An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit -- but to destroy -- the other man. [more inside]
Aging master tailor Leonard (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night. [more inside]
Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter (Nicholas Cage) is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue. Red Rock West is a hidden neo-noir gem with some delightful cracks in its surface -- and an opportunity to see Cage, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, and J.T. Walsh go toe-to-toe in all their early '90s glory. [more inside]
An aimless, jobless, disaffected young graffiti artist named Toby (1917’s George MacKay) breaks into people’s homes to tag his signature phrase: “I came by.” His next target is a wealthy former judge (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville). When he enters the judge’s home, he sees a light underneath a door in the basement. He checks it out, which is a great idea, no notes. [more inside]
After Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now their expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights. [more inside]
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge. [more inside]
Hayley (Elliot Page) is a smart, charming, young teenager. Jeff (Patrick Wilson) is a handsome, smooth fashion photographer. An Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, and an impromptu fashion shoot lead them back to Jeff's place. Jeff thinks it's his lucky night. It is not. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE PROJECTED MAN Rewatch Season 9, Ep 1
Rewatch! A scientist invents a teleporter and tests it on himself. He doesn't turn into a fly or get stuck halfway out a wall, which I understand are the usual fates for those who tamper in physical law, but instead becomes a mutated monster with a deadly touch. He could have just gotten up to get the remote control like a normal person, but oh well! Lembach is staying! Pearl & henchpeople & the SOL end up in present day Earth, above an ominously familiar castle. Oh no, Lembach is going! Previously.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD Rewatch Season 6, Ep 8
Re-rewatch! This episode is more popular than I suspected, partly on the strength, perhaps, of its short, A Day at the Fair. The movie itself is a spy-themed made-for-TV thing, made by Quinn Martin, originally intended as an NBC series pilot. The plot has to do with a couple of people trying to protect a deadly gas that can kill people on contact, which is indeed pretty deadly. It sounds impossible to work with. The host segments spotlight MST3K's least-considered regular character: Magic Voice. Previously and again.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: BLOODLUST! Rewatch Season 6, Ep 7
Rewatch! In which we find out, for a hunter, the most thrilling prey of all is Mike Brady (Robert Reed). Also has the short Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm! Also, the first episode with Pearl Forrester, long before the became an official Mad! And the fiddle player in the square dance scene, off-screen, is reputed to be Maria Bamford! There, I think that's all the interesting points. Riff away. Previously.
Kingdom: Kingdom Season 2, Ep 0
After the shocking double-reveal cliffhanger at the end of season 1 (currently at 93/97 on Rotten Tomatoes) this South Korean period drama, set soon after the Japanese invasions of the 1590s, is back for another 6 episodes with more palace intrigue, class warfare, beautiful costumes and gorgeous cinematography, set against the backdrop of a massive plague of flesh-eating monsters. On Netflix.
Giri/Haji: All episodes Season 1, Ep 0
A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder. [more inside]
1983: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
A dark Polish thriller that imagines an alternative history where a terrorist bombing in 1983 dramatically altered the course of world events. Twenty years later, the USSR and Iron Curtain still exist, Al Gore is US president, and Poland is ruled by an authoritarian government. Naïve law student Kajetan and world-weary detective Anatol uncover a conspiracy that has been kept hidden for decades. [more inside]
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? [more inside]
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. [more inside]
Mosaic: Mosaic Season 1, Ep 0
A whodunit based on the murder of popular children's book author and illustrator Olivia Lake. [more inside]
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit. [more inside]
An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life. [more inside]
A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. [more inside]
11.22.63: The Day in Question Season 1, Ep 8
The past pulls out every weapon it has to keep Jake from reaching Dealey Plaza in time to save Kennedy. [more inside]
11.22.63: Soldier Boy Season 1, Ep 7
The end is near, and Jake is not up to the task. Sadie scrambles to pick up the pieces, but no one knows the mission as well as Jake. Kennedy and the assassin are on a collision path - but has Jake changed things enough in the past to alter the course of events? The days are counting down as 11.22.63 draws near.
11.22.63: Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald Season 1, Ep 6
It's October 1962, and the gathering storm of threats in Dallas continues to build. Jake must take drastic action to establish the full dimensions of the threat to Kennedy. And amidst it all, he's hit with an unexpected death and a bitter betrayal from one of those closest to him.
11.22.63: The Truth Season 1, Ep 5
Everything begins to fall apart as Jake struggles to live two lives: teacher and time traveler. When Sadie's life is threatened, Jake has to make a terrible choice, leaving Bill to his own devices. Lee Harvey Oswald takes steps that will lead him into a date with destiny.
11.22.63: The Eyes of Texas Season 1, Ep 4
Jake and Bill's partnership starts to struggle as they discover more secrets surrounding the unpredictable Lee Harvey Oswald. The conspiracy involving Oswald deepens, while romance blooms for Jake and Sadie. But by becoming involved with an innocent bystander, has Jake placed his new love in danger?
11.22.63: Other Voices, Other Rooms Season 1, Ep 3
Jake finds an unlikely ally in his quest. [more inside]
The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. [more inside]
11.22.63: The Kill Floor Season 1, Ep 2
Thrown by the enormity of his goal, Jake decides the one thing he can do to make a real difference is save the family of his friend Harry Dunning. Harry's family was murdered in a small Kentucky town by Harry's father, Frank. But does Jake have what it takes to kill a man and what are the consequences of violence?
11.22.63: The Rabbit Hole Season 1, Ep 1
High school teacher Jake Epping discovers why the burgers served by his friend Al at his charming diner are so darned cheap and tasty.
Wrestler Mark Schultz forms a relationship with his new sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances as both men feel inferior to Mark's revered brother, Dave. [more inside]