Malcolm McDowell stars in the film by Lindsay Anderson

‘If…’ – Malcolm McDowell rebels on Amazon Prime

Lindsay Anderson captured the fancy of a generation of British youth with If… (1968), his savage satire of the regimented British education system and bullying “public” schools. In 1968 the time and tenor was ripe for a rebel yell, but while the picture stands a rallying cry for a generation, its celebration of individualism and […]

Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle in a film by Terence Davies.

What to stream: ‘A Quiet Passion’ and ‘Certain Women’ on VOD, ‘Lion’ on Netflix, and more ‘Mr. Robot’ on Amazon

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand It is a big week for VOD debuts big and small, and few are bigger than The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the car caper franchise with […]

Bradley Cooper stars in the Clive Barker horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura

‘The Midnight Meat Train’ – Clive Barker on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Curiosity is a killer in The Midnight Meat Train (2008), adapted from the short story by Clive Barker (one of the first he wrote) and directed by Japanese style-bomber Ryuhei Kitamura in his American feature debut. Leon (Bradley Cooper), a street photographer who chases police calls for a living but prefers to document the underbelly […]

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Larry Fishburne in 'The Matrix'

‘The Matrix’ trilogy on Amazon Prime

The Matrix (1999) has become such a touchstone of American pop culture—referenced, copied, parodied, and parroted)—that it’s hard to remember just how new and different and distinctive it was when it debuted in 1999. Which is not to say that it is completely original. Image Tron as a Greek Myth, or Sim City as an […]

Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini star in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning drama

What to stream: Walter Hill’s ‘The Assignment’ and Oscar-winner ‘The Salesman’ on Amazon Prime

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Amazon Prime Walter Hill’s The Assignment (2017), starring Michelle Rodriguez as a hitman who undergoes involuntary sexual reassignment surgery by a vengeful doctor (Sigourney Weaver), barely received a theatrical release thanks […]

Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett , and Taraji P. Henson star in the film by David Fincher

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story is expanded into a sweeping survey of 20th century history and culture as seen through the eyes of a man who is born old and grows younger through the century. Brad Pitt completely commits to the part of the old/young man who […]

Emmy-winning drama ‘Playing for Time’ on Amazon Prime

Playing for Time (1980), based on the memoir by Holocaust survivor Fania Fénelon and scripted for television by Arthur Miller, arrived a couple years after the excellent 1978 mini-series Holocaust to present a far more intimate drama and one of the most powerful TV events of its era. Vanessa Redgrave was a controversial choice to […]

The original crew of the Starship Enterprise reunited for 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'

‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ and eight more ‘Star Trek’ movies on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), still the best of the big screen Star Trek movies, features Ricardo Montalban reprising his role from the original series TV episode “The Space Seed,” but now the genetically perfect human has become a man obsessed with revenge against Captain Kirk. This a veritable swashbuckler of a […]

Clint Eastwood stars in Sergio Leone's 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'

‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western. Leone’s first real attempt at mythologizing his vision of the American west (shot, of course, in the […]