The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
"The reputation of this intriguing cult item far exceeds the Trivial Pursuit tidbits that it was a personal favorite of Francois Truffaut and that Martin Scorsese was the original director until he was fired 10 days into production."
Fat City (1972)
"With Leonard Gardner adapting his own book and John Huston sitting in the director's chair, Fat City adheres closer to real life than reel life, painting a portrait of a downtrodden existence not only among the have-nots but among the never-will-haves."
"As he did with his previous documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (which made my 10 Best list for 2009), director Mark Hartley compiles ample film clips to help tell the saga."
Mister Johnson (1991)
'Breaker' Morant (1980)
At Close Range (1986)
"Director James Foley and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan expertly recreate that part of America that feels like it should exist under a rock with the clammy mud and scurrying insects, and their efforts are supported by an intense performance from Walken."
The Martian (2015)
"Superior to both Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and (by a smaller margin) Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, The Martian will disappoint only those who were waiting for Marvin to show up at some point to wreak looney havoc."
The Walk (2015)
"The plot involves the presence of brain fluid -- no small irony, since the makers of this goof could have used some themselves, if only to avoid concocting a movie riddled with so many ridiculous coincidences and downright stupid characters."
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
"Desi Arnaz Jr. is deadly in the largest role -- and the two twist endings (present in the source material) are strictly take-it-or-leave-it -- but the presence of Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee allow all the shenanigans to go down easy."
"With In the Heat of the Night director Norman Jewison serving as a producer, it's no surprise that the movie attempts to deal with matters of racism, but good intentions aren't enough to distinguish this ordinary oater."
Vigilante Force (1976)
"Considering its eye-catching cast and a workable premise, this ranks as a real disappointment, with writer-director George Armitage content to churn out drive-in yahoo fare rather than craft anything with any sort of staying power."
10 to Midnight (1983)
The Legacy (1978)
The Sentinel (1977)
The Satan Bug (1965)
"Doesn't match the high-octane likes of such Aldrich efforts as The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard or even the offbeat, early-career twofer of The Big Knife and Ten Seconds to Hell, but it's a compelling piece of tough-guy strutting in a minimalist setting."
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Intern (2015)
Black Mass (2015)
"Were William Castle still around and involved with this film, he would have had ice strewn all over theater floors and the AC cranked to 20 degrees. As it stands, Kormakur does enough via sight and sound to turn the Everest experience into one big chill."
House of Bamboo (1955)
"The main storyline isn't nearly as interesting as the multiple themes resting beneath the surface (homoeroticism, mixed-race relationships, U.S. appropriation of foreign interests, etc.), yet even those take a back seat to the dazzling visuals."
Men at Work (1990)
Easy Money (1983)
Summer Lovers (1982)
The Last American Virgin (1982)
"For the majority of its running time, this plays like a typical R-rated comedy of the period -- plenty of nudity in the service of plenty of ribald situations -- but it unexpectedly turns serious during its second half, and the finale is devastating. "
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
"Initially breezy without ever sacrificing any of its points, the picture eventually resorts to a series of static speeches. Luckily, the actors carry the day, particularly Sidney Poitier, Cecil Kellaway and, taking MVP honors, Spencer Tracy."
"The majority of Sidney Hayers' career would be spent as a journeyman director for American television -- his countless credits include Galactica 1980 and Acapulco H.E.A.T. -- but he provides the right measure of sustained menace for this impressive film."
Dressed to Kill (1980)
"Dressed to Kill remains a prime example of how De Palma is able to marry his awesome technical prowess to the material, using his dazzling feats of cinematic derring-do to propel his stories rather than bury their weaknesses."
The Visit (2015)
"It might as well have been called Old People Are Scary! ... And just as sure as the New England Patriots will find a new way to cheat their way to the championship, so too will a Shyamalan thriller feature a climactic -- and obvious -- third-act twist."
No Escape (2015)
"Maybe it's because of personal experience that I've always been a sucker for political thrillers set in foreign lands... This isn't nearly as complex as films like The Killing Fields, Under Fire, Missing and Salvador. But it works on a gut level."
The People Under The Stairs (1991)
"Giant mollusks as monsters? It sounds like perfect MST3K fodder, but the truth is that The Monster That Challenged the World is a fairly nifty '50s treat, with an intelligent script and decent effects (more so given its low budget)."
American Ultra (2015)
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
"Hitman: Agent 47 takes such pleasure in reveling in its own banality that it often feels like its makers pilfered $35 million from studio coffers merely to proudly state that they punk'd everyone who actually wastes money to see this."
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
Places in the Heart (1984)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
"The odious Margaret Thatcher and her crippling policies made sizable targets for many British filmmakers during the 1980s and beyond, and few hit the bulls-eye as squarely as screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Stephen Frears with this indie hit."
Life Stinks (1991)
I, Madman (1989)
Night and the City (1950)