Hitchcock*

    Release Date: December 14, 2012 Runtime: 98 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Fox Searchlight Director: Sacha Gervasi Cast: Anthony Hopkins; Helen Mirren; Danny Huston; Scarlett Johansson; Jessica Biel A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho,” set against the backdrop of Hitch’s relationship with wife Alma…..and therein lays the problem. This

Mama

    Release Date: January 18, 2013 Runtime: 100 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Universal Director: Andres Muschietti Cast: Jessica Chastain; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Megan Charpentier; Isabelle Nelisse; Daniel Kash This is a creepy little movie. Mama tells the tale of two little girls who are brought to a cabin in the woods by their suicidal father. 

The Others

    Release Date: August 10, 2001 Runtime: 101 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Dimension Films (Miramax) Director: Alejandro Amenabar Cast: Nicole Kidman; Christopher Eccleston; Fionnula Flanagan; Alakina Mann; James Bentley [POSSIBLE SPOILERS] “The Others” reminds me of how much fun going to the movies can be!  If you’re looking for a scary date movie, look no

Streets of Fire

    Release Date: June 1, 1984 Runtime: 93 minutes Rating: R Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Walter Hill Cast: Michael Pare; Diane Lane; Willem Dafoe; Rick Moranis; Deborah Van Valkenburgh; Amy Madigan [POSSIBLE SPOILERS] Although this film is pure 80’s in the music, it’s a throwback to 1950’s ‘good-guys vs. bad-guys movies’ in plot, dialogue

Xanadu

    Release Date: August 8, 1980 Runtime: 93 minutes Rating: PG Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Robert Greenwald Cast: Olivia Newton-John; Gene Kelly; Michael Beck Something about this movie draws me to it.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that it was so viciously derided upon its initial release, whether it’s the tack, tack, TACKY

Hudson Hawk

    Release Date: May 24, 1991 Runtime: Interminable Rating: R Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony) Director: Michael Lehmann Cast: Bruce Willis; Danny Aiello; Andie MacDowell; Richard E. Grant; Sandra Bernhard This movie has, in the 20-plus years since its release, become kind-of a punch line for jokes about Hollywood awful-ness….and deservedly so.  Ostensibly a crime caper,

Soapdish

    Release Date: May 31, 1991 Runtime: 97 minutes Rating: PG-13 Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Michael Hoffman Cast: Sally Field; Kevin Kline; Cathy Moriarty; Robert Downey, Jr; Elisabeth Shue; Whoopi Goldberg; Teri Hatcher A riotous farce set in the world of glamorous daytime soap operas, “Soapdish” is hilarious!  Admittedly, you have to have a

Darkness

    Release Date: December 25, 2004 Runtime: 102 minutes Rating: R Studio: Dimension Films (Miramax) Director: Jaume Balaguero Cast: Anna Paquin; Lena Olin; Iain Glen; Giancarlo Giannini [SPOILER ALERT!] Oh boy, is this ever a mess of a movie.  Basically, the story of a young girl and her family who move into a creepy

Inserts

    Release Date: February 13, 1976 Runtime: 117 minutes Rating: NC-17 Studio: United Artists (MGM) Director: John Byrum Cast: Richard Dreyfuss; Bob Hoskins; Veronica Cartwright; Jessica Harper; Stephen Davies This early Richard Dreyfuss starrer is essentially a chamber piece centered on an alcoholic former film director in the 1930’s, now reduced to making quickie silent-movie porn.

Thief of Hearts

    Release Date: October 19, 1984 Runtime: 100 minutes Rating: R Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Douglas Day Stewart Cast: Steven Bauer; Barbara Williams; John Getz; David Caruso; George Wendt The first thing I have to say about this movie is that it’s almost impossible to review this from a 2013 frame of mind, as