" I’m sorry I ever sent her to that finishing school — I think they finished her there "
— Jessie Royce Landis, To Catch a Thief

MRQE Top Critic

Sponsored links

Pic of the Week

Each week we pick a recommended "Pic" from our archives. Below are our most recent picks.

The East

***Zal Batmanglij

The East emerges as an exciting piece of filmmaking from the independent scene’s hott

Amid a hot summer of huge blockbusters, The East emerges as an exciting piece of filmmaking from the independent scene’s hottest rising stars.

Atomic Blonde

***

Atomic Blonde offers an excitingly fresh and strong female lead.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
— Slogan in a night club in Atomic Blonde

What Women Want

***2000

Gibson’s charming, effervescent, performance makes the movie

Tough guy Mel Gibson has played lightly comic roles before, but never has he been the lead in a romantic comedy. He makes a great “debut” in What Women Want.

Sin City

***2005, Quentin Tarantino, and Frank Miller

There’s still a lack of honesty in Sin City

While the presentation quality of Sin City on Blu-ray is superb, the clumsy handling of the Blu-ray exclusives and the omission of one of the better standard-def features make this a disappointing release.

Beauty and the Beast

***1/21991

Diamond edition adds to a top-notch film

It’s so easy to feel jaded about Disney’s entertainment empire, where everything seems to be an advertisement for something else. Love the movie? Why not see the stage show/buy the soundtrack/ take the theme park ride! And yet, almost every time I sit down to watch a one of Disney’s animated films on home video, I get sucked in. Yeah, it’s commercial art, but it’s top-notch, entertaining stuff.

Wild Hogs

***2007, Walt Becker

The movie manages to stay on course but the DVD’s extra features are road kill

Wild Hogs, one of the biggest hits of the spring, is now on DVD. Unfortunately, while the movie manages to stay on course for most of the ride, the DVD’s extra features are road kill.

War of the Worlds

***2005, Steven Spielberg

Spielberg and his team are master filmmakers, and it’s a pleasure to see them work

War of the Worlds is undeniably well-crafted and intense. Beyond that, there is room for honest disagreement about whether the story works on film, whether Tom Cruise is more of a presence or a distraction, whether John Williams’ music is overbearing or fitting, and a hundred other details.

Zatoichi

***2004, Takeshi Kitano

The biggest special feature is actually a feature. It’s Takeshi’s 1993 Yakuza film Sonatine.

When you get the Miramax DVD of Zatoichi, not only do you get the samurai movie with the vaudeville heart, you get a disc with a second Takeshi film, Sonatine. Both DVDs have extra features, giving you lots of bang for your yen.

The Lego Batman Movie

***1/2

When it comes to the Caped Crusader, there really isn’t much separating the men from the boys.

The Lego Batman Movie provides further proof that — at least when it comes to the Caped Crusader — there really isn’t much separating the men from the boys.

The Great Train Robbery

***1979, Michael Crichton