Apr 21, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

It may be a little too soon to be making a biopic on the life and death of The Notorious B.I.G.—aka Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace—but Notorious provides an oddly sympathetic take on an individual who, as displayed, seems to have been a bit of a selfish (and not-too-bright) prick. Biggie was talented, though, with a gift for words and rhymes. Soul Food director George Tillman, Jr. has a passion for the subject and fills the story with capable actors who disappear into their roles. More

Apr 15, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Some properties shouldn’t be adapted period, and some properties shouldn’t be adapted by Frank Miller. I’ve always thought of comic book writer Miller (Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns) as a mostly one-trick pony who relishes extreme violence, the objectification of women, and more violence; I would place his screenplay for Robocop 2 very high (or low) in the pantheon of worst sequels ever, killing one of the best postmodern takes on Frankenstein to date. But I digress. The Spirit is complete garbage. More

I.O.U.S.A. DVD

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Apr 10, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Patrick Creadon’s I.O.U.S.A. couldn’t have come at a better time. As President Obama and his administration have a great deal of work to do, perhaps the biggest problem they are facing is the United States economy—including our staggering national debt. More

Doubt Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Miramax

Apr 10, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Playwright, screenwriter, and director John Patrick Shanley hasn’t directed a film since 1990s underrated Joe Versus the Volcano. Eighteen years later, his film followup is an adaptation of Doubt: A Parable, his 2005 play that won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. More

Apr 10, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Joel and Ethan Coen had been in a tremendous slump before the release of this 2007 Best Picture Oscar winner. After the limp remake of The Ladykillers and the insufferable Intolerable Cruelty, the Coens finally found the right source material in Cormac McCarthy’s modern genre classic and made arguably their best film since Fargo. More

Slumdog Millionaire

Studio: Fox

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Danny Boyle’s followup to his Freddy Krueger-in-space epic Sunshine ended up winning Hollywood’s most prestigious award, an Oscar for Best Picture. More

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

Studio: Warner Premiere

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

By now, the Watchmen movie has come and mostly gone. It was a decidedly mixed bag, ambitious as all get-out, but unfortunately crippled by its slavish devotion to the original source material, as exemplified by wooden dialogue and a cheesy sex scene—not to mention some of the lamest music usage in recent memory. In order to make back all the money that was spent on the movie, several tie-in products are being released to coincide with all of the hype. More

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

The Toronto Peace Festival must have been something back in 1969, with artists such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the titular star of this DVD, Little Richard. More

What We Do Is Secret DVD

Studio: Peace Arch/ Rhino

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The story of Darby Crash, lead singer of L.A. punk band The Germs, is held under a microscope in Rodger Grossman’s What We Do Is Secret. Shane West plays lead singer Darby Crash, a drug using, self-abusing, promiscuous rock star; in other words, a cliché that we’ve seen a thousand times. More