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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Movie Review: They Had It In Them to Make It Epic

Director George Miller makes an epic return to the Wasteland for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. Through five action-packed vignettes ...
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Fletch (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Chevy Chase’s Star Turn Anchors This Comic Mystery

Journalist I. M. Fletcher first appeared in Gregory Mcdonald's novel Fletch (1974) working undercover to expose the flow of hard ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two Blu-ray Review: Doesn’t Stand on Its Own

Based on DC Comics' 12-issue miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, ...
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One from the Heart: Reprise 4K UHD Review: Coppola’s Folly Redeemed?

After the Godfather films, Francis Ford Coppola went from disaster to disaster. Apocalypse Now is the famous problematic film… but ...
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Appaloosa Blu-ray Review: A History of Law-Abiding Violence

Ed Harris may be mainly known for his work as an actor, but the skills he has behind the camera ...
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Orphan (2009) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Strong Psychological Thriller

Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, starring Vera Farmiga as the mom, Kate, and Peter Saarsgard as the dad, John, is a psychological ...
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You’ll Never Get Rich Blu-ray Review: A Wealth of Talent

This 1941 musical is blessed with an abundance of talent, led by co-stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and songs ...
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space 4K UHD Review: The Bloody Circus Comes to Town

Killer Klowns from Outer Space, written, directed, produced, and starring the Chiodo Brothers (pronounced kee-oh-do) is a comedy/action/horror movie that ...
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The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series DVD Review: Fighting Crime, Trying to Save the World

The Powerpuff Girls was an American animated series on the Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005 (six seasons and 78 ...
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Fear and Desire (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Collection of Kubrick’s Early Works

After making three documentary shorts, included in the disc's Bonus Features, Fear and Desire is Stanley Kubrick's feature-film directorial debut, ...
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Once Upon a Time in the West 4K UHD Review: Weird West

In Once Upon a Time in the West (1969; dir. Sergio Leone), a just-widowed beauty, Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale); a ...
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Vitagraph Comedies Blu-ray Review: A Beautifully Restored Archive of Early Silent-Era Films

Vitagraph Comedies are a collection of 40 short films curated by the Library of Congress and distributed by Kino Lorber. ...
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The Little Drummer Girl Blu-ray Review: Keaton Marches to Her Own Beat

John le Carré’s spellbinding 1983 novel about an actress caught up in the battle between Palestine and Israel is sadly ...
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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) and Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (2019) Blu-ray Review: Wallow in the Warmth of a 20-Year Story Arc

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island starts with the gang (Scooby-Doo/Scott Innes, Shaggy Rogers/Billy West, Daphne Blake/Mary Kay Bergman, Fred Jones/Frank Welker, ...
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Pin Cushion (2018) DVD Review: A Dark Coming-of-Age Tale

Written and directed by Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion (2018) stars Joanna Scanlan and Lily Newmark as a quirky mother and ...
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Making a Killing (2018) DVD Review: The Mayor, the Priest, and the Mortician Walk Into a Bar…

Making A Killing (2018) is written and directed by Devin Hume; stars Michael Jai White, Mike Starr, Jude Moran; and ...
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The Monster (1994) Blu-ray Review: Delivers Quite a Bit of Silliness

The Monster, Roberto Benigni's fifth joint, finds the co-writer/co-producer/director star as Loris, a display designer who is mistaken for the ...
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The Soldier’s Tale Blu-ray Review: Will Make One Miss Hand-drawn Animation

There have been many cinematic iterations of the ordinary man selling his soul to the Devil for instant wealth and ...
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The Big Country Blu-ray Review: A Comfortable Ride on a Slow Horse

When James McKay (Gregory Peck) rides into William Wyler’s The Big Country, everybody believes he is a foppish dandy. Even ...
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White Squall Blu-ray Review: Boys Bonding on Boats

Ridley Scott’s White Squall is an action/adventure/disaster tale based on a true story that takes place on a brigantine ship ...
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Devil’s Doorway Blu-ray Review: Has Interesting Ideas for a Western but the Presentation Fails

Hollywood's depiction of minorities in general and Native Americans in specific has never been particularly good, and all too often ...
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Hendrie DVD Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Radio Man

Hendrie tells the story of Phil Hendrie, whose call-in radio show spoofed call-in radio shows and revealed his lightning-quick, improv ...
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The Rain People Blu-ray Review: She’s Driving Her Life Away

The Rain People (1969) is a stylish road drama written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that stars Shirley Knight, ...
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Lorenzo’s Oil Blu-ray Review: We Leave Science to Its Own Concerns

George Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil is for a limited audience: those who want to watch a child suffer horrifically for two ...
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The Crow: 30th Anniversary Edition (1994) 4K UHD Steelbook Review: Grim Classic Adaptation Returns

There's no getting around Brandon Lee's death when discussing The Crow. An actor's death during the production or release of ...
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The Beekeeper (2024) Blu-ray Review: Jason Statham Packs a Sting

The Beekeeper is the latest addition in a long line of movies starring Jason Statham as a man tasked with ...
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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: It’s (Not) Only Teenage Wasteland

Over the Edge (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan, features Michael Kramer, Pamela Ludwid, Vincent Spano, and Matt Dillon, in his ...
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The Border (1982) Blu-ray Review: Great Stars in Search of a Script

Jack Nicholson stars as Charlie Smith in Tony Richardson’s The Border. Charlie is a border agent in California living with ...
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Tormented (1960) Blu-ray Review: Tom Stewart Killed Me!

Tormented is not a good film. Let's get that right out the gate. Despite its length (74 mins), the pace ...
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Resistance – They Fought Back Movie Review: A Captivating Look at the Jewish Uprising

The Jewish resistance that took place during the Holocaust is something that isn’t as heavily discussed or documented in history ...
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The Church (1989) Blu-ray Review: Demons Take Hold of a Gothic Cathedral

Dario Argento presents The Church (1989) aka La Chiesa directed by his protege Michele Soavi (The Sect, Cemetery Man) and ...
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Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg Movie Review: More than the Stones’ Muse

Anita Pallenberg is usually referred to as the Rolling Stones’ muse, or as Keith Richards’ longtime partner. That’s how she’s ...
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Phantasmagoria DVD Review: Great Music and Visuals in Search of a Story

Cosmotropia de Xam’s Phantasmagoria is based on the novel The Omen Complex by Sue R. Lizm. It stars Rachel Audrey ...
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Cathy’s Curse Blu-ray Review: Here She Comes, It’s Cathy’s Cursed Rag Doll

I stumbled upon Cathy’s Curse (1977) in one of those legendary 50 horror movie sets from Mill Creek that included ...
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High Noon (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Gary Cooper Stands Alone

I knew who Gary Cooper was years before I'd ever seen one of his movies. He was famous even to ...
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3 Godfathers (1948) Blu-ray Review: Director John Ford in Living Color

The Warner Archive Collection has released John Ford's 3 Godfathers (1948). This is the director's third independently produced film and ...
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Rolling Thunder 4K UHD Review: Dead Inside

In director John Flynn’s Rolling Thunder (1977), Major Charles Rane (William Devane) has just come home to San Antonio after ...
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The Peasants Blu-ray Review: Drama with a Fresh Coat of Paint

The latest film from married writers/directors DK and Hugh Welchman follows the formula of their breakout prior effort, Loving Vincent. ...
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The Coffee Table DVD Review: I Said the Smartest Thing to Do Was Get a Vasectomy

Caye Casas’ The Coffee Table (La Mesita del Comedor) opens with brand new parents, María (Estefania de los Santos) and ...
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Nostalghia 4K UHD Review: Out, Out, Brief Candle

In director Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia (1983), a glum Russian poet, Andrei (Oleg Yankovsky), treks the Italian countryside with his comely ...
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Run Silent, Run Deep Blu-ray Review: Furious ’50s Sub Action

Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) is the story of two frustrated men. We open with the first man's frustration. Commander ...
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Midnight Cowboy Movie Review: I Only Get Car Sick on Boats

John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969) is based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy and adapted by Waldo Salt. In ...
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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker Blu-ray Review: A Nutball’s (Further) Descent into Madness

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) was directed by William Asher and stars Jimmy McNichol (brother of Kristy), Susan Tyrrell, and ...
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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: Hits Close to Home

It was a banner year in 1979 for trouble youth-oriented films, such as The Warriors, The Wanderers, and Walk Proud, ...
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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 3 Blu-ray Review: Another Choice Collection of Classic Cartoons

The Warner Archive Collection has gone back through the vaults to present the Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Vol. 3. This ...
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Arcadian Movie Review: Let Nicolas Out of His Cage

Ben Brewer’s Arcadian opens with Paul (Nicolas Cage) running for his life in what appears to be an apocalypse-level event ...
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Gigi Movie Review: Weak Heads and Careless Bodies

Gigi (1958), a musical romantic comedy, won all nine of its Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director ...
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A Day at the Races Blu-ray Review: Better Than a Bowl of Tootsie-Fruitsie Ice Cream

After A Night at the Opera, the Marx brothers spent A Day at the Races, their seventh film and second ...
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Lisa Frankenstein Blu-ray Review: Captures How Life and Death Everything Feels As a Teenager

Being a teenage girl is already rough. But it gets rougher if you aren’t like the other girls and tend ...
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They Drive by Night Blu-ray Review: They Live by Day

One of the interesting things about becoming a classic movie fan is how you wind up just wandering around an ...
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Coup de Chance Movie Review: He Caught His Wife Having an Affair with Their Marriage Counselor

Woody Allen’s 50th feature film, Coup de Chance (Stroke of Luck), is a comedic thriller that opens, of course, with ...
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A Fistful of Dynamite Blu-ray Review: Viva la Sergio Leone Revolucion

For many filmgoers, Sergio Leone made four movies, four Westerns that helped to define the perception of the Spaghetti Western. ...
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The Crime Is Mine Movie Review: 2 Broke Girls

Madeleine and Pauline are five months behind on their rent, struggling to make their way as young adults in 1930s ...
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The Lion in Winter (1968) Blu-ray Review: Cutthroat Politics, Medieval Style

The Lion in Winter is largely about terrible people who might love each other, when they're not plotting against each ...
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Stand and Deliver Blu-ray Review: A Classic Classroom Drama

Stand and Deliver (1988), directed by Ramon Menendez, is the story of a high school math teacher who dreamed the ...
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The Best Years of Our Lives Movie Review: People Are Playing Golf…Just As if Nothing Had Ever Happened

Director William Wyler’s best picture winner, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), deftly interweaves the stories of three men ...
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Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) Blu-ray Review: A True Cine Mexicano Classic

Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) is a well-made family drama directed by Alejandro Galindo that won ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Entry to the Series

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema is an on-going series of boxed sets each containing three noir films from ...
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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 2 Blu-ray Review: Another Wonderful Collection of Classic Cartoons

Fans should be happy that Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Vol. 2 expands upon the previous volume's offerings in the number ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVIII Blu-ray Review: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad

I suppose there were always low-budget movies. As soon as somebody started making money from moving pictures, somebody else probably ...
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The Fox (2022) DVD Review: Two Against the World

This German/Austrian co-production dramatizes the real-life story of an Austrian soldier who adopted a fox cub during World War II. ...
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The Giant Gila Monster Special Edition Blu-ray Review: Hey, Kids! It’s a Rocking, Horror Double Bill with The Killer Shrews

The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews return! These two low budget sci fi/ horror flix directed by Ray ...
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Strange Way of Life DVD Review: A Strong, Romantic, Cowboy Drama

Writer-director Pedro Almodovar’s Strange Way of Life is a short (30 minutes) cowboy drama/romance starring Ethan Hawke as Sheriff Jake ...
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The Long Riders Blu-ray Review: O Brother, Who Shot Thou?

While the western genre is amongst my favorites for film and television, there are still some that I’ve overlooked or ...
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The Ring Collection 4K UHD Review: Video Terror’s Diminishing Returns

The Ring (2002) might be one of the most influential horror movies of the new century. Based on the Japanese ...
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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 4K UHD Review: Inventive Action Sequences Keep the Story Alive

James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is funny, action-packed, filled with strong performances, and it is one of the ...
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Good Burger 2 Blu-ray Review: Still Serving Up the Laughs

It has been two and a half decades since Good Burger hit the screens to tell the story of Dex ...
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Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell DVD Review: Inside the Heart of Vietnam

This award-winning entry from last year’s Cannes Film Festival takes viewers on a mournful quest through present-day rural Vietnam. As ...
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The Questor Tapes Blu-ray Review: An Android Seeks Its Creator in This TV Pilot from Gene Roddenberry

With a story by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and a screenplay credited to Roddenberry and Star Trek show runner ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII Blu-ray Review: The B-Sides of Edward G. Robinson

Something I've been thinking about lately is how when I was growing up I had a pretty decent knowledge of ...
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The Lady Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Preston Sturges Presents a Two-Sided Love Triangle

Based on Monckton Hoffe's “Two Bad Hats,” The Lady Eve is Preston Sturges's third outing as writer/director, and with it, ...
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Death Rides a Horse Blu-ray Review: Revenge Riders of the Dust Storm

In Death Rides a Horse (1967; dir. Giulio Petroni), Bill (a stiff but watchable John Philip Law) is a young, ...
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Much Ado About Dying Movie Review: Beautifully Uncomfortable

The burden of care-giving for another person at the end of their life is not something everyone will have to ...
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Frida (2024) Movie Review: An Artistic Tribute to Kahlo from Kahlo

Frida Kahlo used herself as the subject of many of her paintings because, as she said, “I am the subject ...
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Bombs Over Burma DVD Review: Chungking Express

Anna May Wong stars as an elementary school teacher in China who moonlights as a World War II spy. The ...
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Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend Blu-ray Review: I’m Honestly at a Loss After Watching This

Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend looks at the legend of Bigfoot using historical accounts, testimony, and information from Bigfoot experts and ...
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Here’s Flash Casey DVD Review: His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, and Andy Hardy Walk into a Bar…

Here’s Flash Casey (1938), directed by Lynn Shores (Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum), stars Eric Linden and Boots Mallory ...
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The Great Ziegfeld Blu-ray Review: There’s No Business Like Show Business

The Great Ziegfeld, winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, tells a story that, in quite an unusual on-screen ...
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Witness Blu-ray Review: Harrison Ford Among the Amish

Harrison Ford, Kelly McGinnis, and Lukas Haas star in Witness (1985), a crime thriller that takes place mostly in the ...
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The Prince of Egypt: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Holy Moses

DreamWorks makes another attempt at a live musical theater adaptation of one of their animated films, this time reaching all ...
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The Whip and the Body Blu-ray Review: Colorful Kink from Mario Bava

The thing about Mario Bava is that he became something of a bridge between classical and modern horror. He made ...
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Driving Madeleine Blu-ray Review: Driving Madame Daisy

Wait, haven’t we seen this movie before? Yes, the concept is similar to Driving Miss Daisy, with shades of Green ...
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The Rolling Stones: Live at the Wiltern Blu-ray Review: 20 Licks Up Close and I Like It

To commemorate the band's 40th anniversary in 2002, the Rolling Stones released Forty Licks, notable among the many Stones compilations ...
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Jeanne Moreau, Filmmaker Blu-ray Review: Girl Power

Any casual fan of French cinema recognizes the name of esteemed actress Jeanne Moreau. Of far less common knowledge is ...
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Archangel (1990) Blu-ray Review: Dreamlike Semi-silent Melodrama

Guy Maddin does not make movies in any particular genre. He makes "Guy Maddin" movies, which are unlike anything else ...
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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Blu-ray Review: A Must-own for Fans of the D

The comic hard-rock duo Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) teamed up with director Liam Lynch to write and ...
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Afire Blu-ray Review: A Mixed Portrait of Uneasy Relationships

Some films have ideas that are so obvious that they are impossible to ignore once you discovered them. Unfortunately, Christian ...
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Migration Blu-ray Review: Funny but Flies South Quick

Benjamin Renner’s Migration is an animated adventure story from Illumination. It concerns itself with a family of mallards who have ...
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The Heroic Trio/Executioners Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Insane Hong Kong Lady Action

In the pre-Internet era, information about different cultures’ cinema was obscure. It was rumor. It was some still in a ...
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The Hobby Movie Review: What Was Once About Collecting Is Now About Investing

The documentary The Hobby bills itself as “a character-driven, feel-good deep dive into the high-stakes, eccentric world of card collecting.”  ...
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Wonka Blu-ray Review: A Sweet Audiovisual Treat with Heart

When I first heard this film was Willy Wonka's origin story with Timothée Chalamet playing the titular role, I admit ...
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Contagion 4K UHD Review: If I Could Throw Your Computer in Jail, I Would

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), is about a pandemic which spreads quickly and kills ...
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Black Tight Killers Blu-ray Review: Branded to Thrill

Yasuharu Hasebe’s delirious caper oozes with style, and is better than ever in this new hi-def transfer restored by Radiance ...
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The Golden Coach Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir’s Tribute to Theater

When a traveling theater company rolls into a rich Peruvian town, the star actress named Camilla (Anna Magnani) quickly attracts ...
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Verotika Blu-ray Review: A Comic Book Horror Anthology Come to Life

Verotika (2019) is writer/director Glenn Danzig’s debut and is an anthology horror movie based on characters from his Verotik comic ...
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Movie Review: I Am Your Captain, Your Judge, and Your Jury

Frank Lloyd’s Mutiny on the Bounty was nominated for eight Academy Awards and came away with one, Best Picture. The ...
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The Promised Land Movie Review: Mads Mikkelsen Harvests Another Winner

When a destitute retired army captain sets out on a quixotic quest to cultivate inhospitable land, he runs afoul of ...
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La Syndicaliste Blu-ray Review: The Woman Who Maybe Cried Wolf

Director Jean-Paul Salomé and star Isabelle Huppert team up again in this fascinating drama that is not at all what ...
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Wolfman’s Got Nards Blu-ray Review: The Monster Squad Squad Speaks

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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The Monster Squad Blu-ray Review: And the Children Shall Lead

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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Faithless (1932) Blu-ray Review: Tallulah Bankhead Makes It Worth Watching

The story goes that as a teenager Tallulah Bankhead won a contest in the Picture Post magazine which sent her ...
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Mademoiselle (1966) Blu-ray Review: Lust and Terror In France

Someone is wreaking havoc in a French provincial village. The cattle's drinking water has been poisoned, fires have been set ...
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Annie Hall Movie Review: Look, There’s God Coming Out of the Restroom

From the opening lines of Annie Hall, we know there will be no chance for romance between Alvy Singer (Woody ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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Darkman 4K UHD Review: A Must-See for Sam Raimi Fans

In Sam Raimi’s Darkman (1990), Liam Neeson, in his first starring action role, plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a researcher in ...
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Godard Cinema Blu-ray Review: Interesting and Involving

When legendary, unconventional, and challenging filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard passed away in 2022, it left quite a shock to everyone, not ...
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Casino Remastered Edition Blu-ray Review: Paradise in the Desert Lost

Directed by Martin Scorsese who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Pileggi, based on the latter's Casino: Love and Honor in ...
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Ghostwritten (2024) Movie Review: The Story Needs More Spelled Out

As a writer, there are days where inspiration becomes elusive. But what happens when those days turn into months and ...
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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Blu-ray Review: If You Want to Hit Him, It’s Alright by Me

Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is one of those rare comedies that holds its laughs ...
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Coming Home Blu-ray Review: Romantic War Drama at the Top of Its Game

There is nothing subtle about Hal Ashby’s Coming Home. It is not an anti-war film, it is, specifically, an anti-Vietnam ...
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Footloose (1984) 4K UHD Review: Rambunctious, Though Mostly Tired

After the death of his father, Ren McCormack (Keven Bacon), and his mother (Frances Lee McCain) move from Chicago to ...
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Scarlet Street Blu-ray Review: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Aside from the direction by Fritz Lang, I didn’t have much initial interest in watching this film. Edward G. Robinson ...
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Willy’s Wonderland 4K UHD Review: Nicolas Cage Brings a Whole Lot of Fun

Kevin Lewis’s Willy’s Wonderland stars Nicolas Cage, a possibly mute, probably just super quiet, nameless drifter driving the backroads, who ...
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu-ray Review: Twisty Drama in the Courtroom

A filmed courtroom drama has a double-edged sword. It's of course easy drama, the conflict is already fixed. Defense vs. ...
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Waitress: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Small-Town Servers Accentuate the Positive

Following the conclusion of its four-year original Broadway run in early 2020, Waitress: The Musical returned to Broadway in late ...
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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray Review: Not the Average Haunted House Movie

Burnt Offerings (1976) starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith may well be director Dan Curtis’ masterpiece. ...
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Perfect Days Movie Review: Wim Wenders Examines Perfect Solitude

Acclaimed German director Wim Wenders might seem an odd choice to helm a narrative feature about an elderly toilet cleaner ...
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Fathom Events Presents My Fair Lady for Its 60th Anniversary

Right after we married, my wife and I took our honeymoon in Stratford, Ontario. Just like its namesake in England, ...
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Loaded Guns Blu-ray Review: Firing Blanks

By any conventional measure, Loaded Guns is a terrible movie. The wisp of a plot goes nowhere, the acting is ...
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He Walked by Night Blu-ray Review: You’ll Watch by Daylight

Part film noir, part ripped from the headlines semi-documentary, He Walked by Night influenced countless movies and television shows and ...
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The Lovely Bones DVD Review: Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci are Bright and Shiny Stars

Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is based on the novel of the same name (2002) by Alice Sebold and stars ...
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Jennifer 8 Blu-ray Review: Ambitious but Flawed Crime Story

Jennifer 8 wants to be more than a serial killer story. It has the elements to be more. Friends with ...
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The Road to Hong Kong Blu-ray Review: The Formula Works to the End of the Map

A few months before the release of James Bond in Dr. No in theaters around the world, Bob Hope and ...
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Joe’s Apartment Blu-ray Review: Riding Cockroaches Into the Sunset

Joe’s Apartment is a black comedy/musical/romance written and directed by John Payson. It stars Jerry O’Connell as down-on-his-luck New York ...
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There Is a Monster Movie Review: A Labor of Love That Misses the Mark

There Is a Monster is the story of Jack, a photographer who is hoping for his big break while dealing ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One Blu-ray Review: It Starts with a Flash

Based on DC Comics' 12-issue miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: I’m Thrilled They Keep Releasing Them

Kino Lorber continues their long tradition of releasing relatively obscure film noir. This collection features three very different films ranging ...
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Eureka (1983) Blu-ray Review: Greed, Grudges, and Gruesomeness

Eureka is four films in one, in succession. First, it's an experimental art film about a man obsessed with finding ...
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The Outside Man Blu-ray Review: Outsider Deray Crafts an Insider Look at 1970s L.A.

While this film may look like a typical 1970s U.S. crime drama at first glance, dig a little deeper and ...
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Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Enjoyable Six-Pack of Chan’s Early Films

Jackie Chan movies entered into the Criterion Collection in 2019 with the one-two punch of Police Story/Police Story 2. The ...
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Has Anybody Seen My Gal Blu-ray Review: Keep Looking, the Old Man Is in the Way

This 1952 charmer masquerades as a Rock Hudson/Piper Laurie rom-com, but pay close attention to that waving man behind the ...
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Journey to Bethlehem Blu-ray Review: Joyful, Joyful, Movie, I Adore Thee

As a Christian, I will admit that movies catered toward my demographic are mostly hard to stomach. They usually come ...
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Run Silent, Run Deep Blu-ray Review: Gable and Lancaster Are great

When my brother joined the Navy in the mid-1990s, he volunteered for submarine duty. It paid more than serving on ...
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Slamdance 2024 Review: Chaperone: Highs and Lows in Hilo

Misha is going nowhere fast. Nearly 30 years old, she’s in a perpetual state of arrested development, plodding along in ...
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American Dharma Movie Review: Duty, Fate, and Destiny

American Dharma is a documentary film in which director Errol Morris interviews Steve Bannon, who, among many other roles, was ...
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Thinner: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Lose the Fat to Find a Good Story

Tom Holland’s (dir. Fright Night, Child’s Play) Thinner, based on the novel by Stephen King, is a body horror/thriller starring ...
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Kingdom of the Spiders DVD Review: Shatner vs the Tarantulas 

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) stars William Shatner and Tiffany Bolling locked in battle with thousands of spiders in this ...
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Strange Invaders Blu-ray Review: I Married a Woman from Outer Space

Strange Invaders (1983) directed and co-written by Michael Laughlin, is a quirky ode to science fiction movies of the 1950s ...
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Why We Fight (2020) Blu-ray Review: Three Athletes Tell Us Why They Do

Why We Fight is a look at three combat sports athletes and why they are so passionate about the Martial ...
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A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened Blu-ray Review: Bringing Balance and Answers After 45 Years  

Making its sole television appearance on November 17, 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special is an event that remains forever ...
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The Trip to Italy Movie Review: She’s Got a Lovely Gait. Probably Padlocked.

The Trip to Italy is the second of four films directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob ...
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From the Couch Hole: Best of the Rest 2023 – You Can Burn The Midnight Oil With Me

From 2005-2013 and 2014-2022, I punctuated each year with an ever increasingly complex Best of List. In 2021 I returned ...
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The English Patient Movie Review: When Were You Most Happy?

Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient is an epic war drama with two romances thrown in for spice. All three parts: ...
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The British kitchen sink and social realist dramas of the 1950s and 60s were emotional and draining, but they don't ...
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As an extreme film buff, I always appreciate and seek out filmmakers and films that challenge the usual and obviously ...
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In college, I did work study for the university dinner theater. It was a great job, and I had loads ...
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Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, written by Larry Gross in the early 1990’s and directed by Rob Schmidt in 2000 ...
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How many movies and TV shows have been made about Wyatt Earp? Or been influenced by his reputation? They say ...
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Hollywood loves making movies about Hollywood. Usually, they are fawning tales about the magic of the movies, or about how ...
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This three-disc set features 75 digitally remastered cartoons from the Walter Lantz Archive. The biggest star to come out of ...
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Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo were two of the biggest and greatest film stars in France. They were both great ...
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The Flash (2023) Blu-ray Review: You Can’t Go Home Again

Andy Muschietti's The Flash (2023) is the 13th installment of the DCEU. The franchise gets an amusing but disjointed, multiverse ...
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Brightwood DVD Review: An Independent Horror Flick with a Blood-Soaked Heart

Brightwood, written, directed, and edited by Dane Elcar, and starring Dana Berger as Jen, and Max Woertendyke as Dan, is ...
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A Taste of Blood (2020) Blu-ray Review: These Vampires Aren’t Sexy but the Soundtrack Is

A modern-day family in the Argentina countryside faces its bloody past in A.K. Tolstoy's A Taste of Blood (2020) brought ...
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The Broadway Melody Blu-ray Review: Give My Regards to the Warner Archive Team

The Broadway Melody, the first sound film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, is a melodramatic story focusing ...
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A Moment of Romance Blu-ray Review: HK Stockholm Syndrome

When a bank heist goes awry, getaway driver Wah (Andy Lau) grabs the closest civilian as a hostage as he ...
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Mutant Blast Blu-ray Review: A Witty, Weird, Gorific Blast

Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger) brings Portuguese director Fernando Alle's odd, gory, silly yet witty, funny, and brilliant sci-fi/horror Mutant ...
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Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero in Three Mafia Tales by Damiano Damiani Blu-ray Review

Superstar Italian actor Franco Nero headlines three separate projects by director Damiano Damiani with a unifying spotlight on the mafia ...
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 4K UHD Steelbook Review: Danke Schoen for a Perfect Movie

For a certain segment of the population, this is the movie. The movie. One of my older brothers. My high ...
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Is Paris Burning? Blu-ray Review: Night of 100 Stars

Not to be confused with Paris Is Burning, this 1966 WWII drama boasts a seemingly unbelievable roster of stars reenacting ...
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Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Feels Like We’re Witnessing Real Life

Ever since legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasjuiro Ozu died in 1963, there has been an array of cinematic stories he left ...
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The Fastest Gun Alive Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Western

Based on Frank D. Gilroy's teleplay The Last Notch, Russell Rouse's The Fastest Gun Alive is a compelling western that ...
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Rio Bravo 4K UHD Review: Degüello

For Rio Bravo (1959; 141 mins.; dir. Howard Hawks)—my favorite Western or damn near it—I have almost no critical faculty. ...
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Nightbreed 4K UHD Review: Clive Barker’s Monster Mess

It's unfortunate, but perhaps not surprising that Clive Barker hung up his directing hat. He made his first film, Hellraiser, ...
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Bigfoot or Bust Blu-ray Review: It’s Busty Alright

A Spirit Halloween Bigfoot gets chased around by busty older women making corny, horny jokes. It's too long at 75 ...
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Fast X Blu-ray Review: It’s Still About Family

Fast X, the latest installment in the franchise, is a sequel to Fast Five. I opened my review of the ...
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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: A Master Reflects

With a master artist, their later works are impossible to judge outside of the context of their careers. One could ...
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Swamp Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review: Wes Craven’s Beauty and the (Bayou) Beast

Swamp Thing (1982) written and directed by Wes Craven takes DC Comics main monster from the page to the silver ...
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Kokomo City Movie Review: A Raw Portrait of Sex Work

I'm always struck by powerful stories that showcase our lives as LGBTQIA+ individuals, because we matter too, especially in an ...
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Du Barry Was a Lady Blu-ray Review: All Show, Little Story

Even by the admittedly low bar of plot development in classic movie musicals, this film’s story is so half-baked it ...
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Assault on Hill 400 Blu-ray Review: A Disappointing Throwback to ’40s and ’50s B Combat Movies

Assault on Hill 400 is loosely based on the 2nd Ranger Battalions valiant siege of Bergstein, Germany in 1944 as ...
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East of Eden (1955) 4K Ultra HD Review: All Kinds of Perfection

Elia Kazan’s movie version of John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden is a retelling of the Cain and Abel story. ...
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The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart Blu-ray Review: A Fitting Farewell

Created by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, The Venture Bros. ran for seven seasons on Adult Swim over 14 years ...
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Cimarron (1931) Blu-ray Review: An Epic Western and a Product of Its Time

The Warner Archive Collection presents RKO Pictures' Cimarron directed by Wesley Ruggles, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, and ...
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Soundies: The Ultimate Collection Blu-ray Review: The Set Is Really a Lot of Fun

Going through history, there's always hidden gems of pop culture that seem lost forever, whether it's film or television. However, ...
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One False Move Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Southern Discomfort

Carl Franklin’s work is a blind spot for me, sad to say. While the acclaimed filmmaker has only a few ...
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Sympathy for the Devil (2023) Movie Review: Ride Angry

It’s almost too on the nose that Nicolas Cage would star in a movie called Sympathy for the Devil, in ...
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Star Pilot Blu-ray Review: Space Satire Points Finger at Self

Pietro Francisci’s Star Pilot (2 + 5 Missione Hydra in Italian, 1966) stars Leonora Ruffo and Anthony Freeman, and begins ...
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Four Quartets DVD Review: Magnetic, Mesmerizing Solo Stage Performance

While we spent our pandemic lockdowns doomscrolling, Zooming, and making bread, Ralph Fiennes decided to memorize the entirety of T.S. ...
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 4K Digital Review: All the Feels

After focusing on Star Lord’s family back story for the first two movies, writer/director James Gunn turns his attention to ...
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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 1 Blu-ray Review: A Good Start to Becoming a Cartoon Collector

Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Volume 1 presents 20 Warner Brothers cartoons, 10 each from the 1940s and '50s. Not sure ...
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The Truman Show 4K UHD Review: Prescient Dystopic Satire

What's frightening about The Truman Show, a dystopic nightmare about the co-option of human experience and survival in a corporate ...
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Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd Movie Review: A Look at the Life of Pink Floyd’s Founder

Before Pink Floyd became stadium rock giants during the 1970s, they were at the forefront of the London psychedelic music ...
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Invaders from Mars (1953) Blu-ray Review: Classic Science Fiction Gets the Royal Treatment

Invaders from Mars (1953) concerns a young boy named David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt - who carries much of the film ...
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The Rules of the Game Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: The Shooting Party

On the brink of WWII, Jean Renoir—inspired by baroque music and an opera, Les Caprices de Marianne—took his collaborators to ...
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Only in Theaters DVD Review: If You Love Movies, It’s a Must-see

Ironically, watching last year's documentary Only In Theaters, filmed by Raphael Sbarge, I felt regret for doing so on DVD. ...
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Clash of the Wolves / Where the North Begins Blu-ray Review: A Rin Tin Tin Double Feature

Kino Classics and the Library of Congress present a Rin Tin Tin double feature with Clash of the Wolves / ...
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Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece / Tintin and the Blue Oranges Blu-ray Review

The iconic Belgian comic book character has been translated into many forms of media over the years, and now two ...
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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman DVD Review: Murakami Gets Animated

Writer/director/composer Pierre Földes stitches together unrelated Haruki Murakami short stories into a somewhat cohesive narrative in this animated feature film. ...
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The White Buffalo Blu-ray Review: Bizarre Prairie Jaws

There's potential in the idea of The White Buffalo. A pastiche of real world characters (Wild Bill Hickock, Crazy Horse, ...
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National Lampoon’s Vacation 4K UHD Review: This is No Longer a Vacation — It’s a Quest!

The basic idea behind National Lampoon’s Vacation is easy to guess—the movie is a lampoon, a harsh satire, of the ...
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Millennium Mambo Blu-ray Review: A Lyrical and Subtle Film

We all go through life wondering where we're going in it. We always question our life choices; whether we're actually ...
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Only a few films in cinematic history have ever portrayed the rather complex dynamics between masters and their manservants, but ...
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A Zed and Two Noughts / The Falls: Two Films by Peter Greenaway Blu-ray Review

Watching and doing my review for the 1982 film The Draughtman's Contract, I was instantly struck by filmmaker Peter Greenaway's ...
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Whisper of the Heart (2022) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Romance for All Ages

Whisper of the Heart (2022) is a Japanese romance starring Nana Seino as Shizuku (She-Zoo-Koo) and Tori Matsuzaka as Seiji ...
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Creepshow Collector’s Edition 4K UHD + Blu-ray Review: The Best E.C. Screamer Ever Put on Film

If horror comedies and horror anthology movies are not your thing, skip the Creepshow (1982). Otherwise, check it out. This cult ...
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