Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Edition

Marking the 40th Anniversary of the first martial arts film produced by one of the big Hollywood studios, a new Blu-ray of the classic Enter the Dragon landed last week from Warner Bros. This re-mastered release boasts an improved transfer and a few new extras from the 2007 Blu-ray, but the real star is the (read…)

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

Berberian Sound Studio isn’t a horror movie exactly. Like a deconstructionist chef, writer/director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga) has taken an old favorite recipe, broken it down to its essential ingredients and then re-presented it in a fresh and unexpected way. The result is a unique psychological thriller that has an impact similar to a horror (read…)

Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” Featurette

Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring The Bling Ring is a much better film than the snap judgments out of the Cannes film festival seemed to suggest. Here’s my own review in case you missed it at the time and here’s the official Blurbage: In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group (read…)

Jeremy Scahill reports on America’s “Dirty Wars”

Jeremy Scahill in Yemen filming Dirty Wars In the new documentary Dirty Wars (LiC Review), journalist Jeremy Scahill investigates the consequences of the largely covert war we’ve been waging on terrorism since 9/11. The film moves beyond NY and LA this weekend and tonight, Scahill will be doing a Q&A following the 7:40 pm show (read…)

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker as Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Photo: Elsa Guillet Chapuis) The trick to updating one of Shakespeare’s plays is making it seem fresh and relevant without losing the spirit of what made the original timeless in the first place. Joss Whedon has deftly pulled that off with (read…)

The Magic Flute

Amy Carson and Joseph Kaiser as Pamina and Tamino Originally released in Europe beginning in 2006 in conjunction with Mozart’s 250th birthday, Kenneth Branagh’s lively and visually imaginative adaptation of the composer’s operetta The Magic Flute is just now getting an official release in the United States and it was worth the wait. Branagh enlisted (read…)

Dirty Wars (2013)

Jeremy Scahill (center) in Afghanistan filming Dirty Wars The new documentary Dirty Wars skips the question of whether the War on Terror is right or wrong (a little late for that anyway) and instead concerns itself with how we’re fighting that war and whether it’s likely to have a desirable outcome. Investigative journalist/author Jeremy Scahill (read…)





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