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....
Dec. 11, 2013 10:03
Not to be confused with Bob Clark’s Silent Night, Evil Night (1974) — better known as Black Christmas — or the controversial 1984 killer Santa schlock-fest Silent Night, Deadly Night, this atmospheric chiller predates both and stands on its own merits, shaky as they are....
Dec. 4, 2013 10:16
This affectionate but action-packed 1973 ode to the classic Western was directed by Tonino Valerii and produced by Sergio Leone (who reportedly did some directing, too). It’s also a fond farewell to the spaghetti Westerns that Leone pioneered — and which proliferated in his wake....
Nov. 27, 2013 09:55
The resurgence of Disney Studios’ animated features can be traced directly to this irresistible 1989 romp that was branded an instant classic in the studio’s grand tradition....
Nov. 20, 2013 09:58
Forgoing analysis of the myriad theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this self-explanatory Smithsonian Channel documentary is a methodical, well-assembled examination of the tragic events of Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas....

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