Ken Burns' documentary 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea'

Happy Anniversary: ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea’ on Amazon Prime

On August 25, 2016, the National Parks Service turns 100. To celebrate the centenary of this great and necessary institution, I suggest checking out The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009) from America’s chronicler Ken Burns. This six-part, twelve-hour plus series explores not just the beauty and legacy of America’s National Parks, but the history […]

The animated film 'The Little Prince' debuts on Netflix in the U.S.

What to stream: ‘The Little Prince’ on Netflix and other choice picks on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, VOD, and more

The Little Prince (2016), an animated feature based on the beloved novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), is a big-budget American production from a major studio and played in theaters around the world (where it was a success) but Sony dumped it straight to Netflix in […]

'The Great Train Robbery' is one of the features films in Mark Cousins ' documentary 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey '

‘The Story of Film: An Odyssey’ on Hulu and Sundance Now

In The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), Mark Cousins takes an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema. I can’t imagine that anyone who is not already captivated by cinema would even begin this immersive, ambitious 15-hour documentary series that attempts to encapsulate cinema, from birth to the present, and […]

Melissa McCarthy and her troop in 'The Boss'

What to stream: Melissa McCarthy is ‘The Boss,’ Ellen Page is ‘Tallulah,’ Paul Verhoeven is ‘Tricked’

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Melissa McCarthy is The Boss, a disgraced financial titan who turns a youth cookie drive into a hardball sales campaign. The R-rated comedy is available in an unrated version. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox. Sing Street, from filmmaker John Carney (Once), tells an age-old story: boy meets girl, boy […]

Jason Robards is Al Capone in Roger Corman's 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre

‘The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’ on Amazon Prime

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) gave Roger Corman, the director-producer who earned the nickname “King of the Bs,” the biggest budget of his career to date. After more than 40 films, most of them for the budget-challenged AIP, he was hired by 20th Century Fox and given the resources of their studio, casting department, […]