| 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....
| 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...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:28 PM
There are literally dozens of movies about the Titanic; this 1953 Hollywood version is one of the three best-known (the other two being Roy Ward Baker's “A Night to Remember” and James Cameron's modest little 1997 chamber drama). Like Cameron,...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:10 AM
For whatever reason, Martin McDonagh's “Seven Psychopaths” — one of the best films of last year — didn't find its audience. The poster was both blah and misleading, and it probably didn't help that this gun-rich, blood-soaked...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:20 PM
This odd (but pleasantly low-priced) new release might be called "Jackie Chan's Most Uncharacteristic Hits." Both showcase Jackie in almost totally non-comic contexts. By definition then, these are not in the league of the "Police Story," "Project A" or...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 4:50 PM
"Dredd," also known under certain circumstances as "Dredd 3D," is one of several films last year that seemed "better than they had any right to be." This semi-compliment most frequently applies to movies — particularly remakes, gratuitous sequels,...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 3:16 PM
When “The Last Stand,” Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback film, is released on Jan. 18, Kim Jee-woon (“A Tale of Two Sisters,” “The Good, the Bad, the Weird”) will become the first Korean director to break into Hollywood....
| Dec 31, 2012
| 3:02 PM
Christopher Nolan ascended from the low-budget “Memento” (under $10 million) to the mega-budget “Batman Begins” (over $150 million) in a mere five years. But his biggest budget leap was during the two years between “Memento&...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Thanks to the vagaries of distribution, Alfred Hitchcock's black-and-white 1934 “The Man Who Knew Too Much” has arrived on an affordable Blu-ray earlier than the director's better-known Technicolor 1956 remake, which is available only as...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 12:52 PM
If you're offended by naughty language, you don't want to watch “Ted.” Seth MacFarlane's first feature is off-color throughout; it also made me laugh as much as any other film this year. MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “American...