| May 4, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli isn't exactly a household name these days, but in the '50s and '60s his films were routinely released here. His 1958 “Big Deal on Madonna Street” was not only an art-house hit; it was also nominated for the...
| May 18, 2012
| 1:56 PM
My top-10 films from last year are slowly making their way to home video, the latest being this mysterious relationship drama from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (“Taste of Cherry,” “Crimson Gold”) — certainly his most...
| May 25, 2012
| 2:48 PM
When “Maverick” debuted in 1957, it immediately made James Garner a star. Garner and Jack Kelly costarred as Western gamblers Bret and Bart Maverick (respectively), with only a few episodes having both together. (Roger Moore joined in as...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 10:52 AM
In “The Campaign” — released in August — Will Ferrell (often very funny) shared center stage with Zach Galifianakis (often entirely annoying). Even if Ferrell's not at his very best (which would be “Anchorman”), he's...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Fairies are beating strippers in DVD sales.
Walt Disney Studios' new direct-to-DVD title "Disney Fairies: Secret of the Wings" was the No. 1-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc for the week ended Oct. 27, according to research firm Rentrak Corp.
| Jun 1, 2012
| 2:34 PM
Back in the late sixties, when Robert Downey Jr.was a toddler, his filmmaker father could get away with signing his movies “Robert Downey (a prince).” But ever since Junior hit the big time, Downey pere has had to put a “Sr.” after...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 8:02 AM
"John Carter's" journey into Redbox kiosks may be as complicated as a flight to Mars.
Walt Disney Studios has decided to not sell its DVDs to any rental outlets, including Redbox, Netflix and Blockbuster, until 28 days after they go on sale.
| Jun 16, 2012
| 1:12 PM
Back in 1994 — long before his modest commercial success with “28 Days Later...” and his Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” — director Danny Boyle made the transition from TV to movies with “Shallow Grave.”...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 2:22 PM
Back in 1999 (31 years after its 1968 debut), a restored version of this animated Beatles film was shown in theaters and issued on DVD, with a stereo remix and the “Hey, Bulldog!” scene (deleted in the original American version) reinstated....
| Apr 20, 2012
| 3:11 PM
Back in 1978, right before rap started to take over the world, an aspiring filmmaker named Andrew Davis — who would later go on to direct “Under Siege” and “The Fugitive” — managed to scrape together the money for...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 3:15 PM
I can't really explain why I love the 1988 “Phantasm II” (written and directed by Don Coscarelli, whose recent “John Dies at the End” is so far this year's most entertaining film). It runs counter to every analytical notion I...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:20 AM
You don't have to approve of Elia Kazan's testimony before HUAC to recognize his 1954 “On the Waterfront” as a brilliant film, whose influence changed the face of American movies. Somehow both lyrical and hard-edged at the same time, this tale...