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New Releases – 09-13-22

Top Hits

Elvis (Drama/biopic; Dir: Baz Luhrmann; Starring: Austin Butler,Tom Hanks) – avail. 9/13/22
“In the end, this isn’t a biopic or a horror movie or a cautionary parable: It’s a musical, and the music is great. Remixed, yes, and full of sounds that purists might find anachronistic. But there was never anything pure about Elvis Presley, except maybe his voice, and hearing it in all its aching, swaggering glory, you understand how it set off an earthquake.” Read more…

Lightyear (Pixar animation; Starring: Chris Evans, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Keke Palmer; Distr: Disney) – avail. 9/13/22
“Lightyear,” directed by Angus MacLane from a script by Jason Headley, aims to please by pandering, to be good-enough entertainment. As such, it succeeds in a manner more in line with second-tier Disney animation than with top-shelf Pixar.” Read more…


Where the Crawdads Sing
(Mystery/Suspense; Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, David Strathairn; Dir: Olivia Newman) – avail. 9/13/22
“Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as an orphaned girl in the marshes of North Carolina in this tame adaptation of Delia Owens’s popular novel.” Read more…

New Foreign

Ali & Ava (British; Drama; Starring: Adeel Akhtar & Claire Rushbrook; Dir: Clio Barnard; Winner of Best Actor, Actress & Director at 2021 British Independent Film Awards)
“Barnard maintains her tough, realistic approach even as she guides this love story to its hopeful conclusion. Movies so rarely show us something as wonderfully, believably ordinary as Ali and Ava’s love — which is precisely why it feels so extraordinary.” Read more…

Happening (France, drama; Dir: Audrey Diwan, Cesar Award; Starring: Anamaria Vartolomei, Cesar Award for Best Promising Actress; NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“In this powerful French movie set in the early 1960s, a young woman struggles to obtain an abortion when the procedure was criminalized.” Read more…

Miracle (Romania, Mystery/Suspense; Dir: Bogdan George Apetri; Starring: Ioana Bugarin & Emanuel Pârvu; Winner of Best Film at 2021 Warsaw International Film Festival) – avail. 9/13/22
“Miracle” is staged with an inexorable skill that tugs you along like a Patricia Highsmith novel. It’s a tale of mystery, of scalded innocence, and of the staggering evil that ordinary men can do.” Read more…

Stalker (1979, Russian; Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky; Winner of Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at 1980 Cannes Film Festival; Distr: Criterion Collection)
From 2012 NYT’s Book Review of Geoff Dyer’s Book “Zona” describes it as “A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room.”: “With its emphasis on landscape, texture and atmosphere, this brooding, dystopian science fiction — freely adapted from the novel “Roadside Picnic,” by the Strugatsky brothers, Arkady and Boris — is as much environment as movie.” Read more…

New Documentary

Bulletproof (Documentary; Dir: Todd Chandler, Winner Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Distr: Grasshopper Film)
“In many ways, “Bulletproof” offers a visceral counterpoint to all of that rhetoric; without voiceover or commentary, Todd Chandler’s documentary chronicles the efforts of schools and businesses across the country as they combat horrific active shooter scenarios, sometimes existentially but more frequently with militaristic force”. Read more…

From Where They Stood (French/German, Holocaust documentary; Winner Best Documentary at Jerusalem Film Festival) – avail.9/13/22
“Photography, in this context, becomes a fierce and courageous act of resistance. Cognet doesn’t just show us these photographs, but goes to the places from which they were taken, and with the assistance of camp historians, explores the details—some known, others only guessed at—revealed by their raw transmission of an unfathomable experience. Read more…

Freddie Mercury The Final Act (BBC Documentary)
“Thirty years on, in James Rogan’s poignant and tender film about the last five years of Mercury’s life, that final chapter is being told – and unlike the lurid headlines, it’s one of love, friendship and a battle against prejudice.” Read more…

Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (Ken Burns documentary; Distr: PBS) – avail.9/13/22
“The film presents an unvarnished window into daily life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, help advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today.” Read more…

New TV Series

Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season (DC) (Animation; Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, & Jason Alexander)
“This is about Harley’s growth as a woman; a strong, capable woman charting her own destiny. She has outgrown the Joker’s psychological hooks and has clear goals for herself.” Read more…

The White Lotus: The Complete First Season (TV Drama; Starring: Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Steve Zahn; Distr: HBO) – avail.9/13/22
“But this is a sharp, soulful series that knows its characters in full and gets richer as it goes on. It’s vicious and a little sudsy and then, out of nowhere, sneakily uplifting. Along with its class-conscious bite, it has a sincere sense of beauty and awe. We all work and play and live and die under the same sun, “The White Lotus” says.” Read more…

New Animation

Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001, animation)
“When you have Sigmund Freud as a background gag followed by a montage of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo dealing damage to an entity of electricity, it is hard not to have fun with Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.” Read more…

New Cult

R100 (2013, Japan, Comedy; Dir: Hitoshi Matsumoto; Winner Best Non-U.S. Release at 2013 Online Film Critics Society Awards)
“Still it’s hard to remember a film about S&M as funny as this one, or one as beautifully and weirdly imagined. It was a much-followed Midnight Madness title at its Toronto bow and should whip up forgiving special interest audiences who enjoyed the director’s earlier work.” Read more…