300: Rise of an Empire
In comparison with "300", this insane film is more engaging by dint of being absolutely impossible to take even a little bit seriously.
The first in a monthly series of video essays about unloved films, Scout Tafoya's video essay is an appreciation of "Alien 3," the debut feature by David Fincher.
That a film as searing and necessary as "12 Years a Slave" is having trouble drawing large audiences is a testament to the power of denial. That so few mainstream films have been made about slavery in America is also a testament to the power of denial.
Earnest, square and proudly evangelical, "Black Nativity" is so unusual in concept and execution that its many rough aspects are easy to forgive.
Gerardo Valero picks his favorite piece of Roger's writing.
This American version of Park Chan-Wook's Korean thriller is Spike Lee's most exciting movie since "Inside Man"—not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of.
Bruce Springsteen mourns the closing of Blockbuster's retail stores. OK, not really—but these Springsteen spoofs are pretty funny anyway.
A typically massive, obliquely structured documentary from Frederick Wiseman explores the present and future of the University of California at Berkeley during a time of budget cuts and civil unrest. A classic of its type.
In this laid-back, character-driven thriller, two childhood friends, one a parole officer and the other a petty criminal turned recovering addict, who team up to solve a mystery with help from a retired border cop.
If you saw "The Hangover" and thought, "I would enjoy this movie more if nothing of consequence happened, and it were clean enough to show in a retirement community," then "Last Vegas" is made for your needs. It's ninety minutes of scenery with a few likable moments, starring actors you like.
Donald Liebenson picks his favorite piece of Roger's writing.