Wall Street: Insider Trading Edition (R)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Oliver Stone has become something of a joke in the past decade, a former filmmaking genius who let his ego take over and generate movies that didn't live up to the hype he helped create for them: U-Turn, Alexander and W. So now, needing to make some sort of comeback, he's returning to the well this Friday with the theatrical release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. (See our review here.) Just in time for a refresher, the original Wall Street, theatrically released back in 1987, has been repackaged and repurposed as the "Insider Trading Edition." If you haven't seen it, while dated, it still holds up as a brilliantly cynical look at Reagan-era cool capitalism with well-delivered performances from Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. Even better, this special edition really does its job and gets you pumped to see the sequel. — Louis Fowler
A brilliant take on modern young detachment, Afterschool made the festival circuit a couple years back. If you missed it: Then-college-age director Antonio Campos brought to sobering, fascinating life the tale of prep-school loner Rob (an affecting Ezra Miller). Rob videos the accidental-overdose deaths of two alpha-female sisters at the school. The students deal with their shock in unusual ways while the school wraps the horror in dishonest sentimentality, then sweeps the whole thing under the rug. But what hits here is Rob standing in for an entire generation: Why is he so disconnected from any real feelings? What does that say about our future? Incorporating video footage and 2.0 scraps of randomness, Campos guides the film elegantly to his point, leaving the audience, like the students, to pick up the pieces without an instruction manual. — Justin Strout
Sons of Anarchy: Season Two (NR) (Blu-ray)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Those pseudo-Shakespearean shenanigans of fictitious motorcycle gang SAMCRO, the subject of the ultra-violent FX Channel drama Sons of Anarchy, are even more entertaining this second season. That's mostly thanks to the arrival of a rival gun-running organization that also happens to be aligned with a White Power group, led by Adam Arkin and Henry Rollins in Emmy-worthy performances. This anti-heroes vs. really-anti-heroes subplot is when Season Two shines brightest, especially cast against a lot of overwrought father-son melodrama. It worked well last season, when we were learning who was who, but a year later, it tends to become repetitive and tedious. Stick with one story at a time, fellas, and keep Sons one of the best back-stabbing dramas on television, a Mad Men for the chronically unemployable. — Louis Fowler
The Evil Dead (NR) (Blu-ray)
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
Let's go ahead and get this out of the way: This is the 352nd re-release of The Evil Dead on a home video format. OK, it's really more like the fifth or sixth, but you'd think they'd put a lid on it for a few years and stick the prints in the vault, Disney-style, to build up a bit of actual demand for a new edition. But, hey, at least this time they've got a good reason: Blu-ray! Presented in a new HD transfer personally supervised by writer/director Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell getting repeatedly bruised and beaten by an army of Candarian demons has never looked more pristine. Now, to some purists, that may totally belie the anarchic, grindhouse spirit of the original, grainy print, but, to those of us with a 52-inch television, it's a real blessing to see a movie this "cool" on it. Though you've bought The Evil Dead before, this is worth the upgrade. — Louis Fowler
The Long Good Friday / Mona Lisa (Both Rated R) (Blu-ray)
Image Entertainment has been doing an incredible job of re-releasing the back catalog of Handmade Films — the production company co-founded by ex-Beatle George Harrison — on Blu-ray. Nowhere is this hard work more evident than in The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa, a duo of recently released British crime dramas starring the woefully underrated Bob Hoskins. In Friday, Hoskins is a ruthless gangster targeted by the IRA, giving him a good case to unleash a torrent of paranoid anger. Co-starring Helen Mirren, Friday is the best crime flick to ever come out of Britain, where this kind of thing is a true art form. Mona Lisa, directed by the masterful Neil Jordan, is a bit more subdued, casting Hoskins as a lovelorn, fresh-out-of-prison thug who falls for the hooker he's been hired to drive around. It's a moving performance that got him an Oscar nomination. Sadly, both films are on the chopping block to be remade, Friday by Resident Evil's Paul W.S. Anderson and Lisa by Kids' Larry Clark. Groan. — Louis Fowler
The costumes were amazing and added to the brilliant production.
The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.