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June 2, 2015

Now Streaming: McFarland USA, Run All Night, and More

Newly available for purchase this week on streaming video, we've got an inspirational Disney sports drama starring Kevin Costner, the latest Liam Neeson-powered crime thriller, and a small but well-received teen drama. Then, on the subscription side, Netflix offers up an Ava Duvernay drama and a popular recent musical comedy, while Fandor unleashes a number of acclaimed classics from the likes of Kurosawa, Fellini, Ozu, Godard, Bergman, and Renoir, and Crackle gives us a handful of fan favorites and a new Lifetime series. Read on for the full list.More…

October 9, 2013

New Republic Film Critic Stanley Kauffmann: 1916-2013

The New Republic reported today that Stanley Kaufmann, their chief film critic since 1958, has died at the age of 97.More…

October 19, 2010

Five Favorite Films with Baz Luhrmann

For a director whose films -- from the eclectic pop confection Romeo + Juliet to the widescreen-nostalgic Australia -- are rich with references to cinema history, it should come as no surprise to find Baz Luhrmann arrives at his "Five Favorite Films" list both well prepared and bearing a caveat of sorts. "To me there are the usual suspects, in terms of the things I particularly like," he begins, when asked to break it down to five, "from Apocalypse Now to Lawrence of Arabia to Bandwagon, to The Seventh Seal or Annie Hall or The Wizard of Oz or Cabaret. They go from epics to musicals, but when I started to think about it, I started scribbling down these lists and there was Battle of Algiers and Being John Malkovich, All the President's Men and Casablanca, for example. So I was thinking, maybe my list will be what I think are remarkable films worth seeing, that are perhaps not on the radar. These are like the side menus to the main banquet, to broaden your palette."More…

November 20, 2007

Writers' Strike Halts Shantaram, Rob Marshall's Nine

Over the weekend, it was Angels & Demons and Pinkville -- and yesterday, the writers' strike claimed two more film casualties.More…