Latest DVD Reviews
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.
A delightfully old-school comic thriller and an unlikely romance that proved Grant—then in his late fifties—still had it.
Sons of Anarchy: Season Two (2009)
If you thought the first season of
Sons of Anarchy
was tough-minded, Season Two will shake you to the core.
Glee: The Complete First Season (2009)
Murphy has proven there's an appetite for the musical format on television, as long as it's (in alphabetical order) AutoTuned, big, bold, brassy, and candy-colorful.
The Third Man (1949)
Greene's story and screenplay, which he accurately described as 'a comic thriller,' is a gift that keeps on giving, with patter that's never less than brilliant.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Ol’ Cusinart Hand is back in
A Nightmare on Elm Street
, a pointless, unimaginative 're-imagining' of Wes Craven’s cleverly conceived slasher movie.
Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucía) (2002)
A bizarre, alternately joyful and gloomy take on sexual fantasies and complications.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)
Ultimately, Kounen takes two hours to say not very much; one imagines him constantly barking, “More smoldering!” [but there's] a captivating, fully realized recreation of the premiere ...[of]
The Rite of Spring
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
All about the empty spectacle, sound and fury building to multiple climaxes (without the pleasure).
Red Riding (2010)
Thematically adventurous...the bloody shocks that paint the town
emerge from suburban squalor: dirty streets, dirty crimes, and dirty politicians.
THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut (2004)
May be a naively simple variation on that other George—Orwell—but it remains a dazzling triumph of creativity and style over financial limitations.
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Richard Linklater brings a new novelty to a Dick adaptation: fidelity to the source.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The encoded bloom is off the digital rose in
The Matrix Reloaded
The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season (2001)
In its thirteenth year on the air,
may have been past its prime, but it retained a keen sense of the bizarre while also recommitting to telling some family-themed stories with a more heartfelt core.
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season (2010)
[This] blend of swoony romance and horror-styled action...[isn't] shy about detonating plot twists.
Cemetery Junction (2010)
A humble riff on the well-worn coming-of-age film.
Withnail & I (1986)
One of the funniest elements of
Withnail & I
is that it concerns three varieties of drama queen: the flamboyantly dark-minded Withnail; neurotic, ill-equipped Marwood, and the larger-than-life Monty.
Time Bandits (1981)
A smart and imaginative fantasy with appeal for the whole family is always cause for celebration...
rivals Roald Dahl in its surrealism and satire.
Mona Lisa (1986)
As a study of social façades as a means of social climbing, and as a character study of Hoskins' would-be angel,
The Long Good Friday (1980)
The screw-turning plot is great fodder for Hoskins and Mirren, who expertly calibrate their stressed-out character arcs.
Lost: The Complete Sixth Season (2010)
After six attention-grabbing seasons on the network airwaves,
has turned out to be more than the sum of its parts.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
Its unique oddball blend of fatalistic Hemingway-esque masculinity, swoony romance and mythology, literary allusions...and grab bag of styles...makes
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
nearly as hypnotic as the romance it retells.
Darkly funny, haunting, and perhaps hopeful...there's a keen sense of absurdism (and in Agnès Godard's brilliant photography a sort of surrealist realism, if there is such a thing) in the circumstances.
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