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12 Monkeys (1995)

The great Terry Gilliam's dystopic (of course!) vision of a future where we can't tell what's real or not seems disturbingly prescient.

Donovan’s Reef (1963)

Though it seems to exist mainly as a reason for Johns Wayne and Ford to do a whole lotta drinkin' and fishin' on the studio's dime, "Donovan's Reef" is undeniably well-made and breezily entertaining.

The Web (1947)

Vincent Price, Ella Raines and Edmund O'Brien star in this unheralded film noir about a twisted love triangle that's now out in a handsome Blu-ray edition from Kino Lorber.

Willow (1988)

The underappreciated fantasy film from George Lucas and Ron Howard delighted the young audiences it was intended for, poked fun at its critics -- by name -- and is now set for a Disney+ reboot.

Big Fish (2003)

Tim Burton's lone outstanding, heartfelt film of the last two decades may not seem like a natural fit with his horror-tinged oeuvre. But in some ways it's his most intimate, personal movie.

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Language Lessons

I always find it exciting when someone who’s established themselves as an actor steps behind the camera to direct and/or write. It’s like seeing someone join your company in the mailroom and a few years later they’re being promoted to manager. Even better when they’re actually good at running the show. Natalie Morales, who’s had […]

The Lost Leonardo

This splendid documentary examines the journey of a purported lost masterpiece, but is also a whodunit about the shadowy hidden world that is international art dealing.