Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.
- Excerpt: One of the best-looking and smartest sci-fi films of the modern era.
Babes in Toyland
- Excerpt: Walt Disney is quoted as saying that he made movies “for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” But Babes in Toyland seems like one film that was strictly for the kids.
- Excerpt: There is very little reason for anyone to sit through “Beloved Infidel”. If you aren’t a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, actually, there is probably zero appeal when the film is presented at face value.
- Excerpt: Among the many genius works of renaissance man Charlie Chaplin, City Lights stands as a singular achievement. City Lights is, as its name suggests, lit from within because of the emotional depth of the connection between The Tramp and The Girl.
The Day After Tomorrow
- Excerpt: Trite really isn’t doing justice to the degree to which [the film] has not a single thought, character, or line of dialogue that hadn’t been run into the ground.
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- Excerpt: Dr. Strangelove helped to define something about the modern world that has survived even as the Cold War has faded. The apocalyptic anxiety it diagnosed and treated with mockery and gallows humour has hardly vanished, but has rather faded to the background static in our daily lives.
- Excerpt: …we get a crybaby running from a cowboy who needs a shower.
- Excerpt: If this was somehow Pixar’s only film, we would all hold it up as the masterpiece by which all modern animation is measured. Since it is not and instead represents a small, ever-shrinking sliver of the studio’s oeuvre, it is a lot easier and more tempting to point out minor quibbles, like the fact that relatively few of the film’s many characters make a lasting impression on us.
Happy Birthday to Me
- Excerpt: A great deal more complex than it has any right or reason to be.
Les Misérables (1998)
- Excerpt: Victor Hugo’s intimate epic unfolds a lot more convincingly with spoken word than with live-recorded song.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Excerpt: The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined.
On the Beach
- Excerpt: The scenario – one of the best in Stanley Kramer’s filmography – is uniquely human in the annals of post-nuclear cinema.
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Passion in the Desert
- Excerpt: A very strange love story indeed.
Reign of Fire
- Excerpt: Dragons, man. That’s all we’re really here to see, and they do not disappoint in the slightest.