Film Reviews by Adam Long

Now in Theaters:

The Ambulance

 The Ambulance (2022) Michael Bay’s latest is the tale of two robbers who pilot the stolen vehicle of the film’s title after their heist goes awry. Jake Gyllenhaal stars.

New to Streaming:

Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story (2022) (***) Jimmy Savile, a DJ who later became a household name in Britain as a revered TV star, is the subject of this harrowing three-hour documentary which recounts his trail of sexual abuse uncovered after his death. The filmmakers save the sordid stuff for the last ninety minutes but the film has an overall power to be sure. (Netflix)

 New to Disc:

Kino:

In the Heat of the Night (1967) The landmark Best Picture Oscar winner gets a 4K upgrade in a handsome new edition that includes both archival and new bonus material.

You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939), You’re Telling Me (1934) and Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) are three of the films starring the legendary comic, W.C. Fields, getting a Blu Ray upgrade this week from the company as well. Extras include new commentaries.

From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) Mary Beth Hurt provides the voice of the acclaimed actress in this well reviewed documentary portrait from filmmaker Mark Rappaport. Extras include three bonus films from the director.

Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992) is an influential film essay about the late actor from filmmaker Mark Rappaport which utilizes film clips to highlight the gay subtext in Hudon’s career. Extras include four bonus films.

Film Movement:

Servants (2022) is a foreign entry from Slovakia taking place in Czechoslovakia circa 1980 and concerning two men of the faith whose seminary is undergoing a moral crisis. Extras include a bonus short film.

Paramount:

Jackass Forever (2022) Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back up to their usual hijinks in the fourth installment of the franchise. The disc edition includes nearly a dozen unseen stunts.

Cohen:

My Afternoons With Margueritte (2010) is a charming French film about a man learning to love the printed word through his friendship with an elderly lady he chances to meet. Gerard Depardieu stars.

Arrow:

Rogue Cops and Racketeers (1976-77) is a new collection of crime films from director Enzo G. Castellari. Films included are The Big Racket and The Heroin Busters. Both titles have received new restorations. Extras include new interviews, commentaries and a collectable booklet.

Criterion:

Miracle in Milan (1951) Vittorio De Sica’s follow up to The Bicycle Thieves is the tale of a group of vagabonds attempting to thwart greedy land developers. Extras include interviews, a documentary and trailer.

The Girl Can’t Help It (1957) The Frank Tashlin comedy starring Jayne Mansfield as a mobster’s girlfriend being groomed for stardom by a washed-up talent agent gets the hi def treatment this week. The new edition includes commentary, interviews both archival and new, video essay and trailer.

Also available this week are two new 4K upgrades of existing catalog titles. From Sony there’s the animated cult film, Heavy Metal (1981) and Lionsgate is issuing Cabin in the Woods (2012).


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