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Cult Horror Classic 'Possession' Makes a Comeback on Blu-ray
Published 07/02/2014 at 11:01 a.m.
The thing about Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 film Possession is, well...the thing. The thing in the corner. The thing in the bed. The unnameable. The indescribable. The glistening, utterly uncanny, unrivaled-before-or-since thing that qualifies Possession, on technical grounds, as one of ...
David Michôd’s 'The Rover' Reimagines the Western as a Post-Apocalyptic Survival Tale
Published 06/25/2014 at 10:24 a.m.
When Guy Pearce’s character jumps into a dusty truck and tears off down a scrubby Outback highway in pursuit of three armed thugs who just stole his car, it’s hard not to flash on Mad Max. There’s the title card ...
'Stranger by the Lake' and 'Child's Pose' Explore the Dark Side of Intimacy
Published 06/04/2014 at 11:29 a.m.
The things we do for love. Along with the more pleasant devotions, we agonize, we accept abuse, we kill ourselves, and sometimes worse. Two adroit new films from Europe offer clear-eyed takes on the extraordinary lengths to which some people ...
William Friedkin’s Long-Forgotten Old-School Action Epic 'Sorcerer' Gets New Life on Blu-ray
Published 04/30/2014 at 10:50 a.m.
At the very height of the New Hollywood revolution of the 1970s, two of its emboldened Young Turks cut their way into the jungle to film epic stories of desperation, doom, and madness. Neither of their careers ever quite recovered. ...
'Jodorowsky’s Dune': The Great '70s Sci-Fi Epic That Never Was
Published 04/30/2014 at 10:22 a.m.
Imagine a world in which children play Fremen warriors rather than Jedi knights, and where few recognize the name George Lucas but everyone knows Alejandro Jodorowsky. That’s the world that Frank Pavich’s new documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, hints at while entertainingly ...
Arty Thrillers 'A Touch of Sin' and 'Bastards' Nail the Moment
Published 04/23/2014 at 10:45 a.m.
Like A Touch of Sin, Bastards is a noir for right now.
'The Swimmer' Tops a Trio of Recent Reissues
Published 04/02/2014 at noon
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the world offers up Franco Nero as a bottle-blond space Jesus, Shelley Winters in a maid’s outfit singing “Shortenin’ Bread,” and Glenn Ford getting his eyes pecked out by a frenzied hawk. ...
Big Ears 2014: Marc Ribot
Published 03/26/2014 at 3:24 p.m.
Just like a teen idol forever associated with an early bubblegum hit, guitarist Marc Ribot made his indelible mark on the public ear early on with his “wrong-note blues” sound on key ’80s albums by Tom Waits. But in the ...
Asghar Farhadi Stumbles in the Follow-Up to His 2012 Arthouse Hit 'A Separation'
Published 03/04/2014 at 9:20 a.m.
If you loved Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, you’ll merely like his new film, The Past.
Facing the Wilderness Within and Without in 'All Is Lost' and 'The Summit'
Published 02/19/2014 at 11:10 a.m.
More than a mere portrait of the survival instinct, All Is Lost examines our reaction in the face of the fate we all have coming, and all the ways we deny it, elide it, try to cheat it, avoid it, ...