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Stranded (Blu-ray)

September 4th, 2013 No comments

Skip It THE FILM: I can say with some confidence that this isn’t the worst science fiction film Roger Christian has ever directed. That would be Battlefield Earth , the John Travolta/Scientology in space disaster that won four Golden Raspberry Awards and lost Warner Brothers a ton of money

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To Be or Not to Be: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

September 4th, 2013 No comments

Highly Recommended THE MOVIE: Please Note: The stills used here are taken from promotional materials and other sources, not the Blu-ray edition under review. Comedy can be serious business, particularly when it is making light of dark subjects. When Mel Brooks made The Producers in 1967, two decades after World War II, he met resistance from people who didn’t think Hitler and his Nazis should be …

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Flat Top (Blu-ray)

September 4th, 2013 No comments

Recommended Producer Walter Mirisch’s Midway (1976) cleverly presented a huge scale, all-star (Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, etc.) war movie on a deceptively modest budget, a fraction of the cost of movies like Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). Where those movies recreated epic battles full-scale, with thousands of extras and real military …

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Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray)

September 4th, 2013 No comments

Recommended THE FILM: Click an image to view Blu-ray screenshot with 1080p resolution. J

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Blancanieves (Blu-ray)

September 4th, 2013 No comments

Recommended THE FILM Please Note: The images used here are taken from the standard-definition DVD version of Blancanieves also included, not the Blu-ray edition under review. Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves is a pastiche of selectively recruited silent-film stylings that, like its inevitable comparison-point The Artist (a film that beat it to the punch even though Berger’s was already well into …

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Bronte Sisters (Blu-ray)

August 7th, 2013 No comments

Highly Recommended THE FILM Please Note: The images used here are taken from photos provided by the Cohen Film Collection and promotional materials, and do not directly reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray edition under review. The French director Andr T chin , like his more internationally famous filmmaking countrymen Fran ois Truffaut , Jean-Luc Godard , Eric Rohmer , and Read the entire …

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Love Me Tender (Blu-ray)

August 6th, 2013 No comments

Highly Recommended Love Me Tender (1956) was 21-year-old Elvis Presley’s very first movie.

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New Releases: 'Hatfields & McCoys' is a hill country 'Godfather'

July 26th, 2012 No comments

Also reviewed: ‘Forever Marilyn: The Blu-Ray Collection,’ ‘The Hunter,’ ‘The Weight of the Nation.’ Hatfields & McCoys

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New on DVD and VOD

July 5th, 2012 No comments

Reviewed: ‘Margaret,’ ‘The Flowers of War,’ ‘Friends With Kids,’ ‘Trishna’ Margaret

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Perspective: In defense of movies

April 22nd, 2012 No comments

Television may be having a moment, but few shows can beat the emotional gut-punch effect and storytelling efficiency that a film can provide.

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