Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

Coming to Video-On-Demand in June 2017

Disney’s live-action remake of their classic animated musical Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the action-packed sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 with Keanu Reeves, and the animated spin-off / superhero spoof The LEGO Batman Movie highlight the June calendar of offerings arriving on cable and streaming video-on-demand. There’s also the science […]

Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek star in the G-rated drama by David Lynch

David Lynch’s ‘The Straight Story’ on Showtime Anytime

The Straight Story (1999) is not the kind of film you expect from David Lynch, a G-rated, family friendly tale from America’s most subversive filmmaker. Yet it’s a genuine David Lynch movie. His often mesmerizing, measured pacing, and out-of-step conversational style is put the true story of Alvin Straight, the 73 year old man who […]

Steve Buscemi stars in the HBO series of Prohibition and organized crime created by Terence Winter

The complete ‘Boardwalk Empire’ on Amazon Prime and HBO Now

Boardwalk Empire opens with Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the treasurer of Atlantic City and the man who runs the town—and the graft—from behind the pose of public service, toasting the U.S. Congress and the new possibilities that the twenties will bring, thanks to the utterly disastrous “noble experiment” known as Prohibition. Everything changes from that […]

Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman in the superhero film directed by James Mangold

‘Logan’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Can a comic book superhero movie tell a human story? Logan (2017) makes the case that the genre is not limited to spectacle (though this film does offer some accomplished—and violent—action scenes), end of the world stakes, or world-building chapters in a massive franchise. Set in the near future of 2029, which is a lot […]

Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel star in Christophe Gans's lavish French version of the fairy tale.

A lavish French ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on Netflix and Blu-ray

Beauty and the Beast (France, 2014) – No, not the new Disney live-action musical but a lush French version of the classic fairy tale starring Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) as Belle and Vincent Cassel as the hirsute Beast. Belle is the youngest and sunniest child of a prosperous merchant (André Dussollier) . […]

An Seo Hyun and friend in Bong Joon Ho's "Okja."

Coming and Going on Netflix in June 2017

Netflix continues to stake its streaming business on original programming. June brings back its most popular original series with Orange Is the New Black: Season 5, a show that continues to keep its audiences riveted, and gives it a companion series of sorts. GLOW: Season 1 spins the real-life eighties reality series (it stands for […]