Edie Falco is TV's most functional drug addict in the Showtime series 'Nurse Jackie."

‘Nurse Jackie: Seasons 1-7’ on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

Nurse Jackie: Seasons 1-7 – TV thrives on damaged heroes and Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), the head nurse in New York hospital emergency room, is one of the most damaged. Tough, confrontational, fiercely dedicated to her most vulnerable patients and wickedly vindictive with rude patients, thoughtless visitors, inattentive doctors, and unfeeling administrators, Jackie’s mantra is […]

Susanne Wuest in the German horror drama 'Goodnight Mommy,' directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

‘Goodnight Mommy’ on Amazon Prime

Goodnight Mommy (2015) is an unsettling horror film built on scars (physical and psychological) that upset the connection between a mother (Susanne Wuest) and her sons, adolescent twins named Lukas and Elias played by real-life twin brothers Lukas Schwarz and Elias Schwarz. That fraternal connection is apparent in every scene, not just affection but the […]

Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington in 'Training Day,' directed by Antoine Fuqua

What to watch: ‘Training Day’ and more on Netflix, Amazon, and VOD

Training Day (2001) earned Denzel Washington an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as a corrupt narcotics cop. In part it’s because he’s playing against type: Denzel earned his reputation as Hollywood’s bedrock of decency and morality: his screen heroes fight fear, prejudice, and self-doubt for their goodness. Detective Alonzo Harris proved that the […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis's 'The Walk.'

‘The Walk’ on VOD

The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the French aerialist who strung a tightwire between the Twin Towers and walked between the newly-constructed buildings in 1974, comes from Robert Zemeckis, a filmmaker who has pushed cinema technology to offer previously unseen sights and experiences. Here he uses digital effects to recreate not just the […]

Valora Noland and John Hanek in the 1965 film 'Summer Children,' a lost indie film restored in 2011.

Lost and Found: ‘Summer Children’ on Amazon Prime

With the news that the Vilmos Zsigmond, the great cinematographer of McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Deliverance, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, and many other defining American films of the seventies, passed away this week, I’ve revived this review of an early Zsigmond feature, a lost American indie from the sixties discovered early this century. Produced in […]