Latest Home Video Reviews
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Adheres to the popular tastes of its time; since this is an era of color-corrected, 5.1-surround-sound, pseudo-spiritual action epics, Gibson zealously tells his tale in action-movie language.
The Ladykillers (1955)
Ealing Studios represented, for many years, the gold standard in British comedy film production. Films like The Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets, and The Ladykillers bolstered Alec Guinnes...
The Day of the Locust (1975)
With Nathanael West's 1939 novel as his vehicle, director John Schlesinger used what was left of the studio system to savage Hollywood in his seventies opus The Day of the Locust. Ironically, Schlesi...
The Big Store (1941)
Even at the Marxes' nadir, Harpo lends physical energy, Chico gets some funny malapropisms...and Groucho is in fine fettle when he's allowed.
Night and Day (1946)
Night and Day, a Technicolor curiosity "based on the career of Cole Porter," bares scant resemblance to the life of Cole Porter. If not for flashes of flair from an uncomfortable-looking Cary Grant a...
Shrek 2 (2004)
The perfect sort of movie to pay attention to in the back of a minivan.
A Night in Casablanca (1946)
In the greater Marx canon...a relatively minor effort, but after a slow, expository start, the film slowly, steadily makes a case for itself as a fine comic adventure.
Room Service (1938)
This oft-dismissed exception in the Marx Brothers canon includes no musical numbers and only a few bits specifically tailored to the brothers...underrated.
At the Circus (1939)
Though it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts, some of the parts are quite good and, even off their game, the Marx Brothers usually deliver the goods.
A Night at the Opera (1935)
A highly influential, laugh-out-loud film-comedy masterpiece.
A Day at the Races (1937)
Thoroughly entertaining...light-footed...repository for another handful of elaborate and indelible comedy scenarios.
Old Yeller (1957)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (TV) (2002)
The official story of Walt Disney, the genius, and it's surely a story worth telling.
Charlotte Gray (2001)
Charlotte Gray is one of those odd-duck historical fiction films that ignores the scintillating truth and instead spins a frustrating web of simplistic half-truths. With the appropriate panache, audi...
A Walk to Remember (2002)
You may have heard that A Walk to Remember is a pleasant antidote to postmodern teen flicks and gross-out "romantic" comedies. For much of its running time, this assessment is accurate...which makes...
The Great Race (1965)
The sort of movie that beats one into submission, Blake Edwards's The Great Race hails from that bygone era when epic, big-budget comedies had "guest stars" and lavishly recreated an even more bygone...
Skin Deep (1989)
Blake Edwards's Skin Deep is that most idiosyncratic type of movie that contributes to a prominent director's ouevre without adding much distinction (except the invitation of autobiographical analysi...
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
A seminal comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age, Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington spins a fascinating depression-era morality tale with heart and humor. The film also epitomizes its director, Frank Capra, w...
The deeply personal and highly ambitious Bulworth provides a great vehicle for Warren Beatty in the waning phase of his stardom. Beatty, along with a handful of his contemporaries, has etched out an...
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