March 4, 2015 08:08
Years before the HBO series, producers Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky’s Amicus Films unleashed a pair of bigscreen anthology shockers based on the popular EC Comics series’ — both adapted by Subotsky and boasting starstudded casts....
Feb. 25, 2015 11:06
John Cusack and Thomas Jane bring A-list pizazz to this unabashed, cheerfully irreverent B-movie from veteran Aussie director Brian Trenchard-Smith, a specialist in “Ozsploitation” (Dead=End Drive-in, Night of the Demons 2, Leprechaun 4)....
Feb. 18, 2015 08:15
Don’t look for answers in director Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story, because this sumptuous chiller is a triumph of style over substance – what Roeg himself termed “pure cinema....
Feb. 11, 2015 08:30
Originally titled Coup, this intelligent, timely British mini-series is “inspired by” Chris Mullin’s 1982 best-seller, previously adapted into a 1988 mini-series. Secret State is as much a re-imagining as a remake, but no less compelling or credible as a result....
Feb. 4, 2015 08:27
Kenneth Branagh scored a rousing triumph with his brilliant 1989 rendition of the William Shakespeare classic and earned the rare feat of Oscar nominations as Best Actor and Best Director for his first film. (Phyllis Dalton took home the Oscar for Best Costume Design....
Jan. 28, 2015 08:13
Director Mark Rydell’s 1981 adaptation of Ernest Thompson’s play is corny, sentimental and maudlin — and every bit of it works, thanks in large, loving part to the only screen pairing of Hollywood legends Henry Fonda, who won an overdue Oscar as......
Jan. 21, 2015 08:16
Werner Herzog’s award-winning 1982 epic is a grand celebration of the folly and imagination of man and likewise the folly and imagination of filmmaking....
Jan. 14, 2015 11:47
In his final starring role, Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a first-rate performance in director Anton Corbijn’s timely, suspenseful adaptation of executive producer John le Carré’s best-seller. The “wanted man” in question is Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen/Russian Muslim who suddenly appears in Hamburg, Germany....
Jan. 7, 2015 10:43
“ACCUSED”: SERIES 1 & 2 (RLJ Entertainment/Acorn): This awardwinning British anthology series follows a different crime as seen through the eyes of the accused perpetrator....
Dec. 31, 2014 10:57
This undeservedly overlooked 1985 period thriller offers a thinly veiled dramatization of the notorious 19th-century grave-robbers Burke and Hare, here called “Fallon” and Broom” and memorably played by Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea. The trappings of 1820s Edinburgh are very stylish, but there’s also substance and irony here....

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