A Hijacking

Studio: Magnolia

Dec 19, 2013 DVDs Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

Forget about that other big-budget extravaganza covering the same territory: Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking is a tenser, more credibly harrowing account of a Somali pirate takeover, and one that packs a bigger emotional punch to boot. More

Dec 16, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Big Star was a life-changing band. The truth is, it still is. The recent documentary on the band, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, is an essential document of the what, how, and ultimate why of this fact. More

Dec 16, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Imagine Dexter, only recombined as a gloriously stylized feature length Italian film from the early '70s, and that still doesn't scrape the surface of the awesome Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion by Elio Petri. More

Simon Killer DVD

Studio: MPI Home Video

Dec 13, 2013 DVDs Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

Simon Killer, directed by Antonio Campos (Afterschool), is a stark glimpse at the metamorphosis of a borderline misogynist into a full-blown sociopath. Brady Corbet dazzles as the titular Simon, an American studying abroad and seeking to forget his ex-girlfriend via a sordid journey into increasingly violent and dangerous sexual encounters.

Seconds Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Nov 07, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Arthur Hamilton consults a secret organization which promises him a new life and identity. He signs their contract; his death is staged and he’s wheeled into plastic surgery. He wakes up as Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson), a mildly successful painter with a trendy social circle.  More

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