Latest Home Video Reviews
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Would you sell your body for a night, to the tune of a million dollars? What makes for five minutes of interesting conversation, alas, does not make for an interesting two-hour movie.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
The film's moderate artistic success rests on Lyne's unsettling soft-lit style and the resonant leading performances by Douglas, Archer, and Close, who brilliantly does all the work the screenplay doesn't...
Striking Distance (1993)
Like the box of generic corn flakes,
isn't so terrible, but you'll forget it the second you're done with it.
Lost: The Complete Second Season (2005)
's redemption songs continue to compel, all the way up to another thrilling cliffhanger finale that doles out mortal terrors and, for some, escape.
Dan Aykroyd's inventive comedy concept for
attracted an all-star comedy team to bust out a classic of mainstream '80s cinema.
Lost: The Complete First Season (2004)
Part of what makes
unique is its sprawling and diverse ensemble; part of it is the show's fearless embrace of 'genre' (read science-fiction) trappings without sacrificing full-blooded character arcs and a novelistic frame.
Morning Light (2008)
A vanity project...[but also] a sincere love letter to sailing, as seen through the eyes of a handful of very lucky youngsters.
What truly holds
together isn't the somewhat off-putting Chase—whose screen presence was always defined by a love-it-or-hate it smugness—but his time-tested collaborators: screenwriter Bergman...and director Michael Ritchie...
Spy Game (2001)
Two generations of Hollywood 'golden boys' team up in Tony Scott's
, a neatly plotted espionage thriller.
Friday the 13th (2009)
It's been done to death. And brought back to life. And redone to death.
John Adams (2008)
The epic sweep supports thoughtful reflection on the evolution of a fragile early republic...and the fragile ego of the man crucial to its existence.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
’s existential dread of unspoken feelings bubbling to the surface perhaps better resembles Tennessee Williams, a towering explorer of authenticity and self-delusion.
Generation Kill (2008)
Retains the journalistic flavor of its source, in turns terrifying and absurd, with gallows humor never far out of reach.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Unsubtle...A disappointment for adults, [but] still qualifies as a peppy object lesson for would-be overachievers.
capitalizes on its understanding of team dynamics: the bonding of pain and gain alike, the ownership of integrity over ego, the satisfaction of communal accomplishment.
Skilled hiding isn’t very exciting, so for the sake of the audience, Zwick carefully incorporates some hyped-up action standoffs, the last being an unfortunately laughable stretch of credibility.
Streisand: Live in Concert 2006 (2009)
With Frank in the great beyond, it's up to Barbra to drive the world into hysterics with her rare public performances.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Couples who want to stay happy might want to think twice before seeking out a movie about how the majority of relationships end up making people paranoid and miserable.
The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet) (1958)
Perhaps no one film speaks more fully to the human condition than
The Seventh Seal
In its natural habitat,
can be appreciated for its campy pleasures, not the least of which is Jon Voight in a delirious, balls-out performance as creepy Paraguayan snake poacher Paul Serone.
The International (2009)
With its investigation (and a few expertly conceived action set pieces),
builds a compelling case.
Predator 2 (1990)
Undeniably bad, but sort of a nice try.
24: Season 7 (2009)
In the end, the trashy but entertaining Season Seven will be best remembered for giving the show 'buzz' again.
In its broad strokes,
gets at the spirit of a group of previously unsung black heroes, and the filmmaking is of a high caliber.
Air Force One (1997)
[An] unabashedly jingoistic action extravaganza starring Harrison Ford as...'The Ass-Kicking President'...
The Coen Brothers have always loved to go far, a tactic they don't forgo in
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The sublime film music, now-iconic situations (like the climactic ghost town shootout), and sure visual style add up to a pitch-perfect genre pic that ongoingly influences generations of hip filmmakers.
A blunt-force narrative...[though] Morel does good work with a string of brutish and short action scenes...
True Blood: The Complete First Season (2008)
is delightfully, deliriously sick and "wrong," but it's also a medium for Ball's patented brand of social satire.
True Romance (1993)
A hall of fame guy's movie...[with] a macho '90s ensemble eclipsed only by
Glengarry Glen Ross
...the monologues—oh, the monologues!
Falling Down (1993)
A heavy-handed potboiler, but as it raises the temperature, it does give cause to consider the line—so easily crossed—between social function and disasterous personal undoing.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The bones of the story are comfortingly familiar, the action is rollicking, and the metaphorical moustache-twirling of Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham is priceless.
Field of Dreams (1989)
Widely regarded as a modern populist classic, the film is both a fabulist fable and a celebratory baseball movie that acknowledges scandal within the sport but also the game's transcendent ability to rise above attempts to damage its integrity.
Inside Man (2006)
Lee is a bona fide cinematic genius, and his lively and inventive take on tired material proves that thriller corn needn't be mindless in its machinations.
Black Sheep (1996)
It's nice to see the two together, practicing their easy screen rapport—and no doubt more so given Farley's untimely passing—but
is still a clunker.
Gran Torino (2008)
look like Ibsen.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
A diverting but typically silly Roger Moore entry in the Bond canon.
[A] pleasing throwback to 1970s war-intrigue pictures.
Writer-director Ross's true-believer American salesmanship—inspired by Frank Capra and honed in
--suits this story of American entrepreneurship, optimism, and resilience.
Children of Men (2006)
In Cuarón's highly-skilled hands,
Children of Men
continuously threatens to develop into something more fascinating than it is.
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