Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. in the David Fincher thriller

David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’ on Netflix

Zodiac (2007), David Fincher’s drama about the notorious unsolved Zodiac killings that had San Francisco gripped in fear during the early seventies, was the filmmaker’s most disciplined, focused, and mesmerizing film to date when it was released in 2007. Based on the non-fiction book by Robert Graysmith, a newspaper cartoonist who became obsessed with the […]

Keanu Reeves is John Wick in the sequel that takes him to Rome

‘John Wick Chapter 2’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

The original John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as a retired assassin roused to revenge in a very bloody campaign, was a deliciously entertaining old school action film with impressive action choreography and physical stunts and one stunning set piece after another. (John Wick is reviewed on Stream On Demand here.) John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) may […]

Louis Koo, Vicki Zhao, and Wallace Chung star in Johnnie To's Hong Kong action thriller

Johnnie To’s ‘Three’ – Hong Kong thriller on Netflix

Three (Hong Kong, 2016) – Johnnie To is one of the top directors of action thrillers and crime drama in the world and if Three is not one of the director’s most dramatic, it is entertaining, consistently engaging, and executed with an impressive precision that turns good ideas into ingenious set pieces. Set almost entirely […]

Ellen Barkin and her boys Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, and Finn Cole

‘Animal Kingdom: Season 1’ on Amazon Prime

Ellen Barkin plays Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, the controlling matriarch of a Southern California suburban crime family in Animal Kingdom: Season 1, the commercial cable adaptation of David Michôd’s 2010 Australian crime drama developed for American TV by Southland creators John Wells and Jonathan Lisco. Relocated to the California south coast culture of surfing beaches and […]

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 […]