Feb. 19, 2014 10:05
During the 1970s, conspiracy movies were all the rage – so it’s hardly surprising that British media mogul Sir Lew Grade would jump on the bandwagon with a pair of glossy, star-studded outings that missed the box-office boat but qualify as guilty pleasures....
Feb. 12, 2014 09:30
James Caan is perfectly cast as Frank, a hard-bitten ex-con and safe-cracker anxious to make one big score and leave behind his life of crime, but the Chicago mobsters he works for want him to stay exactly where he is. When they start playing rough, Frank has no alternative but to retaliate....
Feb. 5, 2014 09:52
An armed street gang lays siege to a police precinct due for closure, trapping a handful of personnel and prisoners inside. Carpenter’s ability to create and sustain maximum suspense is in full flower, seasoned with dark humor, quotable dialogue, and Carpenter’s dynamic score....
Jan. 29, 2014 12:24
The great American comedy about good old-fashioned greed, Stanley Kramer’s dazzling 1963 slapstick extravaganza is mammoth movie-making at its most exhilarating and exhausting....
Jan. 22, 2014 10:44
Jaws was written by Peter Benchley) and shark hunter Vic Morrow (with a Scottish brogue like no other) to hunt it down before more lives are lost. This shark doesn’t discriminate: It eats people, it eats surfboards, metal cables, parts of boats, a wooden pier, a helicopter and several slabs of beef....
Jan. 15, 2014 10:16
This self-explanatory, B-movie send-up succeeds as both a clever comedy and an instant cult classic. The titular menace is the result of (surprise, surprise) military experiments gone wrong, and very quickly this eight-legged freak is at large, getting larger, meaner, hungrier and harder to kill....
Jan. 8, 2014 10:15
The stark isolation of an Alaskan setting provides an effective atmosphere for dark doings in this workmanlike true-crime thriller that marks the feature debut of screenwriter/director Scott Walker. The film streamlines (i.e....
Dec. 31, 2013 01:31
Director Edgar Wright reunites with Simon Pegg (with whom he co-wrote the script) and Nick Frost for this cheeky comedy about five childhood chums who unexpectedly find themselves fending off an alien invasion....
Dec. 24, 2013 01:42
Among the spate of late-’80s “body-switch” comedies (Vice Versa, 18 Again, etc.), this 1988 effort from director Penny Marshall was by far the best, with Tom Hanks in a delightful performance that earned him his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor....
Dec. 18, 2013 10:07
A perfect movie. Robert Altman’s staggering 1975 drama represents a master filmmaker at his finest, a kaleidoscopic and incisive view of American attitudes and mores set in the title town....

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