From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

New on DVD: Act of Valor (2012)

Act of Valor movie poster

As drama, Act of Valor is no great shakes. But as a docudrama of how America’s most elite fighting force goes about its dangerous business, it's pretty awesome - as authentic a recreation of covert action as we’ll ever see on a movie screen.

Program Notes: Ride the High Country (1962)

Ride the High Country movie poster

In 1962, with only his second movie, Sam Peckinpah proved himself a master of the lyrical oater with Ride the High Country, a Western that showed him to be a director of tremendous insight and sensitivity.

Program Notes: Across the Universe (2007)

Across the Universe movie poster

None of the surviving Beatles participated in the making of Across the Universe. Nevertheless, the music of history’s greatest rock band is everywhere in Julie Taymor’s ambitious tableau of love, loss, and redemption.

Program Notes: The Prince of Egypt (1998)

The Prince of Egypt movie poster

Animated features have for so long been the realm of the frivolous that The Prince of Egypt is a bit disconcerting. It's the biblical story of Moses, told with visual sophistication and remarkable fidelity to Scripture.

New on DVD: John Carter (2012)

John Carter movie poster

For fans of sword-and-sorcery fiction, John Carter has long been a sort of cinematic Holy Grail. Now it's here, courtesy of Disney. It’s got eye candy out the wazoo, but it's a leaden thing marked by an embarrassingly inadequate lead performance.