New releases 12/28/21

Top Hits
The French Dispatch
(Wes Anderson dir. comedy/drama, Benicio Del Toro. Rotten Tomatoes: 74%. Metacritic: 74. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The movie is not Wes Anderson’s version of ‘Spotlight,’ in which humbly dressed reporters heroically take on power, injustice and corruption. Moral crusades are as alien to Anderson’s sensibility as drab khakis. What ‘The French Dispatch’ celebrates is something more specific than everyday newspapering and also something more capacious. Anderson has inscribed a billet-doux to The New Yorker in its mid-20th-century glory years that is, at the same time, an ardent, almost orgiastic paean to the pleasures of print.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
The French Dispatch

New Foreign DVDs
Knocking (Sweden, horror, Cecilia Milocco. Rotten Tomatoes: 80%, Certified Fresh. Metacritic: 65. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “Grief has left Molly [Cecilia Milocco] in a fragile state in ‘Knocking,’ a new psychological thriller from Sweden by the director Frida Kempff. After losing her lover in a tragic event at a beach, Molly spent time in a psychiatric ward, and her recovery in her new apartment is touch-and-go. Kempff spins Molly’s suspicions about a mysterious tapping noise into an insistent entry in the horrors of breakdown and isolation.” Read more…)

New Cult
The Prime Time (1960, cult juvenile delinquent/beatniks drama, Joanne LeCompte)

La Plays Itself: The Fred Halsted Collection (LGBTQ, gay erotica, Fred Halsted)