70s Rewind: STAR WARS Memories, What Are Yours?

Frankly, this is a slow news day, even on the international front, so I'm bowing to the Force and sharing my 'first time watching Star Wars experience,' in the hopes that you'll have something better to share in the comments...

Crowdfund This: Phil Tippett's MAD GOD, Demented Stop-Motion Animation

I confess that the first two parts of Phil Tippett's Mad God completely passed me by, but now that a kind reader has tipped us off to the existence of Part 3, all I can say is ... wow! Tippett...

Sir Roger Moore Has Passed Away

Sir Roger Moore, best known for portraying James Bond in seven installments of the spy series, has died, according to his official Twitter account. He was 89. Moore's screen career dated back to the 1940s and gained momentum through the...

Exclusive: MILES Poster Debut, A Boy on the Girl's Volleyball Team

We are pleased to present the exclusive poster debut for Miles, an independently-produced film about family, college and sports, starring Tim Boardman and Molly Shannon. Here's the official synopsis: Miles Walton (Tim Boardman) is biding his time until he can...

Review: TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, First 4 Episodes Dazzle, Confound, Delight

Gorgeous to behold and wonderfully idiosyncratic, Twin Peaks: The Return is nothing like I expected and everything I wanted. The first four episodes were unveiled last night on the Showtime premium network in the U.S. As I recently explained, I...

Critical Distance: TWIN PEAKS, Please Don't Stop Your Sobbing

Minor chords always kill me. On Sunday evening, April 8, 1990, I sat down to watch a highly-anticipated show, alone in my tiny room in Brooklyn. I watched my tiny television until 9:15 p.m. or so, Eastern Standard Time. And...

70s Rewind: THE BEGUILED, Clint Eastwood in a Weird, Southern Gothic Experiment

Sofia Coppola's new version of The Beguiled will debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week, ahead of its theatrical release in the U.S. on June 23, which makes this is an opportune time to consider Don Siegel's 1971 version...

Exclusive LAST MAN CLUB Clip: This Is Why You Don't Stop for Strangers

The instinct of a decent human being is always to stop if you see someone else in trouble. In our exclusive clip from Last Man Club, that's exactly what an older gentleman in uniform (James MacKrell) does when he sees...

Notes on Criterion: August 2017 Releases Include HOPSCOTCH, LA POISON, and More

This summer (or winter, depending on where you live), the Criterion Collection will release five movies on Blu-ray and DVD that may be less familiar but are no less potentially fascinating. First up on August 8 is Michael Curtiz's The...

Exclusive TRACKTOWN Clip: Mom Pays a Visit

In our exclusive clip from Tracktown, Rachel Dratch pays an unexpected visit that provokes a (perhaps) surprising response from her daughter, Alexi Pappas.  Pappas is a former Olympic runner; she co-wrote the semi-autobiographical script with Jeremy Teicher and they directed...

Streaming Reviews: I LOVE DICK, Season 1; MASTER OF NONE, Season 2

Over the weekend, two notable series made their full-season debuts on competing streaming services. Each confounds, to a degree, assumptions I'd made about the relative strengths (and weaknesses) of those services. Both are definitely worth sampling. A prickly, confrontational affair...

Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Action Comedy GUNS AKIMBO From DEATHGASM Director

Two years ago I sat far too close (and too far to the side) to the screen in a small cinema past midnight to watch a movie billed as an incredibly gory comedy featuring very loud heavy metal music. None...

Chan! Stallone! EX-BAGHDAD!

Jackie Chan has been teaming up with Hollywood stars, on and off, for about 30 years, which is kind of funny because in his classic run of Hong Kong action pictures, he embodied the 'solo action hero' / 'one against...

Fresh French Comedy LOST IN PARIS Debuts Witty Trailer, Lovely Poster

A distinctive -- and very witty -- sense of humor is abundantly on display in a new trailer for Lost in Paris (aka Paris pieds nus).  Sure, the quiet, knockabout physical comedy is apparent, but it's presented with grace and...

Review: LOWRIDERS, Battling for the Soul of an Artist

Self-righteous certitude, seething resentment, and taciturn parental authority collide repeatedly in Lowriders, an exploration of a nuclear family and Mexican-American culture. Directed with conviction by Ricardo de Montreuil and bathed in amber by cinematographer Andrés Sánchez, the film is similar...

Brad Pitt Takes Command in New WAR MACHINE Trailer

Brad Pitt stars in War Machine, which follows the rise and fall of a military leader after he takes command of NATO forces in Agahanistan. A new trailer showcases Pitt's bold, brazen, real-life character, General Glen McMahon.  Here's the official...

Brazilian Political Thrills in REAL - O PLANO POR TRÁS DA HISTÓRIA Trailer

Heading to Brazilian theaters on May 25, Real - O Plano Por Trás da História has revealed its first trailer, which presents it as a snappy political thriller.  Based on Guilherme Fiúza's book 3000 Dias no Bunker, it's set in 1993,...

Exclusive: Female Buddy Comedy THE WEDDING INVITATION Nabbed by Freestyle, Sets Release; Watch Trailer

We've learned exclusively that Freestyle Digital Media has acquired female buddy comedy The Wedding Invitation. It will be released on VOD platforms on June 6, 2017.  We also have the first trailer for your viewing pleasure.  The film stars Eoin...

Kirsten Dunst in First WOODSHOCK Trailer: Ethereal, Haunting, Trippy

Ethereal, haunting, and trippy are the first words that come to mind when watching the first trailer for Woodshock.  The film stars Kirsten Dunst "as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her...

Watch IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE Teaser: Evil Never Stays Dead

The second installment in the series, Iron Sky: The Coming Race has been a long time coming, but judging by a new teaser trailer, it looks like it will be worth the wait for fans of the first, crazed action...