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and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jan 102021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2020

There was definitely a paucity of new movie releases last year, with most of the studios holding back their films until the COVID pandemic is over. And the films that have gone straight-to-streaming have been pretty unremarkable. Herewith is out Best of 2020 list, albeit short. And since it was a year of stay-at-home viewing, … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best Streaming Shows to Watch

Altered Carbon (2018-20): Innovative series set in a future in which consciousness is digitized and stored, allowing people (with money, of course) to live forever by being “re-sleeved” into new bodies. 250 years after his death, a prisoner returns to life in a new body to solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom. Stars … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2019

The Big Clock (1948) Adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from a novel by the equally renowned crime author Kenneth Fearing, “The Big Clock” is a superior suspense film that classically combines screwball comedy with heady thrills. Overworked true crime magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland) has been planning a vacation for months. However, when … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2018

Annihilation (2018) by Alex Garland. Stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny. Lena (Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X — a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2017

Baby Driver (2017) The surprise hit of the year — no surprise, actually, if you know the work of director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” 2004; “Hot Fuzz,” 2007; “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” 2010, and “The World’s End,” 2013) and his offbeat movies that draw in diverse audiences and great reviews. Here he … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

The Danish Girl (2015) by Tom Hooper. A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Co-stars Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts. High … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2015

The Age of Adaline (2015) Adaline (Blake Lively) is a 29-year-old who survives a near-death experience and from that day on never grows older. After miraculously remaining that way for almost eight decades, Adaline has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2014

Black Jack: 35th Anniversary Edition (1979) A rediscovered classic from realist master Ken Loach and one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Black Jack,” based on Leon Garfield’s novel for children, is a dark and complex adventure film set in brutal 18th century England. After French thief and ruffian Black Jack (Jean Franval) … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

The Berlin File (2013 — South Korea) Korean action director Ryoo Seung-wan takes on East-meets-West-double-agent intrigue in this breakneck thriller. Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean “ghost” agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt involving South Korean intelligence agents, the North Koreans and the CIA. … More

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Jan 082021
 
The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

Accident (2009 — Hong Kong) A self-styled accident choreographer, Brain is a professional hit man who kills his victims by trapping them in well crafted accidents that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. After one mission inexplicably goes wrong, costing the life of one of his men, Brain … More

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