Ace In the Hole Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Jun 20, 2014 DVDs Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Charles Tatum (Kirk Douglas, on fire) is a quick-witted reporter whose weakness for liquor has washed up all but the lowest of job prospects.  More

The Rise and Fall of The Clash DVD

Studio: Shout! Factory

Jun 13, 2014 DVDs Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Where the 2000 documentary The Clash: Westway to the World closes its book on The Clash's history with the end of the Mick Jones era, this 2012 film picks up the seeds of the band's disintegration and delves deeply into the rest of the story. More

Mar 31, 2014 DVDs Web Exclusive

The Wolf Of Wall Street plays like the hyper-tweaked third act of Goodfellas, and while Henry's final day turned off certain audiences in 1990, extended to 3 hours in Wall St., it's almost like an endurance test to excess. To some, that may sound like hell. To this reviewer, it's the best film of the year, and possibly the movie of the decade. More

Thief Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Feb 25, 2014 DVDs Web Exclusive

In what will likely go down as one of the most assured cinematic debuts, Michael Mann's Thief (from 1981) is a neon-drenched neo-noir heist flick, magnificently restored to its initial luster by the Criterion Collection. More

Dec 30, 2013 DVDs Web Exclusive

Criterion's recently released Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project is the box set of the year, showcasing digitally preserved restorations of six films on blu-ray for the first time: Touki Bouki (Senegal); Redes (Mexico); A River Called Titas (India and Bangladesh; Dry Summer (Turkey); Trances (Morocco); The Housemaid (South Korea). More

John Cassavetes: Five Films

Studio: Criterion

Dec 23, 2013 DVDs Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

John Cassavetes is as essential to independent film as The Velvet Underground are to independent music. The myriad roads he paved are echoed in canonized filmmakers as disparate as Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, and Mike Leigh. More

Dec 20, 2013 DVDs Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

Critics often dismiss Much Ado About Nothing as one of Shakespeare's most lightweight works. Joss Whedon's (The AvengersBuffy the Vampire Slayer) adaptation will do nothing to dissuade this opinion.  More

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