June 10, 2015 08:07
Before Star Wars changed cinema, British impresario Sir Lew Grade financed this big-budget 1977 throwback to the Hollywood epics of yesteryear in the spirit of Beau Geste (1939) and Rudyard Kipling, produced by preblockbuster Jerry Bruckheimer and director Dick Richards, the latter coming off the 1975 Raymond Chandler hit Farewell, My Lovely....
June 3, 2015 07:57
Iconic cult auteur Larry Cohen’s 1976 shocker (also released as Demon) is one of his most fascinating films, alternately creepy, bizarre, thought-provoking and ragged around the edges – a true original....
May 27, 2015 08:05
Set in a bleak future where civilization hangs by its last thread, Gibson’s Max Rockatansky is a rough-and-tumble cop who embarks on a high-speed mission of vengeance when a gang of bikers (including Hugh Keys-Byrne, who appears in the new Max Mad: Fury Road) murders his family....
May 20, 2015 09:27
Veteran Army sergeant Hackman escorts military prisoner Tommy Lee Jones (at his steely, sinister best) – the titular “Package” – stateside, but Jones escapes and Hackman is thrust into a treacherous web that reaches the top echelons of military power – on both sides....
May 13, 2015 08:02
When good directors go bad … C.W. McCall’s 1975 song inexplicably became a smash hit, leading inexplicably to this 1978 feature film, which was inexplicably directed by no less than Sam Peckinpah. The end result is, simply, a mess … but a fascinating mess, with moments of unexpected, even misplaced, fascination....
May 6, 2015 08:03
Jamie Bamber is terrific in the title role, a mysterious and masked avenger who metes out retribution not arbitrarily, but specifically targeting those who have avoided detection and prosecution. By broadcasting his actions, “John Doe” becomes an international media sensation....
May 6, 2015 08:03
Of course, the matter of the day will be to save the day, so the Avengers again unite to defeat a common foe, the titular Ultron, a Tony Stark experiment gone wrong. James Spader has fun voicing the metallic monster, but essentially Ultron is just a special effect, a big robot – backed by a legion of lookalike robots....
April 29, 2015 08:00
John Carpenter scored a direct hit with his 1981 action thriller – essentially a traditional Western in futuristic garb. In 1997, New York City is a walled, mined, maximum-security prison. Once you go in, you never come out. Unfortunately, terrorists have hijacked and crashed Air Force One inside the city....
April 22, 2015 07:56
The “troubles” in Northern Ireland have rarely been dramatized in so compelling and gripping a fashion as in producer/director Carol Reed’s superb 1947 thriller, based on FL Green’s novel, which never specifies the reasons for the conflict … nor does it need to....
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....

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