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Review: Criterion Presents Three Films by Mai Zetterling

Confrontational and bold, the directorial work of successful actress-turned-filmmaker Mai Zetterling exhibits an almost meta grab of her own career.  Once relegated to starring in male-driven flights of fancy and whatnot, the eventual Swedish expatriate opted in the 1950s to make...

LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY Blu-ray Review: Heroic Brotherhood, Clashing Swords

Directed by John Woo in 1979. Criterion's new disc looks properly awesome.

Blu-ray Review: INDIA SONG and BAXTER, VERA BAXTER, Marguerite Duras Celebrated by Criterion

Marguerite Duras was a renaissance woman. An author, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker, her life and work spanned the 20th century and yet she is often forgotten by cinephiles, or at least remains something of a footnote, mainly known for her...

Criterion in May 2023: BRANDED TO KILL Fights With WINGS OF DESIRE, TARGETS and THELMA & LOUISE

As if that weren't enough, CĂ©line Sciamma's 'Petite Maman' is also due for release.

Blu-ray Review: THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION, The Poetics of Resistance

With only one or two 'big' names known, even among cinephines, cinema from sub-saharan Africa has often been neglected both on the festival and the art house cinema circuit. Perhaps also because of the way the filmmakers use the...

Now on Blu-ray: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, Into a Cultural Revolution

Todd Haynes' absorbing documentary gets the Criterion treatment, with choice extras and an audio commentary with the director and the editors.

Blu-ray Review: COOLEY HIGH, The Joys of Black Teen Life

Directed by Michael Schulz and written by Eric Monte, the film stars Glynnis Turman and Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs.

Criterion in February 2023: 4K THREE COLORS and DAZED AND CONFUSED Raise the Bar

In the Northern Hemisphere, February finds much of Canada, as well as parts of the U.S., under cover of darkness, snow and ice. The only shining glow comes from the television. If you anticipate this being your lot in life...

Blu-ray Review: THE INFERNAL AFFAIRS TRILOGY, Magnificent Hong Kong Cinema Milestone

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung and Alan Mak Siu Fair directed the landmark trilogy, starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang, now out from Criterion Collection.

Criterion in January 2023: THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN and Some Other Movies

Also out in the new year: 'Bergman Island,' 'Imitation of Life,' 'This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection' and Lars von Trier's 'Europe Trilogy.'

Blu-ray Review: SOUND OF METAL, The Loss of Sound and the Fury

A criticism often levelled at me when I was growing up was that I spoke too loudly; this habit made people assume that I was obnoxious, or felt what I had to say was more important than anyone else. And...

4K Review: History Repeats Itself in LE CORBEAU

The Criterion Collection’s excellent 4K offerings keep growing, and on September 20 in North America, the company will release the formerly controversial film Le Corbeau. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (Les Diaboliques, The Wages of Fear), Le Corbeau was his second...

Blu-ray Review: BUCK AND THE PREACHER Blasts Away Western Cobwebs

Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte star in Poitier's directorial debut, a rambunctious Western that aims to correct the U.S. historical record. From The Criterion Collection.

Criterion in November 2022: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE in 4K and INFERNAL AFFAIRS Trilogy Remastered

Have I died? Is this Paradise? I say this because I (think) I just read that the Criterion Collection will be releasing Wong Kar Wai's transcendently beautiful In the Mood for Love in 4K. It doesn't really matter when (November...

Criterion in October 2022: CURE and Other Classics

Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Cure is one of the very few movies that made me stop breathing. I was in the middle of a full house for a screening at Asian Film Festival of Dallas. My blood ran cold. I started breathing...

4K Review: THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

Sophia Coppola’s debut feature, The Virgin Suicides, has been given the 4K restoration treatment by the discerning folks at The Criterion Collection. Released last week here in North America, this release also comes with a combo Blu-ray with supplements and...

4K Review: SHAFT

The Criterion Collection has tons of great new 4K releases lately, including groundbreaker Gordon Parks’ (The Learning Tree, Leadbelly) Shaft.   This 1971 cultural sucker punch had an undeniable effect on the film industry then, helping launch the Blaxploitation phenomenon. If...

Blu-ray Review: THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT, In All Its Vulgar Glory

If I ever meet an extraterrestrial who asks me to help shed some light on America in the 20th century, high on its modern Earth watchlist would be Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It. For my money, it is,...

4K Review: Criterion's Sublime, Horrifying THE PIANO

The Piano is a difficult and amazing film. It asks viewers to fully invest in the images, sounds, in its nuances, subtext, foreshadowing, and provocations. It’s not a difficult film to understand on its most surface level, but it is...

Coming Soon on Criterion: EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE) Leads April Releases

'Walker,' The Girl Can't Help It,' 'Miracle in Milan,' 'Round Midnight' and 'For All Mankind' also will be unleashed.