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Blu-ray Review: George Cukor's HOLIDAY Is As Alive as Ever

The screwball genre may remember George Cukor most fondly for his Katherine Hepburne / Cary Grant vehicle, 1940’s The Philadelphia Story, which helped to rescue Kat from her cruel ‘box office poison’ tagging. But for my patronage, Cukor’s lesser-known, Holiday,...

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.

Blu-ray Review: FAIL SAFE: Everything Old is New Again

In 1964, Fail Safe was released. It was directed by the very influential and prolific director Sidney Lumet, an American master of cinema and television, who helmed films such as Network, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,...

Sundance 2020 Review: PALM SPRINGS Delivers Diversionary Pleasures for Our Darkest Timeline

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in writer-director Max Barbakow's romantic comedy.

Review: BIRDS OF PREY, Glitter And Gloss, Giggles And Gore, Gunpowder Girl Power, All This And More

Some break-ups are rougher than others. For a woman like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie, reprising her role from the spectacular disaster that was Suicide Squad), this break up is rougher than most. Formerly the Joker's right hand, at the opening...

Sundance 2020 Review: DOWNHILL Serves as a Reminder That Julia-Louis Dreyfus Is a National Treasure

Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers one of the best performances of her decades-long career; Nat Faxon and Jim Rash directed.

Dave Canfield's Favorite Film Books of 2019

Film-related books are a joy to behold and hold. Typically oversized and heavily illustrated, they allow a languorous exploration of their subject that no broadcast media or online experience does. Held in the lap, they invite physical and mental pauses, and...

Review: BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, These Bad Boys Are Now Grumpy Old Men

It's not an easy thing to pick up a franchise sixteen years after the last entry, especially when so much has changed in the interim. The two Bad Boys films left inedible marks on their times, with the first film...

Review: VHYES, A Jolt Cola Induced Surreal Flashback To The Analog Days Of Yore

The '80s were a wild time to grow up. Technology blooming all around us in new and bizarre ways created entire new types of obsession for adolescents. The mass proliferation of home recording devices gave rise to the VHS tape...

Blu-ray Review: BODY PARTS Will Have You in Pieces

The early 1990s was still the 1980s, really. Not just in terms of music, but clothes and films, too. Bombastic touches in special effects as well as in storytelling often went along with pleated pants, stonewashed jeans, shoulder pads, and...

Review: UNDERWATER, Monsters Stalk A Drilling Rig At The Bottom Of The Ocean

There's nothing quite as terrifying as the unknown. For centuries scientists and fiction writers have speculated about the mysterious realms beyond our terrestrial homes, both above and below the surface. There is something about the darkness of space and the...

Now Streaming: TOGO, Of Dafoe and a Dog

Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson star in the dramatic adventure, based on a true story. Ericson Core directed.

Review: Criterion's WHEN WE WERE KINGS Kills it on Blu-ray

When We Were Kings is an undeniably lean and mean piece of work; hard-hitting but not an attack, genuine while showcasing a grand hullabaloo. Boxing! Music! Ali! Foreman! Black power! Cinema power! In its tight eighty-eight-minute runtime, we casually witness the...

Blu-ray Review: THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE

The Criterion Collection has recently released The Story of Temple Drake, a film that was essentially lost to quite a few of us. It was adapted from the notorious William Faulkner novel "Sanctuary," and directed by Stephen Roberts (who made nearly...

Blu-ray Review: SILVER BULLET Shoots for the Heart

It's been a long, long time since I've seen the strange werewolf adaptation of Stephen King's novella, "Cycle of the Werewolf." Like many kids in the '80s, I'm sure, I saw this film way too young. There were images that...

Review: JUST MERCY, Infuriating As It May Be

Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, and Jamie Foxx star in the real-life legal drama, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Blu-ray Review: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Shout! Factory's genre label Scream Factory has become the Blu-ray home of legendary filmmaker John Carpenter as of the last few years, and the latest release is the kung-fu action flick Big Trouble in Little China. Made just before lead...

Review: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Is Mired in the Past

J.J. Abrams returns to direct Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Issac and Daisy Ridley.

Review: BLACK CHRISTMAS, Ass-Kicking Horror Heroines for a New Generation

I wish I could explain to people how exhausting it is sometimes to be a woman. To know how much we have to explain and justify our very existence. How everything we say or do is met with scepticism at...

Review: JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, New Adventures Await Old Heroes In This Satisfying Sequel

Okay, you got me. I'm an easy mark for the crowd-pleasing antics of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. While the Jumanji franchise is very clearly an ensemble driven enterprise, it's Johnson who looms largest on screen, both figuratively and literally. It's...