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On DVD/Blu-ray: SUDDENLY (2013); BREAKOUT (2013); and FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY (2013)

SUDDENLY(Canada - 2013) Yes, this is indeed a remake of the cult classic 1954 presidential assassination thriller that was unseen for many years but is now a public domain staple.  The original...

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In Theaters: GRAVITY (2013)

GRAVITY(US - 2013)Directed by Alfonso Cuaron.  Written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron.  Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, voices of Ed Harris, Phaldut Sharma. (PG-13, 91 mins)Not since Stanley...

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In Theaters/On VOD: DRACULA (2013)

DRACULA(Italy/Spain/France - 2012; 2013 US release)Directed by Dario Argento.  Written by Dario Argento, Antonio Tentori, Stefano Piani, Enrique Cerezo.  Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Rutger Hauer, Asia...

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On DVD/Blu-ray: EUROPA REPORT (2013) and NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR (2013)

EUROPA REPORT(US/China - 2013)With technical advisors from NASA and Lockheed Martin and stock footage of Neil deGrasse Tyson to establish its bona fides as a "thinking person's sci-fi film," EUROPA...

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In Theaters: MACHETE KILLS (2013)

MACHETE KILLS(US/Russia - 2013)Directed by Robert Rodriguez.  Written by Kyle Ward.  Cast: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Lady...

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Cult Classics Revisited: THE MONSTER CLUB (1981)

THE MONSTER CLUB(UK - 1981)Directed by Roy Ward Baker.  Written by Edward and Valerie Abraham.  Cast: Vincent Price, Donald Pleasence, John Carradine, Stuart Whitman, Richard Johnson, Barbara...

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In Theaters: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS(US - 2013)Directed by Paul Greengrass.  Written by Billy Ray.  Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, David...

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On DVD/Blu-ray: MANIAC (2013); THE COLONY (2013); and THE EAST (2013)

MANIAC(France/US - 2013)William Lustig's MANIAC (1980) is so representative of both '80s splatter and the grimy NYC sleaze of its era that a present-day remake seems like a hapless, watered-down...

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In Theaters: ESCAPE PLAN (2013)

ESCAPE PLAN(US - 2013)Directed by Mikael Hafstrom.  Written by Miles Chapman and Arnell Jesko.  Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Curtis "50...

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In Theaters: CARRIE (2013)

CARRIE(US - 2013)Directed by Kimberly Peirce.  Written by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.  Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, Alex...

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On DVD/Blu-ray: DISCONNECT (2013); BLOOD (2013); and HAMMER OF THE GODS (2013)

DISCONNECT(US - 2013)DISCONNECT falls squarely into that post-CRASH "everything is connected" ensemble subgenre but stands out for being notably less pompous and sanctimonious than most.  It certainly...

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In Theaters: THE COUNSELOR (2013)

THE COUNSELOR(US/UK - 2013)Directed by Ridley Scott.  Written by Cormac McCarthy.  Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez, Ruben...

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On DVD/Blu-ray: BYZANTIUM (2013) and FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD (2013)

BYZANTIUM(Ireland/UK - 2013)Many reviews of Neil Jordan's vampire film BYZANTIUM said it felt like the director was taking a second pass at his 1994 big-screen version of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE....

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Cult Classics Revisited: THE CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1964)

THE CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD(Italy - 1964)Written and directed by Warren Kiefer.  Cast: Christopher Lee, Gaia Germani, Philippe Leroy, Mirko Valentin, Donald Sutherland, Anthony Martin (Antonio De...

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In Theaters: LAST VEGAS (2013)

LAST VEGAS(US - 2013)Directed by Jon Turtletaub.  Written by Dan Fogelman.  Cast: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Joanna...

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In Theaters: ALL IS LOST (2013)

ALL IS LOST(US - 2013)Written and directed by J.C. Chandor.  Cast: Robert Redford. (PG-13, 105 mins)A stellar late-career achievement for 77-year-old Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST contains the most...

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In Theaters: 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)

12 YEARS A SLAVE (US/UK - 2013)Directed by Steve McQueen.  Written by John Ridley.  Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard,...

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On DVD/Blu-ray: LOVELACE (2013); SYRUP (2013); and INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY (2013)

LOVELACE(US - 2013)A biopic of 1970s XXX icon Linda Lovelace that plays as if the entire script was just a bullet-pointed outline, LOVELACE is so shallow, glossed-over, and obvious that it makes her...

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On DVD/Blu-ray/Netflix streaming: GRABBERS (2013) and DEALIN' WITH IDIOTS (2013)

GRABBERS(Ireland/UK - 2012; 2013 US release)The Irish import GRABBERS is a throwback to the kind of fun, crowd-pleasing monster movies that you don't see much of these days.  The pace lags at times and...

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On DVD/Blu-ray: FRANCES HA (2013) and I DECLARE WAR (2013)

FRANCES HA (Brazil/US - 2013)Since his acclaimed 1995 debut KICKING AND SCREAMING, writer/director Noah Baumbach has made a name for himself in indie circles but is probably still best known for his...

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