Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.
- Excerpt: The upbeat, innocent Annie is an easy target for ridicule, but it’s also a reliable source of musical entertainment that is capably transferred to the big screen.
- Excerpt: Autopsy is over the top within its first few minutes, and as such, is something of a masterpiece of excess and dubious taste.
Billy Bathgate & Blaze
- Excerpt: It isn’t hard to figure out how Billy Bathgate and Blaze wound up sharing one of these Double Feature Blu-rays. Both Touchstone Pictures films are adult period dramas made at the turn of the 1990s with a seasoned movie star taking top billing.
Dead Heat (1988)
- Excerpt: Dead Heat is dumb, but it’s a dumb well worth sharing with friends.
- Excerpt: Bloodhounds will get what they want out of “Demons 2″; there’s just a daunting amount of filler to sift through beforehand.
Die Another Day
- Excerpt: An old Bond for a new century, in which 50-year-old Brosnan, just starting to show his age, has to share time with an amazing glut of awful CGI.
Evil Dead Trap
- Excerpt: A gnarly darling of the Asia shock scene once upon a time, “Evil Dead Trap” has found its tired self supplanted by more clever flicks that know how to marry cuckoo visuals with some semblance of story and logic.
Father Hood & Life with Mikey
- Excerpt: This pairing of Father Hood and Life with Mikey illustrates the dilemma that Mill Creek’s Double Feature Blu-rays are bound to pose to some customers, which is: Do you like one film enough to overlook the other?
Fear and Desire
- Excerpt: While Fear and Desire may not be an essential piece of the Kubrick canon, it is certainly an essential piece of film history.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Excerpt: …a tragedy about disillusionment disguised as a comedy about rebellion.
- Excerpt: Celebrating Halloween with a look back at a monster movie classic…
- Excerpt: The cult appeal of “I, Madman” is understandable, but why the film came to give its own plot an indifferent shrug is not.
It Happened One Night / The Awful Truth
- Excerpt: For the soon-to-be-lovers in It Happened One Night as well as Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth, reverting to childish behavior is not a way of evading emotional truths as much as it is part of a process of revealing them.
The Lair of the White Worm
- Excerpt: The story’s various pieces just don’t fit together entirely well, and the AWFUL, music video-y hallucinations that like popping up unannounced yank you out of the atmosphere lickety split.
Lisa and the Devil
- Excerpt: At its best it plays like the dream of a mad ghost; but overall this sepulchral tale is too lifeless for a general recommendation.
The Mummy (1932)
- Excerpt: Celebrating Halloween with a look at Boris Karloff’s OTHER iconic horror creation.
- Excerpt: Sometimes dead is better.
- Excerpt: The care and attention on display throughout the film is phenomenal. Tati and his team created a perfect example of a faceless, identikit world in which everything and everyone looks and acts the same, and the film is closer in spirit to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis than it is most other comedies.
- Excerpt: The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of one of the greatest horror movies ever made prompts celebration and sky-high expectations.
Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
- Excerpt: Both Sister Act movies are feel-good escapist fun that has brightened many a childhood and sick day over the past twenty years. I’m glad and a little surprised to find that these two light comedies hold up as well as I remember them.
- Excerpt: Hollywood never made a better film about the industry eating its own.
Sweet Home Alabama
- Excerpt: If an alien came to our planet unfamiliar with but intrigued by the notion of a modern romantic comedy, this would be, along with The Proposal, one of your best bets to demonstrate the format in its most typical form.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait
- Excerpt: …having the bad guys discuss the toll playing their roles had on their minds and careers unveils a whole other fascinating level.
There Will Be Blood
This Is Cinerama
The Tigger Movie
- Excerpt: The Tigger Movie is a nice, blank children’s movie; it is a dismaying betrayal of Tigger himself.
- Excerpt: …a film that would have been better off going for cheap thrills instead of introducing social commentary it never bothers developing anyway.
Wake in Fright
The World Is Not Enough
- Excerpt: One of the worst James Bond movies ever.