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Jun 202017
 

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The Timely Thriller Starring Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks and Emma Watson Arrives on Blu-ray™ & DVD on August 1

Digital HD Available July 18

Based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers, The Circle arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD August 1 from Lionsgate; with Digital HD on July 18 and On Demand on August 1 from EuropaCorp. Capturing the phenomenon of today’s social media and the consequences of being permanently checked in, the gripping modern thriller is directed and co-written for the screen by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and Dave Eggers (A Hologram for the King), and features an all-star cast, including Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Oscar® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Emmy® winner Patton Oswalt (Writing for Variety Special, “Talking for Clapping,” 2016), Glenne Headly (“The Night Of”), and Golden Globe® nominee Bill Paxton (Best Actor, Television – Drama, “Big Love,” 2010) in his final role.

When Mae (Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately, her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family, and all of humanity.

The home entertainment release of The Circle features all-new bonus content, including three featurettes chronicling the making of the film, a look at the future of technology, and an interview with Tom Hanks and James Ponsdolt reminiscing about their work with Bill Paxton, The Circle will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “No More Secrets: Completing The Circle — A Four-Part Series” Featurette
  • “The Future Won’t Wait: Design and Technology” Featurette
  • “A True Original: Remembering Bill Paxton” Featurette
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Jun 192017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Life" For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage," a film that redefined the "giallo" genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony photo for The Bird With the Crystal Plumage Limited EditionMusante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). A staggeringly assured debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, this landmark film has never looked or sounded better. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release; with original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc). From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to DVD:

photo for Incorporated: Season One"Incorporated: Season One" (2016-17) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. As the year 2100 approaches, the world is in chaos. As governments fell, corporations took control. The haves and the have-nots find themselves living in the Green and Red Zones. One man — Ben Larson — escapes the Red Zone, infiltrating the Green Zone and the all-controlling corporate world to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences. From CBS/Paramount … "Workaholics: The Final Season" (2017) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes: Adam, Blake and Ders get weird for a final season of booze, weed and serious lapses in judgment. (And, if they can squeeze it in, work.) Also available: "Workaholics: The Complete Series" (2011-17), a 15-disc set with all seven seasons. On DVD from Paramount.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "Wilson" (2017), starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Isabella Amara, Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope, reunites with his estranged wife when he learns he has a teenage daughter he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novel of the same name. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Fox … In photo for Altitude "Altitude" (2016), starring Denise Richards, Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, Dolph Lundgren, a headstrong FBI agent (Richards) is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. When she finds out that his ex-partners (Grammer, Liddell, Lundgren) are leading the deadly operation, she must choose sides and do whatever it takes to keep the plane from going down. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … photo for Isolation "Isolation" (2015), starring Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Tricia Helfer and Stephen Lang, is inspired by the true events of a couple vacationing on a remote island in the Bahamas who are hunted by a group of modern-day pirates who want their identities and their lives. Hoping to restore their flagging marriage, Lydia (Helfer) and Creighton (Mably) journey to a remote island in the sun-drenched Bahamas. One drunken night, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. Turning to a nearby couple, Max (Purcell) and Nina (Avgeropoulos), for help, they quickly realize that things are not what they seem and that the couple's ulterior motives may prove to be more harmful than helpful. From Lionsgate … photo for Railroad Tigers "Railroad Tigers" (2016 — China), starring Jackie Chan, Huang Zitao, Jaycee Chan, Wang Kai, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi and Alan Ng, is an action-comedy caper harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films. A railroad worker (Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters in 1941 China find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed Japanese military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits, in a series of dazzling set pieces. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Well Go USA … photo for Car Wash BLU-RAY DEBUT It's just a typical day in the lives of the employees, customers and passersby of a Los Angeles car wash. There's a would-be robbery … an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest, shadiest characters you've ever met … and lots of '70s music to pass the hours till quitting time. It's "Car Wash" (1976), making its Blu-ray debut. Featuring outrageous performances by George Carlin, Professor Irwin Corey, the Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor as Daddy Rich — a flamboyant reverend who preaches the goodness of the dollar — "Car Wash" is a cult classic celebrating an era devoted to living life in the fast lane. From Shout! Factory Shout Select.

On the Indie Front:

photo for Wichita When Jeb (Peterson) leads a writing retreat to Aspen with a team of young writers intending to save his failing kids' TV show, it becomes a new opportunity for his hidden cameras — and hidden rage in "Wichita" (2016). The psychological thriller explores the pain of a modern mass killer on a frighteningly familiar level. As the voyeuristic director struggles to find dignity in a cruel world that has alienated him to the point of no return, this taut, provocative play on the horror genre leads to a disturbing, emotional climax. Co-stars Caitlin Gerard and Persia White. From Candy Factory Films.

 

Foreign:

In "Everybody Loves Somebody" (2017 — Mexico), starring Karla Souza, Ben O’Toole and José María Yazpi, Clara, a young single doctor who has everything she wants — except love — is invited to a family wedding in Mexico. She convinces a charming co-worker to pose as her current boyfriend — only to run into her old flame at the festivities. Now, with a little help from her colorful family, Clara must choose between two men — and two futures — in this romantic comedy. From Lionsgate.

For the Family:

In the fully animated "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (2017), all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on a race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. With the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pud, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo from Sony.

Special Interest:

"Under the Turban" (2017): In 2012, 9-year-old Zara asked her parents the question, photo for Under the Turban"What does it mean to be Sikh?" This propels her modern family of six on an epic adventure to understand their ancient religion, the fifth largest following Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. With camera crew in tow, the family traveled to seven countries over five years — Italy, Argentina, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States — to understand the rising tide of hostility against Sikhs (because they are mistaken as Muslims) and to ask other Sikhs about their faith and customs. The documentary features interviews with a family of Parmesan cheese makers in Italy, religious leaders, military personnel, a London tribe of turbaned fashionistas, as well as members of the Sikh Motorcycle Club in Vancouver B.C. who share their deeply held beliefs: devotion to God, truthful living, and service to humanity. From Cinema Libre Studio.

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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Jun 182017
 

In September, Murray Lerner's Festival will join the Criterion Collection in time for its 40th anniversary. The era-defining documentary caught the crest of a musical movement at the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 to 1966 and includes performances by giants like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, and the Staples Singers; the Criterion release's special features will showcase rare additional footage from the festivals. Austrian maestro Michael Haneke strikes a jagged chord in The Piano Teacher, a twisted psychological study dominated by a steely performance from Isabelle Huppert, whose collaboration with Haneke will be explored in a number of special features on our release. Alfred Hitchcock entered a bold new phase of his legendary career with his first American film, the Oscar-winning gothic melodrama Rebecca, appearing in a stunning new 4K restoration in an edition packed with special features that illuminate the Master of Suspense's transition to Hollywood. And there's more: three of contemporary cinema's greatest actresses share the screen in Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women, which stars Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Kristen Stewart alongside revelatory newcomer Lily Gladstone in a keenly observed triptych of stories set against the lonely backdrop of rural Montana. Plus: David Lynch: The Art Life, fresh from its theatrical release, offers an intimate portrait of the famously elusive director of Eraserhead and Twin Peaks.

September 5: Rebecca
September 12: Festival
September 19: Certain Women
September 26: The Piano Teacher
September 26: David Lynch: The Art Life

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Jun 162017
 
JUNE ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK … CONTINUES!
Includes a new installment of Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri, Olivier Assayas' SUMMER HOURS and Jacques Demy's DONKEY SKIN!
Friday, June 16
Friday Night Double Feature: Late Spring and Donkey Skin

Just in time for Father's Day, this double feature asks if a father and daughter can be too close. Yasujiro Ozu and Jacques Demy answer in wildly different registers: Ozu with a heartbreaking tale of devotion and loss, Demy with a visually dazzling riff on a Charles Perrault fairy tale.
Tuesday, June 20
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Rodeo and The Moment of Truth

This thrill-junkie pairing of art-action classics puts your boots in the bullring, matching Carroll Ballard's short documentary portrait of the 1968 National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City with Francesco Rosi's visceral bullfighting saga.
Wednesday, June 21
Summer Hours*: Criterion Collection Edition #513

In this sun-dappled, beautifully acted ensemble drama, Olivier Assayas tells the story of a family through the objects it holds dear. Our edition includes interviews with the filmmaker and his cast (including Juliette Binoche and Charles Berling), as well as a documentary examining the film's approach to art. For more Assayas on the Channel, check out the filmmaker's introduction to our retrospective of Sacha Guitry, an underappreciated master of early French cinema.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, June 22
Observations on Film Art No. 8: Offscreen Sound in La cérémonie

In our ongoing, Channel-exclusive series Observations on Film Art, film scholars David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith examine elements of cinematic style in the work of great auteurs. Our latest installment features Smith delving into Claude Chabrol's La cérémonie and the ways in which it uses offscreen sound to reinforce its themes of class conflict and the protagonist's sense of isolation. Previous subjects in this series include camera movement in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors: Red, music in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, editing in Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata, and landscapes in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.
Friday, June 23
Friday Night Double Feature: Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? and Quadrophenia

London mods meet Parisian models in this week's swinging sixties double bill. Photographer-turned-filmmaker William Klein's irreverent narrative feature debut chronicles the travails of an American girl navigating the world of Parisian haute couture. Franc Roddam's adaptation of the Who's beloved rock opera captures the rebellious spirit of sixties London, with early performances by Sting and Ray Winstone.
Monday, June 26
Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri

The latest episode in our Adventures in Moviegoing series features the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies in conversation with Antonio Mondo, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival. Lahiri discusses cinematic experiences that have had a profound influence on her, sharing stories of how her mother introduced her to Bengali cinema and how she discovered that her maternal grandfather collaborated with Satyajit Ray. Alongside the conversation is a selection of her favorite films, including Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli (1950), Agnès Varda's La Pointe Courte (1956), and Ray's The Big City (1963). Previous contributors to the series include Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, Roger Corman, and Bill Hader.
Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Paraíso* and . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness

This week, we've paired two documentary portraits of the immigrant experience in the United States: Nadav Kurtz's 2012 short Paraíso and Louis Malle's 1986 feature . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness. Set in Chicago, Kurtz's award-winning film examines the daily risks taken by three skyscraper-window washers. Informed by the director's own sense of being a new arrival in the U.S., Malle's humane exploration takes a candid look at polyglot middle- and working-class communities across the country.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, June 28
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey*: Criterion Collection Edition #607

Get ready to binge on twenty-four mesmerizing films by American avant-garde pioneer Hollis Frampton, whose formally radical works took the art of cinema into audacious and uncharted new territory. Highlights in this packed edition range from playful works such as Surface Tension and (nostalgia) to Frampton's monumental, unfinished Magellan series, a calendar-based film cycle that was originally intended to be exhibited over the course of 371 days.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, June 29
Friday Night Double Feature: Seance on a Wet Afternoon* and The Honeymoon Killers

This week's ominous double bill introduces viewers to two creepy couples. In British director Bryan Forbes's 1964 supernatural thriller Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Kim Stanley plays an unbalanced medium who manipulates her husband (Richard Attenborough) into kidnapping a young girl to gain favor with the police. The 1969 true-crime drama The Honeymoon Killers, Leonard Kastle's only foray into directing, serves as a gritty alternative to sexy, star-driven lovers-on-the-run classics like Bonnie and Clyde.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Premiering on the Criterion Channel later this month:

June 16
Death Shadows, Hideo Gosha, 1986
Three Outlaw Samurai, Hideo Gosha, 1964
June 21
Summer Hours, Olivier Assayas, 2008 (Criterion Collection Edition)
June 23
An Actor's Revenge, Kon Ichikawa, 1963
Her Brother, Kon Ichikawa, 1960
Conflagration, Kon Ichikawa, 1958
The Woman in Question, Anthony Asquith, 1950
The Importance of Being Earnest, Anthony Asquith, 1952
June 27
Paraíso, Nadav Kurtz, 2012 (part of Tuesday's Short + Feature)
June 28
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey, Hollis Frampton, 1966-1979 (Criterion Collection Edition)
June 30
Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Bryan Forbes, 1964 (Friday Night Double Feature)
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Jun 162017
 

 
SOMETIMES, IT TAKES AN OUTLAW TO STOP AN OUTLAW…
 
THIS SUMMER, SADDLE UP FOR THE FRONTIER THRILLER
HICKOK
STARRING LUKE HEMSWORTH, TRACE ADKINS, 
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND BRUCE DERN
 
Opening Theatrically on July 7 in Top Markets Including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, the Action-Packed Story of the West's Most Notorious Gunslinger and His Road to Redemption Will Also Be Available
Day-and-Date On Demand & Digital HD
HICKOK Official Trailer
HICKOK Official Trailer

 In the hopes of escaping his past as a notorious outlaw, "Wild Bill" Hickok seeks redemption as a small town lawman.  Unfortunately, as the titular gunslinger discovers, the past has a way of catching up with you in HICKOK, a frontier thriller starring Luke Hemsworth ("Westworld") in his first leading role in a feature film; the period Western from Cinedigm and Status Media also stars Trace Adkins (Stagecoach, Traded, Deepwater Horizon), Country Music Hall of Famer and Golden Globe®-winner Kris Kristofferson (Traded, A Star is Born, Blade, Billy the Kid) and Oscar®-nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Nebraska).  On July 7, HICKOK opens theatrically in ten markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Kansas City; and, day-and-date, it will also be available on demand and Digital HD.
The story of the West's most notorious gunslinger and his road to redemption, HICKOK finds the infamous, hard-drinking outlaw (Hemsworth) in 1870's Abilene, Kansas, seeking to start a new life.  Captivated by Wild Bill's unparalleled gun skills, the mayor, George Knox, (Kristofferson) quickly ropes him in as the town marshal.  Recognizing the need to clamp down on the wildest cow-town in the west, Hickok soon finds himself at the center of a controversial ordinance while dispensing his own brand of frontier justice.  His attempts to protect Abilene, however, are quickly challenged by a band of outlaws led by powerful saloon owner, Phil Poe (Adkins).  And when Poe places a bounty on Wild Bill's head, the marshal, with the help of outlaw turned lawman John Wesley Hardin, makes a stand for Abilene and his new life, while putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west on the line.
Shot on the dusty, turn-of-the-century sets like Melody Ranch, which is also home to HBO's hit series "Westworld," the action-packed HICKOK, directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (Traded, Weaponized, 4Got10) and written by Michael Lanahan, is filled with gritty authenticity.  Co-stars include Cameron Richardson (Flashburn, "Murder in the First", Alvin and the Chipmunks) as Hickok's old flame, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereasu (American Violence, Den of Thieves) as Hardin aka Little Arkansas and Robert Catrini ("Bosch," Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) as Sheriff Akers.
"Classic westerns hold a special place in my heart, so having the opportunity to bring such a compelling and iconic story to the screen was a real pleasure," says director Timothy Woodward Jr.  "It was such an incredible honor to work with two of the western genres living legends, Kris Kristofferson and Bruce Dern, and to watch Luke Hemsworth so successfully take on the challenge of portraying one of the west's most recognizable heroes. The entire cast really brought the old west to life."
HICKOK is a Status Media & Entertainment production.  The film was produced by Timothy Woodward Jr., Lauren de Normandie, Henry Penzi and Chris Nicoletti.  Benjamin Gerry, J.D. Seraphine, Kirk Peterson and Eric Peterson are executive producers.
About Cinedigm
Cinedigm powers custom content solutions to the world's largest retail, media and technology companies. We provide premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Walmart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm's unique capabilities, content and technology, the Company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing over-the-top channel business, with four channels under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire OTT ecosystem.
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Jun 132017
 

photo for John Wick: Chapter Two "John Wick: Chapter Two" is the sequel to the 2014 surprise hit about legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) — nicknamed "The Boogeyman" — who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog and the theft of his prize vintage mustang by a group of Russian mobsters. In this episode (we say episode because the ending leaves the way open for a second sequel), Wick's desire to retire is foiled by Santino D'Antonio, a member of The High Table, a secret international organization of gangsters and assassins, who holds a marker given to him by Wick; the marker is a blood oath that forces him to do D'Antonio's bidding. His mission — to assassinate D'Antonio's sister, who is scheduled to be "coronated" as the new head of The High Table. Wick then travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers and, after dispatching dozens and dozens of assassins, he returns to New York, where he discovers that D'Antonio has placed a large bounty on his head, and he's forced to dodge and kill dozens and dozens more assassins. "Chapter 2" pretty much picks up almost immediately after the first actioner, giving little time for Wick — or audiences — to take a breath before the slaughter begins. And it continues throughout the movie, non-stop — to an almost numbing degree — which, I suppose, is the reason de arte for the whole thing. Still, it's a thrillingly choreographed, immensely fun and watchable affair. But have a mop handy for the blood. Vitals: Director: Chad Stahelski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, Tobias Segal. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $90.851 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick" featurette, "As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick" featurette, audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski. Blu-ray adds Deleted Scenes, "Training John Wick" featurette, "WICK-vizzed" featurette, "Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership" featurette, "Car Fu Ride-Along" featurette, "Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene" featurette, "Wick’s Toolbox" featurette, "Kill Count" featurette, "Dog Wick" short. 3 stars

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Jun 132017
 

Official Selection Of The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival

 The Commune

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Written And Directed by BAFTA Nominee Thomas Vinterberg (Jagten),

The Look At The Highs and Lows Of Communal Living Arrives On Digital HD On August 22 From Magnolia Home Entertainment

“**** Emotionally Rewarding” -Time Out

"Infectious. Vinterberg Captures Family Dysfunction Like No Other” -Film Comment

 

Synopsis

The new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration,” Oscar® Nominated “The Hunt”) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. Trine Dyrholm (“A Royal Affair”) won a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival for her role as Anna, a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen – The Blacklist), teaches architecture at a university, but the grim reality of mentoring people whose career prospects are brighter than his own has left him disgruntled and bored. When Erik's father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it's too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna — who has become frustrated with Erik's dour outlook and longs for something new — suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time). Energized by the era's relaxed taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, rather motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their adventure, but soon take very different paths. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. When Anna tries to reconcile these two situations, the commune — and the marriage at its core — begins to unravel. Driven by brilliant lead performances from Vinterberg's “Celebration” stars Thomsen and Dyrholm and supporting turns from Lars Ranthe (“A Funny Man) and Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”, THE COMMUNE is a sharply observed study of how new values can quickly come into conflict with old habits and affiliations.

 

Digital HD

Street Date:      August 22, 2017

Run Time:       111 min.

Rating:             NR

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Jun 132017
 

VINCE GIORDANO:
There's a Future in the Past
A film by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards

90 minutes, color, 2016

What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano — a bandleader, musician, historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO’s Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans.

"CRITIC'S PICK! The next best thing to dancing on air." – THE NEW YORK TIMES

"IT SWINGS! For anyone who appreciates early jazz and swing, Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion is welcome on dual fronts: the history he’s preserving, and the new energy he’s breathing into a century-old lineage through masterful, joyous performance." – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Packed with sizzling performances, this illuminating documentary tells the story of Giordano’s struggle to carry the torch for a vanishing musical era." – LOS ANGELES TIMES

"ROUSING!" – THE VILLAGE VOICE

"One of the best music docs ever." – FILM JOURNAL
 On iTunes June 27 | On DVD July 11

 


 

THE PENGUIN COUNTERS

A film by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon

68 minutes, color, 2016

Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. THE PENGUIN COUNTERS follows Ron and his ragtag team of field biologists to one of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations.

The documentary takes us from the tip of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island on a treacherous yet heartwarming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doolittle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.

"AWE-INSPIRING… magnificent…hopeful…wonderful!" – THE NEW YORK TIMES 

"STUNNING…ENGROSSING! Facing very challenging conditions, the filmmakers rendered some exquisite cinematography, shooting eye-popping scenery and wildlife at one of the world’s most remote destinations, footage that gives armchair travelers a ‘you-are-there’ feel." – EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL

"‘The Penguin Counters’ is loaded with heartwarming shots of the flightless birds, as well as gorgeous panoramas of the Antarctic, lovingly photographed." – THIS WEEK IN NY


On iTunes June 27 | On DVD July 11  

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Jun 132017
 

UNDER THE MILKY WAY PRESENTS

LOVE AT FIRST CHILD

ANGE ET GABRIELLE

 

Directed by: Anne Giafferi

Starring: ISABELLE CARRÉ, PATRICK BRUEL

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, July 11 on all major platforms includingiTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

Gabrielle (Isabelle Carré) is a single mother, her 17-year-old daughter Claire is pregnant, however the child’s father Simon has no desire to be involved with his future baby. When Gabrielle takes matters into her own hands and asks Simon’s father Ange (Patrick Bruel) for help, an unexpected relationship begins.

91mins / Comedy /France /Color / Distributor: Under The Milky Way

In French with English Subtitles

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Jun 132017
 

UNDER THE MILKY WAY PRESENTS

NOT MY DAY

Directed by: Peter Thorwarth

Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Axel Stein, Jasmin Gerat, Anna Maria Mühe,Nele Kiper, Ralf Richter

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, July 11 on all major platforms including  iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

Till, a bank teller in his mid-30s, is living an uneventful and average life. His marriage to Miriam is happy, but in danger of getting into a rut after all these years of harmony. Suddenly, Till is torn from his routine when a bank robber storms his branch and takes Till and his car hostage. When the kidnapper takes his mask off, Till recognizes Nappo, a former convict and unsuccessful loan applicant at Till’s bank.

As the police set up roadblocks, Nappo decides to abandon Till in the trunk of the car and disappear with his loot. But things do not work out that way and Till and Nappo escape together. After the first shock, Till throws all caution to the wind and dives into adventure with his kidnapper.

110mins / Comedy /Germany /Color / Distributor: Under The Milky Way

In German with English Subtitles

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