Criterion’s Blu-ray release of The Great Escape offers an abundance of goodies to dig into from the inside.
The film is an outrageous, hilarious, and amazingly unpretentious trip through a funhouse of sexual identities.
Isao Takahata makes survival the thematic core of the story, but he never degrades his characters or fetishizes their suffering.
Criterion’s impeccable 4K restoration ensures that this is the definitive home-video experience of Billy Wilder’s classic comedy.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks awkwardly and cumbersomely arrives at its revelations.
It’s too regimented in its storytelling to conjure any real insight into the privileged world in which it’s embedded.
The new HBO series Divorce has a clear barometer for humor, though less for empathy.
Above all else, Marvel’s Luke Cage is about what, if any, qualifications there are for being a hero.
Too much of the Netflix series feels dictated by the setup and pay-off rules of popular storytelling.
At the heart of Vice Principals is the mad desire to find respect, power, and likability.
There’s a simple magnetism inherent in this kind of filmmaking, and the Coens know how to orchestrate it.
The series remains compelling in its devotion to exposing its characters’ public hang-ups and private strengths.
Uncle Buck bears the unmistakable feeling of a series that was market-tested to death in every predictable plot turn.
The series ultimately becomes nothing much more than a paean to the myth of the wild, ingenious badass chef.
The Dresser is a merely effective portrait of the pitfalls and pleasures of a working relationship.
The dialogue is at once easygoing in its candor and rigidly on-message about the corrosive nature of lies.
Silicon Valley remains a complicated, heartfelt, and intensely uproarious articulation of the struggle to freely realize one’s creative yearnings.
It typifies American politics with a brand of acidic cynicism that yields big laughs and increasingly unlikable characters.
The Path is content to focus on a variety of rote melodramatic byways that give little in the way of insight into the fight between faith and personal desire.
Even small acts of open silliness are portrayed as inherently helpful in creating a kind of unity and friendship among what are, essentially, strangers.