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Tuesday, June 18 -- Monday, June 24

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    American Fiction

    (2023) Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut confronts our culture's obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who's fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish "Black" book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain. Vitals: Director: Cord Jefferson. Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Keith David, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, Myra Lucretia Taylor. CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Comedy Drama, North American box office gross: $21.098 million, worldwide $22.483 million, MGM. Formats: Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.





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    This Week's Digital Releases

    June 18

    Art Thief: After stealing a painting from a local museum, a passionate but untalented artist is thrust into the midst of the biggest art theft in modern history. Inspired by true events. (Digital sales, VOD only)

    The Beast: In the near future where emotions have become a threat, Gabrielle finally decides to purify her DNA in a machine that will immerse her in her previous lives and rid her of any strong feelings. She then meets Louis and feels a powerful connection, as if she has known him forever. A melodrama crossed by the genre, which unfolds over three distinct periods, 1910, 2014 and 2044. (Digital sales, VOD only)

    Challengers: Tashi, a former tennis prodigy turned coach, turned her husband into a champion. But to overcome a losing streak, he needs to face his ex-best friend and Tashi's ex-boyfriend. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 9)

    Handling the Undead: On a hot summer day in Oslo, the dead mysteriously awaken, and three families are thrown into chaos when their deceased loved ones come back to them. Who are they, and what do they want? (Digital sales, VOD only)

    If: A girl discovers she can see everyone’s imaginary friends and embarks on a magical adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids. (Digital sales, VOD only)

    Mars Express: Set in the 23rd century on Mars, the plot follows the investigation on a murder case carried out by the couple formed by private investigator Aline Ruby and her android companion Carlos Rivera. (Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a group of military officials hatch a daring plan to neutralize Hitler's fleet of German U-boats during World War II. Made up of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks, the top-secret combat unit uses unconventional techniques to battle the Nazis and change the course of the war. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 25)

    Outrage: The young host of a right-wing news program finds herself caught between a group of scheming nationalists and a vengeful mother who blames them for the death of her son at an exlusive dinner party at a French chateau . (Digital sales, VOD only)

    Scream Therapy: Five friends embark on a desert getaway for restorative scream therapy after a devastating breakup. Their weekend takes a dark turn when they encounter a cult of incels, leading to a chilling ultimatum: sacrifice or be sacrificed before sunrise. (Digital sales, VOD only)

    Waiting for Dali: Fernando, a talented chef, arrives to the village of Cadaqués during the 70s, residence of the internationally renowned Salvador Dalí. The paths of the chef and the artist will cross and cause the birth of a new culinary genius. (Digital, VOD only)

    June 21

    Blackwater Lane: After witnessing a grisly tragedy, a woman is visited by a ghostly presence and starts to question her sanity. Based on the successful New York Times bestselling book by B.A. Paris. (Digital sales, VOD only)

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    American Fiction

    (2023) Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Keith David, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, Myra Lucretia Taylor. A novelist who's fed up with the establishment profiting from Black entertainment uses a pen name to write a book that propels him into the heart of the hypocrisy and madness he claims to disdain.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. (MGM).

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    American Gigolo

    (1980) Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Bill Duke, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt, Brian Davies. Paul Schrader’s stylish neo-noir crime drama makes its debut on 4K UHD and Blu-ray in Limited Edition sets featuring a brand new 4K remaster from the original negative. Julian (a mesmerizing Richard Gere, in his breakthrough performance), a high-priced male escort, has the perfect car, the perfect wardrobe, the perfect house, and the perfect life. He desires the same lifestyle that his elite clients enjoy, but that desire turns to jealousy and one of his clients ends up dead. The drama builds as Julian realizes he’s being framed for the murder and races to prove his innocence. The film features music by Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score Giorgio Moroder, who co-wrote “Call Me,” the film’s signature theme song by Blondie. The costuming by Giorgio Armani defined the era of disco and 80s extravagance and is widely credited for establishing the designer’s brand in North America. Formats: 4K UHD, Blu-ray. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).



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    Bound

    (1996) Before they blew the world’s mind with "The Matrix", Lana and Lilly Wachowski delivered a jolt of pure pulp pleasure with their hyperstylish debut, which puts a deliciously sapphic spin on a crackerjack caper premise. When butch plumber Corky (Gina Gershon) catches the eye of alluring femme (fatale) Violet (Jennifer Tilly), little does she know she’s about to be drawn into both a torrid affair and a high-stakes heist that will pit the pair against the mob. With crackling dialogue, luscious neonoir cinematography, and live-wire performances by Gershon, Tilly, and Joe Pantoliano, "Bound" is a genre-reimagining joyride that keeps both the tension and the erotic heat rising through each crazily careening twist. Formats: 4K UHD/Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by cinematographer Bill Pope, 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: Audio commentary featuring directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski, actors Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, and Jennifer Tilly, editor Zach Staenberg and technical consultant Susie Bright; new video essay by film critic Christina Newland; six interview programs featuring Gershon, Pantoliano, Pope, Staenberg, Tilly, actor Christopher Meloni, composer Don Davis, title designer Patti Podesta, and film scholars Jennifer Moorman and B. Ruby Rich; trailers. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Mars Express

    (2024 -- France) The visually innovative cyberpunk detective story Mars Express first premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival and later competed in the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Feature. The neo-noir animation also scored César and Lumière Award nominations for Best Animated Film and received the audience award at the 2023 Fantasy Film Fest. Society’s elite abandon Earth in 2200 to make Mars the center of civilization. They are served by obedient robots that are nearly indistinguishable from the humans that they have replaced. Amidst a growing scandal of an underground group hacking androids, a cybernetics student disappears. Capable-but-troubled detective Aline and her android partner, Carlos, take the case to find her. As they descend into the dark underbelly of Mars, they unravel a deeper conspiracy that threatens mankind – and their robot counterparts. Mars Express injects the cyberpunk genre with urgent new themes that make its far-flung world feel strangely like our own in the propulsive feature film debut from director Jérémie Périn. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Let’s Play Classic Games with Director Jérémie Périn"; "Director Scene Breakdown – Opening Scene"; "Director Scene Breakdown – Sequence 87." (GKIDS/Shout! Studios). Read more here




    Nowhere Special

    (2020 -- UK) Daniel Lamont, James Norton, Eileen O'Higgins. Norton stars as John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, who has dedicated his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael, after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for Michael, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. As John struggles to find the right answer to his impossible task, he comes to accept the help of a young social worker, opening himself to solutions he would never have considered. And he finally comes to accept his anger at the injustice of his destiny, the need to share the truth with his son, and to follow the child’s instincts on the biggest decision of their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cohen Media Group).

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    Victims of Sin

    (1951 -- Mexico) A treasure of Mexico’s cinematic golden age, this deliriously plotted blend of gritty crime film, heart-tugging maternal melodrama, and mambo musical is a dazzling showcase for iconic star Ninón Sevilla. She brings fierce charisma and fiery strength to her role as a rumbera -- a female nightclub dancer -- —who gives up everything to raise an abandoned boy, whom she must protect from his ruthless gangster father. Directed at a dizzying pace by filmmaking titan Emilio Fernández, and shot in stylish chiaroscuro by renowned cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa amid smoky dance halls and atmospherically seedy underworld haunts, "Victims of Sin" is a ferociously entertaining female-powered noir pulsing with the intoxicating rhythms of some of Latin America’s most legendary musical stars. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interview with filmmaker and archivist Viviana Garcia Besné; new interview with cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto on the work of Gabriel Figueroa; archival documentary on "cine de rumberas," featuring interviews with actor Ninón Sevilla; trailer; an essay by scholar Jacqueline Avila. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).


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