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....
Dec. 24, 2014 10:07
Toward the end of “Monty Python,” filmmaker and founding member Terry Gilliam struck out on his own with this delirious, dazzling 1981 fantasy that remains one of his best films....
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....

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