Blu-ray Review: MOONSTRUCK Waxes on Criterion

When someone today hears that a film stars Cher and Nicholas Cage, their first inclination might be to brace for the world’s most over-the-top burlesque and downright lunar demolition derby. While understandable in light of their outsized personas and bombastic...

Blu-Ray Review: Criterion's THE GUNFIGHTER Draws on Western Glory

When did Hollywood’s deconstruction of the American Western myth officially break through? Depending on which aficionado you look to, the answer given may be Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), or Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon (1952), or another venerated film amid the 1950’s great...

Review: BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM Ambushes Amazon

Sasha Baron Cohen's most infamous character returns to America in a film that is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT VOL. 3 Defies Borders

In the absence of martial arts, giant monsters, balletic gunplay, or blatantly exploitative line-crossing content, the notion of watching films from different countries and/or cultures quickly crosses the border into “work” for more people than might ever admit to it....

Now on Blu-ray: Criterion Unleashes BRUTE FORCE and THE NAKED CITY

By the mid-1940s, “Film Noir” was thoroughly established stylistically, though not yet by name. Undeniably, there was a prevailing mentality rooted in postwar societal darkness, and it had permeated Hollywood studio filmmaking. The movies’ inherent propensity for light and shadow...

Review: Criterion Rediscovers THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM

Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta's tense German political thriller gets a much-needed high-definition upgrade.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Upgrades Kiarostami's TASTE OF CHERRY

Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami returns to the roads of Iran on an exploratory quest about death and life.

Blu-ray Review: Cult Epics Gets Brassy With P.O. BOX TINTO BRASS / ISTINTOBRASS

A new, limited dual edition of Tinto Brass titles examines the erotica auteur's methods and legacy.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Revealing BETTY BLUE

Fair warning... In the interest of taking a more meaningful look, this critique contains references (non-specific) to the ending and various story points of Betty Blue and other films. The central extremism of the Freudian Madonna (mother)/whore dichotomy can, in theory, be...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Puts on SCORSESE SHORTS

Five early short films directed by Martin Scorsese arrive from The Criterion Collection, all sporting 4K restorations.

Blu-ray Review: AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Hooks Up With Criterion

Writer/director Paul Mazursky guides Jill Claybugrh to an Oscar nomination in this bit of essential 1970s cinema.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Welcomes ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW

As everything is going wonky in the world, it’s only fitting that July is early this year. Even more fitting that it’s not the month, but the filmmaking lady, Miranda July. It bears celebrating that quite recently this past spring,...

Blu-ray Review: THE CRANES ARE FLYING Takes Off as Criterion Blu-ray Upgrade

To come out of the gate pronouncing Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 World War II Soviet Homefront drama The Cranes Are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) as one of the finest films ever made might be an accurate assessment, but it wouldn’t necessarily be bringing anything new...

Review: WAR AND PEACE Blasts Lavishly as Criterion Blu-ray Set

Director Sergei Bondarchuk's seven-hour Leo Tolstoy adaptation aims to put Hollywood's Audrey Hepburn version to shame.

Now Streaming: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Brings the Saga to Its Inevitable End

J.J. Abrams returns to direct Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Adam Driver in a sci-fi adventure, now streaming on Disney+.

Blu-ray Review: Kiarostami's KOKER TRILOGY Envelopes Cinephiles

Between 1987 and 1994, the late venerated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami released three films that would serve not only as personal commentaries on life in his home territory of Koker, but also as examinations of how an artist’s ongoing work...

Blu-ray Review: Godard's LE PETIT SOLDAT Marches onto Criterion Blu-ray

“Cinema is truth at 24 frames per second.“   Any self-respecting student of deeper film history (casual or otherwise) has no doubt come upon the above quote credited to Jean-Luc Godard, perhaps multiple times.  It’s quick, snappy, and affirming nature makes...

Review: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Runs for the Brass Ring of Mediocrity

Jim Carrey, James Marsden, and Ben Schwartz star in a live-action Sega video game adaptation.

Review: THE DAYTRIPPERS Steers Into the Criterion Collection

Ultra-low budget indie comedy/drama stars Hope Davis, Liev Schreiber and Parker Posey.

Blu-ray Review: LOCAL HERO Arrives on Criterion Blu-ray, A Cynical Delight

Is it the old-world Scottish charm? The delightfully murky eco-morality of it all?  The chance to see Burt Lancaster acting all weird? What exactly is it that makes Bill Forsyth’s sublime 1983 film Local Hero click?   The charm of it is almost as...