TAKE SHELTER Blu-ray Review

     February 22, 2012

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Take Shelter marks the second collaboration between Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and his Shotgun Stories writer/director Jeff Nichols, and it only serves to verify that the promise this pairing demonstrated with their first outing was no fluke. Also like Shotgun …

SOURCE CODE Blu-ray Review

     July 19, 2011

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Source Code is a fast-paced thriller in which the military can transport a soldier into the final 8 minutes of a dead man’s memory to gain access to a crime scene that has come and gone. This time-travelling plot device …

THE FIGHTER Blu-Ray Review

     April 6, 2011

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It’s easy to write off sports movies nowadays, as they’ve become predictable affairs that do their utmost to cram messages about overcoming social inequalities and unearned feel-goodness down our throats. The days of Rocky and, although I hesitate to label …

The Criterion Collection Now Available on Hulu Plus

     February 15, 2011

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Among film aficionados, the Criterion Collection can be a bittersweet product line: their releases represent the finest selection of international cinema of both yesteryear and today and boast immaculate transfers and packaging to boot, but our wallets are often too …

LEBANON Blu-Ray Review

     January 22, 2011

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Set during the First Lebanon War, Lebanon is an Israeli war film that is presented entirely from the perspective of a band of boyish soldiers operating a tank through desolate streets. I’ve always been a sucker for “one room” dramas-like …

RUSH HOUR Blu-ray Review

     January 21, 2011

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Having first seen director Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour with a less-refined taste in film during my youth may have left me a wee bit biased, but I still don’t consider it too much of a stretch to group this buddy-cop …


     January 19, 2011

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Director Anton Corbijn’s The American made decent bank at the box office in September with a $35.6 million domestic rake, and yet it currently sits at a less-than-enticing 38% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. This is doubtless a product of …

MICMACS Blu-ray Review

     December 29, 2010

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French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (A Very Long Engagement, Amélie) latest, Micmacs-a revenge tale laden with arms trade satire and a light dash of romance-has finally hit store shelves in the “U.S. of A.” For those film lovers unfamiliar with Jeunet’s …