Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray star, Harold Ramis directs

Quick Pick: ‘Caddyshack’ – Slobs vs. snobs on Netflix

Caddyshack (1980), the definitive slobs versus snobs comedy, is ostensibly the story of a working-class golf caddy (Michael O’Keefe) at an exclusive country club trying to land a scholarship and plan his future, but his coming-of-age story becomes just another thread in the comic chaos. Chevy Chase, fresh off Saturday Night Live, takes top billing […]

David Oyelowo is Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay's 'Selma.'

Academy Award winner ‘Selma’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Selma, directed by Ava Duvernay (who also rewrote the screenplay without credit, due to conditions of original screenwriter Paul Webb’s deal), takes on the 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King through Alabama as a benchmark moment in the fight for voting rights and, more generally, civil rights for black citizens in the American […]

Ewan McGregor is 'The Ghost Writer' in Roman Polanski's superb thriller.

Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost Writer’ on Netflix

Ewan McGregor is The Ghost Writer (2010), a scribe-for-hire in the celebrity autobiography business who is contracted to rewrite the dry memoirs of a former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan), in the smart, gripping, subtly Hitchcockian thriller from director Roman Polanski and author Robert Harris. The writer has no other name in the film—he introduces […]

Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri in Ira Sachs's "Little Men"

‘Little Men’ – Growing up on Netflix

Ira Sachs has been consistently making marvelous small, intimate features about relationships challenged by the complications of the adult world for a good decade now. Little Men (2016) shifts the focus to two schoolboys from very different backgrounds who become best friends while their respective parents turn antagonistic. Shy, introverted aspiring artist Jake (Theo Taplitz) […]

Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones

All four ‘Indiana Jones’ films on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Harrison Ford, fresh from the first two Star Wars films, stepped into the battered fedora and leather jacket of the archeologist adventurer Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, PG, renamed Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark for home video), the rip-roaring tribute to the cliffhanger adventures of the 1930s […]

Ron Perlman is "Hellboy" in Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of the Mike Mignola graphic novel

‘Hellboy’ – A demon of a superhero on Amazon Prime

Hellboy (2004) – Before Marvel recreated the superhero movie in the context of a connected universe of characters and storylines, like the comic books that inspired them, the best comic book movies created their own, self-contained worlds. One of the best of these was Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Mike Mignola’s cult comic Hellboy and […]

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen

Quick pick: ‘Annie Hall’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

After a series of successful comedies that combined spoof, farce, and satire, Woody Allen took everyone by surprise with Annie Hall (1977), his first personal film and his most sophisticated to date. It drew from the same sources of humor as his earlier comedies, with interludes of memories seen through the lens of a comedian’s […]