New on DVD & Blu-ray: Jan. 28-Feb. 3

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Rush”: You’ve got to hand it to director Ron Howard: he went out on a limb to produce and direct this film set during the golden age of 1970s Formula 1 racing — a sport little-known by most Americans (although it draws massive audiences worldwide, both at Grand Prix events and […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Jan. 21-27

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Captain Phillips”: Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks turns in one of his best performances in years in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama off the African coast. Phillips and his crew were held hostage for ransom, setting up […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Jan. 14-20

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: “Enough Said”: Nicole Holofcener is the best director you’ve never heard of. Her forte is quiet, small romantic comedies that revolve around women struggling to find themselves in the world — weak and strong women who stand up to the world as women and not as appendages to men. She’s cut […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Jan. 7-13

THIS WEEK’S THEATRICAL RELEASES: What better way to start off the new year than with a staggering indictment of greed and imbalance in our economic system. “Inequality for All” is a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class by Robert Reich — professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member — as he demonstrates how […]

New on DVD & Blu-ray: Dec. 31-Jan. 6

As we ring out the old and ring in the new this week, there’s only a trickle of releases coming your way Tuesday. Topping the list is: “Love, Marilyn” (2013), a lovingly made documentary by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus that is an intimate and personal portrait of Marilyn Monroe, based on the book of Monroe’s […]

The Films of 2013

I’ve long marvelled at the gossipy/water-cooler/telephone-party-line nature of social media, with its emphasis on personal compilations of life’s day-to-day mundane activities. Facebook is nothing short of autobiography for the masses, where one can catalog daily events such as “I had a hard day at work,” “got stuck in traffic again,” “I’m microwaving a Healthy Choice […]