by Judy Berman
Jaromil Jires’ 1970 Czech New Wave classic delves into the subconscious of a 13-year-old girl, which takes her through a fantasy realm, but reflects the adolescent experience as well as any coming-of-age film ever made.
Before his horror breakthrough The Descent, Neil Marshall made a terrific debut with this movie-crazy werewolf thriller, about military exercises gone terribly wrong in the Scottish wilderness.
Nostalgia for the earnestness and moral clarity of ’80s genre movies accounts for the Blu-ray release of two mild exploitation movies, one a proto-Transformers about robots and the other featuring a skateboarding Josh Brolin.
While the French New Wave gets all the attention from cinephiles, the popular films of the day get left out of the conversation. A new double feature of escapist Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicles offer a glimpse.
Bob Rafelson’s New Hollywood classic is remembered for its famous diner scene, but there’s much more to cherish about this character study, which explores the surprising roots of Jack Nicholson’s blue-collar oilman.
A beyond-twisty thriller co-written by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank looks even better now than it did in 1993.
With his 1959 narrative debut, Bernhard Wicki turned a “hymn to German courage” into an anti-war film by focusing on the boys behind the soldiers.
While folding a story of redemption into a modern fable, Terry Gilliam re-created New York in his own image.
Named one of the top 10 movies of all time in the most recent Sight And Sound poll, a restored version of The Man With The Movie Camera joins three lesser-known Dziga Vertov efforts on Blu-ray.
Catching Mickey Rourke during his decade as a promising leading man, before his sojourn as a boxer changed his physique and his career, two films revealed his considerable star power while failing to aid his ascendancy.
With this trio of early-to-mid-’70s blaxploitation films, Pam Grier carved out a unique niche for herself and became one of the biggest stars in America while working entirely outside the studio system.
Till Kleinert’s demented, fairy-tale-esque suspense feature has a repressed cop chasing a crazy, katana-wielding psychopath around the German woods… or possibly something entirely different is going on.
Richard Donner’s 1985 fantasy takes place in medieval France, but brings a lot of 20th-century attitude to the story of a thief (Matthew Broderick), a knight (Rutger Hauer), and a mysterious curse. Vittorio Storaro’s images are the main attraction.
After his 1969 political thriller Z was an international sensation, leftist director Costa-Gavras continued to make movies in the same vein throughout the ’70s, using genre excitement to expose covert abuses of power worldwide.
Hong Kong action stalwart Tsui Hark updates a popular Chinese opera into a half-square/half-bizarre historical war movie about the fight between the People’s Liberation Army and a thousand-strong horde of bandits.
Before setting sail from England to Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock pulled together a Daphne du Maurier adaptation that’s better than its reputation, thanks largely to Charles Laughton’s lead performance.
An action film starring Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson attempted to define the state of cool for 1991. It didn’t.
Mark Rydell’s 1979 rock melodrama, loosely inspired by Janis Joplin, features a star-making performance by Bette Midler as a beleaguered singer, and electrifying stage footage by ace cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.
Michael Cimino’s terrific 1974 debut feature casts Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges as an outlaw buddy team in the American West who gear up for a big heist and share a bond that cannot be articulated.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic returns in a Blu-ray edition that just confirms its timelessness.
One of the prolific cult director’s best-known features—thanks in part to a groovy soundtrack—gets a deluxe treatment on Blu-ray.