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Little Nicholas: Happy as Can Be Movie Review: Adventures in Real and Imagined Past

This thoroughly charming French animated feature takes a unique approach in its storytelling. Rather than solely recounting the fictional adventures ...
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Broker Movie Review: The Korean Shoplifters

Japanese writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda continues his cinematic explorations outside his native land and language with this dysfunctional relationship drama set ...
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The Girl on a Motorcycle Blu-ray Review: Spins Its Stylish Wheels

This 1968 UK/France co-production boasts star turns from Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull in their prime, automatically making it an ...
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5-25-77 Blu-ray Review: A Long Time Ago in a Town Far, Far Away

For sci-fi starved ‘70s youth, the arrival of Star Wars was a watershed moment forever etched in our collective memories. ...
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Entre Nous Blu-ray Review: Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

Writer/director Diane Kurys borrowed from her own family history to craft this story about two women finding their way in ...
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Three Thousand Years of Longing Blu-ray Review: George Miller’s Genie

Writer/director George Miller enables his whimsical side in between Mad Max movies in this modern riff on the Aladdin myth. ...
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Book Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth by Dan Watters and Dev Pramanik

The creators of this new graphic novel were faced with three apparent approaches to its production: craft an adaptation of ...
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Private Desert Blu-ray Review: Troubled Characters Seek Their Oasis

Daniel is in a rut. As a disgraced macho cop with anger management issues, he spends his days in Brazil ...
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Carmen (2022) Blu-ray Review: Welcome to Malta

When a lifelong servant of the church finds herself out on the street, she’s faced with an uncertain future that ...
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Bullet Train Blu-ray Review: Snakes on a Train

Stuntman-turned-director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) helms this crime caper featuring a colorful collection of scheming assassins gathered on a bullet ...
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Going Places Blu-ray Review: Traveling Nowhere, Reaching Enlightenment

The title of this 1974 French film is somewhat ironic, considering the rudderless path of its twenty-something drifter characters. Co-written ...
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TV Review: Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic Book

After 40 years of ongoing publication, the Love & Rockets comic book is long overdue for a celebratory retrospective. Thankfully, ...
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A Fugitive from the Past Blu-ray Review: An Epic from the Past Finally Reaches USA

Director Tomu Uchida’s sprawling 1965 crime drama has finally arrived on home video for the first time outside of Japan. ...
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The House of the Lost on the Cape Blu-ray Review: House of Lost Time

Two girls and their elder move into a remote country home and set about cleaning it up for their residence. ...
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South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition Blu-ray Review

It’s hard to imagine the trials and tribulations that must have befallen Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to reach the South Pole ...
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Rain 90th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: Luminous Joan Crawford Drives the Clouds Away

When a massive monsoon wallops the tiny South Pacific location of Pago Pago, it traps an assortment of colorful travelers ...
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Karmalink Blu-ray Review: Dreams of Treasure and Past Lives

When a teenage boy starts having dreams about his past lives, he discovers that he may have the key to ...
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If…. Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: If Only It Had a Plot

This 1969 UK film has exactly one notable claim to fame: Malcolm McDowell’s first star turn in a film just ...
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Neptune Frost Blu-ray Review: The Revolution Will Be Televised

This feature film from recording artist Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman is undeniably ambitious, boasting an enticing amalgamation of Afrofuturist ...
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The Gilded Age: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Manhattan Abbey

While this period drama originates on HBO and is based in New York, its DNA is wholly derived from the ...
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Night Gallery: Season Two Blu-ray Review: The Gallery Expands

If you started your Night Gallery Blu-ray collection with the Season One set (as I reviewed here), the first thing ...
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My Old School Movie Review: Something Is Rotten in Scotland

In 1993, a 16-year-old boy named Brandon Lee enrolled at a secondary school in an upscale neighborhood in Scotland. A ...
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The Nan Movie Review: Bad Grandma

Before Catherine Tate gained recognition in the U.S. with her turns as a Doctor Who companion and a boss in ...
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Giallo Essentials [Black Edition] Blu-ray Box Set Review: Back in Black

Arrow Video is back with their third limited-edition box set exploring three lesser-known giallo films from the early 1970s.  In ...
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Hero (1997) Blu-ray Review: The Heroic Return of Shaw Brothers

This classic Hong Kong action movie has two big draws for me: a star turn by Takeshi Kaneshiro and direction ...
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Book Review: Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator by Sofia Warren

A young Latina politician runs for and wins office in New York as a virtual unknown, ousting a veteran incumbent ...
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The Clock Blu-ray Review: Judy Garland’s Time

By 1945, 23-year-old Judy Garland was already a screen veteran with 20 leading roles to her credit. She was also ...
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Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray Review: A Whole New World

Following a brief U.S. theatrical run, this charming new anime is now making its way to home video. The story ...
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The Red Shoes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: 15 Minutes in Heaven

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s classic 1948 film treads a well-worn path of backstage drama at a stage production, but ...
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Uncharted Blu-ray Review: Charted in the Video Games

As I watched the thrilling mid-air action scene that opens Uncharted, I realized that it seemed familiar to me. That’s ...
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Twisting the Knife: Four Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray Box Set Review

Following quickly on the heels of Arrow Video’s five-film Chabrol box set, this second box set is smaller but contains ...
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Saturday Fiction Movie Review: Return of the Queen

Lou Ye’s latest film has a huge ace: a star turn by Gong Li. After rising to art house prominence ...
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Paris, 13th District Movie Review: The City of Light Romance

Writer/director Jacques Audiard’s latest film follows four young adults as they navigate the ups and downs of dating and professional ...
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Book Review: The Junction by Norm Konyu

Far too rarely, a graphic novel lands in the market with such an assured sense of style and substance that ...
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Man’s Favorite Sport? Blu-ray Review: Rock Out of Water

Rock Hudson stars in this romantic comedy about the author of a well-known fishing guidebook who has never actually fished, ...
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Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray Review: One Pickle, Two Crows, and a Multiverse of Mirth

Rick and Morty is the rarest of TV phenomena: a series so popular that the studio keeps releasing “complete” series ...
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Blue Skies Blu-ray Review: Holiday Inn Revisited

While most musicals would be lucky to have one of the three powerhouses featured in Blue Skies, this film suffers ...
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Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray Box Set Review

Arrow Video’s latest box set shines a light on the works of French New Wave director Claude Chabrol. Although he’s ...
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The Three Musketeers (1948) Blu-ray Review: Night of 100 Stars

MGM’s 1948 version of this classic tale is full of stars but short on clear direction. The first act plays ...
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Drive My Car Movie Review: A Sublime Journey

As the least-known contender in this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees, Drive My Car has the best opportunity to surprise ...
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Catwoman: Hunted 4K Ultra HD Review: DC Goes Anime

DC’s latest animated film answers the question you probably never asked: what would a DC film look like as anime? ...
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The Lover 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Review: Fall in Love Again

Famed director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s adaptation of this steamy semi-autobiographical tale by author Marguerite Duras caused a sensation upon its 1992 theatrical ...
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Giallo Essentials [Yellow Edition] Blu-ray Review: Masked Killers, Disrobed Victims

Arrow Video’s second box set collection of giallo classics is now available, arriving less than a month after the first ...
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West Side Story (2021) Movie Review: Spielberg Keeps It Real

In Steven Spielberg’s vision of 1950s New York City, the West Side resembles a bombed-out warzone. That’s largely due to ...
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Giallo Essentials [Red Edition] Blu-ray Box Set Review: Mixed Bag, Solid Box

Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, Arrow Video has repackaged three individual Blu-ray releases from 2018/19 into ...
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Night Gallery Season One Blu-ray Review: Rod Serling’s Other Series Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

Rod Serling will always be most closely identified with The Twilight Zone, but his follow-up series is finally getting Blu-ray ...
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Mad Max Anthology 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Work in Progress

You know how all major video games launch with issues that have to be fixed after release? Well, sometimes it ...
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Freud Blu-ray Review: Montgomery Clift Exorcises His Demons

This mid-career effort by legendary director John Houston is overlong, clinical, and ponderous, and yet Montgomery Clift’s tortured lead performance ...
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Lullaby of Broadway Blu-ray Review: Don’t Sleep on This Joyous Delight

Doris Day leads an engaging cast in this fairly conventional but highly entertaining musical. She stars as a young dancer ...
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The Bitter Stems Blu-ray Review: Argentine Noir

Alfredo Gasper is a hard-working newspaper reporter in Argentina who has become disillusioned about the trajectory of his stalled career. ...
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Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: More Loverly Than Ever

This collection of Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable starring roles has been available on DVD since early 2019, but has only ...
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Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Video Game Review: Allons-y!

Licensed video games are always fraught with the peril of hardcore fan expectations vs. actual gameplay. Add in the burden ...
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Change of Habit Blu-ray Review: Easy Habit to Break

This offbeat film bears the distinction of being Elvis Presley’s final acting role, which is about the only remarkable thing ...
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Becoming Cousteau Movie Review: From Exploration to Conservation

Decades before David Attenborough became a household name in the U.S., Jacques-Yves Cousteau was the king of nature documentaries. Along ...
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Come September Blu-ray Review: Hudson Rocks the Riviera

Rock Hudson is in prime leading man form in this beautifully photographed 1961 romp through the Italian Riviera. Hudson plays ...
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On Broadway DVD Review: Start Spreading the News

After an unprecedented 18-month shutdown caused by the pandemic, Broadway finally started reopening many shows last month. Oscar-nominated director Oren ...
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Blithe Spirit (2020) Blu-ray Review: Bland and Unspirited, But Mann and Fisher Shine

Noel Coward’s play has been adapted for the screen multiple times dating back to 1945, but it’s been long enough ...
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The Nowhere Inn Movie Review: Make Plans to Check In

St. Vincent decides to try out smoking during the production of her concert tour documentary film, declaring to her friend ...
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Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Review: 4K, The Final Frontier

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the debut of the Star Trek TV series this month, Paramount has released ...
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In the Good Old Summertime Blu-ray Review: You’ve Got Snail Mail

Modern Hollywood gets plenty of well-deserved grief for rebooting stories before the originals have even faded from memory, but it’s ...
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Blind Beast Blu-ray Review: An Assured Vision by Director Yasuzo Masumura

When an alluring young fetish model named Aki visits a gallery exhibiting her nude works, she’s shocked to find a ...
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Thoroughly Modern Millie Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming

This zany musical was a big hit in the 1960s, garnering huge box office and seven Oscar nominations, along with ...
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The Daimajin Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set: Stone Cold Kaiju Action

What if a Godzilla-sized monster was a living stone statue who battled evil human warlords instead of other monsters? Japan’s ...
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It Happened at the World’s Fair Blu-ray Review: It Probably Shouldn’t Have

Elvis Presley starred in dozens of films in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and many of them were quite entertaining. This ...
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Blu-ray Review: Almost a Home Run

Now that it’s mid-summer, it’s peak time to enjoy the national pastime: baseball…in musical form. Warner Archive rounds the bases ...
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An American in Paris: The Musical Blu-ray Review: C’est Bon

As live musicals shut down during the pandemic, recorded performances stepped in to help fill the entertainment void. The 2014 ...
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Years of Lead Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Review: Transforms Lead into Gold

When most film fans think of Italian genre films of the 1970s, the first term that comes to mind is ...
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It Happened on 5th Avenue Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming Happenstance

You know how sometimes you stumble across a movie you had no intention of watching but end up really liking ...
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Irezumi Blu-ray Review: Kiss of the Spider Woman

A wealthy merchant’s daughter becomes a murderous geisha after receiving a huge back tattoo of a spider. At a glance, ...
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World of Wong Kar Wai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: What a Wonderful World

Wong Kar Wai burst into the international film scene in the 1980s and has remained an icon ever since. While ...
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Madame Curie Blu-ray Review: Geniuses Oblivious to Their Attraction

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon portray the Curies in this biographical film about the early career of the discoverer of ...
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Ziegfeld Follies Blu-ray Review: Two Hours of Follies, Half Hour of Jollies

While movie musicals typically follow a paper-thin plot as a device to string together their songs, this oddity ditches the ...
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Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Dolby Atmos to the Rescue

Just in time for this month’s 40th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Indiana Jones, this new box set presents ...
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Just a Gigolo Blu-ray Review: Bowie and Dietrich Make the Best of a Misfire

This Berlin-set film arrived at an opportune time in David Bowie’s career, since he was living in the city for ...
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Tove Movie Review: Moomin Mama Makes Her Mark

Tove Jansson rose to international fame thanks to her creation of the iconic Moomin characters. Although she passed away 20 ...
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The Tender Trap Blu-ray Review: Trapped in Dated Attitudes But Still Tender Fun

Frank Sinatra plays a wealthy Broadway talent agent named Charlie whose chief talent seems to be adding girlfriends to his ...
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Santa Sangre 4K UHD Limited Edition Box Set Review: Jodorowsky’s True Vision

Alejandro Jodorowsky is the quintessential Renaissance man, although he’s most widely known as a feature film director. His true definition ...
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Flowers of Shanghai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mise-ry en Scene

This Taiwanese movie was based on a novel about “flower houses” of 19th century Shanghai, high class establishments where courtesans ...
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Blu-ray Review: Solid Comedy Construction

If I hadn’t watched this new Blu-ray, I never would have realized that the old Tom Hanks comedy The Money ...
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Masculin Feminin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Tres Chic

Jean-Luc Godard’s study of young love in Paris pulses with style but doesn’t have much of a story. The film ...
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Annie Get Your Gun Blu-ray Review: Shoots a Few Blanks but Hits the Overall Target

Prior to its release this week, this classic MGM movie adaptation of an American musical theatre staple has never been ...
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Broadway Melody of 1940 Blu-ray Review: De-Lovely

The obvious draws for this classic MGM musical are the star turn by Fred Astaire and the songs written by ...
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On Moonlight Bay Blu-ray Review: Day and MacRae Play on the Bay

Booth Tarkington is most famously remembered as the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice ...
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Book Review: Corto Maltese: Mu, The Lost Continent by Hugo Pratt

Italian comics star Hugo Pratt led a life that was nearly as adventurous as his most famous character, Corto Maltese. ...
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Three Films by Luis Buñuel Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Don’s Swan Songs

As Luis Buñuel neared the end of his life, he swore each time he made a film that it would ...
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The Harvey Girls Blu-ray Review: MGM Misses the Bullseye

Despite the top billing of mega-star Judy Garland and some pricey-looking location shooting and hundreds of extras, The Harvey Girls ...
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Young Man with a Horn Blu-ray Review: Birth of the Cool

Kirk Douglas was a force in Hollywood for so many decades that it's easy to forget that he was a ...
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Saturday Night Live: The Early Years: The Best of Seasons 1-5 DVD Box Set Review

This new box set cherry picks 33 complete episodes from the first five years of Saturday Night Live, acting as ...
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The Pirate Blu-ray Review: Choppy Seas Lead to Treasure

On paper, this classic musical has everything going for it. Headlined by the top-tier star pairing of Gene Kelly and ...
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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 Criterion Collection Box Set Review

Legendary writer/director and noted film buff Martin Scorsese established The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in 2007 to restore and ...
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Sukiyaki Western Django Blu-ray Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Quentin

Writer/director Takashi Miike rose to international fame around the turn of the century with a string of audacious cult classic ...
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Taste of Cherry Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not to Everyone’s Taste

Abbas Kiarostami's understated film won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, leading to its initial ...
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Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto Blu-ray Box Set Review

If you've seen one Tsukamoto film, you definitely haven't seen them all, as evidenced by this amazing new box set ...
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Wild Palms Blu-ray Review: It’s No Twin Peaks

In the wake of the spectacular rise and fall of the original Twin Peaks, its network ABC was keen to produce ...
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Burning Bright

Writer/director Celine Sciamma's latest film is both exhilarating and depressing: spellbinding because of its absolute excellence and disheartening because it ...
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Watchmen (2019): An HBO Limited Series Blu-ray Review: An Instant Classic

If you come to HBO's Watchmen limited series with a knowledge of the original comic book series and/or Zack Snyder's 2009 movie, ...
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The Gentlemen Blu-ray Review: Finally, a Real Guy Ritchie Film

Guy Ritchie's latest film is a winning return to the gritty ensemble crime caper format that fueled his rise to ...
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Superman: Red Son 4K UHD Review: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Communist

DC's latest animated movie explores the question of what would have happened if baby Superman landed in Russia instead of ...
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Frozen II Blu-ray Review: Call the Police, It Got Robbed of an Oscar Nomination

Frozen II represents a new pinnacle in feature film animation, with dazzling artistic and technical prowess, a surprising and engaging story, ...
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The Addams Family (2019) Blu-ray Review: Not Creepy or Kooky

The Addams Family is the very definition of Hollywood product, a project so completely lacking any creative spark or reason for ...
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The Lighthouse Blu-ray Review: A Shining Beacon of Excellence

I wasn't at all familiar with director and co-writer Robert Eggers until this masterful sophomore effort, but immediately added his ...
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Lucy in the Sky Movie Review: No Diamonds Here

Hey, did you hear about the new astronaut movie starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm directed by Noah Hawley, the ...
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Hustlers (2019) Blu-ray Review: Hustles the Audience

Inspired by a true story, Hustlers follows a group of conniving strippers as they turn the tables on their clients for illicit ...
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63 UP Movie Review: The Best Reality Show of All Time

Decades before we were deluged with a never-ending stream of “reality” TV shows, a British TV crew selected a group ...
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All About Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: All the World’s a Stage

Best Picture Oscar winners don't always age well, but as All About Eve approaches its 70th anniversary, it's every bit as entertaining ...
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The Wizard of Oz 4K UHD Review: Somewhere Over the HDR Rainbow

Dorothy and the gang are back in a sparkling new 80th anniversary edition of the classic film, released in 4K ...
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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 4K Ultra HD Review: All Hail the Princess

The latest DC animated film starts off poorly, with a prolonged 10-minute origin story on Wonder Woman’s home island of ...
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Midsommar Blu-ray Review: Unsettling in Any Season

Midsommar is marketed as a horror film, but it's so different from the typical entries in that genre that it really ...
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Dilili in Paris Movie Review: Michel Ocelot’s Love Letter to the City of Light

In his latest feature film, veteran animation auteur Michel Ocelot immediately toys with audience perceptions by opening on what appears ...
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Anna 4K Ultra HD Review: La Femme Anna

A tough, beautiful woman faces seemingly impossible odds as she battles her way to freedom. Can you name that Luc ...
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The Koker Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Rise of Abbas Kiarostami

This series of Iranian films is a trilogy in only the loosest sense, as they don't share overlapping casts or ...
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Batman: Hush 4K Ultra HD Review: The Bat, the Cat, and Villains Aplenty

DC's animated films tend to be adaptations of their classic comic-book works, with this story in particular being one of ...
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Missing Link Blu-ray Review: Missing Story, Finding Artistry

Missing Link is the latest film from the animation wizards at Laika, the tiny U.S. studio responsible for gems including Kubo and ...
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The Doors: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD Review: Break on Through

Although the movie is named after the band, it's really all about the rise and fall of Jim Morrison. The ...
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The Batman Four Film Collection 4K UHD Review: Long Live the Bat

It seems impossible now, but 30 years ago there was only one blockbuster cinematic superhero: Batman. In celebration of the ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 5, 1985-1986 by Stan Lee, Floro Dery, and Dan Barry

In its early years, the daily Spider-Man comic strip had typically followed a comfortable pattern of Spider-Man facing off against ...
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Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray Review: Return of the King, or Don Quixote?

Workaholic anime legend Hayao Miyazaki has “retired” so many times after completing difficult films that each announcement is met with ...
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Batman Ninja Blu-ray Review: East Meets West

Batman Ninja is truly unique in the DC animated universe, not only because of its radical premise, but because it ...
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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Blu-ray Review: The Steampunk World’s Greatest Detective

Nearly 30 years ago, DC Comics launched an ongoing series of standalone stories set outside their normal comics continuity, eventually ...
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Superman / Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray Review: Destined to Be a Fan Favorite

Here's a recipe for surefire fanboy satisfaction: pair the two most recognizable superheroes in the world with their most well-known ...
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Batman and Harley Quinn Blu-ray Review: Poison, But Not the Ivy Kind

After 10 years and 30 animated films, the brain trust behind the DC Universe Animated Original Movies is long overdue ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 4, 1983-1984 by Stan Lee, Fred Kida, and Floro Dery

With Fred Kida in control on daily art duties, Stan Lee started his writing chores in 1983 with nearly four ...
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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3, 1969-1972

Long before most of us were reading the funny pages, Batman was finishing up a six-year comic strip run fueled ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 3, 1981-1982 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Fred Kida

After taking over the art duties from comic strip originating artist John Romita Sr., Stan Lee's brother Larry Lieber continued ...
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Justice League vs. Teen Titans Blu-ray Review: That’s So Raven, Damian

DC appears determined to cater to all manner of Justice League fans this year. If the dark, brooding Batman V Superman ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 2, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

st The trouble with a daily serialized story is how long it takes for anything to happen. Thanks to IDW's ...
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SPECTRE Blu-ray Review: Ghosts of Bond’s Past

After the nearly universal acclaim and gigantic box office for the previous Bond outing, Skyfall, any follow-up was likely to ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 1, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

Let's face it: daily newspaper comic strips have never been a great way to follow serialized stories. When a story ...
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Star Wars Celebration 2015 Review: The Biggest Star Wars Convention in the Galaxy

The biennial Star Wars Celebration took place over the weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, an occasionally frustrating experience in ...
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Batman vs. Robin Blu-ray Review: Another Dark and Dangerous Day in Gotham

The title of DC's latest animated film is catchy, but it's also a bait and switch. Sure, Robin briefly toys ...
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It Happened One Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Original Runaway Bride

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time in cinematic history when romantic comedies were extremely rare. That ...
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Hinterland: Series 1 DVD Review: The Prints of Wales

Although we Yanks are mostly familiar with Wales in relation to “Prince/Princess/Duchess of”, it is very much a real place ...
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Death in Paradise: Season 1 DVD Review: British Mysteries with a Tropical Twist

Given the sheer volume of British mystery series available, it's almost essential to have a hook to differentiate from the ...
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Ernest & Celestine Blu-ray Review: A Tail of Two Cities

One of the biggest surprise nominees at this year's Academy Awards was this little-seen French animated film. Thanks to its ...
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Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today DVD Review: Days of Future Deathloks

Marvel continues their ongoing motion comics conversions with this tale starring the omnipresent Wolverine. While there's no shortage of Wolverine ...
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Republic of Doyle: Season 1 DVD Review: Conventional Mysteries, Unconventional Setting

Every so often a product crosses our desks that appears to be so unique it demands a closer look. This ...
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Nikita: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: The Short Kiss Goodnight

Nikita's long strange trip from Luc Besson's original 1997 film to her second TV series reaches its conclusion in this ...
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Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review: Burning Too Many Fires

Out of the Furnace is a frustrating misfire, made all the more dispiriting by the unwarranted high caliber of acting ...
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The Hidden Fortress Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Gold Standard

A long time ago in a country far, far away, esteemed director Akira Kurosawa filmed a grand adventure that took ...
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Book Review: Snowpiercer Vol. 1 & 2 by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette

This French comic is currently receiving renewed international attention thanks to its use as the source material for a new ...
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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London by Sylvain Cordurie and Laci

With all of the Sherlock Holmes revisionism in movies and TV over the past few years, it's become confusing to ...
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Borgen: Season 3 DVD Review: Once More Unto the Breach

When we last saw feisty Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg (the stellar Sidse Babett Knudsen), she was calling for a ...
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Justice League: War Blu-ray Review: Take a Walk on the Darkseid

A few years ago, DC Comics rebooted their entire superhero line under the audacious New 52 plan, throwing out decades ...
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Book Review: Captain Midnight: Volume 1: On the Run by Joshua Williamson and Fernando Dagnino

A patriotic Nazi-fighting U.S. superhero who disappeared in the 1940s suddenly appears in the present day, seemingly not a day ...
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Wolverine Versus Sabertooth DVD Review: Not the Best There Is at What Loeb Does

Wolverine and Sabertooth are at the pinnacle of classic comic-book opponents. Jeph Loeb is a reliably impressive writer and TV ...
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Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: A Disc Full of Sugar

Never ones to pass up a marketing opportunity, the fine folks at Disney lined up a two-fer with the Blu-ray ...
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Burn Notice: Season Seven DVD Review: Burning Bridges

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I love all of the LEGO video games. Love love love them, and play all of them to completion. A ...
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Lincoln is one of those films I had to force myself to watch. As a Very Important Film from esteemed ...
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Ang Lee fully deserves his Oscar win for successfully bringing this seemingly unfilmable project to screen, but the end result ...
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Based on the movie title, one would expect Sansho to be the main character. One would be wrong. In fact, ...
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After middling returns for the first movie, it's surprising that this second installment even exists. For that fact alone, the ...
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On the surface, this film might not seem to offer much enticement for viewing considering its decidedly downbeat subject matter ...
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For nearly 50 years now, a group of ordinary English citizens have been participating in an ongoing sociological study that ...
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Remember The Talented Mr. Ripley? Director Anthony Minghella's 1999 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's crime novel helped launch Jude Law to ...
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Scrat’s back for more frosty adventures, but unfortunately so are the rest of those other boring characters. As anyone who ...
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Author Ayelet Waldman calls the memoirs that served as the basis for this series “tremendously moving”. I agree, but in ...
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I forgot how much I love John Cassaday's artwork. While writer Joss Whedon was the unquestionable star of the Astonishing ...
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DC’s latest animated movie pits its greatest superheroes against some of their most dangerous foes, meaning it’s light on plot ...
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Harold and Kumar aren't the ideal characters one would envision for a frothy Christmas movie or a senses-shattering 3D experience, ...
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A lonely writer wanders around the streets of Paris before stumbling into an exciting new romantic relationship that reinvigorates his ...
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A young, wealthy housewife goes for a horse-drawn carriage ride in the idyllic French countryside with her dashing husband. So ...
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The Glee concert film captures a moment in time of a pop-culture phenomenon that had already started its slow march ...
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Iconic director Seijun Suzuki’s film isn’t very impressive from a story standpoint, but is packed with wall-to-colorful-wall visual flair. It’s ...
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For a 50-year-old, this film still has great legs. It’s certainly not without its shortcomings, but this new HD remaster ...
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Professor Layton’s Nintendo DS puzzle-game series introduced the characters carried over to this all-new feature-length anime movie. The games don’t ...
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As a newcomer to Fanny & Alexander, I was surprised to learn that the original format of the project was ...
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Atlas Shrugged Part One DVD Review: Who Is John Aglialoro?

After languishing in development hell for nearly 40 years, the film adaptation of author Ayn Rand’s magnum opus finally reached ...
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Blue Velvet 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: Just As Good As You Remembered It

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Blue Velvet is being released in a feature-packed Blu-ray edition highlighted by the inclusion ...
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Cars 2 Blu-ray Review: Stuck in Neutral

After over 15 years of unparalleled critical and commercial feature film success, it was inevitable that Pixar would hit a ...
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Batman: Year One Two-Disc DVD Review: Rise of the Bat

Twenty-five years ago, DC Comics opted to reboot the Batman mythos in an attempt to expand his origin story and ...
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Kuroneko Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Things That Go Bump In The Night

Although classified as a horror film, Kuroneko isn’t very scary. Instead, it delivers atmosphere and oddities, making it more akin ...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Blu-ray Review: Few Pirates, No Caribbean, But Still Fun

After Captain Jack Sparrow’s confusing and overblown third outing nearly sank the entire Pirates franchise, there was a palpable sense ...
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Harakiri Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Samurai Condition

When a bedraggled masterless samurai, or ronin, approaches the estate of a large warrior clan and asks for permission to ...
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Terri DVD Review: The Outsiders

High school alienation isn’t new subject matter for films, but Terri takes alienation to the extreme with its focus on ...
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Angel of Evil DVD Review: The Italian Mesrine

Angel of Evil is a gripping study of a career criminal as he robs banks, escapes prisons, and breaks hearts ...
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Dum Maaro Dum DVD Review: Crime in Paradise

Goa. Just the name conjures up images of sunkissed Indian beachside bliss for electronic dance music fans around the world, ...
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Book Review: Star Wars Omnibus: The Complete Saga Episode I – VI: Greedo Shoots First Here Too

The comic book adaptations of all six Star Wars films are fairly straightforward and faithful for the most part, but ...
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The Phantom Carriage Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Impressive Ghost of Cinema Past

I don’t spend much time watching silent films, especially foreign silent films, but The Phantom Carriage has me rethinking that ...
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman DVD Review: Three Tales, One Blade, Zero Entertainment

I was hoping for some originality in this film, a fresh take on martial arts period drama. It boasts a ...
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Bridesmaids DVD Review: A Star Is Born

Don’t let the title and picture fool you: this movie is all about Kristen Wiig. Sure, there’s an ensemble cast ...
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Brand New Day Blu-ray Review: Fast Forward to the Songs

An Australian musical with singing Aborigines, hippies and priests? What could go wrong? While the film clearly falls into the ...
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GANTZ DVD Review: Your New Favorite Midnight Movie

GANTZ is based on a manga and anime series of the same name, and yet it’s perfectly fine and possibly ...
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Bambi II Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Successor

One of the most questionable actions of the Eisner/Katzenberg era at Disney was the decision to launch a series of ...
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Secret Sunshine Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Secret No More

After an interminable four-year delay, Secret Sunshine has finally reached U.S. shores thanks to the fine folks at Criterion. The ...
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The Killing Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Meet Me at the Racetrack

The Killing is a fine little film on its own, and yet I couldn’t help but compare it unfavorably to ...
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The Fox and the Hound 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: More Bark For Your Buck

Disney’s mining of their vaults takes a new turn this month with this Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes both the ...
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Mars Needs Moms Blu-ray Review: Skip The Movie, Read The Book

The news that Berkeley Breathed’s touching children’s book was being adapted to film was met with excitement in my household, ...
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Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Movie Review: Experience It…If You Can Find It

America’s largest dance music festival has been under fire for the last year after massive fallout from the 2010 edition ...
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Rio Blu-ray Review: Bird of Paradise

Rio works its Brazilian setting to its advantage, with an explosion of sights and sounds demonstrating the care native son ...
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High and Low Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Kurosawa and Mifune: The Gold Standard

Master director Akira Kurosawa and his acting muse Toshiro Mifune teamed up once again for this kidnapping drama set in ...
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Life During Wartime Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Alternative Happiness

Writer/director Todd Solondz has forged a cottage industry out of exploring the foibles of odd suburban characters, popping in every ...
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The Music Room Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Solitary Man

Right from the opening shot of this film, it’s evident that viewers are witnessing the work of a masterful director. ...
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The Warrior’s Way Blu-ray Review: Awesome Action, Awful Direction

If The Warrior’s Way was judged solely on the merits of its inventive, creatively filmed stuntwork, it would be one ...
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People on Sunday Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Lazy Sunday

People on Sunday is a fascinating historical document of late 1920s Germany, offering a glimpse into the fashion, architecture, and ...
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TrollHunter Movie Review: Trolls Are Fun, Hunt Is Not

TrollHunter has been building some international buzz since its debut in its native Norway last year, apparently due to the ...
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The Makioka Sisters Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: No Joy No Luck Club

Director Kon Ichikawa’s late career work centers on the relationships between four adult sisters as they run their family kimono ...
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I Am Number Four Blu-ray Review: Number Six Would Have Been Better

Proving that its middling box office performance was no fluke, I Am Number Four arrives on home video this week ...
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Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray Review: A Mostly Pleasant Surprise

Somewhere there’s a big Random Idea Generator that spit out a doozy for this film, uniting three things that have ...
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Diabolique (1955) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Crime and Punishment

There’s a clear point part way through this French classic where it drops its conventional nature and morphs into an ...
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Pale Flower Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Japanese New Wave

Although this is a Japanese film, the words that immediately come to mind to describe it are largely French: a ...
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3 Idiots DVD Review: Not Idiotic

Despite its unfortunate title and cover art, 3 Idiots is a refreshingly original and accomplished film. That’s thanks in no ...
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Farewell DVD Review: Cold War Espionage Based On A True Story

Although it’s being marketed as an espionage thriller and has its fair share of tension-filled moments, Farewell also explores the ...
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Le Cercle Rouge Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Short on Plot, Long on Mise en Scene

At first glance, Le Cercle Rouge seems like a fairly conventional crime drama, a perception that is upheld by the ...
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Sucker Punch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Review

Zach Snyder’s latest directorial effort has had a heavy marketing effort touting its impressive visuals in advance of its theatrical ...
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Fish Tank Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Andrea Arnold Primer

British writer/director Andrea Arnold won the 2009 Cannes Jury Prize and 2010 BAFTA (Outstanding British Film) for this gritty coming-of-age ...
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Amarcord Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Parade of Unforgettable Characters

Federico Fellini’s films are widely perceived as an acquired taste, with their odd flights of fancy, peculiar characters and avoidance ...
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Still Walking Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Most Personal Film

In the aftermath of his own mother’s death, director Hirokazu Kore-eda crafted his most personal film to date, a quiet ...
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Book Review: The James Bond Omnibus Volume 001 by Anthony Hearn, Henry Gammidge, et al.

The world’s most famous spy had a secret career as a comic strip star in the '50s and '60s, and ...
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Animal Kingdom DVD Review: Crime and Punishment in Suburban Melbourne

J (newcomer James Frecheville) is an 18-year-old boy thrust into the midst of his criminal extended family when his mom ...
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Secretariat Blu-ray Review: An Also-Ran

This film tracing the true story of one of the most famous racehorses of all time is so bland and ...
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