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New Releases – 09-20-22

Top Hits

The Forgiven (Mystery; Dir: John Michael McDonagh; Starring: Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes)
“Although it often mirrors Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky, a much better film based on a novel by the great Paul Bowles, also set in Morocco, The Forgiven is a more contemporary, yet equally vivid and atmospheric look at louche interlopers in a toxic environment who stay too long at the fair.” Read more…

Vengeance (Mystery; Dir: BJ Novak; Starring: Boyd Holbrook, BJ Novak)
“Vengeance,” while earnest, thoughtful and quite funny in spots, demonstrates just how difficult it can be to turn political polarization and culture-war hostility into a credible narrative. Its efforts shouldn’t be dismissed, even though it’s ultimately too clever for its own good, and maybe not quite as smart as it thinks it is.” Read more…

This is Not a War Story (Drama; Dir: Talia Lugacy; Starring: Danny Ramirez, Frances Fisher; 2021 Winner Festival Prize for Best Drama Feature Film at Atlanta Underground Film Festival)
““This Is Not a War Story,” which Lugacy also directed, is a naturalistic, chat-heavy narrative that captures the difficulties wrought by the unimaginable trauma individuals face as they attempt to forge connections and find peace after war.” Read more…

New Foreign

Black Box (France, thriller; Dir: Yann Gozlan; Starring: Pierre Niney, Lou de Laâge, André Dussollier)
“Black Box truly is a slow-burning thriller, much of its content dished out in bread trail increments. It keeps viewers invested throughout its entirety, never threatening to lose you along the way.” Read more…

Murina (Croatia, drama; Dir: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic; Starring: Gracija Filipovic; Distr: Kino Lorber; 2021 Winner Golden Camera Award at Cannes) – Blu-ray
“At times overpowering in its sun-drenched sense of place, “Murina” reveals each corner of this private world to us with a cool, dispassionate gaze. The water’s surface glints and undulates with sinister beauty in the movie’s wide-screen images (shot by the great French cinematographer Hélène Louvart, who filmed a Greek island holiday from a similarly anti-touristic perspective in “The Lost Daughter”).” Read more…

Documentary

Dynasties (2018, British, documentary; Narr: David Attenborough; Distr: BBC)
“Narrated once again by Sir David Attenborough with his note-perfect delivery and patently British sense of understatement, Dynasties (or as Attenborough says, “DIN-asties”) had teams of producers and wildlife experts spend anywhere between two and four years on different continents tracking groups of animals to tell a deeper, more structured story than the previous natural history documentaries, despite their impressive scope, had time to dwell on.” Read more…

Futura (Italy, documentary; Dir: Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher; Distr: Grasshopper Films; NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“Anyone with a heart will be stirred by the generous, critical, humanist spirit shared by the kids in front of the camera and the grown-ups on the other side.” Read more…

Hold Your Fire (documentary, Dir: Stefan Forbes ; Winner Metropolis Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC)
“Forbes relates the suspenseful tale with a well-edited mixture of archival news footage and contemporary interviews with many of the principals involved, including the daughter of one of the hostages, a Black woman who refused to leave the store when given the chance because she didn’t trust the police. The myriad racial, social and justice issues inherent in the story are explored at length, but never in overly didactic fashion.”  Read more…

New on 4K and Blu-Ray

American Psycho (2000, Suspense; Dir: Mary Harron; Starring: Christian Bale) – Blu-ray
“American Psycho at 20: a vicious satire that remains as sharp as ever…” Read more…

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989, Action/Adventure; Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery) – 4K
From Roger Ebert’s 1989 review: “As I watched it, I felt a real delight, because recent Hollywood escapist movies have become too jaded and cynical, and they have lost the feeling that you can stumble over astounding adventures just by going on a hike with your Scout troop.” Read more…

Jacob’s Ladder (1990, Action-Thriller; Dir: Adrian Lyne; Starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña) – Blu-ray
From Roger Ebert’s 1990 review: “This movie was not a pleasant experience, but it was exhilarating in the sense that I was able to observe filmmakers working at the edge of their abilities and inspirations. Not every movie has to be fun.” Read more…

King Kong (1933, horror; Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper; Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong; Distr: Warner Archives) Blu-ray
“As an object of film history, its innovations in special FX and stop-motion animation remain groundbreaking achievements, while its iconography and mythology have continued to inspire remakes and re-imaginings to this day.” Read more…

Suspiria (1977, Horror; Dir: Dario Argento; Starring: Jessica Harper, Udo Kier; Distr: Synapse Films) – Blu-ray
“Regardless of the sequels, remakes, homages and ripoffs, “Suspiria” remains a truly one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. For horror fans, it is one of those touchstone titles whose significance has been passed down from generation to generation. Unlike many other horror films of its era, it has not aged a day and its formal beauties still put most current movies to shame.” Read more…

Young Frankenstein (1974, Comedy: Dir: Mel Brooks: Starring: Gene Wilder, Teri Garr) – Blu-ray
“Often proving hilarious with some superb performances and a witty script, this comedy still holds up close to 50 years removed from its release, and remains a fantastic showcase for Brooks’ unique brand of humour.” Read more…

American Back Catalog (Pre-1960)

The Heiress (1949, Drama; Dir: William Wyler; Starring: Olivia DeHavilland, Montgomery Clift; Distr: Criterion Collection; 1950 Academy Award, Golden Globe Winner Best Actress)
From Bosley Crowther’s 1949 NYT’s review: “For Mr. Wyler has taken this drama, which is essentially of the drawing-room and particularly of an era of stilted manners and rigid attitudes, and has made it into a motion picture that crackles with allusive life and fire in its tender and agonized telling of an extraordinarily characterful tale.” Read more…

My Darling Clementine (1946, Western; Dir: John Ford; Starring: Henry Fonda; Distr: Criterion Collection)
From Roger Ebert’s 1997 review: “Most Westerns put the emphasis on the showdown. “My Darling Clementine” builds up to the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral, but it is more about everyday things–haircuts, romance, friendship, poker and illness.” Read more…

New TV Series

Outlander: Season Six (TV, Action/Adventure; Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan)
“Outlander’ Season 6 Review: The Time-Traveling Drama’s Return Is Dark, Steamy & Packed With Plot”. Read more…

The Pursuit of Love (British, BBC mini-series, Dramedy; Starring: Lily James, Emily Beecham)
“Emily Mortimer’s immaculate adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s bestseller about the madcap Radlett family is an instant classic. What a magnificent treat to tuck into.” Read more…

New Cult

The Amusement Park (1973, Horror; Dir: George A. Romero; Starring: Lincoln Maazel)
The horror movie master was commissioned by Lutherans to highlight the problems of aging – and his rediscovered 1973 feature is certainly disturbing. Read more…