Latest DVD Reviews
Grindhouse (Planet Terror & Death Proof) (2007)
isn't great cinema, but it is a genuine event picture, a rare good reason to venture out on a Friday night with a big crowd and the necessary wad of cash.
Jet Li's Fearless (2006)
If this is Li's epic swan song, it's a reasonably graceful exit.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Ledger slips into the purple suit as if it were an animal skin for a primal, archetypal dance...Nolan's richly realized adaptation of a modern American mythology fulfills our faith in the material and its interpreters.
The X-Files (1998)
For fans, it's the equivalent of a "very special episode," with a beefed up budget and an imperative to advance the storyline at least a little
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
A fantasy, so it's not obligated to be logical, but it should at least have
logic and follow its own set of rules. A failure to do so untethers the film.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Interesting enough as a symbolic drama of conflicting and conflicted beliefs. But this is also supposed to be a spooky movie, right?
Encounters at the End of the World (2008)
A Discovery Channel production about Antarctica that breaks the mold with Herzog's eccentric musings and auteur's eye.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The movie's crackpot message—'To make something special, you just have to believe it's special'—may best be proven by the existence of this funny, unpretentious crowd-pleaser.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Adamson is willing to jettison Lewis' 'quaint' (I'd say loveable) whimsy and mythical acumen in favor of more martial sequences that'll sucker in the
Lord of the Rings
Delivers slam-bang action entertainment, and does it while putting a surprising twist on the archetypal heroic journey.
In the hands of Will Ferrell,
beats a hackneyed script into submission and cajoles smiles and chuckles from obvious material.
Torchwood: The Complete First Season (2006)
The show can be summed up in a single exchange between the flirty Captain Jack and audience surrogate Gwen. 'I'm getting tired of following you,' says Gwen. 'No you're not,' Jack replies. 'And you never will.'
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Lazarus' cliched idea of a black man is funny in itself...but Downey's immersive take on the immersive actor is pure genius.
The Polar Express (2004)
The film's only fatal failing is its inability to make any of the characters seem real. Most of them are downright creepy in their doll-like inexpressiveness.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
Provides a strong showcase for four deserving actresses and healthy lessons for an underserved audience of girls and young women.
It's best not to ask too many questions...Take the film's outstretched hand and go with it. That's the best way to enjoy a film that's as charming as a tale of two robots falling in love can be.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Redundant, boring, and not terribly attractive in telling a story more suited for the Junior Fiction shelves of your local library than the screens of your local multiplex.
Mad Money (2008)
A typical studio cast-off...[not] enough to justify letting go of your own hard-earned cash.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
The line from special effects whiz Ray Harryhausen to director Guillermo del Toro has never been so clearly visible...
Get Smart (2008)
For the summer months, it'll do nicely, and we can all thank our lucky stars that we get Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart.
Supernatural: The Complete Third Season (2007)
As TV timewasters go,
can be awfully entertaining.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
In a Barbie world, American Girl Kit Kittredge is a hero, and
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Journey to the Center of the Earth (3D) (2008)
The young lads in your family will thank you for taking them, but I'm not sure about anyone else.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
First-time director John Glen knows what's needed to create suspense...put the series' trademark wit, women, and song alongside the high-stakes adventure of a more brutal 007.
Live and Let Die (1973)
I know I probably shouldn't like
Live and Let Die
, but I do. This crackpot entry, the eighth, in the long-running James Bond series, is figuratively all over the map...
Sean Connery's fourth Bond film,
, slips from the peak of
From Russia with Love
, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide.
From Russia With Love (1963)
Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond became his personal favorite, and that of many Bond fans around the world.
Dr. No (1962)
The Bond series developed a winning formula, and this prototypical adventure featured many elements that stuck...
Die Another Day (2002)
For most of
Die Another Day
's incorrigible 132 minutes, I had a bloody good time.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
George Lucas adopted a new mantra: 'It's only a movie, it's only a movie, it's only a movie.' And he's right. It'll certainly do for a Friday night. But to...fans, the 1980s films are more than movies.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
A deathless comedy classic.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk
gets 'er done, but while "Hulk smash!" is essential, it's also undeniably uninteresting when handed over to a computer.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
What a pleasure it is, then, to report that Burton's version tends more to the abattoir than the amusement park...
30 Rock: Season 2 (2007)
Despite the stress of the strike, creator/head writer/star Tina Fey and her sterling team of writers and actors crafted new highs for the series...
Inside the Actors Studio: Robin Williams (2001)
Between flurries of schtick, Williams discusses his formative years, credits his acting teachers by name, and offers philosophical insights into the actor's craft.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...
Iron Man (2008)
Favreau fully respects the material, and brings to the table a highly developed sense of humor and—praise the heavens—taste.
With its faithful rendering of a true inspirational story,
earns its sentiment...an irresistable inspirational movie for all ages.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
A crowd-pleasing romantic comedy with enough complexity to set it ahead of the pack.
Risky Business (1983)
It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares.
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