Dec. 17, 2014 10:11
Writer/producer/director Joe Swanberg’s engaging yuletide comedy is a smart, lighthearted character study with an appealing cast. First and foremost there’s Anna Kendrick as Jenny, spending the holidays with big brother Jeff (Swanberg), his author wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their toddler (Swanberg’s adorable real-life son Jude)....
Dec. 10, 2014 10:12
Martin Compston plays Ferris, nicknamed “The Wee Man” (the film’s original title) for his short stature. As a tough guy, however, the cocksure Ferris walks tall in Glasgow....
Dec. 3, 2014 10:19
Director/editor Tommy Avallone’s documentary showcases bearded, burly fellows who play Saint Nick during the holiday season. This is a Christmas documentary like no other, as it profiles quite an eclectic selection of Santas. One Santa is gay. Another is a confirmed swinger....
Nov. 26, 2014 10:14
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this water-logged 1989 sci-fi farrago definitely qualifies as a turkey – although a wellmade, star-studded and amusing one....
Nov. 19, 2014 10:31
Billy Wilder’s penultimate film and final collaboration with actor William Holden (who won an Oscar for Wilder’s 1953 adaptation of Stalag 17), this florid Hollywood melodrama was completely out of step with box-office trends when released in 1978 to critical and audience indifference....
Nov. 12, 2014 11:17
Filmmaker Robert Aldrich scored an early, award-winning filmmaking triumph with this hard-hitting, realistic 1956 World War II drama adapted by James Poe from Norman Brooks’ play Fragile Fox. Set during the Battle of the Bulge, the story focuses on an escalating battle of wills between Lt....
Nov. 5, 2014 11:37
For much of the 1970s and ‘80s, before it became the purview of cable, the mini-series was a staple of network television....
Oct. 29, 2014 01:39
One of the most notorious murder cases in American history is dramatized in this first-rate 1975 television movie starring an unforgettable Elizabeth Montgomery in the title role. In the summer of 1892, Massachusetts society was rocked by the brutal axe murders of Andrew Borden (Fritz Weaver) and his wife Abby (Helen Craig)....
Oct. 22, 2014 02:34
The legendary Mickey Rooney, who died in April, appeared in some 300 movies — but perhaps none as bizarre and surreal as this 1971 psycho-drama that marked screenwriter Yabo Yablonsky’s only directorial effort. A bearded Rooney plays diminutive, delusional Hollywood has-been B....
Oct. 15, 2014 10:32
Director Jack Clayton’s superior, award-winning 1961 adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw is one of the ghost screen ghost stories....

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