The Vanishing is brilliant, yet disturbing film that weaves a spell-binding tale of abduction, pursuit, and resolution although not necessarily in that order. Criterion’s Blu-ray release is of typically high quality.
Jennifer Aniston stars in the reasonably entertaining adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s The Switch, Life of Crime, by writer/director Daniel Schechter, out now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate
Suzuki Seijun’s 1963 breakthrough yakuza film Youth of the Beast is a world of junkie prostitutes, sadistic pimps, and gun fetishists. Get it on Blu-ray now.
Nicolas Cage stars in this derivative, direct-to-disc thriller Tokarev, AKA Rage, and it’s only worth watching if you want to waste time.
Nightcap, or Merci pour le chocolat is an enjoyable but only average late effort from great French filmmaker Claude Chabrol.
From Dusk Till Dawn is a campy, blood-splattered series from Robert Rodriguez along the lines of Grindhouse and True Blood.
Nicolas Cage puts on an astonishing performance in the violent, slow-burning drama Joe.
This Australian post-apocalyptic drama is no Mad Max; The Rover is a laborious film with little but despondency to offer.
Andy Lau puts on a powerhouse performance in the Hong Kong action thriller Firestorm from debut director Alan Yuen
Leone’s gangster saga Once Upon a Time in America puts an exclamation mark on the gangster film period that began with The Godfather.