YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix as a Bearded Mystery Man, Again

Here's the great thing about beards, if you've never grown one: they can make you feel like a different person, which can reinforce feelings of isolation if you're down or even seriously depressed. Joaquin Phoenix is adorned with a dense...

Notes on Streaming: RUNAWAYS and THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

Recently premiering on the Hulu streaming service and now debuting new episodes every Tuesday, Runaways offers a different spin on the Marvel universe. Rather than the darker, more violent take offered by the label's flurry of Netflix shows -- Daredevil,...

Review: THE POST, a Ticking Time Bomb

Steven Spielberg's best thriller since Jaws, and his most 'of the moment' movie ever, The Post is also an unexpected sort of 'coming of age' tale. Rather mysteriously beginning during the Vietnam War before jumping forward in time and location,...

Exclusive Clip: LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER, Even in the Shower

Arthur and Vida are in the shower together and it looks like fun before Vida steps away for a moment, leaving Arthur to contemplate things. And things do not look too rosy for him. Love Is Thicker than Water is...

Exclusive Clip: A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG - These Guys Are Burglars?

In the real world, home invasion is a frightening proposition, but in a funny new clip from A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, it looks like an amusing way to spend a little time with a couple of harmless fellows. The...

Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's JABBERWOCKY on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two...

Notes on Streaming: THE PUNISHER, Geysers of Blood, Torture and Violence

After sampling The Punisher, Marvel's latest small-screen series, I shared my reaction on social media: "Unrelenting brutality of Frank Castle + extreme bloodshed through 3 eps. is wearisome." Boy, was I wrong -- I vastly underestimated the capacity for torture...

70s Rewind: Disney's THE RESCUERS, Fun for Kids, Diverting for Adults Too

The theatrical release of Pixar's Coco, distributed by Disney, prompted me to watch The Rescuers (1977), a hand-drawn animated artifact that, it turns out, holds up quite well. As many children of my generation did, I grew up in the...

Exclusive Creepy Clip: NAILS, Thick With Dread

In our creepy exclusive clip from Dennis Bartok's Nails, the room fills up with dread and then something happens ... well, I'll just stick with "creepy" as a descriptor, but I really like what it did to me. Described as...

Criterion in February 2018: LIVING DEAD, LAMBS, GALLOWS and More

A fascinating lineup will be on tap from the Criterion Collection in February 2018. Widely available in horribly-presented public domain versions for years, a new 4K restoration of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead will be rolled out,...

TAKE ME TO THE MOON Trailer: High School Romance Takes Flight

The first trailer for Take Me to the Moon stars Vivian Sung (Our Times) and Jasper Liu and looks to be a potentially delightful high school romance.  Set in Taiwan and directed by Chung-yi Hsieh, the film is inspired by...

Notes on Streaming: VICE PRINCIPALS, David Gordon Green and Comic Horror

David Gordon Green directed the series finales of both HBO's Vice Principals and Amazon's Red Oaks, as well as the recent theatrical feature Stronger, thus reinforcing the notion that he refuses to be pinned down as a director. That may...

Review: MAYHEM, Clawing to the Top, With Humor, Smarts, and a Nail Gun

With great lead performances by Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, a great musical score by Steve Moore, and great bloody action masterminded by director Joe Lynch, Mayhem is almost too much fun. It's the perfect example of a movie that...

Review: LBJ, Rob Reiner's Pleasant History Lesson

Now in the autumn of his entertainment career, Rob Reiner has proven himself to be a more than capable filmmaker over the past three decades. His early films -- from This Is Spinal Tap (1984) through to A Few Good...

Night Visions 2017: Fall Fest Edition Led by THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE ENDLESS and Much More

A lovely lineup of 43 features has been lined up for the fall edition of the Night Visions International Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland, which will be held during the final week of November. The leading titles of the fall...

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN Trailer Reveals Dark Muay Thai Prison Drama

At first blush, A Prayer Before Dawn appears to be yet another tale of brutal, horrible Asia, seen through the eyes of an enlightened white man. It's based on a true story, and the official synopsis leans heavily on stereotypes,...

Exclusive MIRACLE ON 42ND STREET Clip: I'll Never Live There

Would you like to know how much Larry David paid for rent in 1977? In our exclusive clip from Miracle on 42nd Street, the manager of an apartment complex and multiple residents, including a few celebrities like Larry David (Curb...

Exclusive Clip: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES, a Fateful Meeting

Are you having a bad day? All of us have experienced a bad day. But in The Truth About Lies, the lead character has a meltdown. And then he meets someone who may be his salvation... According to the official...

Liam Neeson in THE COMMUTER Trailer: One Little Thing

Never play dare with Vera Farmiga. This just a hunch on my part, informed by the first trailer for The Commuter, in which businessman Liam Neeson meets a stranger on a train (Farmiga) who suggests he do "one little thing,"...

PHANTOM THREAD Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Fine 1950s Clothing

Paul Thomas Anderson makes mesmerizing movies. I didn't see Hard Eight for years, unfortunately, but Boogie Nights entranced me through multiple viewings. I couldn't stop watching it - every time it appeared uncut on cable I was drawn back to...