Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I'

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ on Peacock

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014), the top box office hit of 2014, follows the lead of the Harry Potter and Twilight series by splitting the final book into two film installments, making this the third of four films. For anyone who has read the books that might seem like quite a stretch, drawing […]

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on Peacock

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the second film in the young adult dystopian series starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen, the reluctant warrior who is dropped into a brutal deathmatch, improves upon the original The Hunger Games (2012) in almost every way. Taking the same basic premise—a despotic government that keeps its citizens in […]

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the J.J. Abrams revival of the original Enterprise crew

‘Star Trek’ – A new beginning on Netflix

Talk about boldly going: Star Trek (2009)—no numbers, no subtitles, no tags—is not simply a prequel to the franchise. It’s an entire relaunch and director J.J. Abrams dares to rewrite Trek lore with an origin story that chronicles the first voyage of the Enterprise crew with a mission that sends them into a whole new Federation […]

‘The Hunger Games’ – May the odds be ever in your favor on Peacock

Based on the first book in the dystopian trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (2012) was one of the more successful efforts to transform a hot young adult series into a big screen franchise, more mature than Harry Potter and grittier than Eclipse, and even a little political in its own right. The story […]

‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ – Saving the future on Hulu and Paramount+

“This is the story of our most excellent dads.” Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter bring those most excellent characters, Theodore “Ted” Logan and William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq., back to the screen in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020). More than thirty years after Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the teenage best friends, wannabe […]

‘Fantastic Planet’ – the animated cult classic on HBO Max and Criterion Channel

La planète sauvage, the original French title of Rene Laloux’s legendary animated feature Fantastic Planet (France, 1973), is a better indication of the torments that await the inhabitants of this cult science fiction classic. The oppressed (and very human-like) Oms live in a world ruled by blue-skinned giants called the Draags, who treat the diminutive […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator on Netflix

“I’ll be back” – The original ‘The Terminator’ on Hulu and Paramount+

After three underwhelming sequels to James Cameron’s hard-wired hardware time travel thriller The Terminator (1984) in the past dozen years, it’s time to remind ourselves just how tight and clever and entertaining the original film was. Made for a mere $6 million and released in the fall of 1984 by a small independent sudio to instant […]

‘Inception’ – Christopher Nolan’s mind-heist on Peacock

Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010), a caper film that heists dreams instead of treasure, is surely the most cerebral action thriller to become a blockbuster. It’s a genre film that reshuffles the rules and lays them out in a mind-bending pattern. Playing out on multiple planes of dream reality, it’s also another Nolan film to completely […]

Tom Hardy in George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ – Tom Hardy is the post-apocalyptic road warrior

Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t the biggest hit film of the summer of 2015 (that honor belongs to Jurassic World) but it is easily the most visceral and the most intelligent action film of that year. Decades in the making, there’s nothing else like this out there. Directed by George Miller (who made the first […]

What to stream: ‘No Sudden Move’ on HBO Max, ‘The Tomorrow War’ on Amazon, ‘Summer of Soul’ and ‘Bill & Ted’ on Hulu

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …   Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro star as small time criminals in 1954 Detroit who end up in the middle of a tangled conspiracy in “No Sudden Move” (2021, R), a stylish, […]