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April 4

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Confess, Fletch

(2022) Jon Hamm, Roy Wood Jr., Marcia Gay Harden, Lorenza Izzo, Kyle MacLachlan. In this comedy romp, Hamm stars as the roguishly charming and endlessly troublesome Fletch, who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case while searching for a stolen art collection. The only way to prove his innocence? Find out which of the long list of suspects is the culprit - from the eccentric art dealer and a missing playboy to a crazy neighbor and Fletch's Italian girlfriend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Paramount).


Hunt Club

(2022) Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Maya Stojan, Casper Van Dien, Will Peltz, Jessica Belkin. Cassandra (Suvari) has just lost her girlfriend and daughter and is desperate to find help. In walks Carter (Van Dien) offering her the chance to win $100k if she participates in the hunt on his island. She soon finds that other women, who are also there for the cash, have been tied up, only to be released as the hunted. With the help of Tessa and Lexi, Cassandra turns the tables and hunts down the men. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment). Read more here
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(2021) Charlotte Rampling, Marton Csokas, George Ferrier, Edith Poor. Ruth (Rampling) is a worldly former war correspondent now bored in retirement with a drinking problem and a newly fractured leg. Sam (Ferrier) is her unruly grandson, recently kicked out of boarding school and grieving the death of his mother. When the two are brought together under the same roof, they form an unexpected bond. Formats: DVD. (Kino Lorber).

Match Struck

(2021) Tiffany Rhodes, George Katt. Josephine Taylor, known as Jo, is an infamous novelist whose early literary success crumbled into laughable failure after ditching her fan-favorite genre. Now, she is racing to finish her latest novel about an affluent couple, Edmund and Helena. Their seemingly perfect lives unravel with the pressure of the husband's business venture and Jo's sanity. Jo's binge drinking and channeling-like creative process birth a disjointed reality filled with bizarre and dysfunctional situations that contour her ideas of reality. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).

The New Hands

(2023) Stephen Wu, Sally Kirkland, Felissa Rose. When Bram Victor is dumped by his girlfriend he's convinced it’s because of his ugly hands. Mangled, and unattractive, he becomes convinced that a pair of new hands will bring her back. What to do? Since he's a serial killer – assemble a new set of hands from beautiful victims and win back the girl of his dreams in this mix of Frankenstein and Edward Scissorhands.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).

South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fifth Season

(2022) Single disc with six episodes. After 24 years of getting warmed up, South Park finally hits its stride on its hilarious and surprising 25th season. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Paramount).

War Trap

(2022 -- France) Laurent Guiot, Pascal Putet, Franck Rasamison. During the Second World War, following an ambush carried out in a fort by German troops, Eugène, an allied soldier, finds himself trapped underground. Now fighting for his survival, his destiny will play out alongside that of another survivor and both must find a way to extricate themselves from certain death, unaware of the terrible battle that awaits them on the outside. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures). Read more here

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April 11

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(2001 -- Dutch) Fedja van Huêt, Carice van Houten, Theo Maasen, Sacha Bulthuis. A psychological mystery thriller in which a photographer, Alex, (van Huêt) receives word from his twin brother Aram (also van Huêt) that their mother (Bulthuis) is gravely ill and will not survive much longer. Alex returns home to AmnesiA, the family estate, to in some way ease the panic and dread that continues to plague him and his photography. As he confronts the past he left behind, his deep-rooted psychological turmoil is laid bare. Restored in 4K from the original camera negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Introduction by director Martin Koolhoven; commentary by Martin Koolhoven, Fedja van Huet, moderated by Peter Verstraten; "A Conversation with Martin Koolhoven & Carice van Houten" (2022); "Making of AmnesiA" (2001); "Behind-the-Scenes with Carice van Houten" (2001); theatrical trailer. (Cult Epics).


(2023) Tom Sizemore, Louis Mandylor, Kristos Andrews, Brian Krause, Noel Guglielmi, Victor DiMatta, Jose Guapo. Having taken control of a maximum-security prison and recruited the other prisoners as his army, a criminal mastermind and former LAPD explosives expert faces off against a rogue hostage negotiator and a retired Black Ops agent who had been visiting his incarcerated son. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here (Uncork’d Entertainment).

Chrissy Judy

(2023) Todd Flaherty, Wyatt Fenner, Joey Taranto, Kiyon Spencer, James Tison. Judy’s a free spirit, a day dreamer, a boy-crazy hot mess. But this is going to be the summer it all comes together for this ambitious, 30-something drag queen/cater-waiter and his best friend, Chrissy. That is, until Chrissy’s priorities suddenly shift, forcing a disillusioned Judy to examine his life and priorities as a queer artist, and rediscover himself in the process. This dark comedy explores the universal pain of breaking up with your best friends and questions, "What do you do when your chosen family no longer chooses you?" Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Dark Star Pictures). Read more here
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The Fisher King

(1991) A fairy tale grounded in poignant reality, Terry Gilliam’s magnificent, Manhattan-set "The Fisher King" features Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in two of their most brilliant roles. Bridges plays a former radio shock jock reconstructing his life after a scandal, and Williams a homeless man on a quest for the Holy Grail -— which he believes to be hidden somewhere on the Upper East Side. Unknowingly linked by their pasts, the two men aid each other on a fanciful journey toward their own humanity. This singular American odyssey features a witty script by Richard LaGravenese, evocative cinematography by Roger Pratt, and superb supporting performances by Amanda Plummer and an Oscar-winning Mercedes Ruehl, all harnessed by Gilliam into a compassionate, funny modern-day myth. Formats: Director-approved 4K UHD + Blu-ray special edition with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features, Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
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Heart of Dragon

(1985 -- Hong Kong) Lifelong friends since they met as boys at Peking Opera school, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung conquered the Hong Kong film industry side-by-side in the 1970s and 1980s. One of their greatest collaborations sees the two "brothers" playing actual brothers for a change: 1985's "Heart of Dragon," a film that combines heart-rending drama with pulse-pounding action. Tat (Chan) is a hotshot cop with more stresses than he can bear: if he's not on the verge of getting beaten up on his day job, he's looking out for his mentally handicapped brother Dodo (Hung), who needs constant supervision in case his naïve, kind nature gets taken advantage of. Tat wants nothing more than to escape his obligations and see the world; but when Dodo accidentally winds up in the line of fire, Tat must run into danger and make the ultimate sacrifice to save his brother. More serious and emotionally driven than many of their prior films, Hung and Chan made sure not to skimp on jaw-dropping stunts and high-velocity violence while showing a broader depth to their talents than audiences had seen before. The result is one of the jewels of 80's Hong Kong action cinema, now restored with additional fight scenes filmed especially for the Japanese market. 2K restoration from the original negative by Fortune Star. High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of the 91-minute Hong Kong Theatrical Cut and the 99-minute Extended Japanese Cut via seamless branching. Original lossless Cantonese and English mono audio on both cuts, plus Mandarin on the Theatrical Cut and Cantonese with alternate score on the Extended Cut. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Infinity Pool

(2023) Alexander Skarsgard, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Dunja Sepcic, Adam Boncz, Alan Katic, Thomas Kretschmann. While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Skarsgård) and Em (Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. (Neon).
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(2022) The story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful. In 1950s London, a humorless bureaucrat decides to take time off work to experience life after receiving a grim diagnosis. Vitals: Director: Oliver Hermanus. Stars: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke . CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 102 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $3.000 million, worldwide $11.368 million, Sony. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. 3 stars


(2022) Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world’s scrap. The film scratches beneath flaking paint and rusting metal to reveal the beauty and pathos in what we leave behind. The film focuses on artists around the world who are transforming scrap or are working with it in other ways, employing their creativity to help solve environmental problems. For example, sculptor John Lopez uses old farm equipment to make huge sculptures of bison and animals that used to roam the Plains where he lives; architect Tchely Shin makes buildings out of old ships, like the discarded ocean liner he turned into an art installation that is now a cafe located in Seorak-myeon, Korea. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (First Run Features). Read more here

Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb

(2022) Two literary legends — writer Robert Caro and his longtime editor, Robert Gottlieb — have worked together to create some of the greatest non-fiction books in history. Now 86, Caro is determined to complete the final volume of his masterwork, "The Years of Lyndon Johnson"; Gottlieb, 91, wants to edit it. With humor and insight, this unique double portrait reveals the work habits, peculiarities, and professional joys of these two ferocious intellects as they attempt to finish the final masterstroke in their lives’ work. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).

Up, Down, Fragile

(1995 -- France) Director: Jacques Rivette; Nathalie Richard, Marianne Denicourt, Laurence Côte, Anna Karina. Inspired by the backstage Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, this later period Rivette recounts the adventures of three young women (Nathalie Richard, Marianne Denicourt, and Laurence Côte) in Paris, each at a turning point in her life – and with a musical number (or two). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival & Professor of Film and Media Studies, Columbia University; re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).

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April 18

Cocaine Bear

photo for Cocaine Bear (2023) Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner's plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow ... and blood.Vitals: Director: Elizabeth Banks. Stars: Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., with Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta. CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Comedy Thriller, North American box office gross: $64.005 million, worldwide $83.125 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending; deleted & extended scenes; gag reel; "All Roads Lead to Cokey: The Making of Cocaine Bear"; "UnBEARable Bloodbath: Dissecting the Kills"; "Doing Lines": Cast and filmmakers read lines from the script, which was a work of art unto itself; feature commentary with director/producer Elizabeth Banks and producer Max Handelman. Read more here 2 stars
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The Haunting of Julia

(1977) Keir Dullea, Mia Farrow, Sophie Ward, Tom Conti. Based on the novel "Julia" by Peter Straub, the atmospheric supernatural thriller "The Haunting of Julia" (aka Full Circle) has developed a cult following amongst film fans for its intelligent yet deeply chilling take on a modern ghost story. Never before available on DVD or Blu-ray in the US, this long-sought after film will be available on physical media for the first time in decades. 4K restoration from the original negative. Magnus and Julia Lofting (Dullea and Farrow) suffer a tremendous shock one morning when their daughter Kate (Ward) begins choking. Unsure what to do, Julia attempts a tracheotomy, inadvertently causing Kate's death. The tragedy sends Julia to a hospital to recover, but when Magnus asks that she come home, she prefers to buy a new house in London to live alone. Magnus begins pondering Julia's fragile sanity, while Julia becomes convinced that her house is haunted by the spirit of a little girl. Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by director Richard Loncraine and film historian Simon Fitzjohn; introdfeaturette; "Coming Full Circle" interview with actor Tom Conti; "The Fear of Growing Up" interview with actress Samantha Gates; "A Haunting Retrospective" featurette on this underrated ghost story. (Shout! Factory). Read more here

Kids vs Aliens

(2021) Dominic Mariche, Phoebe Rex, Calem MacDonald, Asher Grayson, Ben Tector. All Gary wants is to make awesome home movies with his best buds. All his older sister Samantha wants is to hang with the cool kids. When their parents head out of town one Halloween weekend, an all-time rager of a teen house party turns to terror when aliens attack, forcing the siblings to band together to survive the night. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with director Jason Eisene; "Slime Time: The Making of Kids vs Aliens"; storyboards; photo gallery. (RLJE Films).

Magic Mike's Last Dance

photo for Magic Mike's Last Dance (2023) "Magic" Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Hayek Pinault) who lures him with an offer he can't refuse ... and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he—and the roster of hot new dancers he'll have to whip into shape—be able to pull it off? Vitals: Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek Pinault, Ayub Khan Din, Jemelia George, Juliette Motamed, Vicki Pepperdine. CC, MPAA rating: R, 112 min., Comedy, North American box office gross: $26.005 million, worldwide $56.305 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. 2 stars


photo for Marlowe (2023) Noir crime thriller set in late 1930's Los Angeles, centers around a street-wise, down-on-his-luck detective; Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson), who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Jessica Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide. Based upon the 2014 novel "The Black-Eyed Blonde" by Benjamin Black, not one of Raymond Chandler's original Marlowe works. Vitals: Director: Neil Jordan. Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Colm Meaney, Ian Hart, Alan Cumming, Danny Huston. CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Mystery, North American box office gross: $4.350 million, worldwide $5.413 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. 2 stars

Righteous Thieves

(2021) Lisa Vidal, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Brian Cousins, Sasha Merci, Paul Kreppel, David Gilchrist, Cam Gigandet, Carlos Miranda. Annabel (Vidal), a leader of a secret organization engaged in the recovery of priceless artwork, assembles a ragtag crew of art thieves to recover a Monet, Picasso, Degas, and Van Gogh stolen by Nazis during WWII and now in the possession of neo-Nazi billionaire oligarch Otto Huizen (Cousins). As the planned heist approaches, loyalties are tested when the crew learns the real reason behind Annabel’s search for the long-lost paintings. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Coming For It All: Making Righteous Thieves." (Lionsgate).
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The Seventh Seal

(1957 -- Sweden) Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Ingmar Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, "The Seventh Seal" is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray Special Edition with 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).


(2023) Sam Worthington, Matt Nable, Phoebe Tonkin, Susie Porter. Ex-special forces operative Ryan Logan (Worthington) has a sharply honed set of survival skills that have allowed him to walk the line between courage and fear. But after a personal tragedy shatters his family and sends his teenaged son, Billy, into a world of drugs and delinquency, he is pushed to the edge. Desperate to make a new life for Billy, Ryan plunges into the criminal underground for one final mission. Formats: Blu-ray + Digital Code. (Lionsgate).

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April 25

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The Assassination Bureau

(1969) Anarchy reigns as Diana Rigg and Oliver Reed go head to head in a blackly comic caper that plays out against the colorful backdrop of Europe on the cusp of World War One. London, 1908. When feisty journalist and women's rights campaigner Sonia Winter (Rigg) uncovers the headquarters of the Assassination Bureau Limited, a clandestine enterprise that has existed for decades by bumping off the rich and powerful - but only if there's a good moral reason for it - she sets on a path of putting an end to its activities. Bankrolled by her press baron boss, Lord Bostwick (Telly Savalas), she commissions the organization to undertake the assassination of its very own chairman, Ivan Dragomiloff (Reed). Being the gentleman that he is, Dragomiloff responds to the assignment with glee, challenging his fellow board members to complete the contract. Only they'll have to catch him first. "The Assassination Bureau" is based on an unfinished novel by Jack London published posthumously in 1963. Shot in glorious Technicolor by Geoffrey Unsworth ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), this penultimate work from the esteemed directing-producing team of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph ("Sapphire," "Victim") is a rip-roaring slice of Edwardian-set action-adventure fashioned with the same Swinging-Sixties blend of irony, stylishness and humour as "The Avengers" and the James Bond films. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary with authors Sean Hogan and Kim Newman; "Right Film, Wrong Time," a 30-minute appreciation by critic, broadcaster and cultural historian Matthew Sweet; original trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork choices; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Katherine McLaughlin and a set of six reproduction lobby cards from the original release. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.
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Calamity of Snakes

(1982 -- China) Yun-Peng Hsiang (Wan-Pang Heung), Yuen Kao, Ping-Ou Wei. A developer discovers a snake pit full of thousands of deadly serpents on the construction site of a new apartment building. To avoid any construction delays, the developer brutally exterminates the snakes. Believing the problem has been solved, he allows the new tenants to move into the building. However, not all the snakes have been killed and the many survivors and their kin are out to avenge their murdered brothers and sisters. Soon, all hell breaks loose, and the building’s new tenants come under vicious attack by a squirming army of angry and vengeful serpents. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Original English dub; commentary with Nathan Hamilton and Brad Slaton; cruelty-free version; gallery; trailers. Blu-ray adds "From Shaw to Snakes: The Venom and Violence of Early Chinese Language Horror Cinema"; "Reptilian Recollections: Lin Kuang-Yung In Conversation With Chui-Yi Chung"; alternate version; alternate credits. (Unearthed Films).
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The Green Hornet

(1940) The Green Hornet is a fictional masked crime fighter, originally created by George W. Trendle for an American radio program in the 1930s. The character has appeared in two Universal serials. In the first 13-episode serial, the city is faced with rising crime and increased racketeering activity. Intrepid newspaper editor Britt Reid (Gordon Jones) becomes the crime fighter the Green Hornet to take on the bad guys. As far as the police are concerned, the Hornet himself is a criminal. This misunderstanding enables Reid to operate "outside the law" to battle evil and injustice. Working alongside the Hornet is the brilliant inventor/sidekick Kato (Keye Luke), the only person who knows the true identity of the Hornet. Watch as our heroes fight an infamous racket and put an end to the menace infecting their city. Includes 13 episodes. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Liner Notes by author Martin Grams Jr.; two radio episodes of "The Green Hornet"; "I Am ... the Green Hornet" audio piece by Clifford Weimer; photo gallery. (VCI Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).

His Dark Materials: The Complete Third Season

(2022) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. In the third season of His Dark Materials, based on “The Amber Spyglass,” the final novel in Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy, Lyra, the prophesied child, and Will, the bearer of The Subtle Knife, must journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. As her father’s great war against the Authority edges closer, they will learn that saving the worlds comes at a terrible price. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Warner).

Invitation to a Murder

(2021) Mischa Barton, Chris Browning, Seamus Dever, Bianca Santos. In this homage to Agatha Christie, set in England in the 1930s, an amateur detective finds herself caught up in a real-life whodunit! Miranda Green (Barton) is summoned to the remote mansion of billionaire Lewis Findley along with five mysterious strangers. What do they all have in common? What’s become of their absent host? And who just murdered one of the guests in cold blood? Now Miranda must hunt for hidden clues, interview witnesses, and find the killer — before she becomes the next victim. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here

The Jackie Chan Collection Volume 2 (1983-1993)

Eight-disc set with "Winners and Sinners," "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars," "Wheels On Meals," "Armour of God," "Armour of God II," "The Protector," "Crime Story" and "City Hunter." Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews, commentaries, featurettes, more. (Shout! Factory).

Jesus Revolution

photo for Jesus Revolution (2023) The true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California. Young Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) is searching for all the right things in all the wrong places: until he meets Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), a charismatic hippie-street-preacher. Together with Pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), they open the doors of Smith's languishing church to an unexpected revival of radical and newfound love, leading to what Time Magazine dubbed a "Jesus Revolution". Vitals: Director: Jon Erwin, Brent McCorkle. Stars: Joel Courtney, Jonathan Roumie, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Anna Grace Barlow, Kelsey Grammer, Nic Bishop. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 120 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $49.898 million, worldwide $49.898 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Read more here 2 stars


(2022 -- France) Gilles Lellouche, Joanna KuligLouis, Do de Lencquesaing. Based on incredible true events, Jérome Salle's gripping new espionage thriller depicts the remarkable story of a French public servant who unwittingly finds himself in conflict with one of the modern era's most powerful and dangerous forces: Russia's FSB. Mathieu, a gregarious and dedicated diplomat, accepts a posting to Irkutsk as the head of Siberia's Alliance Francaise. He hopes the change will be good for his family and struggling marriage, but before long Mathieu's staging of cultural events and support of artistic expression sees him fall afoul of local authorities. Accused of a terrible crime, he soon realizes someone has fabricated a case with Russia's Federal Security Service – he has been framed. Arrested, imprisoned and isolated, Mathieu has nowhere to turn. Defending himself is impossible, the French authorities are helpless -- it seems he has no choice: to try and escape. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Read more here (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
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Lovers Lane

(1999) Matt Riedy, Erin J. Dean, Riley Smith, Anna Faris. Passions are aroused and old wounds reopened in this sassy post-"Scream" teen slasher based on the urban legend of "The Hook." A steamy secret tryst that was brutally cut short on Valentine's Day an unlucky thirteen years ago comes back to haunt the teens who linger around the lovers lane where the double slaying took place. County Sheriff Tom Anderson has just about come to terms with the fact that it was his wife who died in another man's car on that fateful night. His daughter Mandy, who as a four-year-old saw her mother's corpse carried away from the scene, has a different take on things. It doesn't help that her classmate Michael lost his father to the same hook-handed homicidal maniac in that night's incident. To cap it all off, as another Valentine's Day comes round, reports come through that the man arrested as "The Hook" has just bust out of his asylum. Prepare yourself for the ultimate hook up in a scream-a-minute rollercoaster that marked the film debut of Anna Faris (the "Scary Movie" series; "Lost in Translation"). Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. Two versions of the film: the widescreen 1.85:1 version and the full-frame 1.33:1 version. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

My Happy Ending

(2023) Andie MacDowell, Miriam Margolyes, Sally Phillips, Rakhee Thakrar, Tamsin Greig, Michelle Greenidge, David Walliams. If we knew how much longer we had to live, what would we choose to do with the time we have left? Set in a British hospital,"My Happy Ending" follows poised and put-together Hollywood star Julia Roth, who seems to be in the sunset of her career, as she begins her journey with a critical medical issue. Preferring to be incognito, Julia is instead thrust into a room with three remarkable women who, with humor and camaraderie, help Julia take on the most important and challenging role she has ever played: herself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Photo gallery. Read more here (Lionsgate).
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New Gods: Yang Jian

(2022 -- China) A stunningly animated epic rich in ancient lore and Chinese mythology. Directed by Zhao Ji, this is the second installment of the “New Gods” series of animated action-fantasy epics inspired by Chinese mythological figures, following the 2021 feature "New Gods: Nezha Reborn." Enter the New Gods universe where Chinese mythology is reimagined in a wildly original, steampunk-inspired world. Thirteen years after Yang Jian imprisoned his sister, the once-powerful hero also known as Erlang Shen now scrapes by as a poor bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who searches for a powerful, but dangerous artifact. As Yang Jian confronts his past, he must face treacherous vigilantes seeking to bring catastrophic destruction. In the original Chinese language cast and an English-dubbed cast. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Zhao Ji; "Animating New Gods: Yang Jian with Zhao Ji"; original cast interview; arts and culture spotlight; art gallery. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).

Return to Seoul

(2022 -- South Korea) Park Ji-Min, Oh Kwang-Rok, Guka Han, Kim Sun-Young. A 25-year-old French woman returns to Korea, the country she was born in before being adopted by a French couple, for the very first time. She decides to track down her biological parents, but her journey takes a surprising turn. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, VOD. (Sony).
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Small Axe: Five Films by Steve McQueen

With the five films that make up his Small Axe anthology ("Mangrove," "Lovers Rock," "Red, White and Blue," "Alex Wheatle" and "Education"), director Steve McQueen offers a richly evocative panorama of West Indian life in London from the 1960s through the ’80s -- a time defined for the community by the terror of police violence, the empowering awakening of political consciousness, and the ecstatic escape of a vibrant reggae scene. Ranging in tone from the tenderly impressionistic to the devastatingly clear-eyed, these powerfully performed portraits of Black resistance, joy, creativity, and collective action—all sumptuously shot by Shabier Kirchner -— form a revolutionary counterhistory of mid-twentieth-century Britain at a transformational moment. Formats: THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION with New high-definition masters of all five films, approved by director Steve McQueen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

Triangle of Sadness

photo for Triangle of Sadness (2022 -- Sweden) Master of social discomfort Ruben Östlund trains his unsparing lens on the world of wealth, beauty, and privilege in this audacious, Palme d’Or–winning satire of our status-obsessed culture. A model-influencer couple (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean) get a ticket to the luxe life when they’re invited aboard an all-expenses-paid cruise alongside a coterie of the rich and ghoulish -- but an act of fate turns their Insta-perfect world upside down. Pushing each provocative set piece to its outré extreme, Östlund maps the shifting social hierarchies with the irreverence of a modern-day Luis Buñuel and the incisiveness of a cinematic anthropologist.Vitals: Director: Ruben Östlund. Stars: Thobias Thorwid, Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean. CC, MPAA rating: R, 147 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $4.608 million, worldwide $25.585 million, The Criterion Collection. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-ray special edition with new 4K digital master, approved by director Ruben Östlund, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Read more here 3 stars

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