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Blu Ray Review: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Those wanting a faithful adaptation of the iconic comic book will get their money's worth.  As a filmed adaptation, it is stymied only by a curious bit of miscasting and material that just-plain doesn't work as well on the screen as it did on the page.

DVDs: Bourne Legacy, Trouble With The Curve and Other Movies You'll Regret in the Morning

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

You know the walk of shame? That's the idea in movies that when someone has a one-night stand, they walk home the next morning, certain everyone is aware of their bad decision. You should think about the walk of shame you have to make back to Redbox after renting a lame movie.

DVDs: Lawrence of Arabia Still Dazzles With Intelligence

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.29.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It was two in the morning and I just wanted to check out the picture and sound quality of this new restoration. Almost against my will, I was mesmerized once again by one of the most intelligent, complex and fascinating depictions of an historical figure on film.

Blu Ray Review: The Dark Knight Returns Part I (2012)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.25.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The Dark Knight Returns Part I delivers exactly what it promises and little more.  It does indeed bring the Frank Miller comic to animated life with as much faithfulness as can be expected.

DVDs: No Excuses! Catch Footnote, Deep Blue Sea, Margaret & More

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.30.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Seriously, has there ever been a better time to be a movie buff? Even if you're not wowed by Hollywood's current blockbusters, you have the entire history of cinema virtually at your fingertips.

Review: Superman Vs. the Elite (2012)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Rather than take multi-issue story arcs and try to whittle them down to 65-75 minutes, this time we have a single 'important' comic book brought to life in a perfectly appropriate 74 minutes.

DVDs: Scorsese Stumbles, Cruise Soars and Much More

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Madonna's career will surely inspire countless documentaries and studies in the future. But the Truth Or Dare film -- which might have been a concert throwaway -- is in fact a pretty enduring look at media manipulation and how she exploited the spotlight.

DVDs: Tintin Can't Defeat Creepy Motion-Capture Animation Style

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Tintin is all about pell-mell adventure but the rather bland hero could use some fleshing out, in every sense of the word.

DVDs: Tinker Tailor Quietly Brilliant; Peak for Oldman

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's not as if this sober, subtle spy film was ignored -- it was one of the most acclaimed films of the year and received three Oscar nominations. But I think the stock of this remarkable achievement is going to rise steadily.

DVDs: Some of the Best (and Worst) Movies of the Year

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

DVD releases keep coming fast and furious, with this week's batch including some of the best movies put out in 2011... and some of the worst. Ain't that always the way?

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin After the mad rush of December releases, the early months of the new year are usually fallow--except for films that opened briefly ...

Leonard Maltin's Top Five Indie Film Recommendations

Leonard Maltin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

It takes the better part of a year to survive the continuous stream of mediocre movies (and worse) so we can finally get to "the good stuff." Now that we have a bounty of first-rate movies to choose from, we have to insulate ourselves from the awards-season hype that touts good films as great and fine performances as brilliant. Seasoned moviegoers—and critics—have their work cut out for them.

Blu Ray Review: Batman: Year One -- The Danger With Adapting Overly Literate Comics

Scott Mendelson | Posted 12.11.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The ideas and concepts first found in Frank Miller's Batman: Year One have been so pilfered through over the last 25 years that it feels strange to see this work adapted for film without any narrative alterations.

DVD Review: John Carpenter Returns to Horror With The Ward

Scott Mendelson | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

That this film was given a token theatrical release just last month is only because it happens to be helmed by one of the more respected horror filmmakers of the 1970s and 1980s. But the era of John Carpenter is long over.

Blu Ray Review: Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2D version) 2010 97 minutes rated PG Available December 17th on DVD, Blu Ray, 3D Blu Ray, iTunes, and D...

Blu Ray Review: The Town (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The extended cut really gives fans their money's worth, with nearly a half-hour of extra character development and a bit more action during the major set-pieces.

Blu Ray Review: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The best part of this little mini-movie is the return of George Newbern as Superman.

Hackers: A Comically Inept Movie With Perhaps the Worst Computer Visuals of the '90s

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

In 1995's absurd Hackers, the internet is depicted as a psychedelic trip. Not even a young Angelina Jolie can prevent the film from coming off like an amateurish mess.

Sita Sings the Blues: A Vibrant Ramayana Retelling with Humor and Pathos

Alex Remington | Posted 01.25.2010 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Cartoonist Nina Paley spent six years making Sita Sings the Blues, a tragic love story about a prince named Rama who suspects his wife Sita has been unfaithful.

Outlander: Somehow, Unfortunately, Low-Budget Beowulf + Aliens Isn't Awesome

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

I criticized the Korean monster flick The Host as a movie that understood its genre but didn't add much of its own. The same can be said of Howard McC...

SNL's Golden Age End

Dennis Perrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dennis Perrin

When Jake and Elwood Blues took their act onscreen, they left behind a thriving, coke-fueled franchise. SNL's fourth season was its most popular to da...