Nov 07, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Max Ophüls’ French 1953 production is widely regarded as one of the German-born director’s best, and Criterion’s presentation lives up to that reputation. More

Sep 23, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Set in a boys' orphanage during the Spanish Civil War, Guillermo Del Toro's third feature focuses on 12-year-old Carlos, whose father was killed on the front line. A bomb protrudes from the yard, unexploded; one of the boys disappeared on the night it fell from the sky. The children whisper of a ghost that haunts the grounds, whose sad sighs can be heard echoing in the halls. Outside these walls, the Nationalist army closes in, threatening to force the orphans from their home. More

Mud Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Lionsgate

Sep 23, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Not long ago, the phrase "Matthew McConaughey character actor" would've seemed more like a joke than an apt description of the A-list Southerner. As the title character in Jeff Nichols's fantastic new film Mud, McConaughey sinks his teeth into the gritty role of a drifter on the lam trying to reconnect with his ex, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). More

Spring Breakers Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Sep 23, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

In what comes as the most unexpectedly inspired casting of 2013, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers uses Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens as surrogates for the youthful American predicament: I'm tempted by the fruit even though it's ultimately indigestible. More

Sep 19, 2013 DVDs Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMT

Xan Cassavetesdaughter of actor-filmmaker John Cassaveteswrote and directed this grueling vampire tale. More

The Ice Storm

Studio: Criterion

Sep 13, 2013 DVDs Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMT

Ang Lee's phenomenally underrated film gets the Criterion treatment on Blu-ray. Gorgeously shot by Frederick Elmes, The Ice Storm follows two families in New Canaan, Connecticut over the Thanksgiving holiday in 1973.  More

Les Misérables Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Universal

May 17, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for Best Director for his mind-numbingly average character study The King's Speech, the sort of film that was made for middle American parents traveling to megaplexes around holiday time. When it was announced that his follow up would be the long-awaited film adaptation of the beloved Broadway classic Les Misérables, it felt as though his terribly British sensibilities might be a good match for the built-in drama of the iconic musical. After all, generations of fans already know the story, characters, and songs, so adequately capturing the spirit of the show should be victory in itself. He accomplishes this, to an extent. More

Feb 11, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Crafted with meticulous detail and restraint, The Kid With a Bike captures an intrinsic understanding of what it feels like when young people find themselves in that crucial moment of life when growing up isn't a choice, but rather an impreative. More

Feb 06, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

The first thing you'll probably notice about Luis Buñuel's final masterpiece, That Obscure Object of Desire, is that the female lead, Conchita, is interchangeably played by two actresses-Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina. For a director known for pushing the envelope both stylistically and thematically for nearly half a century, this contrivance was something new even for Buñuel. More