‘Broken Trust’: crime & politics in Philly

The 13th installment of the “Badge of Honor” crime novel series – “Broken Trust” (Putnam) – is another sharp examination of crime and police work in Philadelphia. The books co-authored by W.E.B.

Another template for today’s prestige TV

Young critics who believe that the notion of quality, non-commercial TV began with the launch of “The Sopranos” on HBO in 1999 need to check out the DVD reissue of “Tales of the City” from Acorn

Flashback to Hollywood’s stoned age

High on the success of “Tommy,” maverick British director Ken Russell had the freedom and the financing to make any movie he wanted to in 1975. Instead of drifting back toward the rather conventional

An early Michael Caine gem

Len Deighton’s Cold War spy thrillers were hugely popular in the 1960s but as time passed the books were overshadowed by the enduring fascination with Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and the

Bailing on ‘Good Girls Revolt’

A decent premise and a few good performances weren’t enough to keep me watching the new Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt,” set at a fictionalized version of Newsweek magazine at the end of the 1960s.

‘Mr. Runner-Up’: Zelig in Hollywood

Bill Hader and his comic partner Fred Armisen have been doing a series of incredibly detailed spoofs of non-fiction filmmaking for IFC’s Documentary Now! service. The latest, “Mr. Runner-Up: My Life

‘Since Yesterday’: a filmmaker’s rise & fall

Bill Teck’s melancholy 2014 look back at the career of film director Peter Bogdanovich – “One Day Since Yesterday” – is streaming on Netflix and was recently released by the Warner Archive

‘In Her Own Words’: a movie star off-screen

The Criterion Collection has just released an extras-packed DVD version of the 2015 documentary “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words” that debuted at last fall’s New York Film Festival. The movie