Aug. 7, 2013 09:15
Writer/director Antoni Stutz’s makes an auspicious feature debut with this twisty (and twisted) contemporary film noir, set in a sleepy little town where everyone, it seems, hides a dark secret. Rushlights isn’t Blood Simple, but it more than holds its own....
July 31, 2013 09:00
Director Clive Donner’s lavish, made-for-TV 1982 rendition of the classic novels by the Baroness Orczy earned three Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Special, with a (deserved) win for Outstanding Costume Design....
July 24, 2013 09:50
Decades before the historic Broadway musical, writer/director Mel Brooks made his feature debut with this outrageous 1968 comedy — and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay....
July 17, 2013 10:25
Jack the Ripper’s legacy gets an intense 1971 revision at the hands of Hammer Studios, purveyors of many Gothic goodies in its horror-filled heyday. Angharad Rees (in her screen debut) plays the mysterious Anna, who as a child saw her mother butchered by her father — Saucy Jack himself....
July 10, 2013 08:59
They don’t come much loonier than this wild and wacky 1985 sci-fi saga directed by Tobe Hooper, based on Colin Wilson’s novel , and produced by the inimitable Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus of Cannon Films. Alien beings in suspended animation inside Halley’s Comet are revived and invade London, draining their victims of their “life force” (yep)....
July 3, 2013 09:00
HG Wells ponders mankind’s future in this 1936 science-fiction classic directed by noted production designer William Cameron Menzies. It’s a fascinating, not entirely inaccurate cinematic prophecy, encompassing a devastating world war, the subsequent rebuilding of society and, ultimately, space travel....
June 20, 2013 08:33
Quentin Tarantino took the name for his production company, but he’s hardly alone in remembering the visceral power of this 1977 action melodrama, a quintessential example of solid drive-in entertainment newly available on Blu-ray ($19.93 retail). Maj. Charles Rane (William Devane) returns home to San Antonio after eight years as a POW in Vietnam....
June 12, 2013 09:25
There are echoes of High Noon (1952) in director Delmer Daves’ adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story, but this well acted, absorbing 1957 Western more than holds its own as a solid, suspenseful horse opera. Notorious outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) has been captured and is awaiting the title train that will take him to trial....
June 5, 2013 09:26
Robin Williams offers a superb display of his versatility in this award-winning 2002 psychological thriller as Sy Parrish, a buttoned-down, seemingly mild-mannered employee who develops photographs at a suburban store called “SavMart....
May 29, 2013 09:19
Low-budget auteur Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 thriller takes a docudrama approach to this real-life mystery, replete with narration by Vern Stillman (and a measure of dramatic license), and the result is a memorable shocker that prefigured the big-screen slasher craze by a few years....

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