrooge, but I'll pass on this synthetic version of that most humanistic of tales.
The Twilight Zone: Season 2 (1960)
What is 'the Twilight Zone'? ...The edge of reason: the border of belief and disbelief, sanity and insanity, past and present, dream and reality...
The Pacific (2010)
Succeeds in giving a vivid impression of the nature of this theater's combat, creating a venue for both powerful emotions and thoughtful consideration of provocative questions...
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter.
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Sound of Music
is high-fructose corn-syrupy, built on simplistic psychology, unnaturalistic acting and historical inaccuracy. It's also well-nigh irresistible.
Modern Times (1936)
There can be no better description for
—or indeed, Chaplin's career—than the film's initial title card: 'A story of industry, of individual enterprise—humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness.'
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Cuarón filigrees his film with brilliantly outsized projections of Harry's fears and underlying realities.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Newell's film, unlike its predecessors, fails to generate fresh wonder...but on balance Rowling's creative opus—roiling with hormonal consequences and eye-popping effects—continues to earn its crowds.
Seven Samurai (1954)
Synthesizes the traditions of the samurai narrative and the American western to create an intimate epic with deeply felt ground-level consequences.
The Magician (1958)
Both a rebuke to critics and a confession of charlatanism,
puts forward a one-of-a-kind examination of the problem of truth in life and in art.
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
I’m still not sure if writer-director Michael Patrick King intended for his audience to laugh at or with his fab foursome as they refresh the stereotype of the 'ugly American' abroad...
Alien Anthology (2010)
It's time to get cra-zay,
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Nicholson gets to use all the colors on his palette, from quiet, troubled contemplation to the disturbingly truthful, live-wire jesting with which he has become best associated.
Serves up a stew that seems to be made of a little of everything from one hundred years of screen comedy, seasoned with Grand Guignol.
Playing God and playing house converge...about as gonzo as the multiplex gets.
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