Blu-ray Review: I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND

We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah.  The Beatles have been such  beloved entrenched cultural giants for so long that many a music fan takes them for granted.  Likewise, many a cinephile has long ago reached the point of taking Robert...

Blu-ray Review: Visconti's DEATH IN VENICE Lives in Glorious Anguish on Criterion Blu-ray.

Celebrated composer Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde) falls prey to a singular longing of the forbidden variety in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 Death in Venice.   As far as vacations go, this one’s a killer.  As far as escapism goes, this...

Review: AVENGERS: ENDGAME. It Is Inevitable.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are gunning to avenge the Infinity War.

Review: DUMBO Flies Pretty Well for an Elephant

Tim Burton directs Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Michael Keaton in a live-action Disney remake.

Blu-ray Review: 24 FRAMES Mischievously, Compellingly Lulls to the End of Abbas Kiarostami's Life, Career

Though not always a popular talent in his homeland, or even abroad, it’s fair to assess Kiarostami as a kind of “filmmaker’s filmmaker”.  Jean-Luc Godard has said, "Film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami." Godard is always...

Review: RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR, Animated High-Art Action Caper

The Hungarian animated film is an action-packed mind-bender for grown-ups.

Review: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Soars Amid Forgivable Derivations

ames Cameron and Robert Rodriguez team up for manga sci-fi actioner, starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali.

Review: THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Master-Breaks Its Way to Mediocrity

On the heels of publicly getting canned from last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have bounced back nicely, albeit producing (not directing) a fantastic animated film.  That film is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It is not...

Blu-ray Review: FORTY GUNS Rides Out on Criterion

Don’t be surprised to come away from Samuel Fuller’s  Forty Guns a bit dizzy.  And know that with that advice in tow, it may be the only time you aren’t surprised during this senses-shattering 1957 Western. Boldly shot in both...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tells TRUE STORIES

The dream has come true... In the prophetic past of 1986, Talking Heads frontman emeritus David Byrne veered off the promising road of his successful art/rock band long enough to make a movie. Warner Brothers was good enough to provide...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE NAKED PREY Upgrades the Wild Wilde Life

Cornel Wilde is a colonialist running for his life in 1965’s The Naked Prey, a film he also produced and directed.  The more one knows about the life and career of Wilde, the more unique, and therefore special, The Naked Prey becomes. Unshackled...

Screen Anarchy's Favorite Films of 2018

Here's our favorite films of 2018, as voted on by more than 20 of our contributing writers, who collectively picked 114 films as their favorites. 1. Roma 2. The Favourite 3 (tie). BlacKkKlansman / You Were Never Really Here 5....

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE Has It Both Ways

August Strindberg once said, “Could there be anything more terrifying than a husband and wife who hate each other?”  The question is raised by a character in Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage (1973), a five-hour, six-part miniseries made for Swedish...

Review: BOY ERASED Exposes the World of Gay Conversion Therapy

“The Truth Cannot be Converted”.  So goes the tagline for the new film Boy Erased.  Being that it’s the most heavy handed aspect of this critic’s entire Boy Erased experience, the line can only be considered an ugly failure. Fortunately, the same can...

Blu-ray Review: MY MAN GODFREY Gets Spruced up by Criterion

With the Great Depression in full effect, the eloquent and witty Godfrey (William Powell) quickly and hilariously goes from “forgotten man” to “my man.”  The possessor in question is Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard), the youngest and least abrasive woman of...

Review: DIETRICH & VON STERNBERG IN HOLLYWOOD on Criterion Blu-ray

"Shadow is mystery and light is clarity. Shadow conceals, light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal and then what degree and how to do this is all there is to art." - Josef von Sternberg  In...

Review: SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN, a True Documentary Find

Margarette von Trotta found Ingmar Bergman a long time ago.  She recollects as much in her new documentary about the iconoclast Swedish filmmaker, Searching for Ingmar Bergman, an excellent, excellent effort which she goes ahead and stars in.  She was...

Review: Documentary LOVE, GILDA Fails to Connect

When you think of Gilda Radner, are you overcome with a melancholy half-smile?  Do you chuckle when you think of her SNL characters, Roseanne Roseannadanna or "Baba Wawa"?  If so, Lisa Dapolito’s new documentary Love, Gilda is for you. Though...

Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR, Not So Simple, But Satisfying

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are pitch perfect as a pair of mismatched moms in Paul Feig's best movie to date.

Review: THE PREDATOR Fails to Evolve

Director Shane Black recruits Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown to take down the Predator.