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Pioneers of African-American Cinema is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a huge collection of African-American films, several revenge style flicks, Pocahontas. and much more.
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I consider myself an amateur cinephile. By which I mean I take films seriously - I watch with a critical eye, I attempt to understand the artistry and craftsmanship of cinema, and I do my best to dig into the history of the medium. But I also have a life, a job, a family, and not nearly the time I need to dedicate myself full-time to watching movies. This means there are large gaps in both genre and history of movies that I’ve never seen. There is a very long list of movies I really ought to watch before I

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 07-25-16

TCM offers a diverse roster of films this week.
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TCM finally gets to Shane in their Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns series. The cable channels also features a night of Robert Francis films, a night showcasing America in the '70s, and pioneers of African American Cinema. Starring Robert Francis - The Long Gray Line (1955) Monday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An Irish immigrant becomes one of West Point's most beloved officers. TCM Presents: Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: Shane (1953) Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A mysterious drifter helps farmers fight off a vicious gunman. TCM Presents: Shane Plus A Hundred

O.J.: Made In America is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us O.J., Elvis meeting Nixon, three films from Criterion, and much more.
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In the summer of 1994, I was 18, had just graduated high school, and was doing my best to have "The Best Summer Ever" while college loomed just over my shoulder. I was looking forward to that experience, but I had signed on to University in Alabama - a good 800 miles away from my home in Oklahoma - so I was a little nervous about leaving everything I knew for something new. At the same time, the entire world became obsessed with a football player turned actor and the lurid murder of his wife and her friend. Somehow, I
The week starts with a visit to the studio by guest programmer Lou Gossett Jr. Then it's another two-night stint of westerns followed by a time jump to "America in the [19]70s" and other classic titles. TCM Guest Programmer: Lou Gossett Jr. - Blackboard Jungle (1955) Monday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An idealistic teacher confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency. TCM Presents: Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars (1967) Tuesday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A mysterious stranger plays dueling families against each other in a Mexican border town. TCM Presents: Shane

Criterion Announces October 2016 Releases

Tricks and treats from Criterion.
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In October, Guillermo del Toro's Pan’s Labyrinth is available as a standalone from Criterion and also together in Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro with previous entries in the Collection with Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone. Other new titles include Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs, and Luis García Berlanga's The Executioner. Lastly, Robert Altman's Short Cuts gets a high-definition upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. Boyhood (#839) out Oct 11 There has never been another movie like Boyhood, from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the

Green Room is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a green room, a carnival of souls, passionate crimes and much more.
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Last week I wrote about buying a house and noted that we would be moving in on Tuesday. We did exactly that and then moved right back out. The very evening we moved in the wife and I both took showers. Upon exiting, I noted that the tub was very slow to drain. An hour or so later my wife asked me if I had made a mess getting out of the tub as the towel I had put down was sopping wet. Further investigation noted large amounts of water filling in around the toilet. Our lines were clogged and

TCM Programming for the Week of Alert 07-11-16

Looking for a movie this week? TCM can help.
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Director Martin Scorsese is featured when the TCM spotlight focuses on America in the '70s. Also, the two westerns highlighted below certainly fit the series title, "Hundred More Great Westerns." About Mrs. Leslie (1954) Monday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An aging woman recalls the affair that consumed her life. Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: The Naked Spur (1953) Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter. Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns: The Magnificent Seven (1960) Wednesday, July 13 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) Seven

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Announces its August 2016 Home Video Releases

Some classic films to end your summer with.
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Kino Lorber Studio Classics has presented its August roster, which includes two films starring Tyrone Power, two westerns starring Randolph Scott, and a slew of other titles that include a silent film by John Ford and the '60s spy spoof Modesty Blaise starring Monica Vitt. THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940) Blu-ray Street Date: August 2, 2016 Blu-ray SRP $29.95 Blu-ray UPC 738329206192 Adventure | NR | 94 min Director: Rouben Mamoulian Starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette Synopsis: The Mark Of Zorro is regarded by most as the finest telling of the Zorro legend -

FX Announces FXhibition for San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Fans challenged to test their fears in American Horror Story’s Immersive VR Experience.
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Press release: FX Networks is headed to the City in Motion, bringing innovative activations and live entertainment to San Diego this July. FX Networks will take center stage at Hilton Bayfront Park during San Diego Comic-Con July 21-24, 2016 with groundbreaking activations and installations of fan-favorite shows Archer, American Horror Story, The Strain, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. FXhibition will transport guests to each FX series through a visually arresting, one-of-a-kind interactive art space featuring the riveting American Horror Story Fearless VR Experience. For attendees who love a thrill, American Horror Story will curate a virtual reality experience

Cartoon Network Unleashes the Ultimate Fan Experience at San Diego Comic Con 2016

Learn about the panels, events, and signings.
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Press release: Get ready for an epic summer event with Cartoon Network at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with debut panels of fan-favorites, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears and a first-of-its-kind musical panel of the critically-acclaimed Steven Universe that will have everyone singing alongside Grammy Award-winner Estelle, creator Rebecca Sugar and other key cast and crew. Soaring high above the convention floor, larger-than-life balloons of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup will be suspended above the Townsville-inspired booth (#3735), where convention goers can immerse themselves in all things sugar, spice and everything nice. Fans can also walk away with their own,

Blood and Black Lace is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us some Italian horror, Studio Ghibli animation, a '90s indie, some sorority babes, and much more.
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The wife and I recently bought a house. It's the first time we’ve ever done that. We talked about it for years but had never been stable enough in our jobs or location that we felt it was possible. When we moved back to my hometown a couple of years ago, we started talking about it seriously. A little over a year ago we started looking. Got pre-approved from the bank, connected with a realtor, and visited every house within our price range within a 50-mile radius. Turns out it's really quite difficult to choose a place that you are

The Frida Cinema Presents Studio Ghibli Film Festival from July 8 - 21

Twenty animated films screen over the two-week retrospective.
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Press release: From Castle in the Sky (1986) to When Marnie was There (2014), the films of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli have captured the imagination, swept international awards, and boosted the Japanese film industry, with eight Ghibli titles among the 15 highest-grossing films made in Japan. From July 8 - 21, The Frida Cinema presents twenty of the studio's most celebrated works on stunning new digital restorations, complemented by an Art Show dedicated to the films of Studio Ghibli curated by Santa Ana-based vintage store and DIY music venue Top Acid, and a special presentation of rarely-screened 1988 animated

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 07-04-16

It's gonna be a good July on TCM if this week is any indication.
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On the first full week of July, TCM offers patriotic films on the Fourth for those not heading out to see fireworks. The month-long western-themed programming begins with with films by director Sam Peckinpah and films where John Wayne and John Ford teamed up. Also on the schedule is a spotlight on America in the '70's. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Monday, July 4 at 10:45 p.m. (ET) A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. [Read our review.] Stagecoach (1939) Tuesday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing

TCM Announces 'Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns,' A Month-long Programming Special

Beginning July 5, the films air from sun-up to sundown every Tuesday & Wednesday in July.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) pays tribute the oldest film genre, and perhaps most classically American, with Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns, a month-long programming special featuring more than 100 of the greatest Western movies ever made. Hosted by acclaimed actor and Academy Award® winning songwriter Keith Carradine, programming begins July 5th and airs from sun-up to sundown every Tuesday and Wednesday in July. Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns will feature themed programming including: The Early Years (July 5) - in addition to The Great Train Robbery (1903), these pioneer Westerns include The Squaw Man

Celebrate Fourth of July with Godzilla During El Rey Network's 'Kaijuly Roarth' Marathon

Beginning July 1st at 10:00 am ET/PT, 14 films starring your favorite Kaiju monster battles run for four days back-to-back.
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Press release: Kick off celebrating America’s independence with your favorite Japanese monsters on Friday, July 1 at 4:00PM ET/PT. Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Ghidorrah, Destroyah, and more will continue to brawl it out until Monday, July 4, at 4:00 AM ET/PT. Featuring 14 iconic Godzilla films, “Kaijuly Roarth” brings these big bad monster movies to the small screen. El Rey Network’s “Kaijuly Roarth” Marathon Film Schedule FRIDAY July 1, 2016 4:00 PM ET/PT GOJIRA 6:15 PM ET/PT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS 8:00 PM ET/PT GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN 9:45 PM ET/PT TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA 11:45 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II 2:15

getTV in July Features Film Noir, Dolly Parton, and More

Other highlights include a Lucille Ball Two-Pack, a Christmas In July block, and 24 hours of Westerns.
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Press release: getTV presents a sizzling July programming lineup featuring classic comedies, rare TV series, and beloved icons. The month includes Dolly Parton in the All American Dolly Marathon on July 4TH; an expanded 24 Hours of Westerns block; a Lucille Ball two-pack; a Carol Burnett marathon; a night of Noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Glenn Ford; and a special Christmas In July Variety Block event starring Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como. 24 Hours of Westerns—Saturday & Sunday From 12 p.m. ET to 12 p.m. ET getTV expands its Saturday Westerns block, introducing a revamped lineup that extends

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a nuclear comedy, killer tomatoes, a special effects wizard and much more.
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If you’ve watched a movie with any sort of special-effects-laden creature in the last century, you’ve watched a film influenced by Ray Harryhausen. Inspired by watching King Kong (1933), Harryhausen went on to pioneer the use of stop motion effects and created what he called Dynamation in which he super imposed his stop-motion effects onto a previously shot scene, enabling real life actors to interact with his puppets. His films often fall into the science-fiction/fantasy gutter of the 1960s era, and I’ve honestly not seen the majority of them, but just seeing clips of those effects is jaw-dropping. Knowing that

Director's Cuts of Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps and Human Highway Coming in July

Hey hey, my my. There's more to these pictures than meets the eye.
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Press release: Shakey Pictures will release two rare Neil Young films - the critically acclaimed director's cut of the post-apocalyptic musical comedy Human Highway and the restored and remixed Rust Never Sleeps --a concert fantasy on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time via Reprise Records. Rust Never Sleeps includes many of Young's most popular songs. Digitally remixed and restored by Shakey Pictures for Blu-ray and DVD, the full-length feature recently screened in sold-out theaters nationwide to ecstatic response and reviews and will be released July 1st. Human Highway is Young's 1982 legendary comedy starring Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart, Dean

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-27-16

A week of classics that will make a movie fan give a damn.
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As June changes into July, the classic films keep coming on TCM, including Oscar winners for Best Picture, Gone with the Wind, featuring Star-of-the-Month Olivia De Havilland, and Laurence Olivier's Hamlet. There's also another night of "Treasures from the Disney Vault," leading off with The Parent Trap. Dinner at Eight (1933) Monday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A high-society dinner party masks a hotbed of scandal and intrigue. The Parent Trap (1961) Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Twins separated by divorce plot to bring their parents back together. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - Hamlet (1948) Wednesday,

Knight of Cups is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a bunch of Shakespearean adaptations, a fun-looking sci-fi thriller, a Norwegian disaster flick, and the award for worst titled film to ever get my pick.
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I hope someone was fired over this. Knight of Cups is a terrible name for a film. Terrence Malick has a difficult enough time selling his films to an audience in the first place so there is no need to give it the worst title possible. I mean, I’m rooting for the guy. I’ve loved the films of his that I’ve seen and I want him to make many more, but even I totally cringed at this title and stayed away from it in the theatre. It doesn’t help that his movies are becoming more and more experimental. Knight of

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-20-16

Well, they've got movies, my friend, I say, movies right on Turner Classics.
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More than some will like the Billy Wilder selection on TCM this week. Other highlights include the two-night Stage to Screen Spotlight, Best Picture winner The Sting, and more. Min and Bill (1930) Monday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Two crusty waterfront characters try to protect their daughter from a terrible secret. Lifeboat (1944) Tuesday, June 21 at 11:15 p.m. (ET) Survivors of a torpedoed boat take in a German Naval officer from the sub that sank them. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) An explanation into

Batman: The Killing Joke Coming to Select Movie Theaters July 25

Starring Batman: The Animated Series actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.
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Press release: The dark journey into insanity begins as Batman: The Killing Joke gets the big-screen treatment for one night on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. Fathom Events, in partnership with Warner Bros., is teaming up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to bring the acclaimed graphic novel-turned-film to select cinemas nationwide. Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the foundation of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

Criterion Announces September 2016 Releases

Eight is enough.
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Christmas comes early this year from Criterion with eight releases in September. The six titles new to the Collection are Kenji Mizoguchi's The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, Jacques Tourneur's Cat People, The Coen Brothers' Blood Simple, Mark Robson's Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog. Carol Reed's Night Train to Munich and the mammoth 25-film set featuring Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman available in a Blu-Ray-only edition are the returning titles. Read on to learn more about them. Night Train to Munich (#523) out Sep 6 Night Train to Munich, from

The X-Files: Event Series is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us new X-Files, a couple of sequels, a couple of Criterions, a young Jesus, and much more.
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For one reason or another, I never got into The X-Files when it first ran. Truth be known, I’m not even sure how aware I was of its existence. Surely I’d seen some adverts for it, but I didn’t know anybody who watched it and it just wasn’t part of my cultural consciousness. Late in my college career, this would be around 1997-98, some friends dropped in for a weekend and they were fans so we watched that week’s episode. I was not impressed. The effects looked cheap, the monsters were silly, and I was completely lost in terms of

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-13-16

Learn about plastics and other bits of grown-up wisdom from films airing on TCM this week.
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Mondays with Star-of-the-month Marie Dressler continues this week as does Fridays with Billy Wilder and the two-night Stage to Screen spotlight. Star of the Month: Marie Dressler - Let Us Be Gay (1930) Monday, June 13 at 9:45 p.m. (ET) A visit to Paris brings divorced spouses back together. The Graduate (1967) Tuesday, June 14 at 10:15 p.m. (ET) A recent college graduate has an affair with his neighbor's wife, then falls for their daughter. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - The Odd Couple (1968) Wednesday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A divorced neat freak moves in with his

Jean-Claude Van Damme Hosts El Rey Network's June Claude Van Damme Marathon Beginning June 11

The back-to-back programming block includes six iconic action films.
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Press release: Starting Saturday, June 11 at 10:00AM ET/PT until Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 AM ET/PT, the back-to-back programming block includes six iconic action films featuring the “Muscles from Brussels”: Derailed, Universal Soldier: The Return, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Street Fighter, Cyborg and Bloodsport. Lounge on the couch, keep your legs crossed, and grab some popcorn while Van Damme kicks some major butt back-to-back! El Rey Network’s “June Claude Van Damme” Marathon Film Schedule SATURDAY June 11, 201610:00 AM ET/PT DERAILED12:00 AM ET/PT UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING2:00 PM ET/PT UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN4:00 PM ET/PT STREET FIGHTER6:00

Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection Will Be Arriving on Blu-ray September 6

The set boasts 30 Blu-ray discs with every movie and TV show featuring the original crew, including the newly remastered Animated Series on Blu-ray for the first time ever!
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Press release: Embark on a mission to the final frontier with the biggest, most comprehensive Star Trek collection ever offered when the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection is transported to Earth on September 6, 2016. Just in time to commemorate the September 8, 1966 airing of the very first Star Trek episode, this epic limited-edition gift set includes 30 Blu-ray Discs featuring all new disc art and every feature film and television show made with the original crew, plus a brand new, multi-part documentary with nearly two hours of new footage chronicling the franchise’s amazing 50-year journey.

Hail, Caesar! is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us the Coen Brothers playing with old Hollywood, U2 performing live in Paris, Michael Bay exploding things in Benghazi, and more.
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The Coen Brothers last took on Hollywood in 1991 with Barton Fink. That movie was a dark, cynical, symbolic look at the motion-picture business (and a whole lot of other things) that was rather relentless in its black comedy. Their newest Hail, Caesar! is a much breezier, lighter (if no less brilliant) affair that indicates, perhaps, a brighter view of Hollywood. Or maybe it's just the Coens being zany again. The plot (what little there is) follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) as he oversees various projects for Capitol Pictures and mostly “fixes” a multitude of problems created by the stars

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-06-16

Plan a classic movie week.
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The first full week of June programming from TCM presents a night with Star of the Month Marie Dressler and one with director Billy Wilder, and two nights of the Stage to Screen spotlight. Star of the Month: Marie Dressler - Chasing Rainbows (1929) Monday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Musical performers fall in love while rehearsing for the big show. Jigsaw (1962) Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Local police detectives try to solve the murder of a woman in a British coastal town. TCM Spotlight: Stage to Screen - A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Wednesday, June

Batman: The Killing Joke World Premiere Set for Comic-Con International

Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime.
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Press release: Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie - this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke - on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as

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