Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer, and Darwin Joston in the John Carpenter film

John Carpenter’s ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ on Showtime Anytime

The first real solo flight by young filmmaker John Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) is the film where he announced his influences, found his strengths, and began to develop his style. It’s is a siege picture, a cross between a Howard Hawks western and a horror film that meets in a desolate Los Angeles […]

Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Bruce Dern in Quentin Taratino's 'The Hateful Eight'

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ on Netflix and Showtime

The Hateful Eight, the eighth feature by Quentin Tarantino, is something strange and audacious even for a filmmaker whose films are rarely short of either. It’s a vivid widescreen western epic that runs nearly three hours yet plays like a chamber piece, largely contained within the intimate quarters of a stagecoach stopover during a blizzard […]

Landon Liboiron and Jason Momoa in "Frontier."

What to stream: Jason Momoa on the Netflix ‘Frontier,’ ‘Christine’ and ‘The Girl on the Train’ on VOD

Jason Momoa, still best known as Khal Drago in Game of Thrones but soon to be the big screen Aquaman, stars in Frontier as a trapper battling the British Hudson’s Bay Company monopoly on the 18th century fur trade. His character, Declan Harp, is part-Irish, part-Native American, all furious renegade ready to declare war on […]

Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, and Timothy Dalton star in 'Penny Dreadful,' the superb Showtime Gothic horror series.

‘Penny Dreadful: Seasons 1-2’ – Delicious Gothic horror on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

The very title Penny Dreadful captures the mood of this original series, which was created for Showtime by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan. It was the nickname given to cheap horror novels, and while this show is anything but cheap, it is filled with dread and unease. Penny Dreadful stirs the characters of the iconic British […]

Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey,' directed by Lasse Hallstrom

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ on Showtime Anytime

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) is a film for our culture: a feel-good foodie drama of racial tolerance, cross-cultural acceptance, and fusion cuisine. It’s produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (the classiest of contemporary feel-good filmmakers) and it stars Helen Mirren as the bastion of fine French cuisine and unshakable […]