Arnold Schwarzenegger is Conan the Barbarian on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the original ‘Conan the Barbarian,’ now on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger was the defining action hero of Hollywood from the mid-1980s through the 1990s, yet before he made his breakthrough, he seem the most unlikely American screen icon to lumber his way up the Hollywood ladder. The former Austrian bodybuilder turned Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia (he retired his crown undefeated) seemed destined to […]

Watch This! The ‘Mystic Pizza’ reunion on ‘Good Morning America’

Mystic Pizza (1988), a summer buddy movie of romance and friendship among three best friends in the resort community of Mystic, Connecticut, launched the careers of Lili Taylor, Julia Roberts, and Annabeth Gish. Roger Ebert gave it his thumbs up when it was released in 1988: “The characters are allowed to be smart, to react […]

‘Y tu Mama Tambien’ on Netflix, Sundance Now, Criterion Channel

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Alfonso Cuaron’s return to Mexico after his initial sojourn in Hollywood, recharged his ambitions and his creative juices. Ostensibly a coming of age drama by way of a sex comedy, it’s vivid, thoughtful, political and unapologetically raw. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna star as best friends, a pair of […]

Wild Tales VOD

Video on Demand: ‘Wild Tales’ from Argentina

Wild Tales delivers on the promise of its title. An anthology of six original short stories from writer / director Damián Szifrón, it is a blackly comic film of modern life churning with frustration, rage, vengeance, and other decidedly civilized impulses. It opens on pure perfection, a darkly hilarious pre-credits revenge vignette that turns on […]

Up All Night VOD

Video on Demand: Liam Neeson in ‘Run All Night’

Liam Neeson is back in action in the gritty crime thriller Run All Night, his third and most satisfying collaboration with filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop). Neeson once again has a very specific skill set—his nickname isn’t Jimmy the Gravedigger for nothing—but he’s been pickling it in booze for years to drown the guilt of […]

Shane Carruth and David Sullivan in 'Primer.'

‘Primer’ on Netflix

“I’m starving. I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon.” The most inventive time travel film ever made, Shane Carruth’s almost one man production (he’s director, writer, producer, star, sometime camera operator, and pretty much anything else that needed to be done) is also the most aggressively, tantalizingly obtuse. Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) […]