Luc Merenda and James Mason star in Fernando di Leo's mob revenge thriller

‘Kidnap Syndicate’ – The business of crime on Amazon Prime and Fandor

Luc Merenda, the corrupt cop of Fernando di Leo’s Shoot First, Die Later, takes the lead again in di Leo’s Kidnap Syndicate (Italy, 1975) but this time he’s neither cop nor crook. Mario Colella is just a simple mechanic and working class single father who gets caught in the middle of mob business and corporate […]

Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Maggie Cheung in Wong Kar-Wai's award-winning film

Wong Kar-Wai’s melancholy ‘In the Mood for Love’ on FilmStruck

There may be no more sensual director in the world than Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-Wai, and In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, 2000) is one of his richest and most melancholy works, a shadow dance of would-be lovers sketched in suggestions and intimations. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai star as next door neighbors […]

Watch This! Oscar-nominated ‘Joe’s Violin’ streaming free

Joe’s Violin chronicles the relationship that develops between Joe Feingold, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, and Brianna Perez, a 12-year-old Bronx school girl, when Joe donates his violin to a music program. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, explores how this act of generosity changed the lives of both of these individuals. […]

Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty star in 'The Golden Girls'

What to stream: Hulu is ‘Golden,’ ‘Crazy Ex’ on Netflix, ‘Americans’ on Amazon Prime, and more

Thank you for being a friend: Hulu now has all seven seasons and 180 episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom The Golden Girls with Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty showing that there is life after 50. Watch it on Hulu Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguist making first […]

Watch This! Oscar nominated ‘4.1 Miles’ streaming free

4.1 Miles follow a day in the life of a coast guard captain from the Greek island of Lesbos who spends his days rescuing refugees fleeing their war torn countries across in often dangerous vessels across the Mediterranean. Greek-born, San Francisco-based filmmaker and journalist Daphne Matziaraki earned an Academy Award nomination for her debut short, which […]

Miguel Sandoval, Spike Lee, and Ossie Davis

Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ on HBO Now

Do The Right Thing (1989), Spike Lee’s vibrant, vital, thoroughly accomplished third feature, opens on a call to action – “Fight the Power,” shouts Public Enemy in the credits – and ends with a call to “Wake up!” Rosie Perez pumps out an aggressive shout of a dance in the opening credits, staged in front […]

Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert , and Rudy Vallee in the classic romantic comedy from Preston Sturges

‘The Palm Beach Story’ on VOD and Criterion Blu-ray/DVD

The Palm Beach Story (1942) – Leave it to Preston Sturges to create the funniest, sexiest, and most grown-up romantic comedy of his day. Claudette Colbert has never been more desirable as Gerry Jeffers, the flirtatious pragmatist with a clear-eyed take on the realities of men, women, and sex, and Sturges turns Joel McCrea’s All-American […]