DVD Review: Murder in Suburbia: Complete Collection

A good murder mystery goes a long way, whether it’s a certain Belgian gent or a guy in a deerstalker. This time around, though, our friends out at Acorn update the process a bit by bringing us “Murder in Suburbia: Complete Collection,” a copy of which they sent out for review. “Murder in Suburbia: Complete more »

Stephen Silver’s Top Ten Films of 2014

This year, I saw around 135 new releases, my most ever and about 20 more than last year. I saw them at press screenings, at film festivals, on awards screener DVDs, on Netflix disc and streaming, on Amazon, Vimeo and cable on-demand streams and even, on a few of occasions, I actually bought a ticket more »

Steve Carell’s North Korea movie isn’t happening either

The world can’t win for losing; fallout from the Sony hack has landed on Steve Carell, causing a movie he was to star in to be scrapped. The movie was to be a thriller set in North Korea. This film was not a Sony project; New Regency was developing the untitled project from director Gore more »

Kate Winslet brings ‘A Little Chaos’ to the Versailles in first trailer

While few know her name, even fewer know her import to the position of women in the world. During the 17th Century, when females were little more than chattel among men of means, she stood out. Her ideas about gardening and landscaping were unconventional, so much so that they drew the attention of King Louis more »

Sony and “The Interview” roundup: Obama, Anonymous, porn parodies and Crackle

Your weekend in the continuing saga of Sony and “The Interview”: – President Obama said Friday night that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling the release of “The Interview,” and said that he would have pressured exhibitors to go ahead and release the film. – Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, even though Sony capitulated and more »


Denzel Washington has not been “blacklisted”- and it’s stupid to suggest he has

I’m getting really sick of the word “blacklisted” being thrown around, to mean things that it doesn’t actually mean. We had this a few months ago, when a few critical comments by Hollywood executives about the anti-Israel stances of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz led to talk that they’d been “blacklisted” (a blacklisting that didn’t more »

Fin: Obama and “The Interview,” Serial non-listeners against Serial and many, many sixth boroughs

I don’t get these people blaming Barack Obama for the “Interview” cancellation. What did you want him to do, force the release to proceed? Any action he could have taken would have exceeded his powers as president- and if he’d done anything, Obama would likely be criticized by all the same people for “overreaching.” (The more »

Shawn Kotzen’s bottom ten movies of 2014 (aka: “The Worst”)

If there’s three things I learned from watching movies in 2014 it’s gotta be this: When in doubt go with an Egyptian theme. Greek demigods are no longer viable options as superheroes. As much as it pains me to write this, there’s just no getting around it — horror movies can very rarely (if ever) more »

You’ll be ‘Taken’ with this “12 Days of Christmas” based trailer for “Taken 3″

There have been some clever cover versions of the traditional holiday carol “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with my personal favorite being the one offered up by those two fictional hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas of ‘SCTV’ fame). But this latest alteration, created as a second trailer for Liam Neeson‘s more »

Stephen Silver’s ten worst films of 2014

A note about this list: Unlike some critics, I have some say in the movies I get to see and review, so therefore there’s a natural bias at work in favor of films that I think are going to be good. Though, as you’ll see below, my intuition is far from perfect. For this reason, more »

Blu-ray Review: Under the Dome Season Two

It’s time to go back out to our favorite trapped village, Chester’s Mill, as our friends at CBS Home Entertainment sent out a copy of “Under the Dome Season Two” for us to review. This bizarre yet insidious title will keep giving us everything the first season did, complete with a few new twists. “” more »

Movie Review: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Okay, so most of you are going to be fairly surprised by this, but that’s why movies are so great, because they are so unpredictable. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is one of the funniest films I’ve seen in quite some time. There, I said it. Seriously though, the third entry in more »