Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
Army of Darkness
- Excerpt: A loopy work of imagination that never fails to be entertaining.
The Assassin’s Blade
- Excerpt: Cutie pie Charlene Choi makes one very unconvincing guy. That never gets in the way of enjoying this often delightful retelling of a classic Chinese love story.
Christopher Columbus, The Enigma
Come and See
- Excerpt: By the end of “Come and See” you’ll be despairing of humanity, not just warfare.
Evil Dead II
- Excerpt: The best horror-comedy ever made.
Female Teacher Hunting
Five Easy Pieces
- Excerpt: Funny Girl possesses an unmistakable interest in its dramatic, comedic, and romantic material, using songs sparingly and never at the expense of its storytelling. I
The Hawks and the Sparrows
- Excerpt: The Hoax requires more of a performance from Richard Gere than most of his work, starting with a prosthetic nose, a slight New York accent, and something other than his increasingly salty, otherwise unchanging salt and pepper hairdo.
Message from Space
- Excerpt: If you’re of a certain age, and have a deep nostalgia for crap, “Message from Space” may just fit the bill.
The Music Lovers
My Night at Mauds
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: As a personality, Lloyd is a combination of silly and sweet, but his true star power comes from his daring athleticism. The more elaborate his setup, the more hilarious the payoff.
Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights
- Excerpt: Fans who loved the tone of the first film will miss the honest energy and originality that, in the sequel, turns to formula and glitz.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Excerpt: If a non-Trekker/Trekkie were to start watching the films, The Wrath of Khan is THE Star Trek film they should start with. For me, it is the Citizen Kane of Trek films: the standard all Trek films are measured against.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Excerpt: While not on the same level as Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock has enough within it to make it if not a great film, a film with good things in it.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Excerpt: The One With the Damn Whales…
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Excerpt: The bigger problem in The Final Frontier is just how uninteresting the whole adventure is.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Excerpt: Calling its pacing “glacial” might imply that it actually moves. It’s tagline should read “To boldy snore where no one has snored before.”
Superman and the Mole Men
- Excerpt: While Superman and the Mole-Men is not the greatest Superman film, it is in its own way a very intelligent picture, one shockingly provocative for the 1950s.
Tokyo Gore Police
- Excerpt: Tokyo Gore Police is the apex of this disreputable splatter subgenre: it delivers all of the bloody geekery exploitation audiences demand, but washes its nocturnal canvas in a neon surrealism that elevates the picture above its seedy origins.