April 15, 2015 08:00
He didn’t get the Oscar for Boyhood, but filmmaker Richard Linklater gets the royal treatment in Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood’s lively, engaging documentary tracing his career, from his 1991 breakthrough Slacker up to Boyhood, filmed over a 12-year span – and everything in-between....
April 8, 2015 07:59
This crackerjack 1987 thriller, written by Larry Cohen and directed by John Flynn, was overlooked upon its theatrical release but remains a sharp, savvy winner. Brian Dennehy plays Dennis Meechum, a Los Angeles cop and best-selling author (think Joseph Wambaugh) approached by professional killer Cleve (James Woods) to write his memoirs....
April 1, 2015 08:02
The enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes gets a frothy makeover in director Thom Eberhardt’s 1988 confection, in which Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) is the true genius and “Holmes” is actually Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine), a boorish, boozy ham actor in Watson’s employ....
March 25, 2015 08:01
Cusack and Zuniga head a delightful cast including Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins, Lisa Jane Persky and screen veteran Viveca Lindfors. The situations are humorous without turning raunchy, the characters engaging and believably drawn (even Sheridan’s “sure thing” isn’t merely a bimbo), and the end result utterly charming....
March 18, 2015 07:59
Eric J. Stolze’s crisp script offers a surprising amount of character development, elements of dark humor, and even works as a whodunit – until Bogliano delivers a surprise reveal of the furry fiend’s true identity. And horror fans can rest assured, there will be blood … and plenty of it....
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....

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