Begin Again

Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in Begin Again

dvd of the week The plot of John Carney’s delightful musical Begin Again is slight, using a few of the clichés of the let’s-put-on-a-show! genre and focusing on a rather simple redemption narrative in order to string together a bunch of beautifully directed musical performances. Carney’s last major feature, the magical Oscar-winning Once, was emotionally [...]

Snowpiercer

dvd of the week Snowpiercer, Joon-ho Bong’s first English-language film and full of international stars, is an astonishing film, breathtaking in its visuals, bleak in its plot and enraging in its refusal to do what most American audiences expect from their science fiction action films. The film is set in 2031, 17 years after an [...]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

dvd of the week In Bryan Singer’s latest X-Men movie, his third and the franchise’s seventh since 2000, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to 1973, when shape-shifting Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is going to kill Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the inventor of mutant-hunting robots called the Sentinels. The film includes every single X-Men [...]

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

In what has surely unnerved Tom Cruise and his agents, his latest film, the massively budgeted Doug Limon-directed sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow, got among the best reviews of any of the summer’s blockbusters and barely managed to earn half of its budget back in the United States. (The film made a firm profit [...]

Godzilla

dvd of the week The latest remake of the iconic Japanese monster movie made a lot of money despite giving the actual monster very little screen time. Probably the darkest – both visually and thematically – of any of the 33 Godzilla films, this new one was directed by Gareth Edwards, who had made one [...]

The Fault in Our Stars

dvd of the week The hugely successful tearjerker starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, earned my tears, even if the filmmakers took a few shortcuts to get them. Unless you’ve managed to ignore all of the advertising and hype surrounding the movie, you know the movie is a story about kids with cancer. The narrator [...]

Dog Day Afternoon

dvd of the week While you don’t need to see Dog Day Afternoon to understand The Dog, seeing it will help you appreciate both films more. Directed by Sidney Lumet at the height of his powers and written by great Frank Pierson, Dog Day Afternoon is one of the great films of the 1970s, which [...]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

dvd of the week The sequel to the criminally underrated Captain America: The First Avenger is the fun and surprisingly political thrill-ride Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the present day, the Captain (Chris Evans, a fine, if not terribly exciting, square jawed hero) is a member of the superhero team the Avengers and he [...]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The second of Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise starts shortly after the events in the previous film. Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is a superhero-about-town, trying to balance his heroics with his relationships with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) is determined to find a [...]

The Normal Heart

dvd of the week HBO’s stunningly good production of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s iconic play about the early years of AIDS in New York and the founding of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, arrived more than 29 years after the play’s premiere. Kramer’s alter ego is Ned Weeks (a searing Mark Ruffalo), a neurotic gay [...]

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