• No Down Payment

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Sheree North, Barbara Rush, Cameron Mitchell, Pat Hingle, Patricia Owens.  A time-capsule movie that also captures the members of its large cast at interesting career junctures, No Down Payment is based on a John McPartland novel … Continue reading “No Down Payment”

  • Black Panther

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 5/15/18; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $694 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, 39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. Stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, … Continue reading “Black Panther”

  • Batman Ninja

    BLU-RAY REVIEW Street 5/8/18; Warner; Anime; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray, $29.98 Steelbook Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence and action, and for some suggestive material. Voices of Roger Craig Smith, Tony Hale, Grey Griffin, Tara Strong, Fred Tatasciore, Yuri Lowenthal, Adam Croasdell, Will Friedle, Tom Kenny, Eric Bauza. Batman Ninja isn’t just another high-concept … Continue reading “Batman Ninja”

  • Peter Rabbit

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Family Comedy; Box Office $114.6 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for some rude humor and action. Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill; Voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Moody, Sia. The beloved illustrated books by Beatrix Potter are brought to … Continue reading “Peter Rabbit”

  • The Awful Truth

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy.  If anything, it’s Irene Dunne who owns the greatest of all screwball comedies — playing off a perfect supporting cast and displaying a no-holds-barred wacky streak that we don’t always associate with lifelong ladylike Republicans (though back then, … Continue reading “The Awful Truth”

  • Singing Guns

     BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Kino Lorber; Western; $19.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond.  If Frankie Laine could show up for a guest shot on TV’s “Rawhide,” albeit much later, then why not Vaughn Monroe in a Republic Western called Singing Guns? Or, for that matter, even a Vaughn/Republic … Continue reading “Singing Guns”

  • The Post

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Fox; Drama; Box Office $81.88 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for language and brief war violence. Stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, David Cross, Zach Woods. Even before seeing the movie, … Continue reading “The Post”

  • Ruby Gentry

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 4/24/18; Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully.  Preceded by Duel in the Sun, The Fountainhead and Beyond the Forest during just the six years leading up to it, swampy Ruby Gentry capped the quartet of potboilers that formed what some … Continue reading “Ruby Gentry”

  • Madigan

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Japanese Region A Import; King Records; Drama; $48 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, James Whitmore. As a rare Universal Pictures standout from a roughly five-year era when the studio was primarily palming off glorified TV movies as theatrical features, Madigan is precisely the kind of cult classic (a … Continue reading “Madigan”