Elia Kazan’s and John Steinbeck’s Viva Zapata! features Marlon Brando in a charismatic, if mostly fictional, portrayal of the famous Mexican revolutionary leader.
Back to 1942 is an epic that tells the story of China’s devastating wartime famine. beautifully filmed and with a large budget, the film is sprawling, but fails to strike an emotional note, perhaps due to it overreaching sense of scope.
This classic 1963 World War II adventure film features one of the greatest chase scenes ever, courtesy of the inimitable Steve McQueen. The cast of who’s who actors and high quality of the story makes it the perfect Father’s Day gift.
Another lavish costume drama from the British that, one gets the feeling, is more soap than fact, Mr. Selfridge chronicles the early days of the famous Selfridge’s department store in London.
A two-hour retelling of the Book of Esther, this biblical epic has some spectacular visual and audio effects, but is undermined by sub-par dialogue and rather lame performances by its king and queen.
Highlighted by an outstanding performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg has crafted yet another epic with the historical docudrama Lincoln.
The hunt for bin Laden is on in this straightforward thriller from Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow.
21 Days: The Heineken Kidnapping is a missed opportunity. The film, a fictionalized accounting of the 1983 kidnapping of brewing magnate Freddy Heineken, falls flat.
The Insider is a classic late ’90s corporate thriller that taps into that decade’s aesthetic and paranoia. It comes to Blu-ray with a fine transfer from Touchstone.
Argo is a great thriller/docudrama, despite knowing the inevitable outcome. Affleck does a bang-up job both in front of and behind the lens.