The time of year when Elvis & Nixon meet.
On Star Wars, Katniss, and Chuck Norris.
Pee-wee’s back and Netflix’s got him.
In it to win it, this year’s edition.
All’s fair in love and ice.
007, and five more Blu-rays reviewed.
Ryan Reynolds, smartass superhero.
Return to Memphis, Kansas City, and the Cold War, Spielberg-style.
Straight onto Blu-ray for Compton and other hits.
Ip Man in theaters, warrior women from Asia on Blu-ray.
On the road to Academy Award gold.
Start 2016 with assassins, cannibals, and ghosts.
Out with the old, in with the new.
A woman, a mop, and destiny.
Money. It’s a crime.
Quentin Tarantino’s got your number this Christmas.
A whale of a tale.
Going the distance, via a different route.
Read all about new Blu-rays and DVDs.
Observations as Bond 24 goes down.
Good grief, Charlie Brown–you’re CGI and 3D.
Cowboys and cannibals jump-start Halloween.
Steven Spielberg has made defining movies about the Civil War (Lincoln) and World War II (Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List) but the Cold War eludes his grasp in Bridge of Spies, his fourth film to star Tom Hanks. Structured around the construction of the Berlin Wall, Bridge of Spies ends, metaphorically and too easily, with its fall. Lacking the urgency of Munich (2005) and its forward-thinking topicality, the film is more of a museum piece, closer in effect to Amistad (1997). It is, to be sure, a very handsome exhibit. Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s preferred blown-out style of lighting transforms actual locations and the fabrications by Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel) into splendid period sets, a chess board for spy games that begin in 1957 Brooklyn. Spielberg’s command of
Balancing art and commerce at the New York Film Festival.
Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt enter no man’s land.
A mountain of trouble.
A deal with a devilish Johnny Depp.
Blu-rays for dog days.
Lily Tomlin, Evel Knievel, and other tough cookies.