Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
Ace in the Hole
The Age of the Medici
Baby Face Nelson
- Excerpt: An attempt by the late Mickey Rooney to redefine himself as a pugnaciously plebeian, gritty character actor, this is one of the brighter nuggets to be found in the silt of his mid-career.
The Beast of Hollow Mountain
Billy Rose’s Jumbo
The Candy Snatchers
Christmas in July
Crocodile Dundee / Crocodile Dundee II
- Excerpt: My family loved the first film but only thought the second half of the sequel entertaining. The first half, it was as if the filmmakers couldn’t quite figure out what to do with Dundee.
- Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, “D.O.A.” foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko — via polonium-210 — by a half-century.
Destroy All Monsters: “Back to the Future” and The Power of Love
Dracula: Prince of Darkness
Frankenstein Created Woman
Goodbye Uncle Tom
- Excerpt: This strange and audacious condemnation of American slavery, made by controversial Italian shockumentarians Jacopetti and Prosperi… is equal parts outrage and exploitation, with a side of absurdity.
I Was A Teenage Werewolf
The Mask of Dimitrios
The Neanderthal Man
- Excerpt: …displays the trappings of spirituality, but it doesn’t have a real spiritual message to convey.
- Excerpt: Quentin Durward is a fun, loose adventure film, one that works well on something very close to a self-satirising level for star Robert Taylor and director Richard Thorpe.
The Ten Commandments
- Excerpt: It presents its subject with such unrestrained grandiloquence that at times, the exhibition verges on pageantry. Nevertheless the drama is an unqualified success.
Think Fast, Mr. Moto
Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich
Recent Home Video Releases
Big Bad Wolves
- Excerpt: ‘Big Bad Wolves’ is a fairy tale designed to terrify parents instead of children.
- Excerpt: The South Korean action picture Commitment offers a solid helping of martial arts, gunplay, and a little romance.
Escape from Tomorrow
- Excerpt: Whatever the technical intrigue of a film shot guerilla-style at Disney World, the would-be surreal midlife crisis that ended up onscreen doesn’t work… at all.
The Selfish Giant
- Excerpt: Writer/director Clio Barnard makes her feature debut with a fable spawned from an Oscar Wilde children’s story but plays more like a pint sized “Of Mice and Men.”
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
- Excerpt: TheThing080 One of the greatest qualities of The Thing, however, is its embrace of ambiguity in the situation not merely to excite the audience with mystery but as a dramatic end—and not in that schematic manner of more gimmicky films.