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New Releases – 09-06-22

Top Hits

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Animated comedy; Starring: Taraji P. Henson; Distr: Universal Studios) – avail. 09/06/22
“Packing their shtick into a speedy 87 minutes, returning director Kyle Balda delivers a perfectly painless romp that should enthrall kids, entertain adults and keep Minion cosplayers employed for many a birthday party to come.” Read more…

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Dramedy; Starring: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert; Distr: Universal Studios) – avail.09/06/22
“There’s been a sense of fun missing, something that usually defines the films released during this period but not something that a maverick, a T rex, a Thor or an Elvis could truly deliver. It’s therefore rather delicious that it would arrive courtesy of Lesley Manville, floating into cinemas with Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, a charming flight of fancy that rewards the long-time character actor with a much-deserved chance to finally play the lead, a Cinderella story both on and off screen.” Read more…

TV Series

Signora Volpe: Series 1 (British tv; Starring: Emilia Fox; Distr: Acorn)
“Though it’s hard to find a perfect show to compare it to, Signora Volpe has a lot of similarities to Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It’s not a period drama and it’s not set in Australia, but it features a strong middle-aged woman with serious skills, a devastatingly handsome male detective for flirting and fighting, and interesting mysteries that are never too gruesome.” Read more…

New on 4K

Scarface -4K (1983; Action/Adventure; Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer; Dir: Brian DePalma)
From Vincent Canby’s 1983 NYT’s review: “”SCARFACE,” Brian De Palma’s update of the 1932 classic directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, is the most stylish and provocative – and maybe the most vicious – serious film about the American underworld since Francis Ford Coppola’s ”Godfather.” Read more…

American Back Catalog (Pre-1960)

Damsel in Distress (1937; Starring: Fred Astaire, George Burns & Gracie Allen; Dir: George Stevens)
“A Damsel in Distress is far from being Fred Astaire’s greatest film – if only Ginger Rogers were in it it would be perfect – but it has considerable charm and, bolstered by a combination of Wodehouse’s comic verve and the Gershwins’ musical genius, it has stood the test of time better than most musical comedies of this era.” Read more…

American Back Catalog (Post-1960)

Girlfriends (1978; Starring Melanie Mayron; Dir: Claudia Weill; Distr. Criterion Collection)
From Richard Brody’s 2011 New Yorker video review “One of the wonders of Weill’s movie is in its intimate crystallization of the inchoate; it propels Susan Weinblatt and a city of young women into the future, and it’s terribly sad that Weill’s—and, for that matter, Mayron’s—own careers didn’t leap ahead in the same way.” Read more…

Documentary

Faya Dayi (Ethiopia; Documentary; Dir: Jessica Beshir; Distr: Criterion Collection; NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“Ritual objects and dramatic fragments — two kids bathing, a scuffle over emigrating, a madeleine-like musing on coffee — hold center stage more than bright narrative threads. The smoky texture of the images led me to think of her technique as a kind of sfumato: shading in and out of moods of presence, absence and longing.” Read more…

New Foreign

Anne at 13,000 Ft. (Canada; Starring: Deragh Campbell; Dir: Kazik Radwanski; Distr: Cinema Guild) – avail.09/06/22
“The film’s ambiguity is carefully crafted, the result of a collaboration between its director and star. Campbell, who improvised much of the dialogue over its two-year workshopping and production period, receives a writing credit alongside Radwanski, who created the role specifically for her. Together, the two generate a highly kinetic character study that refuses to settle on a certain mood or emotional atmosphere.” Read more…

The Cop (1970; France, Mystery/Suspense; Starring: Michel Bouquet; Distr: Kino Lorber Studio Classics) – avail.09/06/22
From Roger Greenspun’s 1971 NYT’s review: ” Bouquet (“The Bride Wore Black,” “La Femme Infidele”) is surely one of the ornaments of the current French cinema, and although the movie doesn’t really allow for a great performance, so long as he is on screen, “The Cop” seems almost good.” Read more…