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Apr 112021
 

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Suffused with intoxicating romanticism, “History Is Made At Night” (1937) is a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage, classic Hollywood’s supreme poet of carnal and spiritual desire. On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband, an American (Jean Arthur) is thrown together by fate with a suave stranger (Charles Boyer) — and soon the two are bound in a consuming, seemingly impossible affair that stretches across continents and brings them to the very edge of catastrophe. Lent a palpable erotic charge by the chemistry between its leads, this delirious vision of lovers beset by the world passes through a dizzying array of tonal shifts — from melodrama to romantic comedy to noir to disaster thriller — smoothly guided by photo for History Is Made at Night Borzage’s unwavering allegiance to the power of love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Paola Mendoza made her remarkable debut as a writer-director-star in the poignant, heart-rending drama “Entre Nos” (2009). Mariana (Mendoza) is determined to keep her family together. Her children, Gabriel (Sebastian Villada Lopez), 10, and Andrea (Laura Montana Cortez), 6, have grown up in Colombia without their father, who immigrated to the U.S. years earlier to make a better life for his family. Finally, after years of separation, the family is reunited in New York City. However, one day, Antonio announces he has found work in Miami and will be moving there alone and will send for the family when he is settled. Days go by, and Mariana does not hear from him. Worried and desperate, she goes to her only friend’s home to find out that her husband will not be coming back. With no one to turn to, rent coming due and fifty dollars to her name, Mariana must find a way, in a strange city where she barely speaks the language, to provide for her family, financially and emotionally. In Spanish with English subtitles. From IndiePix Classics … “Green Dolphin Street” (1947) is an Academy Award winner about star-crossed love that spans the years – and the globe. After her triumph as the lunchroom temptress in the crime classic “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” Lana Turner expanded her range with “Green Dolphin Street.” Set in 19th century Europe and New Zealand, this sweeping romance tells the story of two beautiful sisters, one headstrong (Turner) and one gentle (Donna Reed), and of the man (Richard Hart) who marries one even though he loves the other. The film’s riptides of emotion are matched by breathtaking physical tumult: a fierce Maori uprising plus a catastrophic earthquake and tidal wave that earned the film a 1947 Oscar for special effects. With its dramatic story and spectacular visuals, “Green Dolphin Street” drew huge audiences for epic moviemaking, being one of the top-ten box office hits of the year. In a Blu-ray debut from Warner Archives … In photo for Broadway Melody of 1940 BLU-RAY DEBUT “Broadway Melody of 1940” (1940), the job – a career breakthrough – is supposed to go to hoofer Johnny Brett, but a mix-up in names gives it to his partner. Another example of Broadway hopes dashed? Not when Johnny is played by Fred Astaire. Sparkling Cole Porter songs, clever comedy and dance legends Astaire and Eleanor Powell make the final” Broadway Melody” (co-starring George Murphy) a film to remember. Powell’s nautical “All Ashore” routine (a/k/a I Am the Captain”), Astaire’s blissful “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” and Fred & Eleanor’s elaborate routine to Cole Porter’s classic “I Concentrate On You” are more than enough to please any fan. But they’re just a warm-up for the leads to tap one finale number into immortality: “Begin the Beguine,” introduced by Frank Sinatra in “That’s Entertainment!” with, “You can wait around and hope, but you’ll never see the likes of this again.” In a Blu-ray debut from Warner Archive … Is there a (mad) doctor in the house? “Yes!” shrieks “Doctor X” (1932), filmed in rare two-strip Technicolor. An eminent scientist aims to solve a murder spree by re-creating the crimes in a lab filled with all the dials, gizmos, bubbling beakers and crackling electrostatic charges essential to the genre. Lionel Atwill is Doctor Xavier, pre-King Kong scream queen Fay Wray is a distressed damsel and Lee Tracy snaps newshound patter, all under the direction of renowned Michael Curtiz. The new two-color Technicolor master was restored by UCLA Film and Television Archive and The Film Foundation in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Foundation. Also includes the separately filmed B&W version (which has been restored from its original nitrate camera negative) originally intended for small U.S. markets and international distribution, and which has been out of distribution for over 30 years. In a Blu-ray debut from Warner Archive.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “The Boonies” (2021), starring Matt Schultz, James Quinn, Daniel Johnson and Brian Balog, a fun weekend excursion turns deadly when Aaron (Schultz) joins his brother, Jeremy (Quinn), and a group of his friends for a weekend in the Appalachian woods. Instead of a peaceful weekend getaway, the group soon discovers their itinerary includes more than a traditional outdoor adventure. When they unexpectedly meet a couple who report strange local occurrences, the group soon find themselves on a terrifying trek during their fight for survival. From Indican Pictures … photo for Fukushima 50 “Fukushima 50” (2019): March 11, 2011 – 2:46 PM – Japan’s Tohoku Region: at a magnitude of 9.0, the strongest earthquake in the country’s history strikes, triggering a huge tsunami and carnage that would end up killing thousands of people and displacing many more. It mercilessly engulfs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, causing a crippling station blackout. Unable to be cooled, the nuclear reactors quickly turn into hydrogen bombs at the brink of explosion. If the power plant is abandoned, Japan’s destruction is assured. Facing a life or death situation, the power plant workers known as the “Fukushima 50,” including shift supervisor Izaki and plant manager Yoshida, remain on the site until the bitter end. As the world holds its breath, the Fukushima 50 fight for their hometown, their families, and the future of Japan. On DVD, Blu-ray, from MPI. Read more here … In “The Penthouse” (2021), starring Michael Pare, Nicholas Turturro and Krista Grotte Saxon, takes place in sunny Carolina Beach, where Peter and Amanda’s new penthouse condo has a perfect view of the marina. One day, they notice a couple bickering aboard a docked sailboat, and Amanda befriends frightened Tess, who soon vanishes without a trace. After Peter confronts her boyfriend Charles, Charles vows to make the nosy couple’s life a living hell. From Lionsgate … In “Phobias” (2021), starring Leonardo Nam, Martina Garcia, Hana Mae Lee, Lauren Miller Rogen and Macy Gray, five dangerous patients, suffering from extreme phobias at a government testing facility, are put to the ultimate test under the supervision of a crazed doctor and his quest to weaponize fear. From Lionsgate … In “Willy’s Wonderland” (2021), starring Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner and Kai Kadlec, when his car breaks down, a quiet loner (Cage) agrees to clean an abandoned family fun center in exchange for repairs. He soon finds himself waging war against possessed animatronic mascots while trapped inside Willy’s Wonderland. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Screen Media Films … photo for Hercules and the Captive Women The epic sword-and-sandal adventure “Hercules and the Captive Women” (1963 — Italy), directed by Vittorio Cottafavi and starring Reg Park, Fay Spain and Laura Altan, was originally released in 1961 as “Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide” in Italy; “Hercules and the Captive Women” is the version edited for the U.S., released for audiences in 1963. Action-packed from the beginning, Hercules (Park) first encounters Ismene (Altan) when he must save her from a shape-shifting creature. Victorious, Ismene brings Hercules home to Atlantis where they come face to face with Ismene’s mother, the evil Queen Antinea (Spain), prepared for battle to end her pursuit of world conquest. The release was produced from rare 35mm archival elements beautifully restored from a 4K transfer in its original aspect ratio and features a showing of exclusive commentary and special features just as strong-if not stronger- than Hercules himself. Extras include the full “Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)” version of the film, released in 1992; “Hercules and the Conquest of Cinema: A Swords and Sandals” documentary from Daniel Griffith at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; “The Duel of the Titan,” a 12-page, full-color booklet insert with an essay from author and historian C. Courtney Joyner; more. On DVD, Blu-ray, from The Film Detective.

On the Indie Front:

“West Michigan” (2021), starring Chloe Ray Warmoth, Seth Lee, Berkley Bragg, Sydney Agudong and Riley Warmoth, is the story of a depressed 17-year-old who searches for meaning while driving up the coast of Western Michigan with her older brother. When siblings Charlie photo for West Michigan and Hannah receive the call that their grandfather has been hospitalized, they load up the car and drive north to visit him. Halfway to their destination, Hannah’s depression takes a serious hold on her. She abandons her brother and runs off into the woods and down the beach. Cold and exhausted, she happens upon three teenagers camping in the forest. She befriends them, and this gives her temporary fulfillment until she learns more about their intentions with her. Discouraged, Hannah runs off again to walk alone in the woods. When she reaches the top of a sand dune, she admires the expansive view of Lake Michigan. It’s extraordinary. This begins to bring Hannah the peace of mind she seeks, and she reconvenes with her worried brother to finish their journey together. From Freestyle Digital Media. Read more here.

Foreign Films:

A hybrid of fiction and documentary filmmaking, “My Mexican Bretzel”
(2019 — Spain), the feature film debut of Nuria Giménez, uses silent home movies, fleeting snippets of sound, and diaristic narration to tell the story of Vivian Barrett, a wealthy Swiss woman, and her husband, Leon, a WWII pilot-turned-entrepreneur. Partial hearing loss photo for My Mexican Bretzel doesn’t impede Leon from creating a pharmaceutical wonder drug that changes their lives, propelling the go-lucky couple into a world of adventure, romance, and mystical truth-seeking. From the 40s through 60s, from the Alps to Le Mans to Manhattan to Hawaii, vulnerability, belonging, truth, and mid-century opulence are explored in a way that only the magic of cinema allows … with a dazzling twist. The idea for the film originated in 2011, when Giménez came across a few home movies made by her grandparents, mid-way through the last century. Based on that rich material, which shows the couple travelling around the world (from Paris to New York, Majorca to Florence, between meetings with friends, excursions and lunches), the filmmaker set about planning a sophisticated and fascinating film structure: she wrote a diary on behalf of Barret, recounting specific moments of her existence, her worries and her innermost thought. She then illustrated those words with material selected from amongst her forebears’ 50 reels of 16mm film. In so doing, Giménez has crafted an impressive audiovisual trompe l’oeil, almost entirely lacking in sound, which involves the viewer reading the protagonist’s memories in text form on screen. From IndiePix Films … “Women Without Men”photo for My Little Sister (2009 — Persian), loosely adapted from Shahrnush Parsipur’s magic realist novel of the same name, was Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s feature film debut — for which she was nominated for the Best Director Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (she took home the Silver Lion). The film chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of the 1953 coup d’tat. The 1953 Iranian Islamic revolution a cataclysmic moment in history when an American led, British backed mission led to the over throw of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power. Over the course of several days four disparate women in the Middle East from the Iranian culture are brought together against the backdrop of political and social chaos. As the political turmoil swells in the streets of Tehran, each woman seeks to be liberated from her predicament. It is only a matter of time before the world outside the walls of unrest seep into the lives of these four women as their country’s history takes a tragic turn. From IndiePix Classics … In  “My Little Sister” (2020 — Switzerland), staring Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger and Marthe Keller, Lisa (Hoss), once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven (Eidinger), the famous theatre actor. Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate, and she does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to create again. Switzerland’s Oscar entry for best international film. From Film Movement.

Special Interest:

“Ancient Aliens: Season 13” (2020) is a three-disc set with 12 episodes. Join Giorgio Tsoukalos and other ancient astronaut theorists as they continue their search for evidence of extraterrestrial contact in the distant past as well as the present. From Tibet, Chile, and the Mediterranean to the iconic UFO site of Roswell to the Pleiades star cluster, this season travels to the far reaches of the globe and beyond to delve into mankind’s origins, mysterious government organizations and the secrets of the universe. All in an effort to finally find out if we are in fact alone in the universe, or if extraterrestrial forces have been aiding and guiding us all along. From Lionsgate … “Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist” (2019) is a complete dissection and sweeping examination of the award-winning genre classic “The Exorcist.” Explore the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that helped shape his life and filmography, as told by the man himself. On Blu-ray from RLJE Films.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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Apr 112021
 

 “IMPRESSIVELY SPECTACULAR”

~ The Guardian

 “… a relentless and bloody high-octane thriller which lands on all fronts.” ~ Backseat Mafia

 

DELIVER US FROM EVIL

 

The Non-Stop, Action-Packed Rollercoaster Thrill Ride

Hits Digital, Blu-ray & DVD May 25

 

 

DELIVER US FROM EVIL is an action-packed thriller about a government-agent-turned-mercenary forced to re-emerge when he learns a little girl closely connected to him is kidnapped. However, when an infamous gangster learns who has entered the country and is finally within his grasp, he goes on a bloody rampage to thwart the ex-agent’s rescue mission.  Directed by Hong Won Chan (Office), who infused the film with “impressively spectacular shootouts in the streets and a Bourne-level rooftop chase” (The Guardian), DELIVER US FROM EVIL stars Hwang Jung-min (The Wailing, The Spy Gone North), Lee Jung-jae (Tazza: One-Eyed Jack, Along with the Gods franchise), Park Jeong-min (Svaha: The Sixth Finger), Park Soi (Parasite), and Choi Moon (Anarchist from Colony, Okja).

 A #1 hit at the Korean box office, DELIVER US FROM EVIL debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 25 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Bonus content includes a “Making-of” and “Filming Locations” featurettes.

Synopsis:

After the shocking kidnapping of a little girl in Thailand, a mercenary with a murky past as a government black ops agent (Hwang) is forced to re-emerge from the shadows when he learns the incident is closely connected to him. With the help of expat Yui (Park), he flies to Thailand and begins tracking the girl’s whereabouts, moving ever closer to the notorious child trafficking ring responsible for her abduction. However, when an infamous gangster nicknamed The Butcher (Lee) learns just who has entered the country and is finally within his grasp, he goes on a bloody rampage to thwart the ex-agent’s rescue mission as retaliation for a killing that even he will never be able to forget—or forgive.

 Country of Origin:    Korea

DELIVER US FROM EVIL has a runtime of approximately 109 minutes and is not rated.

Blu-ray DVD
Catalog #: WGU03248B Catalog #: WGU03246D
UPC Code: 810348032485 UPC Code: 810348032461
Pre-Order Date: 4/20/21 Pre-Order Date: 4/20/21
SLP: $29.98 SLP: $24.98
Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital / 2.0 Stereo
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Apr 112021
 

Atlas Distribution Company is releasing the chilling psychological thriller  “Dark State,” from writer/director Tracy Lucca (“The Finders”).  “Dark State” was released theatrically in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC, Chicago, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Austin on March 19th, 2021.  The film will next launch across the North American continent (US & Canada) on all TVOD/Digital platforms on May 4, 2021.

Exposing startling cover-ups and deadly secrets “Dark State” stars Constantine Maroulis (“American Idol, “ “Rock of Ages”),  Nicholas Baroudi (“Fosse/Verdon,” “Person of Interest”), Katie Stahl (“Under the Flowers, “the Finders”), Melissa Connell (“Under the Flowers: Circle of Hell,” “Control”), Greg Wood (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”), Antoni Corone (“Bad Boys II,” “We Own the Night”), Jared Delaney (The Story of Penny”), Kim Carson (“The Finders”), Ariana Ballerini (“Harry Godfather,” “7th Secret”), and the feature film debut of K. O’ Rourke.  

Written and directed by Tracy Lucca; produced by Tracy Lucca, Michel Grey (“Days of Power,” “Beyond the Bombs”), and Mark Riccadonna (“Radio Gods,” “Days of Power); executive produced by Dino F. Petrongolo, Tracy Lucca and Lynne Lucca; director of photography Steven Michael ; production designer Jay Weber (“Radio Gods,” “The Shadow Effect”); costume designer Meg Timney (Dante’s Cove”); and edited by Justin Aquilar (“The Omega Series,” “Inner Demons”).

Film Synopsis:
Katie Marro is on the verge of becoming a movie star when her plans are brutally interrupted. While driving home to her small hometown, she is involved in a fatal car crash in which she is the only survivor. Alicia Gazzarra, a local reporter at the Hammonton Herald, begins to write an article about the accident and the deceased passengers: a retired Army intelligence officer, an heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, and a self-confessed serial killer. As Alicia begins to investigate why these seemingly unconnected people would be together in the same car, a complicated picture begins to emerge. Eventually, Alicia uncovers connections deeper and more sinister than anyone in her small town could imagine. When events begin to turn deadly, Alicia must choose between helping Katie expose the truth or accepting the possibility that the world is ruled by a global network of ruthless insiders that is determined to wield power over all of mankind in a coming Dark State.

 

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Apr 112021
 

Winner of the 2020 Outshine Film Festival’s prestigious Programmers Award of Excellence, THE SOUND OF IDENTITY is a groundbreaking feature documentary that Shout! Studios is proud to present on digital and on demand June 1, 2021.

Profiling international Opera star Lucia Lucas’ historic performance at the Tulsa Opera, THE SOUND OF IDENTITY lifts the curtain as she becomes the first known transgender woman to perform a principal role in Opera history.

Directed by James Kicklighter (Angel of Anywhere), THE SOUND OF IDENTITY is a production from the Emmy Award-winning team of Russ Kirkpatrick & Andy Kinslow (Boomtown: An American Journey, Unlikely Family), and is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

THE SOUND OF IDENTITY captures Lucia Lucas on the cusp of international stardom, profiling the moment in an artist’s career when everything could fall apart or come together. Showcasing the collaborative process between Lucas and her mentor, prolific and renowned composer Tobias Picker, Mozart’s Don Giovanni comes to life as Lucas, a world-renowned baritone, takes the spotlight and all the pressures that come with it.

Taking place at the height of her career, Lucas provides fresh insights into her transition, the professional risk she is taking, and what it means for those who follow. Exploring the role that identity plays in our personal and professional lives, THE SOUND OF IDENTITY provides a nuanced look at voice and gender, in a documentary The Independent Critic calls “director James Kicklighter’s best film yet.”

“Our work as artists is both informed by our life experiences, and the times we live in,” says Kicklighter. “In profiling the professional journey of Lucia Lucas, I believe I have also made the most personal film of my own career, a universal story of all the experiences that make up the people we choose to become. Through telling the story of Lucia Lucas today, in an era where trans visibility is unprecedented, we examine the strides that have been made, but also, the long road ahead for this marginalized community.”

THE SOUND OF IDENTITY is “brilliantly chronicled” (Film Threat) on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Kicking off global Pride Month celebrations, THE SOUND OF IDENTITY and Lucia Lucas break down archaic social barriers, drawing the attention of many international news outlets, including The New York Times, BBC, and NPR.

With confidence in her own abilities renewed, she paves the way for other performers to live their most authentic lives. As Lucas’ performance happens in one of the reddest states in America, THE SOUND OF IDENTITY shows that people and places are much more complicated than they seem.

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Apr 112021
 

“Terrifying old-fashioned fun.”

~TerrorWeekend.com

 

DEATH IS NOT THE END

 

MORGUE

 

The Supernatural Horror Thriller Hits Digital, Blu-ray & DVD May 11

 After a harrowing accident, a down-on-his-luck security guard accepts a promising new gig at the local morgue in the terrifying supernatural thriller MORGUE.  But his luck quickly changes back when he gets locked in and eerie occurrences (and a not-quite-lifeless body) leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead?  A huge breakout hit in its home country, the film is—according to first-time writer/director Hugo Cardozo —based on real events.  The cast of newcomers includes Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch, Raúl Rotela, and Francisco Ayala.  MORGUE debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Synopsis:

After a harrowing accident, the perpetually down-on-his-luck Diego Martinez accepts a gig as a security guard at the local morgue. He thought he’d had a lucky break, but as the night wears on, eerie occurrences and the suddenly not-quite-lifeless body of the victim leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead?

 

Country of Origin:    Paraguay

 

MORGUE has a runtime of approximately 81 minutes and is not rated.

 

Blu-ray DVD
Catalog #: WGU03226B Catalog #: WGU03225D
UPC Code: 810348032263 UPC Code: 810348032256
Pre-Order Date: 4/6/21 Pre-Order Date: 4/6/21
SLP: $29.98 SLP: $24.98
Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital / Stereo
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Apr 112021
 

“WEST MICHIGAN” SCHEDULED FOR FOR APRIL RELEASE

 

Comedy/Drama Debuts on North American VOD Platforms and DVD on April 13th

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American VOD rights to the comedy/drama feature WEST MICHIGAN. WEST MICHIGAN will be available to rent and own on North American digital, HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms and DVD on April 13, 2021 through Freestyle Digital Media.

 

WEST MICHIGAN tells the story of a depressed seventeen-year-old who searches for meaning while driving up the coast of Western Michigan with her older brother. When siblings Charlie and Hannah receive the call that their grandfather has been hospitalized, they load up the car and drive north to visit him. Charlie insists on packing camping equipment. He wants to visit Tahquamenon Falls once they arrive—their favorite place to camp as children. Halfway to their destination, Hannah’s depression takes a serious hold on her. She abandons her brother and runs off. She books it into the woods and down the beach. Cold and exhausted, she happens upon three teenagers camping in the forest. She befriends them, and lies about her identity. This gives her temporary fulfillment until she learns more about her new friends and their intentions with her. Discouraged, Hannah runs off again to walk alone in the woods. When she reaches the top of a sand dune, she admires the expansive view of Lake Michigan. It’s extraordinary. This begins to bring Hannah the peace of mind she seeks, and she reconvenes with her worried brother to finish their journey together.

Written and directed by Riley Warmoth, WEST MICHIGAN was produced by Riley Warmoth, Renee Ann Story, and Michael Warmoth.

The cast of WEST MICHIGAN included Chloe Ray Warmoth (‘Hannah’), Seth Lee (‘Scott’), Berkley Bragg (‘Grace’), Sydney Agudong (‘Jasmine’), and Riley Warmoth (‘Charlie’).

“Growing up in Michigan, I saw many friends and acquaintances struggle with their mental health. My hope, with this film, is to offer a light at the end of a dark tunnel for those who have been struggling,” said filmmaker Riley Warmoth. “It was important to me to set the film in these beautiful Michigan locations because, as I have personally found, that building a loving connection with your surroundings can be a great start to seeing the world a little differently.”

 

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Apr 102021
 

 

THE VIRTUOSO

IN SELECT THEATERS: April 30, 2021

ON DEMAND AND DIGITAL: April 30, 2021

ON BLU-RAY AND DVD: May 4, 2021

DIRECTOR: Nick Stagliano

WRITER: James C. Wolf

CAST: Anson Mount, Abbie Cornish, Eddie Marsan, Richard Brake, with David Morse and Anthony Hopkins

SYNOPSIS: Danger, deception, and murder descend upon a sleepy country town when a professional assassin (Anson Mount) accepts a new assignment from his enigmatic mentor and boss (Anthony Hopkins). Given only where and when along with a cryptic clue, the methodical hit man must identify his mysterious mark from among several possible targets, including a local sheriff (David Morse). Meanwhile, a chance encounter with an alluring woman (Abbie Cornish) at the town’s rustic diner threatens to derail his mission in this noir-style cloak-and-dagger thriller.

RUN TIME: 110 minutes

RATING: R

GENRE: Thriller, Crime, Action

DISTRIBUTOR: Lionsgate
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Apr 102021
 

 

Starring Munro Chambers (Degrassi, Turbo Kid) Roland Buck III (Chicago Med, The Week Of) Avalon Penrose (Hades, Woman Up) and Katie Gill (My Synthesized Life, Baby Daddy), “Taking The Fall” is a coming-of-age drama that explores the societal pressures of millennial culture. Tyler (Munro Chambers) returns from a six year prison sentence for a surprise reunion with his former college friends to discover that they’ve all veered off course under the pressure of millennial culture. Over the course of a tense dinner party, Tyler tries to come to terms with just how far off-course they’ve all veered.

“Taking The Fall” is a Long Board Productions film written and produced by Steven Hellmann, directed and produced by Josh Marble and produced by Chris S. Alexander. The young trio was able to coordinate the entire creation and distribution of the film by themselves.

Previously, the film has screened at film festivals across the country and picked up the Audience Award at the Charlotte Film Festival, Runner up for best feature at the Myrtle Beach Film Festival, Best Drama and Best Screenplay at the Chain NYC Film Festival, and more.
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Apr 062021
 

Boogie

photo for Boogie (2021)

The coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin (Taylor Takahashi), a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

Vitals: Director: Eddie Huang. Stars: Taylor Takahashi, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Taylour Paige, Pop Smoke, Perry Yung. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 89 min., Drama, US box office gross: $4.063 million, worldwide $4.063 million, Universal.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code.

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Apr 062021
 

Supernova

photo for Supernova (2021 — UK)

Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of 20 years, are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.

Vitals: Director: Harry Macqueen. Stars: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen, Nina Marlin, Ian Drysdale, Sarah Woodward. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Drama, US box office gross: $.241 million, worldwide $.351 million, Bleecker Street/Wolfe Video.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.

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