Latest DVD Reviews
The Scorpion King (2002)
A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The film's bloated ambition seems of a piece with its panting, happy-dog charm.
The Mummy (1999)
An unpretentious pulp adventure...
The Lost Boys (1987)
With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending,
The Lost Boys
will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema.
Shine a Light (2008)
Whatever your taste, you'll have to agree:
Shine a Light
is music and cinema writ large.
The Deal (TV) (2003)
A bold and convincing effort to dramatize contemporary political history.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
An exploitation picture given the 'A' treatment... Putting aside the nagging liberties taken with Anneliese Michel's experiences...[it's] a good scary movie.
Take it from this loss prevention specialist: don't play
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A reasonably well-made low-end pic that serves as a cautionary tale for callow teens.
Urban Legend (1998)
Watchable...[but] a time-waster, with an insulting ending that unfortunately takes it down a few pegs.
The Ruins (2008)
Competent but somewhat slack, modest (and modestly budgeted) shocker that doesn't work quite hard enough to justify its plot mechanics.
Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
Despite the bogus conflict...
Step Up 2 The Streets
is amiable enough...
Monk—The Complete Sixth Season (2008)
The show remains on solid footing, with a writing staff still spinning crafty mysteries and inventing scenarios to get under the skin of Tony Shalhoub's obsessive-compulsive police consultant Adrian Monk.
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
Wilson proves again that he's a quick-witted comedic treasure—he's the sort of actor who gets hired to make mediocre movies almost good by his sheer force of comic will.
Point Break (1991)
Consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
You have a rendezvous with Dirty Harry's 62-year-old ass! And if you don't know what that means, you'd better figure it out!
Gangs of New York (2002)
The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America.
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
After the wayward kids' stuff of [Kids' WB's]
Batman: Gotham Knight
's adult tone and visual wonderment are like (Bat-)manna from heaven.
Vantage Point (2008)
Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan—and their very lives—on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Profane, hallucinogenic, and wickedly satirical, Oliver Stone's
Natural Born Killers
mainlined a message from hell (a.k.a. modern America, as seen by Stone) into mall theatres and multiplexes.
is so satisfying because it works on a few complimentary levels: as a coming-of-age story tracking innocence to experience, as an accounting of revolutionary and feminist struggles, and as an artful visual experience in cartoon form.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
For a movie about magical beasts,
The Spiderwick Chronicles
does an awfully good job of pegging childhood emotional realities, particularly in a context of divorce.
The Boondocks—The Complete Second Season (2008)
Like his wee alter ego, ten-year-old Huey Freeman, McGruder sees himself as hopefully out of step with society—radical, in fact—self-confident, and determined to effect change by any means necessary.
Men In Black (1997)
Among the best of the summer movie blockbusters,
Men in Black
comes on like gangbusters and never lets up.
Fool's Gold (2008)
Harmless but seriously wit-deficient.
The delirious idiosyncracies of the '60s
are all on display...a pleasant-enough romp that's just a little too-distracted with its new toys.
too often feels like a special-effects demo reel in search of a story, at least the eye candy is pretty darn sweet.
Veteran director Stuart Gordon guts us with dark satire and twists the knife...[this] horror fable is enough to make weary gorehounds sit up at attention.
By crafting a serious-minded character study, the filmmakers bring us closer to understanding the enigmatic artist's inspiration and desperation: a life that spun out of control.
Joy Division (2007)
The ad copy for Grant Gee's 2007
calls it "the definitive documentary on Joy Division," and given the roster of participants, it seems a reasonable claim.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Anderson's most mature and ambitious film yet...[though his] growth as a filmmaker remains hindered by an obsession with effect and a disinterest in depth.
A bio-epic on the order of
Lawrence of Arabia
is a smart, fully realized historical film.
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
A fine old-school picture...elevated further by its progressive themes.
The Longest Day (1962)
Though the film makes a few egregious historical changes for dramatic effect,
The Longest Day
pretty much lives and dies by its scale.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Attenborough consistently reinforces the horrors of war by depicting not only the disasterous military engagements and their toll on heroes, but also the witless political decisions that led to needless, excessive loss of life.
Battle of Britain (1969)
Succeeds in giving the general impression of a pivotal historical moment, and excels in crafting some of the most astonishing aerial-warfare sequences ever put on film.
Cassandra's Dream (2008)
Two years after
, Allen delivers another London-set murder melodrama, with diminishing returns.
Harold Prince's original staging remains the gold standard, but John Doyle offers an intriguing alternative on Sondheim's ode to commitment anxiety.
Rescue Me—The Complete Fourth Season (2008)
The visions, the menagerie of women and the horrid behavior of Tommy Gavin suggest a lewd FDNY variation on
, and one that's still going plenty strong after four thirteen-episode seasons.
, a cousin of
, but most of all, a well-modulated, dread-laden, faith-based mystery.
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