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Hold Me Tight Blu-ray Review: An Engrossing Multi-character Piece

When I first saw Vicky Krieps in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, really holding her own against the likes of ...
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles 4K UHD Review: Thanksgiving’s Annual Lesson

Neal Page is not a bad guy. He's tightly wound, a little too serious, but the most important thing to ...
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Contraband (1980) Blu-ray Review: Explosively Violent Crime Action

Contraband comes in like a cool stylish Italian crime thriller and goes out like a Lucio Fulci gore fest. Being ...
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Elf (2003) 4K UHD Review: Farrell and Favreau Hit

Elf is a strange premise, anchored on a strange performance. Will Ferrell plays the grown-up version of a baby from ...
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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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The Nun and the Devil Blu-ray Review: Which Mother Will Prove Superior?

Despite the title, the Devil does not make a physical appearance in the Italian The Nun and The Devil (1973). ...
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Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Viewing

As I may have mentioned in previous reviews, documentaries (more than anything in film) have the power to move, enrage, ...
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Blue Hawaii 4K UHD Limited Edition Review: Death by Half-baked Clambake

When did Elvis Presley’s decline start?  From the cradle. I’m no Elvis scholar (I’ve listened to dozens of his albums ...
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The Company of Wolves 4K UHD Review: Little Red’s Wolf Fetish

The Company of Wolves (1984) is only kind of a werewolf movie, in that werewolves in the 20th century took ...
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Make Way for Tomorrow Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Children Just Don’t Understand

Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people.” That’s hard to disagree with, especially after seeing the way the ...
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We Are As Gods DVD Review: A Life Well Lived

We Are As Gods takes its title from a line in subject Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog, a book Steve ...
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The Kindred (1987) Blu-ray Review: Practical Effects, Impractical Storytelling

The difference between bad practical effects and bad CG is that bad practical still look like effort. Bad CG looks ...
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Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Vol. 2 4K UHD Review: They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To

Halloween is over, but we can celebrate it all year long—am I right? I’m always in a mood to watch ...
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Casablanca 4K UHD Review: Here’s Looking at UHD

There's an old joke about a woman who saw Hamlet for the first time and hated it. "It was all ...
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Something in the Dirt Movie Review: A Masterpiece of Cosmic, Organic Horror

Brilliant and highly original DIY filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson already won my heart with such films as Resolution, ...
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Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm Blu-ray Review: Reunited, and It Feels So Good

Fifteen years after Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever, the 11th season of the series, concluded, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is ...
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: An All-time Classic

What else can one say about E.T., the unfortunately fictional but lovable alien, who whisked his way into our hearts ...
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Dressed to Kill (1980) 4K UHD Review: Hitchcock Outdone

To ‘get’ Dressed to Kill, you probably have to bear a soft spot in your heart for slasher movies. And it ...
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Lost Highway Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Neo-noir with a Twist

The opening credits of Lost Highway are a POV from a car racing down a darkened highway, its headlights the ...
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Blu-ray Review: ’80s Friendly Alien Invasion

E.T. is Jaws inverted. They both involve invasions of small communities by an alien entity. In one, the invasion disrupts ...
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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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Beast (2022) Blu-ray Review: A Fun, Albeit Familiar, Adventure

Baltasar Kormákur's Beast and his visual effects team present thrills in this conventional man-versus-animal story set among the South African ...
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Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! DVD Review: A Love Letter to the Original Series

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post. The ...
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Zerograd (Zero City) Movie Review: Unique and Surreal

Seeing so many twisted tales of desperation where characters are forced into situations beyond their control, I do get that ...
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Satan’s Little Helper Blu-ray Review: Ripe for Discovery

As a fan of horror flicks, I like many of them (even the lowest tier ones), and celebrated cult director ...
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The Bat Blu-ray Review: Has a Certain Campy Charm

I do like good murder mysteries, but only if they're done well. They have to have solid scripts, well-written characters ...
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The Automat DVD Review: A Wonderful Piece of Americana

Horn & Hardart's The Automat was a chain of self-serve restaurants in Philadelphia and New York City, and although only ...
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The Count Yorga Collection Blu-ray Review: Vampire Wreaks Havoc in California! Read All About It!

From Arrow Video comes Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) and The Return of Count Yorga (1972), cult classics and drive-in delights, ...
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Blind Fury (1989) Blu-ray Review: ’80s Action Meets Japan Pulp

Eighties action was more fun. The special effects were often primitive. The martial arts was less fluid, the camera work ...
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Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons Blu-ray Review: The Super Odd Couple Unites for the First Time

Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons is a standalone film in the DC Animated Movie franchise. The titular ...
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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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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Blu-ray Review: Fredric March Is Quite Wonderful in the Dual Role

When I asked to review this film, Cinema Sentries publisher Gordon S. Miller, remembering that I had just reviewed the ...
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Tropic Thunder Director’s Cut (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Comedy Pedigree That Guarantees Laughter

Starring co-writer and director Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., and Tom Cruise in a rare comedic role, Tropic ...
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Happy Birthday to Me (1981) Blu-ray Review: Canuxploitation Slasher Slog

Post Halloween, the slasher was the go-to low budget money maker. The formula is so simple (young people, bloody death, ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema X Blu-ray Review: In This Corner…Tony Curtis

Boxing. The sweet science. Gladiators of the ring. Raging war in a small square. Two men bashing their brains out ...
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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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Island of the Blue Dolphins Blu-ray Review: An Enjoyable Story to Watch Unfold

Most of us have movies that we watched repeatedly as children.  I recall my sister and I watching Island of ...
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Army of Darkness 4K UHD Limited Edition Steelbook Review: Long Live the Medieval Dead

Army of Darkness was my personal introduction to the Evil Dead. Because of Universal's awful marketing at the time, however, ...
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I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing Blu-ray Review: A Prime Example of the Immediacy and Importance of Films by Women

As a constant daydreamer who also happens to be a member of the queer/LGBTQ community, I totally related to Patricia ...
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Eyes of Laura Mars (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Artful Trash

There has been a lot of Internet chatter over the last couple of years about the death of eroticism in ...
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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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Gothic Fantastico: Four Italian Tales of Terror Blu-ray Review

Creaky old castles up on a hill. Dark stormy nights. Strange noises. Beautiful maidens in flowing white gowns. Repressed desires. ...
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Mark of the Vampire Blu-ray Review: A Horror Film Until It Isn’t

Director Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire (1935) is a remake of his silent film London After Midnight (1927), which ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IX Blu-ray Review: A Trio of Amateur Sleuths

I've been waist-deep in horror movies for the last couple of weeks, it being October and all, but I'm already ...
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Siege (1983) Blu-ray Review: One Very Tense and Mostly Unpredictable Action Thriller

Being a gay man myself, I am still terrified to live a world where most people continue to deny the ...
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The War of the Worlds (1953)/When Worlds Collide 4K UHD Review: They Came From the ’50s

Producer George Pal’s thumbprint on science-fiction and fantasy films was big. A new limited edition, two-disc set from Paramount Pictures ...
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DC League of Super-Pets Blu-ray Review: Sit and Stay for This One

Usually known for being much darker and more adult than its cinematic competitor Marvel, DC films will, on the very ...
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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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Scream 2 4K UHD Review: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream… For Less Scream

I doubt the horror movie was ‘dead’ before Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) came out. Hadn’t The Silence of the Lambs ...
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The Chocolate War Blu-ray Review: Aims a Rather Sharp Eye on the Weird Rituals of Toxic Male Youth

I've always liked actor-director Keith Gordon. I feel that he remains a very underrated and unique figure of film. He ...
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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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ELVIS (2022) Blu-ray Review: That Film’s All Right

Director/co-writer Baz Luhrmann tells the story of Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks, who makes an odd, slightly distracting vocal choice) ...
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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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The Justice of Bunny King Movie Review: Essie Davis Excels in Familiar Drama

Gaysorn Thavatt’s The Justice of Bunny King premiered at 2021’s Tribeca Film Festival and is finally making its way to ...
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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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Poltergeist (1982) 4K UHD Review: This Movie Is Clean

Director Tobe Hooper is most famous for Poltergeist (1982) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Chainsaw’s a sick, stone classic ...
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The Lost Boys 4K UHD Review: Flashy ’80s Vampire Flick

Half of the The Lost Boys is a moody gothic music-video styled horror movie. The other half is the '80s ...
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Le Corbeau Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Poison Pen French Noir

France has always been one of the centers of cinema in the world. After all, the Lumiere brothers rivaled Edison ...
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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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Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Review: Happy Holiday, Batman!

Batman battles mob bosses, a mysterious serial killer and a few super villains as he learns how to be a ...
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The Amusement Park Blu-ray Review: Romero’s Most Imaginative and Bleakest Film

George Romero, one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of the medium, like Wes Craven, didn't make straightforward horror ...
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Kamikaze Hearts Blu-ray Review: A Gritty Deep Dive into the Porn Industry

There are so many facets to the queer film, not just a showcase of bodies. Most people (definitely conservatives) think ...
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Massacre at Central High Blu-ray Review: More Than Just Goofy Teens Getting Whacked

Massacre at Central High (1976), starring Derrel Maury, Andrew Stevens (son of Stella Stevens), Kimberly Beck, Robert Carradine, and Cheryl ...
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Death Game Blu-ray Review: Delightfully Unhinged and Truly Unpredictable

The 1970s was perhaps the best decade for horror flicks and suspense thrillers. There's always going to be a discussion ...
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz Blu-ray Review: Archie’s Got Murder in His Mind

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz (Ensayo De Un Crimen) (1955) shot in Mexico and filmed in Spanish ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Director’s Edition 4K UHD Review: The Starship Ponderosa

Upon its release in 1979, Trekkies greeted Star Trek: The Motion Picture as an Event. Green-lit by Paramount in a ...
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Rachel, Rachel Blu-ray Review: A Tender Story of a Woman’s Awakening

As an invalid and kind of recluse who is trapped in the same existence, the same room, the same house, ...
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Hiroshima mon amour Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Rich and Rewarding Film

Expectations are a difficult thing to overcome while watching a film. Especially if said film is considered to be one ...
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Facing Nolan Blu-ray Review: All Baseball Fans Should Face Ryan’s Story

Director Bradley Jackson's Facing Nolan details the career of first-ballot National Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan whose accomplishments over ...
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Hotel du Nord Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Somber French Realist Classic

I was not always familiar with legendary filmmaker Marcel Carne's work, such as 1938's Port of Shadows, or his 1945 ...
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Running out of Time/Running out of Time 2 Blu-ray Review: One Part Great, One Part Unnecessary

It’s always great when a boutique studio like Arrow or Criterion releases a set of films in the same series ...
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The Brink’s Job Blu-ray Review: William Friedkin’s Heist Film

Directed by William Friedkin, The Brink’s Job (1978) depicts fictionalized events surrounding one of the “crime(s) of the century.” From ...
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Ferngully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: A Magical yet Rigid Journey

When revisiting a movie from your childhood, it’s always best to go in with an open mind and the expectation ...
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Coming Apart Blu-ray Review: A Realistically Troubling Portrait of Our Deepest, Darkest Impulses

I have seen some pretty bold films about the nature of male-to-female relationships, but only a few of them ever ...
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The Burned Barns Blu-ray Review: Two Titans of French Cinema Spar

In a series of interviews with the crew of The Burned Barns (1973) that is included in the new Blu-ray ...
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Force 10 From Navarone Blu-ray Review: A Sequel 18 Years in the Making

Force 10 From Navarone (1978) is the direct sequel to The Guns Of Navarone made in 1961. Recast with Robert ...
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Battle of the Worlds Blu-ray Review: An Early Sci-fi Gem

In a time of incredible special effects and science fiction becoming more reality than fiction, it can be difficult for ...
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Get Away If You Can Movie Review: Sound Advice

It’s a rarity when the name of the movie tells you what to do if you see it playing in ...
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Interview with Terrence Martin and Dominique Braun about Get Away If You Can

It’s a daunting task to direct your first feature film in Hollywood. It’s even more daunting when you also commit ...
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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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Salt and Pepper / One More Time Blu-ray Review: Stay Away from the Spice Rack

Ten years before legendary director Richard Donner would bring the Lethal Weapon team to the big screen, he would make ...
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Man of a Thousand Faces Blu-ray Review: James Cagney Plays Lon Chaney

Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) from Universal International tells the tale of silent film star Lon Chaney, from vaudeville ...
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The Old Man Movie Blu-ray Review: Cows Udders End the World

When three Estonian kids are left in the country to spend the summer with their dairy farming grandpa, they expect ...
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The Thin Man Goes Home Blu-ray Review: Bring This Comic Mystery to Your Home

The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) is the fifth of the six Thin Man films starring William Powell and Myrna ...
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Terror Circus Blu-ray Review: Far More Disturbing Than Terrifying

I’ve seen a lot of good B movies.  This may be the first C movie I’ve seen, and though director ...
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God Told Me To 4K UHD Review: Holy Mindscrew

Larry Cohen, the writer-director of such cult faves as It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff, was a ...
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Event Horizon 4K UHD Review: Atmospheric Space Chiller

At first glance, Event Horizon looks like a rip-off of Alien. A crew in space, far from any aid, investigating ...
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Flying Guillotine Part II Blu-ray Review: Double the Guillotine, Double the Fun

In 1975, Shaw Brothers Studio released The Flying Guillotine. It is about an elite group of guards to the emperor ...
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Wild Rovers Blu-ray Review: William Holden and Ryan O’Neal Ride into the Sunset

Wild Rovers (1971) starring William Holden, Ryan O’Neal and Karl Malden is a playful yet somber look at the lives ...
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Green Lantern: Beware My Power Blu-ray Review: An Action-packed, Enjoyable Adventure for John Stewart’s First Outing

Green Lantern: Beware My Power re-tells how John Stewart became the Green Lantern amidst a larger Justice League story. It ...
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Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo Blu-ray Review: A Made-for-TV Dud

This review is full of references that may be considered spoilers.  Ultimately, there is nothing I can write that would ...
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Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon DVD Review: Insanity Ensues

If you're a fan of the ridiculous and over-the-top comedy of the Reno 911! series, your fandom will only grow in ...
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Flatliners (1990) 4K UHD Review: Visually Stimulating Psychological Thriller

Doctors lead very exciting lives in movies. Every doctor I've known in real life has been a little dull. Intelligent, ...
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The Capote Tapes DVD Review: Other Voices Help Tell the Story of the Famous Author

The Capone Tapes is a documentary about the life of author Truman Capote (1924 – 1984). The titular tapes were ...
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Miami Blues Blu-ray Review: A Pastel Sleeper

Based on the great Charles Willeford novel, Miami Blues (1990; dir. George Armitage) is a darkly comedic neo-noir. It sports ...
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Edge of Sanity Blu-ray Review: Anthony Perkins as Dr. Jekyll and Jack ‘The Ripper’ Hyde

Edge of Sanity (1988), starring Anthony Perkins and directed by Gérard Kikoïne, is a very 1980s take on Dr. Jekyll, ...
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Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen Blu-ray Review: An Absolute Delight All the Way Through

I have seen lots of documentaries about the making of cherished films, but only a few of them really impressed ...
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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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Taza, Son of Cochise Blu-ray Review: Rock Hudson as an Apache Chief

Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) is the highly fictionalized story of the Apache chief who takes over after his father’s ...
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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Blu-ray Review: Sexy, Funny, and Highly Entertaining

Brazilian cinema isn't always on my radar, but when I actually see a Brazilian film, I realize that there is ...
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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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Planet of the Vampires Blu-ray Review: A Low Budget Masterpiece

Mario Bava's work as a special effects designer and cinematographer before he became a director is apparent in all the ...
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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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The Righteous Blu-ray Review: An Audacious First Film

A married couple grieving for their lost daughter. A stranger at the door asking for help. Then asking for something ...
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The Frisco Kid Blu-ray Review: A Rabbi and a Bank Robber Ride West

A Rabbi and a bank robber board a train… that’s where things get really wacky in director Robert Aldrich’s The ...
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The Sacred Spirit Blu-ray Review: Mostly yet Unsuccessfully Weird

Sometimes I do admire a slow-burn film, but only when it's done right. It has to have enough style, characterization, ...
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Devil in a Blue Dress Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Denzel Washington Makes Solving Mysteries Look Easy

Based on Walter Mosley's 1990 novel of the same name, Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress is an engaging ...
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Martial Club Blu-ray Review: Come for the Action, Stay for the Moral Lessons

The more Shaw Brothers kung fu movies I watch the more I get into their grooves and understand their tropes. ...
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Desperate Hours Blu-ray Review: Hostage Thriller Boils Over

Desperate Hours is based on a classic thriller scenario: a family held hostage in their own home by a criminal. ...
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Hell High Blu-ray Review: Watching It Is Pure Hell

The slasher subgenre of horror was in serious decline in 1989. Audiences, even the very forgiving horror hounds, had grown ...
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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender DVD Review: A Fun Essay

Sometimes I don't get Hollywood. It has an infamously tedious tendency to be really behind the times. It's not exactly ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII Blu-ray Review

The thing about film noir is that it is a genre without definition. Unlike something like westerns or science-fiction, genres ...
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The Deer King Movie Review: Beautiful, If Overly Complicated Fantasy

Van, the protagonist of The Deer King, is a big man. Probably the biggest in the salt mine where he's ...
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The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) Blu-ray Review: Come in with Flynn

One of the great joys of becoming a classic film enthusiast is discovering an actor or actress and then immediately ...
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Boomerang (1992) Blu-ray Review: A Hilarious Film That Is Still Challenging Stereotypes

I remember seeing Boomerang in theaters when it first came out. I have seen it many times since and still ...
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Phil Lynott Songs For While I’m Away + Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back In Town: Live at the Sydney Opera House October 1978 DVD Review

Mercury Studios has paired the 2020 documentary Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, which aired on BBC Two,with the ...
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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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The Brain from Planet Arous Blu-ray Review: It’s Kind of Fun

The wait is finally over!  The Brain from Plant Arous has been released!  Yes, on June 21st Film Detective released ...
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Downton Abbey: A New Era Blu-ray Review: A Wedding and a Funeral and More

Time marches on for the beloved characters of Downton Abbey as their second appearance on the silver screen delivers a ...
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Edge of Tomorrow 4K UHD Review: Groundhog D-Day

It is a strange time to look at a film that earned hundreds of millions at the box-office and wonder: ...
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American Werewolves Movie Review: Has the Vibe of a 1980’s Network Special About Cryptids

The independent production company Small Town Monsters is not afraid to explore topics in the worlds of the strange and ...
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Strawberry Mansion Blu-ray Review: Seek Out This Surrealistic, Genre-blending Film

Directed and written by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley, Strawberry Mansion is a surrealistic, genre-blending story that takes viewers on ...
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Tribeca 2022 Interview: Producer Annalise Davis Talks Fireworks

Producer Annalise Davis has been in the film industry for nearly 20 years, having worked on films such as The ...
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Panda! Go Panda! Blu-ray Review: Proto Totoro Anime Film

In my estimation, Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro is one of the greatest films ever made. It's an almost perfect fantasy ...
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Fire in the Sky Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Story

Even with news of UFOs and UAPs in the pages of The New York Times and in the halls of ...
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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Blu-ray Review: It’s No Secret, This Movie Stinks

If David Yates and J.K. Rowling are serious about their plan to make the Fantastic Beasts series into five movies, ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The DOC

In the rap and hip hop world, it's one thing to have confidence and ego about being one of the ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Fireworks

There have been many films and television series that involve top-level characters carrying out orders to bomb a certain location ...
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One-Armed Boxer Blu-ray Review: Delivers a Nuttiness Desired in An Old Kung Fu Movie

A man walks into a bar and notices another man sitting at his table. He tells the man that he ...
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True Romance 4K UHD Review: Sick Love, Slick Film

True Romance isn't a Quentin Tarantino movie. His name is on the screenplay. It has many scenes which no other ...
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The Worst Person in the World Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Breathtakingly Honest

Seeing The Worst Person in the World, filmmaker Joachim Trier's breathtakingly honest and so in-the-moment take on relationships and finding ...
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The Beatles and India: An Enduring Love Affair Blu-ray Review

This new feature-length documentary directed by Ajoy Bose was released June 21, 2022 by MVD Visual on DVD and Blu-ray. ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine

Coming out of the closet for in one of the most difficult things that anyone in LGBTQ community ever has ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Katrina Babies

There is no way that someone could direct a documentary such as Katrina Babies the same way if they had ...
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) Blu-ray Review: Well Worth Watching to See Spencer Tracy Play Against Type

Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel Strange Case Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was originally sold as a penny dreadful and ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: A Rising Fury

Starting with the Maidan Revolution in Kyiv in 2013, and leading up to the current invasion from Russia, A Rising ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The Visitor

After spending time in jail for “alcoholism,” Humberto (Enrique Araoz) is three years sober and ready to restart his life ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The Integrity of Joseph Chambers

Joseph Chambers (Clayne Crawford), or “Joe” as some call him, is not the kind of man you would think could ...
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The Initiation of Sarah Blu-ray Review: A Made-for-TV Carrie Rip-Off

In 1976, Brian De Palma released the supernatural horror movie, Carrie. Based upon Stephen King's first published novel of the ...
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Tribeca Film Festival 2022 Review: A Love Song

An unorthodox romance set in a beautiful, vast Colorado backdrop is at the center of Max Walker-Silverman's beguilingly unassuming directorial ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: A Love Song

Dale Dickey has been acting for nearly 30 years, and chances are, you’ve seen her in at least one movie ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Butterfly in the Sky

The opening scene of Butterfly in the Sky centers LeVar Burton in front of a huge library filled with books. ...
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Late Night Movie Review: Emma Thompson Is Incredibly Pitch Perfect

While Late Night is full of high points, one of its best ones is how it points out the fallacies of any ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Out of Order

Sometimes the big city can bring a lot of you, including your search of love after heartbreak. This appealingly familiar ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The Lost Weekend: A Love Story

Produced and directed by Eve Brandstein, Richard Kaufman, and Stuart Samuels, The Lost Weekend: A Love Story documents the love ...
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I've never been married nor have been in a relationship, but I have seen enough on film and TV to ...
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Watching as a child, I knew that Raiders of the Lost Ark was a great adventure. It had everything you ...
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It’s a sad coincidence that Tyler Riggs’ Peace in the Valley premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival as the nation ...
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Of the many great things about Bernard Rose's Candyman, one of the best is that it isn’t structured like a ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Employee of the Month

Belgian director Veronique Jadin's Employee of the Month (L'employée du mois) reveals how hostile a workplace can get when people, ...
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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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Fanny: The Right to Rock Movie Review: Queens of Rock & Roll

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, Fanny: The Right to Rock, a documentary on the all-female rock band, Fanny, is a ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Rounding

Alex Thompson’s Rounding is classified as a psychological thriller, and it has the necessary elements to categorize it as such. ...
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Written and directed by Lloyd Lee Choi Closing Dynasty is a quietly humanistic short portrait of how we really do ...
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Offseason Movie Review: Holistically Brilliant

A Shudder exclusive, Offseason is the newest film from writer and director Mickey Keating. Broken into chapters, the film starts ...
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Grease 2 (40th Anniversary) Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Review: Back to Rydell High School Again

It is hard to believe that Grease 2 came out 40 years. Released four years after the massive hit Grease, ...
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Children Who Chase Lost Voices Blu-ray Review: Fantasy Adventure about Loss

Asuna is a happy girl. She's lucky to be happy since she spends so much of her time on her ...
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5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-ray Review: A Story about Distance

The title refers to the speed at which cherry blossoms fall to the earth. It is practically the first line ...
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The Place Promised in Our Early Days Blu-ray Review: Sci-Fi Sentimental Teenage Drama

The Place Promised in our Early Days is set on an alternative Earth on the brink of war. Some part ...
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Breaking In (1989) Blu-ray Review: Burt Reynolds Performance is the Film’s Strong Point

Written by John Sayles and directed by Bill Forsyth, Breaking In is a buddy picture set in Portland, Oregon. The ...
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The Untouchables 4K UHD Review: De Palma Lite

Great artists sometimes create beneath their gifts, just for a lark. This describes the role Brian De Palma plays in ...
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The Police: Around the World (Restored & Expanded) Review: An Entertaining Scrapbook from the Band’s Early Days

Originally available on VHS and Laserdisc, The Police: Around The World (Restored & Expanded) is now available on DVD and ...
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Dashcam is the new film from writer and director Rob Savage who received a lot of attention and acclaim after ...
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The Batman (2022) Blu-ray Review: Matt Reeves Delivers a Fresh Take on the Franchise with a Noiresque Detective Story

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Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse Blu-ray Review: Intentionally Misleading, but Still Enjoyable

The animated television show Teen Titans Go! is normally a short 15-minute episode event, but it has had a few ...
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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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Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: It’s Logical to Them

Released in 1997, Trekkies is a documentary about Star Trek fandom, particularly as it was in the mid-'90s when the ...
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Wild Things 4K UHD Review: High Level Sleaze

Wild Things is trash. But it's a kind of exquisite trash. It's the best Cinemax-style soft porn ever made. It's ...
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Mississippi Masala Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mira Nair’s Beguiling Sophomore Film

Films about star-crossed lovers has been old as time itself, but we arguably don't get those about interracial or intercontinental ...
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God bless Italian filmmakers. They were consistently making great films in an astonishing array of genres for a good three ...
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The Carey Treatment Blu-ray Review: A Bland Dose

The Carey Treatment (1972; dir. Blake Edwards) is an obscurity that should stay one. It’s blander than bland. Based on ...
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Girls Nite Out Blu-ray Review: Another Slasher Movie Where Kids Will Be Kids

I've seen many slasher flicks, especially those from '80s. I was really impressed by some of them, while others totally ...
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The Last Victim (2022) Movie Review: A Victim of Mediocrity

One of the most interesting things about Naveen Chatapuram’s directorial debut The Last Victim is that, by the end, the ...
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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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Adieu Lacan Movie Review: Say Hello to This Gem

One of the tricks of adapting a stage play to film is making sure that the film is able to ...
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review: Sam Raimi’s Magic Saves a Jam-packed Script

After Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson stepped away due to creative differences, director Sam Raimi was given the ...
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a show that will not die. It has moved through so many incarnations, starting on ...
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Edgar G. Ulmer Sci-Fi Collection Blu-ray Review: The Good, the Bad, the Painful

Being intrigued by the titles in this collection, and the fact that I had not heard of the three Science ...
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Constantine: The House of Mystery Blu-ray Review: A Cosmic Groundhog Day

The DC Showcase Animated Shorts release Constantine: The House of Mystery is similar to the franchise's Batman: Death in the ...
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How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock & Roll DVD Review

Rock & roll’s roots draw from numerous genres—blues, country, and rhythm and blues, to name a few.  However, gospel remains ...
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2022 Review: Day Three

[Read Lorna's Day One and Two coverage of TCMFF 2022] Three on a Match (1932) was one of the most ...
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After a three-year hiatus, the TCM Classic Film Festival returned to an in-person event in Hollywood over four days and ...
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Singin’ in the Rain 4K UHD Review: A Pure Joy

Chances are, you’ve seen Singin’ in the Rain. You already know how good it is. (If you’ve not seen it, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon

If you were watching MTV in the late '80s, not only was Elvis everywhere thanks to Mojo Nixon, but so ...
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V/H/S 94 Blu-ray Review: A Rather Mixed Bag

As much as I'm into horror, I have to admit that found footage isn't usually my go-to in the genre. ...
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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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When it came out in 1987, RoboCop (dir. Paul Verhoeven) was one of my favorite movies. I was seven. I ...
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) 4K UHD Review: Loud, Blaring Classic Adaptation

There's so much to love about Kenneth Branagh's take on the story of Frankenstein and his monster, but there is ...
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Ambulance (2022) Movie Review: Brothers Make Grim Choices in Michael Bay’s Latest

Based on the 2005 Danish film of the same name, Michael Bay's Ambulance is a critique on the failures of ...
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The Last Waltz Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: And All the People Were Singin’

After years playing together as the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins and then Bob Dylan, the quintent of Rick Danko ...
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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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Screams of a Winter Night Blu-ray Review: Has a Certain Charm

I may be in the majority here, but I liked James L. Wilson's 1979 anthology film (and sole directorial effort) ...
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As They Made Us Movie Review: A Solid Directorial Debut for Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik has become successful in numerous fields. From landing roles in acclaimed television shows such as Blossom and The ...
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Starflight One Blu-ray Review: Takes a Lot of Cheese into Space

Yes, Starflight One, which was originally called Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land when it premiered as an ABC Sunday ...
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Marionette Land DVD Review: What Happens When a Dream Is Realized, Then Deferred?

​In his poem, "Harlem," Langston Hughes considers what happens to a dream deferred?​ But what happens when a dream is ...
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The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter Blu-Ray Review: One of the Greatest Kung Fu Movies Ever

I don't know why but there seems to be a great influx of kung fu movies coming to Blu-ray of ...
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To Sleep So as to Dream Blu-ray Review: Ode to Silent Japanese Cinema

What an odd film. To Sleep So as to Dream (1986), the directorial debut of Kaizo Hayashi is many things. ...
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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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Come Drink with Me Blu-ray Review: The Bloody Ballad of Golden Swallow

Director King Hu’s Come Drink with Me (1966; 95 min) remains fresh after all these years. Produced by Run Run ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

As Walt Disney once said, “It all started with a mouse.” Now, that mouse, whose name you are probably spelling ...
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The Godfather Trilogy 4K UHD Review: A Restoration You Can’t Refuse

The most written about American films in history have to be Citizen Kane, Psycho, and The Godfather. All are epochal ...
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Monkey Kung Fu & Shaolin Mantis Blu-rays Review: For Those Who Like Animals with Their Kung Fu

88 Films continues their monthly tradition of releasing excellent versions of classic (and not so classic) Shaw Brothers kung fu ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Cha Cha Real Smooth

Coming-of-age movies have a tendency to be huge successes in the festival circuit, and most wind up becoming popular with ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: In the Court of the Crimson King

I've seen King Crimson once in concert. It was at the Greek in Los Angeles in 2017, and I went ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

The opening minutes of Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off captivate the viewer with footage of a present-day Hawk, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks Review

If you're a huge fan of the classic sketch comedy show The Kids of the Hall, you instantly recognize the ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Master

Let's face it, Jordan Peele's Get Out (2018) continues to be the horror gold standard of films about racism and ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Cow

A bad couple making bad decisions is always a chore to watch as a movie progresses to its end. One ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Raquel 1:1

Mariana Bastos’ Raquel 1:1 questions what would happen if the Bible was written with more favorability toward women in its ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Hypochondriac

As we're young, we fear that we might turn into our parents. When we are older, we deny when we ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Soft & Quiet

Karen-a-phobia, the fear of Karens could be an accurate tagline for Beth de Araujo's deeply disturbing Soft & Quiet, a ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mama Bears

When you grow up in the Christian faith, you are told that if you follow God, honor Jesus, and stay ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: I Love My Dad: Deeply Uncomfortable but Strangely Sweet

I'm not a parent, but I have seen how complicated relationships between parent and their children can actually be. There ...
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An American Werewolf in London 4K UHD Limited Edition Review: He’s a Monster and He’s Not Alright

At 97 minutes, An American Werewolf in London (1981) is a good short horror film that should have been shorter. ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: A Lot of Nothing

A Lot of Nothing begins in the place where the pain and anger about continued injustice turns from a passive ...
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Shooter 4K UHD Review: American Sniper-ish

As a mindless piece of action, Shooter is an entertaining ride. Director Antoine Fuqua never seems less than committed to ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Crows are White

Traditions are hard to break, especially if a particular population has been practicing them for more than a century. And ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: I Love My Dad

There is the old saying that “the truth is stranger than fiction.” So, it might be hard to believe that ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Sissy

Blood, gore, and social commentary are on full display in Hannah Barlow & Kane Senes' Sissy, a wicked horror-thriller that ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: A Vanishing Fog

Augusto Sandino’s A Vanishing Fog is the first film to be shot entirely in the Páramo of Sumapaz, a large ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic

It’s a long and unique title, but The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic is also something ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Your Friend, Memphis

People with disabilities are too often ignored in documentaries, and that's a shame. You can learn a lot from them, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: This Much I Know to Be True

Months ahead of its cinematic release in theaters, the SXSW audience had the opportunity to view the new music documentary ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Radical Honesty

I can't say much about dating. I've never been on a date, so I have no experience. However, watching movies ...
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The Matrix Resurrections 4K UHD Review: Welcome to the Meta-Verse

One of the things that The Matrix: Resurrections does is acknowledge that it feels pointless to make a sequel to ...
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All My Sons (1948) Blu-ray Review: Greed Is Not Good

Based on Arthur Miller's 1947 play of the same name, which was inspired by a true story, All My Sons ...
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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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Bringing Up Baby Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bone up on a Comedy Classic

Directed by Howard Hawks and based on Hagar Wilde's short story, which Criterion includes in the booklet, Bringing Up Baby ...
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Hester Street Blu-ray Review: Joan Micklin Silver’s Beguiling 1975 Masterpiece

There have been so many films about immigrants trying to make a new life in America. Some of them immediately ...
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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers DVD Review: ’80s Japanese Manic Musical

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers is overlong, amateurishly acted, and schizophrenically directed. It has several scenes that make no ...
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The Batman (2022) Movie Review: Vengeance and Vigilantes Flood Gotham

Matt Reeves's The Batman reboots the franchise and takes the audience back to Bruce Wayne's (Robert Pattinson) second year as ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, the ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, ...
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Evil Eye plus The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) Blu-ray Review: Slick in Italian, Murky in American

Nora has a very bad first night in Italy. The relative she is visiting dies of a heart attack right ...
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Village of the Giants Blu-ray Review: Brain Candy

Could there actually be a film out there that combines the Beach Blanket films and sci-fi films of the '60s ...
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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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House of Gucci Blu-ray Review: A Tale of Greed, Ego, and Betrayal

For more than a century, the Gucci name has been synonymous with high-end fashion, luxury, and wealth. Founded by Guccio ...
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Alligator (1980) 4K Ultra HD Review: Jaws in the Sewers

It's always nice when a movie tells you exactly what it's about in the title. This film is a monster ...
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C.H.O.M.P.S. Blu-ray Review: It’s a Dog!

A movie from the '70s (1979) about a robot dog starring Valerie Bertinelli, Wesley Eure, Conrad Bain, Red Buttons, Jim ...
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Licorice Pizza Movie Review: Heart Like a Wheel

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Licorice Pizza, is a warm screwball comedy, and his second unqualified success in a ...
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The Flag of Iron & Legendary Weapons of China Blu-ray Review: Two Classics from Shaw Brothers Studios

Last month in my review of Disciples of Shaolin, I noted how much I loved old kung fu movies as ...
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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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La Dolce Vita Blu-ray Review: The High Cost of Fancy Living

Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita clocks in at nearly three hours, the usual length of some big-budgeted epics that would ...
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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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Sundance 2022 Review: La Guerra Civil

Directed by Eva Longoria Baston, La Guerra Civil tells the stories of two boxers, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De ...
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Gold Diggers of 1933 Blu-ray Review: It’s Perfect

The Depression was and still remains one of the most devastating events in American history. So many people were unemployed, ...
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The Capture (1950) Blu-ray Review: Complex Modern Western Crime Narrative

Lin Vanner (Lew Ayres), the protagonist of The Capture (1950), accidentally shoots an unarmed man. He believes the man is ...
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Journey to Shiloh Blu-ray Review: Too Many Questions and Questionable Motivations

Clearly trying to ride on the success of The Magnificent Seven and The Return of the Seven, Journey to Shiloh, ...
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Rich and Strange Blu-ray Review: Marriage in Crisis

Alfred Hitchcock is known as primarily a director of thrillers, and after he came to the U.S. in 1939 it ...
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Fritz the Cat / The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat Blu-rays Review: Sex, Drugs, and Counterculture

Scorpion Releasing by way of Kino Lorber Studio Classics has released the cinematic adventures of Robert Crumb's Fritz the Cat. ...
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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché Movie Review: Her Trailblazing Music Career Is Only Part of the Story

“I wasn’t ready to be the caretaker of Poly Styrene’s legacy. I just lost my Mum,” Celeste Bell says at ...
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Red Angel (1966) Blu-ray Review: Disturbing War Hospital Drama

Red Angel is about a war-time nurse, and it lives up to themes implicit in the name. Nurse Sakura Nishi ...
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Salt in My Soul Movie Review: What It Means to Search for Hope and Answers

Most of us don't consider our own mortality as children. But children who live with chronic diseases are forced to ...
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ABBA Forever: The Winner Takes It All DVD Review: This New Documentary Is Unsatisfying

The TV movie/documentary which hit U.S. television in August of 2019, and now DVD, chronicles the History of ABBA, currently ...
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Gambit (1966) Blu-ray Review: A Larcenous Lark

In director Ronald Neame’s caper flick, Gambit (1966; 109 mins.), a British cat burglar, Harry Dean (Michael Caine), teams with ...
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Rifkin’s Festival Movie Review: Another Story About a Dead Shark

Woody Allen's 49th feature, Rifkin's Festival, finds the filmmaker return to Spain, where he previously shot Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008). ...
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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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Sundown (2022) Movie Review: A Long, Unengaging Walk on the Beach

Michel Franco’s Sundown clocks in at 83 minutes but feels like it takes an eternity to reach its destination. Despite ...
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The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Uncensored) 13-DVD Set Review: Earns the Ultimate Designation

The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Uncensored) is a 13-disc set celebrating the iconic comedian's work in TV and film, ranging ...
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Stage Fright (1950) Blu-ray Review: Second-Tier Hitchcock Is Still Good Cinema

Stage Fright, Alfred Hitchcock's thriller from 1950 begins with a great curtain that opens to reveal a shot of, not ...
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The Piano Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jane Campion’s Sublime Masterpiece

Despite all the accolades and acclaim, director Jane Campion still seems to be continuously undervalued and taken for granted. That's ...
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The Toolbox Murders (1978) 4K Ultra HD Review: Gruesome Grindhouse Exploitation

The difference between exploitation and horror is attitude. In a horror movie, you sympathize with the victim. In exploitation, your ...
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Prince of the City Blu-ray Review: The NYPD Blues

In Prince of the City (1981; dir. Sidney Lumet), everything about drug enforcement is crooked—and that’s the way it’s supposed ...
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Shock (1977) Blu-ray Review: Bava’s Final Film

Shock is the final film that Mario Bava directed and is commonly regarded as an underwhelming swan song. He was ...
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Dune (2021) Blu-ray Review: Although Half the Story, Denis Villeneuve Delivers an Entertaining Science Fiction Spectacle

Director/co-writer Denis Villeneuve wisely chose to only adapt the first half of Frank Herbert's landmark novel Dune, even though the ...
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Ragtime (1981) Blu-ray Review: The Movie Needed to be Shorter or Longer to Succeed

Based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same name, Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981) is set in the turn of ...
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Disciples of Shaolin Blu-ray Review: Socially Conscious Kung Fu

When I was a kid one of the local television stations used to run what they called Kung Fu Theater ...
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Out of the Blue Movie Review: Into the Black

As a director, Dennis Hopper used to strike me as a case study on how not to direct. His breakout ...
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Shadow of the Thin Man Blu-ray Review: Bask in the Laughs and Intrigue

Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth title in the six-film series featuring the detective team of Nick (William ...
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Live at Mister Kelly’s DVD Review: A History of Chicago Told Through a Nightclub

Director Theodore Bogosian's Live at Mister Kelly's tells the story of Mister Kelly's, a famous Chicago nightclub, which existed on ...
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High Sierra Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Raoul Walsh Tells a Story Twice

Based on W. R. Burnett's second novel, director Roaul Walsh's High Sierra (1941) is a captivating crime drama notable for ...
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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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The Old Fashioned Way / It’s a Gift / The Bank Dick Blu-rays Review: A Trio of W. C. Fields Comedies from KL Studio Classics

W. C. Fields got his start in vaudeville as a juggler. He went on to create an iconic comic persona, ...
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The Learning Tree Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Semi-Autobiographical Story from Gordon Parks

There have been so many films about growing up where characters (mostly youth) deal with first love, family issues, peer ...
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World Series 2021 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Almost All the Highlights and Footage a Fan Could Ask For

Growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, we didn’t have a local MLB team, and it ...
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The Last of Sheila Blu-ray Review: A Stylish Whodunnit

Fans of games, puzzles, and mysteries will enjoy the 1973 film The Last of Sheila. Written by the dynamic duo ...
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Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People Movie Review: Punk is NOT Dead

Angeli is an apparently extremely famous cartoonist in Brazil. He has created several iconic characters that are, and combined shock ...
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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review: An Amazing Movie from the MCU Spider-Verse

To paraphrase the Spider-Man comics, with great characters comes great responsibility and the Sony/Marvel partnership has met that challenge by ...
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To What Remains Movie Review: A Moving and Beautiful Story

My brother Robert is a combat veteran. He served as a tank gunner in the U.S. Army during the Gulf ...
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Krampus: The Naughty Cut 4K Ultra HD Review: Anti-Santa Extended Edition

A fan of folklore often feels a pang of loss when one of the creatures or legends you cherish suddenly ...
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Harold and Maude Blu-ray Review: Funeral Freak Flag

A cult comedy, Harold and Maude (1971; 91 minutes; dir. Hal Ashby) tries a mite too hard to be unusual. ...
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Angels with Dirty Faces Blu-ray Review: A Seminal Gangster Classic

James Cagney was one of the great actors of his time, and for all-time. He had a scowl that would ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain DVD Review: Not the Biopic That Some Might Think

I have had to sit for a while figuring out how to write about and review Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony ...
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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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It’s a Wonderful Life Blu-ray Review: A Wonderful Film with an Interesting 75th Anniversary Release

It's a Wonderful Life endures as a Christmas classic after 75 years, though it has taken a backseat to more ...
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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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David Byrne’s American Utopia Movie Review: Beautifully Filmed but Imperfect Concert

David Byrne is one of those typical outsider becoming insider American stories. He set out to make oddball music, and ...
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Wife of a Spy Blu-ray Review: Understated Japanese Spy Thriller

Wife of a Spy is the latest film by Japanese craftsman Kiyoshi Kurosawa. He was one of several filmmakers, along ...
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Party Girl (1958) Blu-ray Review: Neon Underworld

Fans of director Nicholas Ray (best known for the James Dean vehicle, Rebel Without a Cause) should enjoy Party Girl ...
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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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The Ghost Ship/Bedlam Double Feature Blu-ray Review: Two Val Lewton Suspense Thrillers

Val Lewton ran the horror film unit at RKO Picture from 1942 to 1946. The massive success of Cat People, ...
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Black Friday Movie Review: Needed More Bruce Being Bruce

It’s Thanksgiving night and the store associates at We Love Toys are getting ready for the annual Black Friday sale. ...
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Some Came Running Blu-ray Review: ’50s Melodrama Feels Familiar

Prestige dramas in each decade in American cinema each tend to have their own flavor, and in the '50s, 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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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Limited-Edition Blu-ray SteelBook Review: This Ain’t No Turkey Trot

Its premise is simple. And yet, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987; dir. John Hughes) is cast to perfection, balancing moments ...
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Two from Sergei Eisenstein: October & Alexander Nevsky DVD Reviews

Sergei Eisenstein was one of the most important film theorists and directors of early cinema. If he didn't invent the ...
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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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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road Movie Review: His Music, and His Life, Past and Present

The story of Brain Wilson and the Beach Boys has been told before in the form of documentaries and motion ...
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Counterpoint Blu-ray Review: Battle of the Cellos

Towards the end of World War II, soldiers gather in a bombed-out church to listen to a symphony orchestra as ...
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Middle Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Review: Beautiful Box but Incomplete

The Lord of the Rings is a landmark of modern cinema. New Line's audacity of committing to a trilogy before ...
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Night Has a Thousand Eyes Blu-ray Review: Psychic Thriller a Near Miss

What a great title. Night Has a Thousand Eyes. It evokes a sense of mystery, even of terror. The opening ...
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ParaNorman (LAIKA Studios Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Strange and Unique Film

Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is your average 11-year-old growing up in Blithe Hollow, Massachusetts. Well, as average as any boy ...
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The Beast Must Die (1952) Blu-ray Review: Argentinian Revenge Noir

The structure of The Beast Must Die is the first thing to notice about it. It has a now standard, ...
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Coraline (LAIKA Studios Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Fantastic Fairy Tale

Based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning children's novella, writer/director Henry Selick's Coraline is a fantastic fairy tale about a young girl ...
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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time DVD Review: Sad Songs, Sad Life

Karen Dalton, as described by one of the participants in this documentary, was one of the few folk singers in ...
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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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The Accused (1949) Blu-ray Review: Works Something Like a Film Noir in Reverse

The classic film noir plot goes something like this: a man, usually a not too bright one, meets a woman ...
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Batman: Year One Commemorative Edition 4K Ultra HD Review: Good Batman Story Unexceptionally Told

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns made a bigger splash, but of the two famous Frank Miller revisionist Batman stories of ...
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Mad Love (1935) Blu-ray Review: Grotesque ’30 Body Horror

Mad Love would be a long lost Universal horror film had it not been made by MGM. It has a ...
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Breakheart Pass Blu-ray Review: Like an Agatha Christie Western

Take a moment and look at the cover art for this Blu-ray which is the recreation of the original poster. ...
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The Suicide Squad Blu-ray Review: Suicide Isn’t Painless with James Gunn at the Helm

As mentioned in my review of the movie, the main reason for its success is because James “Gunn is a ...
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In the Shadow of Hollywood: Highlights from Poverty Row Blu-ray Review: Independent ’30s B-Movies

Entertainment is often called a recession-proof (or even depression-proof) industry. The theory being that even when people are at their ...
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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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The Sheik (1921) Blu-ray Review: A Silent and Problematic Classic

In December of 1912 a beautiful young man with the unlikely name of Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filiberto Guglielmi di ...
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Movie Review: Joy Ride (2021)

As a writer and a comedian, you never want to be hacky. And I certainly don't want to be hacky ...
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The Naked Spur Blu-ray Review: A Classic ’50s Western

The Naked Spur (1953) was the third of five westerns between actor James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. Stewart plays ...
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Throw Down Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Brawl Room Blitz

Johnnie To’s Throw Down is a titular double entendre. Not only is it a film about martial arts (kind of); ...
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The Incredible Shrinking Man Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Giant-Sized Fun

I wonder what it is about stories of humans being shrunk down to tiny size or living in a land ...
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Injustice (2021) Blu-ray Review: An Intriguing Story in An Alternate DC Universe

Based on the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One comic book series, ...
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Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection 4K Ultra HD Review: Four Classic Horrors

The longevity of the iconography of the Universal monster films in popular culture is truly remarkable. A single image of ...
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Deep Red (1975) 4K Ultra HD Review: Argento’s Giallo Swan Song

In Deep Red, Dario Argento finally synthesizes his art and obsessions, and creates a film where the entire visual strategy ...
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Ratcatcher Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Definite Punch to the Gut

Despite only having four feature-length films and a handful of shorts, filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has crafted a compelling body of ...
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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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Crocodile Dundee Trilogy Blu-ray Review: Yes, There Were Three

Paul Hogan had a successful career in Australia including his own sketch comedy show that was also popular in the ...
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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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