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WITH all the horror films that popped out last year (and continue to emerge this year) few if any come close to being as bizarre as Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

You will never really cohere

LYNNE RAMSAY’s films as narrative features are, to put it mildly, problematic: they rarely unfold in the approved straightforward manner; are elliptical to the point of obscure; are dark violent disturbing.

Gods and monsters

By Noel Vera DVD Princess Mononoke Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rerelease (Warning: article does not summarize the film’s story — there are websites for that — and goes into...

Silk purse

HAVE TO admit this straight out: I know nothing about fashion or clothes. I’d repeat that in Andrew Sach’s approximation of a Basque accent but for the record and to get it out of the way when it comes to couture and textile and clothing design I know nothing. Nada.

Tocino

By Noel Vera Video Review Porco Rosso Directed by Hayao Miyazaki DVD HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S Porco Rosso started out as a manga for a modeling magazine, was turned into a...

Still trying to get home 30 years later

WRITTEN and directed by John Hughes, the celebrated comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles makes an on-time arrival for its 30th anniversary on Blu-ray Combo...

Beauty and the Beast roars onto Blu-ray with must-see extras

By Heather Turk Front Row Features A tale as old as time is at once fresh and familiar thanks to Disney’s remarkable live-action adaptation of the...

Lost and found

By Noel B. Vera DVD REVIEW The Lost City of Z Directed by James Gray YOU WONDER looking at James Gray’s New York-based dramas where the producers got...

War games

By Noel Vera DVD Review Sundalong Kanin (Rice Soldiers) Directed by Janice O’Hara (Belated tribute to Janice O’Hara, 1980-2016) TO SAY Janice O’Hara’s Sundalong Kanin (Rice Soldiers) is clumsy...

Snowden, Close to the Enemy, Coming Through the Rye, now out...

By Angela Dawson Front Row Features FILMMAKER Oliver Stone is no stranger to taking on controversial subject matter and turning it into big screen box-office success....

It’s a good life

By Noel Vera DVD Review It’s a Wonderful Life Directed by Frank Capra (Warning: plot and narrative twists discussed in close and explicit detail) I do think Frank Capra’s...

Cops and robbers

DVD Review Hell or High Water Directed by David Mackenzie DAVID MACKENZIE’S Hell or High Water, from a script by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) turns on a terrifically...

Home Entertainment: X-Men, Charlie Brown, Murdoch and more

By Angela Dawson, Front Row Features ARRIVING on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD is the hit superhero action movie X-Men: Apocalypse. Oscar winner Jennifer...

Shellfishness

By Noel Vera DVD Review The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos YORGOS LANTHIMOS’ The Lobster is his unique brand of bizarre deadpan humor translated into feature-length English. The...

The Wave, How to Get Away with Murder, Workaholics, more on...

By Angela Dawson Front Row Features INSPIRED by true events, an inescapable tsunami engulfs a seemingly idyllic Norwegian tourist destination in The Wave now available on...

The miracle of Dreyer’s crib

By Noel Vera DVD Review The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Directed by Preston Sturges Ordet Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (Warning: plot of both The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and...

Super natural

By Noel Vera DVD Review The VVitch Directed by Robert Eggers ROBERT EGGERS’ debut feature The VVitch is suitably chaste and sensual — chaste in that it uses...

Saul surfer

By Noel Vera DVD Review Son of Saul Directed by Lazlo Nemes LAZLO NEMES’ extraordinarily shot and executed debut feature Son of Saul answers a question I (and...

Now out on DVD

By Angela Dawson SISTERS Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been bringing their goofy brand of girl-power humor to audiences since their days at Saturday Night Live...

Now out on DVD

The Fall GILLIAN ANDERSON (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) reprise their cat-and-mouse roles in the second season of The Fall, available...

Far ’nuff

By Noel Vera DVD Review Far from the Madding Crowd Directed by Thomas Vinterberg THOMAS VINTERBERG’S adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s first real success is, well, middling fair. The...