Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.
Adventure in Iraq
The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
- Excerpt: Humphrey Bogart stars as a rebellious surgeon in the Korean War, looking to woo a pretty nurse and to save lives even when his orders otherwise demand he take the safe path. No, it’s not the original version of M*A*S*H, but it very well could have been.
- Excerpt: After nearly fifty years, Hitchcock’s monster movie just doesn’t fly.
The Brothers Bloom
Cell 2455, Death Row
- Excerpt: …an affable, good-natured comedy, thanks to its stars and director, who never push it too far beyond gentle political and social satire and light romance.
- Excerpt: The Demoniacs explores a new aesthetic for Jean Rollin, one that I’d dub “beach Gothic”: there are scenes set in a ship cemetery, a battered girl in a nightgown crawling along the shoreline past a congregation of carefully arranged crabs, and a pirate’s tavern decorated with bat wings and death’s heads.
Dr. Who and the Daleks
The Green Slime
- Excerpt: It’s at or near the pinnacle of cheapo effects, like a discounted 50’s monster movie injected with borrowed cool 60’s style.
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
- Excerpt: Applied to death-defying action expertly staged by Spielberg, accompanied by a classical hero’s theme by John Williams, and personified by traditional movie star Harrison Ford, these fairly ordinary traits elevate to iconicity. To not know Indiana Jones is to not know cinema or American culture or historical fiction.
It Happened One Night
- Excerpt: There’s something seminal about this freaky film that mixes black comedy with dashes of horror and flecks of surrealism…
The Living Daylights
- Excerpt: Dalton gets a chance to demonstrate a fascinating, if slightly too actorly take on [James Bond].
Lone Wolf and Cub
- Excerpt: Heads are split open, torsos are cut in two, but the movies themselves are uncut.
Moving Mountains: The Story of the Yiu Mien
- Excerpt: This 1989 documentary is extraordinary in its prescient advice for current waves of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Excerpt: One of Keaton’s best and most beloved films.
- Excerpt: Pet Sematary is a film designed to scare audiences, to make children burst out in tears and later be haunted by nightmares.
- Excerpt: …one of the most witless horror movies I’ve sat through, essentially a zombie ghost story that’s wholly predictable throughout.
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
- Excerpt: A transgression against the bear of little brain.
- Excerpt: Raoul Walsh’s genre-spanning 1947 western “Pursued” is pure Old Hollywood. Starring Robert Mitchum as a troubled rancher trying to sort out his past and be with the woman he loves, “Pursued” combines romance, action, and melodrama to make for one heck of an entertaining picture.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
- Excerpt: The action is so relentlessly repetitive that it ceases to be as cool as the director plainly imagines it to be a very long time before the end of the movie .
The Ring (1927)
Sisters of the Gion
- Excerpt: La Strada has an unmistakable other-ness to it as well, as it is an early precursor to the sort of magical realism the would take hold in Fellini’s late-career efforts.
- Excerpt: Tupac’s evolution as an artist showed us a young man who was an activist, involved in the community, who showed signs of becoming a more self-aware and self-critical artist, as his music moved from the political to the personal.
The World Is Not Enough
- Excerpt: Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist is, shockingly enough, the LEAST of The World Is Not Enough’s problems.