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The Ascent is the Pick of the Week

A harrowing, emotionally draining vision of war by one of the most underrated directors starts off a new week of interesting releases.
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The late filmmaker Larisa Shepitko (1938-1979) was an incredible director with an original sense of style and detail. She had only made a few features and short films before her life was unforunately cut short due to a tragic car crash. However, those few features and shorts were enough to establish her as one of the often overlooked, but important (female) filmmakers in the history of the medium. Her bleak, but chillingly beautiful 1977 masterpiece The Ascent, wasn't her first feature film, but it was the one that put her on the path to what would have been a promising

The Ten Commandments Debuts on 4K Ultra HD March 30th to Celebrate 65th Anniversary

DeMille’s groundbreaking cinematic triumph will be available to watch at home in time for Easter in sparkling 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range.
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Press release: Renowned director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments arrives in spectacular 4K Ultra HD for the first time on March 30, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Bringing to life the inspiring story of Moses in all its stunning glory, The Ten Commandments has withstood the test of time. To commemorate the film’s 65th anniversary in 2021, DeMille’s groundbreaking cinematic triumph will be available to watch at home in time for Easter in sparkling 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range. As part of the restoration done in 2010, the film was scanned in 6K and those

My Little Pony / Transformers II Continues IDW's Wild Crossover of Beloved Hasbro Brands

Rekindle the magic of the Pony and Autobot friendship with an all-new comic book miniseries debuting in April.
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Press release: By popular demand, IDW once again welcomes fans of all ages to the most imaginative comic book mashup of Hasbro creations ever with My Little Pony / Transformers II, a four-part monthly miniseries launching in April! While using a modified Spacebridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could’ve imagined. Two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover concept, with a first issue by writers James Asmus and Sam Maggs, and artists Jack Lawrence and Casey W. Coller! “I can't wait to jump back

They Live 4K is the Pick of the Week

A new 4K Blu-ray of John Carpenter's 1988 subversive horror flick tops a new week of releases.
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Legendary horror master John Carpenter just celebrated his 73rd birthday on Saturday. Every true genre fan has a favorite Carpenter film, and if you ask them, they tell what that is and why. They will probably go into what they love about it and possibly what they don't. Like other legends such as Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow (with Near Dark), and George A. Romero, Carpenter redefined the often undermined genre with his 1978 masterpiece Halloween. However (at the time), he did make some really interesting and great films in the '80s, such as The Fog, Christine, Prince of

Warner Archive Collection Announces February Blu-ray Releases

See what they have in store.
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In February, the Warner Archive Collection will be releasing seven film that have been given new HD masters. They are Jack Conway's A Tale of Two Cities, Elia Kazan's Baby Doll, Woody Van Dyke's San Francisco, Allan Moyle's Pump up the Volume, George Sidney's Show Boat, Michael Curtiz's My Dream Is Yours and Roy Del Ruth's On Moonlight Bay. Read on to learn more about them. A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1935) - Available 2/9 NEW 2020 1080p HD master! Run Time: 126:00 Subtitles: English SDH Audio Specs: DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 - English, MONO - English Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1

The Sweded Film Festival For Creative Re-creations Premieres February 12

Produced by Pittsburgh-based Row House Cinema, the “festival” will premiere in select independent cinemas (based on local orders and regulations) and at home as a “virtual cinema” presentation.
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Press release: Mega-blockbusters, beloved classics, arthouse indies, even concert films have all been given the unique treatment known as “sweding” for the first-ever nationwide Sweded Film Festival for Creative Re-Creations, coming February 12 to virtual cinema and select real-world movie theaters. “Sweded” versions of Die Hard, Air Force One, No Country for Old Men, The Lighthouse, The Wizard of Oz, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Stop Making Sense showcase the passion, humor, creativity and - as a result of the pandemic - incredible ingenuity of movie lovers, whose fast-and-cheap, homemade versions of these and other movies will be included in

Criterion Announces April 2021 Releases

Something old, something new.
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In April, there will be five releases from The Criterion Collection. The new additions are Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night, Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder, and Olivier Assayas's Irma Vep. Getting high-def upgrades are Anthony Mann's The Furies and Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin féminin. Read on to learn more about them. History Is Made at Night (#685) out Apr 13 Suffused with intoxicating romanticism, History Is Made at Night is a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage, classic Hollywood’s supreme poet of carnal and spiritual desire. On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband,

Asian World Film Festival to Commemorate Bruce Lee's 80th Anniversary with Online Screenings of His Iconic Films

Including a celebrity panel exploring his many accolades and iconic films.
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Press release: The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) will be presenting a “Bruce Lee Online Tribute” to commemorate the 80th anniversary of his birth including a celebrity panel exploring his many accolades and iconic films, Friday, January 15 to Monday, January 18, 2021. Films to be screened in the window of given dates are Fist of Fury (January 15), Bruce Lee, The Legend (January 16), Enter the Dragon (January 18), to be presented by actor Robert Wall (Enter the Dragon, Walker, Texas Ranger) and Be Water (late January) and can be viewed via The panel, which will explore the

Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 - Bring Home The Antics on Blu-ray & DVD March 2

Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set.
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Press release: Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), go on an intergalactic journey across the multi-verse with the release of Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 boxed set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 2, 2021. Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons of the award-winning series, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes,

Just Before Dawn is the Pick of the Week

An incredibly underrated and eerily atmospheric 80's slasher tops a new week of releases.
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When Halloween, John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece was released, it became the essential template on how to successfully create a thrill-ride, especially with a limited budget. It was such a game-changer that it spawned a decade of imitations, including its sequels and the Friday the 13th franchise. But the one so-called riproff that may be the best of them all (in my opinion) is Jeff Lieberman's vastly underappreciated 1981 backwoods slasher, Just Before Dawn. On the surface, it has that same unoriginal formula, where a group of fun-loving youths go off on a weekend of frolic, drinking, and skinny dipping on

New Nichelle Nichols Documentary Feature 'Woman in Motion' Lands in Movie Theaters Nationwide on February 2

"Nichelle Nichols helped create the brighter future we are living in today by proclaiming that space exploration is for everyone." - director Todd Thompson
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Press release: The inspiring true story of how renowned Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the first female astronauts for the space agency in the late 1970s and 1980s, Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA will open in movie theaters nationwide for one night only on February 2, 2021. Directed by Todd Thompson (The Highwaymen, PRE FAB!), the film chronicles how Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she embarked on a campaign to bring diversity to

Three Films by Luis Bunuel is the Pick of the Week

A box set of the legendary Luis Buñuel's final three masterpieces takes the top spot of a new week of releases.
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What else can any self-respecting film critic or lover say about the one and only Luis Buñuel (the father of Surrealism)?! He remains arguably cinema's greatest provocateur and troublemaker, who made often radical films that went against and definitely satirized class distinctions and sexual politics, which are themes that still exist today. From his notorious short Un Chien Andalou (1929, co-written with Salvador Dali) to his final and seductive masterwork That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), his delicious and anti-establishmental influence surfaces in the works of many other filmmakers, especially those in the works of Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen.

The Film Detective is Ringing in the New Year with a Month of Classic Comedy

Laugh along with such timeless jokesters as The Three Stooges and Groucho Marx, starting at 12AM ET on Dec. 31.
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Press release: The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films for today's cord-cutters and is now wholly-owned by Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), is dedicating the upcoming month to the lighthearted side of cinema. In a time of increased demand for at-home entertainment, The Film Detective is delivering the nostalgia of film’s favorite comics throughout the entire month of January. Kicking off The Film Detective’s month of comedy will be a 48-hour New Year’s Laugh-a-thon, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Laugh along with such timeless jokesters as The Three

IDW Announces Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Director's Cut

A behind-the-scenes look at 2020's smash comic book hit.
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Press release: The debut issue of the epic TMNT miniseries, The Last Ronin, has taken comic fandom by storm as one of the biggest events of 2020 with more than 180,000 copies in print! Now, IDW welcomes hardcore fans to a special behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this instant classic with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Director’s Cut, due to hit stores in March 2021. Featuring never-before seen layouts from Kevin Eastman, story notes that date back decades, character designs, script pages, and much more, the Director’s Cut delves deep into the lore of The Last

IDW Unveils Summer 2021 Middle-Grade and YA Graphic Novels

Scientific pioneers, cute animals, surfing techniques, and spooky entities feature in original tales for young readers.
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Press release: - IDW and imprint Top Shelf Productions have unveiled their Summer 2021 lineup of middle-grade and YA graphic novels. Here’s a look at their spectacular line-up for next year: Better Place, by debut author Duane Murray and Shawn Daley (Samurai Grandpa), tells the story of Dylan, a young boy in a new neighborhood whose best (and only) friend is his grandad. Together, with the power of imagination, they entertain themselves as Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, saving the world daily from evil. But when Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone to “a better place”, the sidekick

The Best Years of Our Lives is the Pick of the Week

One of the finest American films of all-time headlines a new week of slim releases.
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If you ask any true film lover and TCM devotee what's one of their favorite movies, they'll probably tell you The Best Years of Our Lives, legendary director William Wyler's still endearing and heartrending 1946 masterpiece, one that continues to garner new fans and admirers (young and old), and a classic that should always remain a standard during Veterans Day. By some reason you don't know the story, it's about three World War II servicemen: Captain Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), platoon sereant Al Stephenson (Fredric March), and naval petty officer Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) who return home from the war.

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books Sheds Light on the Struggles and Triumphs of Black Pioneers

A new, meticulously-researched hardcover from IDW imprint Yoe Books presents the life stories and rare masterpieces of the Black artists who shaped the industry.
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Press release: During the formative years of the comic book industry, talented Black artists worked behind-the-scenes to create thrilling tales of superheroes, horror, and romance. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, a new hardcover book by comics historian Ken Quattro, is a riveting exploration of this little-known history, published by Yoe Books, an IDW imprint, and debuting today. Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance and the first Black artist to draw comic books; Owen Middleton,

2021's TCM Big Screen Classics Series Brings 12 Cinematic Masterworks to Cinemas Nationwide

From German East Africa to the mean streets of NYC to Egypt to South-Central L.A., movie lovers can take a trip around the globe and through 80 years of movie magic.
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Press release: Next year, film aficionados can enjoy a yearlong journey spanning nine decades of cinema history, through a dozen of some of the movie industry’s greatest titles, as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present the seventh annual TCM Big Screen Classics series. Featuring acclaimed films released from 1941 to 1996, and encompassing legendary dramas, iconic musicals, beloved comedies, a thrilling adventure, a stylish film noir, a stirring epic, a crackling mystery, and a suspenseful horror, the TCM Big Screen Classics series has something for everyone in 2021. Each film is presented with pristine digital projection, movie-theater-quality sound, and

Criterion Announces March 2021 Releases

Prepare to spring for these movies.
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The Criterion Collection marches into March with five releases. The new addition are Jacques Rivette's Céline and Julie Go Boating, Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies, Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life, and the seven-disc set World of Wong Kar Wai. Getting a high-def upgrade is Djibril Diop Mambéty's Touki bouki. Read on to learn more about them. Touki bouki (#685) out Mar 9 With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a fractured portrait of the disenchantment of postindependence Senegal in the early 1970s. In this picaresque fantasy-drama, the disaffected young lovers Anta and Mory,

Tremors from Arrow Video is the Pick of the Week

A still fun, deliciously silly, and thoughtful 1990 cult classic takes the top spot of a new week of releases.
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There have been so many movies that have been throwbacks or tributes to the horror/science fiction/creatures features of the 1950s. These wonderful flicks include Joe Dante's Gremlins (1984), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) The 'Burbs (1989) and Matinee (1993), but the one that I always come back to is Tremors (1990), director Ron Underwood's modest but highly entertaining gem, that contains a near-perfect blend of thrlls, chills, and spills (in more ways than one). Val McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Basset (Fred Ward) are frustrated with their dull and boring lives in a small Nevada town. But just as

Five John Hughes Favorites Arrive in One Must-Own Blu-ray Collection February 23

The set includes Pretty in Pink; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; as well as the Blu-ray debuts of She’s Having a Baby and Some Kind of Wonderful.
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Press release: Five essential John Hughes classics arrive in one fantastic Blu-ray Collection on February 23, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The JOHN HUGHES 5-MOVIE COLLECTION includes the beloved favorites Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as well as the Blu-ray debuts of She’s Having a Baby and Some Kind of Wonderful. The Collection also includes access to a digital copy of each film. Originally released on February 28, 1986, Pretty In Pink celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2021. Produced and written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the film stars Molly Ringwald

Mouchette is the Pick of the Week

A 1967 Robert Bresson classic starts off a new week of incredible releases.
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The legendary Robert Bresson remains one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. His portraits (often harrowing, yet poetic) of humanity being tested, continues to be a benchmark/influence for later filmmakers, especially with their own versions of humanisitic struggles. Mouchette, Bresson's 1967 masterpiece, is one of his best and most unsettling tales of how bleak and grim life can really be, especially for children. The film tells the heartbreaking story of Mouchette (Nadine Nortier), a young girl trying to survive in the French countryside. Her mother is on her deathbed, her father is absent, and her baby brother

Crash (1996) is the Pick of the Week

Cronenberg's most provocative and sexually charged film headlines a new week of interesting releases.
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When you think of legendary director David Cronenberg, you picture highly original works of twisted horror and scientific madness. Whether it's Shivers (his film debut), The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, among others, you're bound to experience content, themes, and characters you've never seen before. The kinky 1996 cult masterpiece, Crash, arguably his most explicit outing, is definitely no exception. Adapted from author J.G. Ballard's future-shock novel from the '70s, the film stars James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, and Holly Hunter as an insubordinate commercial producer, his coolly nonchalant wife, and a mysterious doctor, who are brought together after a

BBC America's Doctor Who Returns for New Year's Day Special

It’s Happy Who Year once again as Doctor Who returns on New Year’s Day with Dalek-filled special.
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Press release: The Thirteenth Doctor will kick-off 2021 with an action-packed episode entitled “Revolution of the Daleks,” set to air on BBC AMERICA on New Year’s Day - Friday, January 1st at 8pm ET/PT. The holiday special will see a host of exciting guest stars including previously announced John Barrowman MBE, who will be reprising his role as Captain Jack Harkness, alongside Chris Noth (Sex and the City), who will be back as the disgraced Jack Robertson. Dame Harriet Walter (Killing Eve, Succession) will also be making her Doctor Who debut for the special, alongside television star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (The

International Documentary Association Announces 36th IDA Documentary Awards Nominees

Crip Camp, MLK/FBI, Time, and The Truffle Hunters receive multiple nominations.
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Press release: The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced the 36th Annual IDA Documentary Awards Nominees. “The nominees present an inspiring and urgent range of stories from around the globe," said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the IDA. “The broad range of subjects and approaches to storytelling underscores that documentary is our most exciting form of cultural expression, a vital art form and a crucial element of democratic dialogue.” The IDA also announced today that the 2020 Awards will take place in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, January 16, 2021. IDA members will have the opportunity to vote online for

63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

Covering Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media, Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, and Best Song Written For Visual Media
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 and broadcast live on CBS / CBS All Access. Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Links go to our coverage of the films. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in studio’ producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album.

Essential Fellini is the Pick of the Week

A massive 15-disc box set of one of the all-time greatest iconoclasts headlines a new week of interesting releases.
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I don't have to tell you that Federico Fellini remains one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of film. He was an artist who crafted a cinematic spectacle all his own, creating an unique but sometimes bleak world full of dreamers, whose desires, fears, nightmares, and hopes all take center stage. Yes, you can say that he could be over-indulgent, especially when it came to color, eccentricity, so many set pieces, and larger-than-life characters, but that's what was so interesting and phenomenal about him. He made films the way he wanted to make them: full of life, humor, and

IDW Previews Five Glorious Pages of Wild West Weirdness from 'Chained to the Grave' Comic Book Series

An original tale of intrigue, murder, and magic for mature audiences debuts in February.
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Press release: From the creative team of co-writers Brian Level (Darth Vader, Thanos, Deadpool) and Andy Eschenbach (Heavy Metal Magazine, Red Shoes) and artist Kate Sherron (Invader Zim, The Amazing World of Gumball) comes Chained to the Grave, a five-issue comic book series of Old West action -- with a wholly unique visual style and supernatural weirdness aplenty! In anticipation of February’s #1 issue launch, IDW is proud to debut the opening scene of this mature-themed miniseries for all the world to enjoy. Outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Brings a Rich New Era of the Jedi Knights to Comic Books

Beginning in February, IDW invites readers of all ages to experience original characters and new threats from a galaxy far, far away.
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Press release: In its first contribution to Lucasfilm’s bold Star Wars: The High Republic publishing campaign spanning comics and prose, IDW announces today the February 3rd, 2021 launch of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an ongoing comic book series set 200 years before the live action film continuity. Writer Daniel José Older, bestselling author of Star Wars: Last Shot, joins artist Harvey Tolibao and colorist Rebecca Nalty for a tale of the Republic’s glory days that -- while aimed at middle grade readers -- provides a unique perspective to pivotal moments in the Star Wars timeline that fans of

'Batman: Soul of the Dragon' Coming to Digital 1/12/21 & 4K/Blu-ray 1/26/21

The Dark Knight goes back to the 1970s for a supernatural-laden martial arts extravaganza.
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Press release: Renowned animation producer Bruce Timm takes the Dark Knight back to the 1970s for a supernatural-laden martial arts extravaganza in Batman: Soul Of The Dragon, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 12, 2021, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on January 26, 2021. The film is rated R for some violence. Batman: Soul Of The Dragon will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo

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