Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
The Art of the Steal
- Excerpt: Although originally produced for British television in 2002, Paul Greengrass’s vivid depiction of a violent turning point in the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland was released in theaters in the States.
Capsule Reviews: Entry #8
City of God
- Excerpt: “City of God” epitomizes the rich potential of cinema to tell richly textured tales, here of a vast, desperate, community of peasants consumed by an endless cycle of violence.
DVD Review: The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
The Emperor’s New Groove & Kronk’s New Groove
- Excerpt: When First Family isn’t inspiring yawns, it instead stokes one’s frustration. There is nothing more disappointing in a movie than watching a cast like this one give its best efforts to a screenplay completely lacking in quality business–except maybe a writer who sacrifices wit for cheap gags and intelligent satire for high concepts.
For Your Eyes Only
The Great Gatsby
- Excerpt: Widely trashed by a cabal of critics who didn’t know a good film when they saw it, Jack Clayton’s 1974 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel beautifully captures its romantic essence and caustic social indictments.
Hell Comes to Frogtown
- Excerpt: If you’re a thirteen-year-old boy, it’s the awesomest movie ever made; if you’re not, you may still find enough good-natured ridiculousness to keep you watching…
Lilo & Stitch and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
My Man Godfrey
- Excerpt: Hasn’t lost an ounce of its thematic resonance even after all these decades.
A Night to Remember (1942)
- Excerpt: This genial giggler is directed by Richard Wallace (Lombard’s Man of the World, the 1947 Sinbad, the Sailor), and the journeyman provides a serviceable level of style. The story is quickly paced, with most of the energy coming from the main stars.
Prom Night (1980)
- Excerpt: A special movie. Not by any means a great one; only barely and inconsistently a good one.
- Excerpt: Of the great silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd stood apart from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton by virtue of his everyman approach to physical comedy.
- Excerpt: Chronologically, Ossie Davis’s elaborate buddy comedy “Cotton Comes to Harlem” marks the beginning of the Blaxploitation era. But Gordon Parks’s “Shaft” (1971) is the movie that put the movement on the map.
The Silence (1963)
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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
- Excerpt: No matter how you break it down Superman IV is a disaster.
- Excerpt: Superman Returns (is) neither sequel or reboot or re-imagining of the story of the Last Son of Krypton. Instead, Superman Returns is this odd hybrid that never decided exactly what it was going to be.