Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
- Excerpt: …a mean little western gem that again demonstrates Daves’ unsung auteurial strengths as well as the true dynamism of Ford’s low-key acting.
Appointment in Bray
Atlantis: The Lost Empire / Atlantis: Milo’s Return
- Excerpt: You really have to give them credit for attempting such a grand-scale adventure in animation. For the most part, it works.
Batgirl: Year One
- Excerpt: …edited with a snappiness that makes a great match for the cowled cutie’s spunky attitude.
The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
- Excerpt: It only scratches the surface in regard to one of the most notoriously abusive relationships in all of comics, but it’s not without substance or dark humor to secure your interest.
Blood and Black Lace
- Excerpt: It’s a flawed film, and how effectively it holds up decades later is up for debate, but the drive to arm horror with more bite than what was previously afforded shines through like a well-polished blade.
Captain America (1990)
- Excerpt: [Not] a great thriller, just one that is more intelligent and dignified than you would ever imagine, sight unseen.
The Hypnotic Eye
- Excerpt: …a transparent potboiler that so swiftly spills the beans on what’s going on, calling it a “mystery” is a massive misnomer.
- Excerpt: As lean and spare in its dramatic setup as it is grandiose in its majestic Jackson Hole setting…
- Excerpt: Though there’s not much of a narrative in the first place, “Kentucky Kernels” has remarkably few moments where it feels hung up on having to play out a skit to kill time.
- Excerpt: Tremendously important Bergman, even it it doesn’t have the instant cachet of his more famous and direct movies.
- Excerpt: Although you could consider it a porno puppet shock show or a misanthropic fable concerning man’s animal nature, perhaps the best way to look at Marquis is as a buddy picture about the misadventures of a canine aristocrat and his pet penis.
Ministry of Fear
- Excerpt: There are plenty of twists, turns, close calls, and whatnot, but it never comes to grip you like it should…
- Excerpt: Equal parts Solaris, Blade Runner and Silent Running, Moon is a film with a head and a heart
One Night, A Train
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
- Excerpt: provocative…holds up over time
Star Trek: Insurrection
- Excerpt: The problem with Insurrection [isn’t] that it’s like a two-part episode. The problem is that it’s like a one-part episode that was more than doubled in length without having nearly enough drama.
Star Trek: Nemesis
- Excerpt: Feels, unmistakably, like Paramount and everybody involved was trying to get through it as fast as possible, dumping the series in an alley to let the rats gnaw at the body.
- Excerpt: …the restraint it shows when things do get peculiar is actually one of its greatest strengths.
Superman: Brainiac Attacks
- Excerpt: …a staggeringly forgettable, by-the-numbers outing…
Superman: Red Son
- Excerpt: …an effective demonstration of how different things might have turned out if the blue boy scout had set up shop elsewhere on the globe instead.
- Excerpt: …this bugs-on-the-loose thriller is as big, bloated, and boring as spectacle cinema can get.
The Telephone Book
- Excerpt: …a sex comedy dirty enough for David F. Friedman but avant-garde enough for Robert Downey, Sr. In its seedy black and white universe, subway flashers, lesbian predators, and nymphomaniacs exist alongside surrealism, social satire, and cameos from Warhol superstars.
The Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman
- Excerpt: The kind of film you enjoy late at night, especially after a few drinks, but you don’t really respect it in the morning.
What! No Beer?
- Excerpt: …even with a pair of vintage funnyman all-stars as its headliners, the flick barely summons enough pep to putter along…
- Excerpt: Wild Strawberries is a rich and thoughtful film ahead of its time.
- Excerpt: When there are no naked women on the screen, you may try to entertain yourself during Zeta One by musing about Robin Hawdon’s mustache and its role in the plot.
- Excerpt: …this comedic fantasy is still incredibly limp and lame, its only virtue being its overall inoffensiveness.