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Criterion Announces February 2020 Releases

Five for February.
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In addition to the return of Punxsutawney Phil, February will also see Criterion release some new additions to the collection. They are Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, Jennie Livingston's Paris Is Burning, and Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman. Also available will be a Blu-ray upgrade of Hiroshi Teshigahara's Antonio Gaudí. Read on to learn more about them. Roma (2018) (#1014) out Feb 11 With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuarón recreated the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza

The Farewell is the Pick of the Week

It's a big, beautiful week for new releases.
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Every now and again, my wife will load up the daughter with her in the car and take off to visit her parents or some other such thing, leaving me alone in the house for a few days. I always take this opportunity to go to the movie theater and see things we normally wouldn't see on the big screen. The wife doesn't consult the movie listings before she goes to ensure there is something I really want to watch, so it is always a bit of hit and miss as to what is available to watch. This last summer

Good Omens is the Pick of the Week

Come and see all the cool new releases coming out this week.
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Davey is still missing in action so I’m keeping the reigns this week. I love me some Neil Gaiman. I love me some David Tennant. I’m quire fond of Michael Sheen. Put those three together for an Amazon Prime series and I’m all in. Good Omens is based upon the novel by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It follows Tennant and Sheen as two angels playing for opposite sides of the moral spectrum. They are supposed to be preparing the world for Armageddon - the ultimate war between Satan and God, but they both rather enjoy Earth a little too much.

'Friendsgiving' Hits Movie Theaters in Celebration of Friends' 25th Anniversary

The event pays tribute by screening eight Thanksgiving-themed episodes over two days this November.
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Press release: Fathom Events continues its celebration of Friends’ 25th anniversary by bringing eight Thanksgiving-themed episodes of the legendary series to movie theaters across the U.S. over two days: November 24 at 7 p.m. and November 25 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (all local times). Each day will feature four unique episodes that have been newly remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative. Friendsgiving will reunite fans with their longtime BFFs — Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe — to re-live some of their funniest moments. Fans will watch as Monica puts a Turkey on her

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films (1954-1975) Is the Pick of the Week

It's a big week for horror films and a terrific week for Criterion fans.
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Davy is off this week so I’m picking up my old reins and talking new Blu-ray releases. It is Halloween week! One of my favorite weeks of the year. I’m a huge horror fan and boy, does this week have plenty of horror releases. But first, we have to talk about the Criterion Collection. Since the mid-1980s (yep, you read that right, they started making Laserdiscs in 1985), Criterion has been releasing superior editions of independent, art-house, and foreign films on home video. For serious cinephiles, Criterion is the place to begin one's collection. Their DVD and Blu-ray releases come

When We Were Kings is the Pick of the Week

A landmark documentary headlines a week of very low-brow releases.
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I'm not really a sports guy, and I'm obviously not athletic. However, I will watch documentaries about sports. There have been some phenomenal ones such as Hoop Dreams, The Endless Summer, Tokyo Olympiad, Pumping Iron, and 1996's When We Were Kings, which not only tells the story of the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match of champion George Forman and then electrifying challenger Muhammad Ali, but also showcases the often harrowing relationship between African Americans and the country of Africa, especially during the Black Power movement. It's an often moving document of racial politics, music, and Ali's magnetism that

Abramorama to Release the New Neil Young Film 'Mountaintop' in Theaters Across North America on October 21 & 22, 2019

Timed to the release of Young's latest album "Colorado" and in Europe and South America on November 18.
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Press release: Abramorama today announced a partnership with Shakey Pictures and Reprise / Warner Records to release the latest Neil Young film Mountaintop across North America on October 22, 2019 and in Europe and South American on November 18, 2019. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Young continues his 50-year odyssey with Crazy Horse, this time in the mountains of Colorado, and Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young) filmed it all with cinematographer Adam C.K. Vollick. Abramorama will release the film across North America and around the world, including France, Germany, the UK and Latin America. This marks

Criterion Announces January 2020 Releases

Criterion kicks the year off with some classic titles.
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Criterion has something to look forward to next year with four new additions to the collection. They are George Cukor's Holiday, Jean-Luc Godard's Le petit soldat, Sidney Lumet's Fail Safe, and Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother. Also available will be a Blu-ray upgrade of Lumet’s The Fugitive Kind. Read on to learn more about them. Holiday (#1009) out Jan 7 Two years before stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and director George Cukor would collaborate on The Philadelphia Story, they brought their timeless talents to this delectable slice of 1930s romantic-comedy perfection, the second film adaptation of a hit

AFI FEST 2019 Announces World Cinema and Documentary Sections

World Cinema Section includes five international feature film Oscar submissions and a total of 16 titles from 19 countries.
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Press release: The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema section and the inaugural Documentary section of AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi. The World Cinema section showcases the most anticipated and celebrated international films of the year and features 16 titles representing 19 countries. The section includes five official International Feature Film Oscarsubmissions screening at this year’s festival: Sweden's AND THEN WE DANCED (DIR Levan Akin), Canada's ANTIGONE (DIR Sophie Deraspe), Poland's CORPUS CHRISTI (BOŻE CIAŁO) (DIR Jan Komasa), Italy's THE TRAITOR (DIR Marco Bellocchio), and Romania's THE WHISTLERS (DIR Cornlieu

The Omen Collection is the Pick of the Week

A 1976 horror classic, it's so-so sequels and a mostly unnecessary remake make up a new box set that tops a new week of terrific releases.
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Obviously with franchises, especially with horror, there always the first films that are classics, the sequels are from good to decent to bad, and then there are the remakes, which are mostly forgettable. This is definitely the case with the Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Friday the 13th (yes, I said it), and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises. However, if there is one that often gets overlooked, it is The Omen Collection, for better or worse, a worthwhile series that is going to be released as a new deluxe edition this week from the good folks at Shout/Scream

Fathom Events Enters 'The Twilight Zone' for 60th Anniversary

Audiences can unlock the door to another dimension on November 14, with a cinematic event, including an all-new documentary about creator Rod Serling.
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Press release: From the four repeating notes of its theme music to its unforgettable tales of the supernatural and the surreal, few television series have reshaped the medium as much as Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. On November 14, Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment celebrate the series’ 60th anniversary with a one-night-only event exclusively in cinemas nationwide. “The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration” will combine digitally restored versions of six quintessential episodes with an all-new documentary short titled “Remembering Rod Serling” about the life, imagination and creativity of creator Serling, whose thought-provoking introductions continue to mesmerize fans. Tickets

Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg is the Pick of the Week

Von Sternberg's classic silent trilogy rounds out a slow week of new releases.
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Although he was well known for his legendary collaborations with the great Marlene Dietrich, famous Vienna born, New York-raised director Josef von Sternberg had already established himself with dark, grim visions of ordinary people caught up in dangerous, and highly emotional circumstances that still influence filmmakers to this very day. In Underworld (1927), George Bancroft plays criminal Bull Weed, whose attraction to his mistress gets him into some really nasty situations with his rival, and eventually the police. To further his descent into madness, the mistress falls hard for an alcoholic ex-lawyer. In The Last Command (1928), Emil Jannings won

The 28th Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Line-up

Fest to screen 120 films from 41 countries to screen during 11-day event, Thursday, October 17 - Sunday, October 27, 2019.
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Press release: The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full line-up for the 28th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), spanning from October 17 - October 27. This year’s line-up features a multitude of remarkable films from a wide range of genres. Select Festival categories will commence with an opening night film premiere. The opening night for the Galas category will be Destin Daniel Cretton’s JUST MERCY on October 17. This heartrending and inspirational film tells the story of author and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson, played by acclaimed actor Michael B. Jordan of FRUITVALE STATION, CREED, and BLACK PANTHER

Los Angeles' Secret Movie Club Unveils Festival of Horror Programming

Midnight screenings of seminal horror films, including John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy and two Dia De Los Muertos-themed screenings.
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Press release: The Los Angeles-based Secret Movie Club has officially unveiled the programming slate for its FESTIVAL OF HORROR film series, which will run throughout the month of October and culminate on November 2. The FESTIVAL OF HORROR films run the gamut from the classic (a FRANKENSTEIN/ BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Universal Studios matinee double feature) to the contemporary (THE WITCH), and from the iconic (including a TWILIGHT ZONE MARATHON) to the obscure (a double feature of two films produced by Val Lewton for RKO Studios) and includes John Carpenter’s seminal APOCALYPSE TRILOGY. The FESTIVAL OF HORROR film series begins on

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebrates Batman Beyond and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines at New York Comic Con 2019

WBHE panels will be live-streamed for fans unable to make the trek to New York.
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) returns to New York Comic Con with two spotlight events - the World Premiere of the latest DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Batman Beyond and its upcoming remastered release on Blu-ray - over the October 3-6, 2019 weekend at the Javits Center. Presentations will include a film premiere and never-before-seen remastered footage, discussions with production/acting talent, a special autograph signing, and exclusive prizes for inquisitive fans. Both of the WBHE panels will be held on NYCC’s Main Stage. The cast and filmmakers of Wonder

Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection on Blu-ray November 19 from Shout! Factory

Get ready to laugh out loud as this collection comes packed with all 28 of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's iconic films at Universal.
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Press release: This holiday season, every Universal Pictures film from the most popular comedy duo of all time comes home when Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection hits Blu-ray for the first time as a complete collection on November 19, 2019 from Shout! Factory. The Complete Universal Pictures Collection comes loaded with bonus features, including 10 new audio commentaries, a collectible book, and a bonus disc with more than eight hours of content. Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Abbott and Costello’s first film One Night in the Tropics, the massive 15-disc set is the ultimate tribute to two

The Shining 4K is the Pick of the Week

Kubrick's 1980 polarizing horror masterpiece headlines a rather slow week of new releases.
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What else can you say about The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1980 horror masterwork?! On one side, it's considered one of the most disturbing films ever made; on the other, it's reviled by many (including Stephen King himself) as a totally unfaithful adaptation of the arguably the scariest novel ever written. Is it a ghost story? A haunted house thriller? A film about the aftermath of alcoholism? A film about the unraveling of a really broken family? A film about one man's descent into complete and utter madness? No matter how you view, the film is here to stay.

Bruce Springsteen's Album 'Western Stars' Comes to the Big Screen This October

Special two-night event on October 19 & 23 showcases Springsteen’s directorial debut and his performance of the Western Stars album in its entirety backed by a 30-piece orchestra.
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Press release: On the heels of the successful world premiere of Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars at the Toronto International Film Festival, Fathom Events announces that it will bring music legend Bruce Springsteen to cinemas across America in an exclusive two-night theatrical release of Western Stars. The Fathom screenings, which will be held on October 19 and 23, will also feature an exclusive look behind the scenes with Springsteen, including never-before-seen archival footage and previously unreleased music from the Springsteen vault. “Western Stars,” the cinematic film version of his latest globally successful album, was directed by Thom Zimny, his longtime collaborator,

New Documentary 'Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest' in Cinemas Worldwide on November 21

Featuring emotional stories highlighting the universal power of music, interwoven with performances from the band’s record-breaking 2017/2018 Global Spirit tour.
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Press release: Depeche Mode, along with Trafalgar Releasing, Sony Music Entertainment and BBH Entertainment, are excited to announce the upcoming release of the new feature-length documentary and concert film, SPIRITS in the Forest, coming to cinemas worldwide for a one-night event on November 21. The film will bring fans together around the world to celebrate the impact of Depeche Mode’s music and performances. SPIRITS in the Forest will be screened in more than 2,400 cinemas, from Adelaide to Zagreb, in over 70 countries. Directed by award-winning filmmaker and long-time artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn, the release of Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in

The Circus is the Pick of the Week

A 1928 Charlie Chaplin gem headlines a new week of great releases.
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When it comes to humor and heart, there was probably no one better to deliver that wonderful mixture than the great Charlie Chaplin. His characters represented outsiders who are just trying to belong in a world that continues to shut them out. Although his 1928 effort, The Circus, wasn't as impactful nor profound as City Lights, Modern Times, or even The Great Dictator, it still has enough pathos and reality to win over the most jaded of movie lovers. Chaplin plays a falsly accused thief running away from the police, who ends up in a traveling circus. He interupts a

QT8: The First Eight, Exploring the Career of Quentin Tarantino, Is Coming to Movie Theaters Nationwide on October 21

New documentary features interviews about the legacy of Tarantino with stars including Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, and Kurt Russell.
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Press release: Fathom Events is bringing a new documentary film chronicling the thrilling journey of Quentin Tarantino’s first eight movies to theaters nationwide for just one night on October 21. QT8: The First Eight, directed by Tara Wood (21 Years: Richard Linklater), gives its audience an inside look at the legendary filmmaker’s body of work through interviews with former cast members, film industry experts. Tickets for QT8: The First Eight can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. Fathom Events presents QT8: The First Eight in more than 800 select movie theaters on Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm

Warner Bros. TV Box Sets and Holiday Film Collections for 2019

A variety of gift ideas for the TV fan this holiday season.
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Press release: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment wants folks to know they have some great gift ideas this holiday season. Some of the highlights are: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Machine - Available Now on Blu-ray Jinkies! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment salutes that lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang with the release of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion. This release is packaged in an eye-catching, limited edition collectible mystery mansion giftset that includes all 41 episodes of the original series, Scooby-Doo! Where are

Criterion Announces December 2019 Releases

Only two weeks of releases close out the year.
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This December, Criterion is releasing three new titles to the collection. They are Stephen Roberts's The Story of Temple Drake, Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World, and Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy. Also available will be a Blu-ray upgrade of Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory. Read on to learn more about them. The Story of Temple Drake (#1006) out Dec 3 Loosely adapted from William Faulkner’s controversial novel Sanctuary, this notorious pre-Code melodrama stars Miriam Hopkins as Temple Drake, the coquettish granddaughter of a respected small-town judge. When a boozehound date strands her at a bootleggers’ hideout, Temple is

Polyester is the Pick of the Week

John Waters's 1981 biting domestic classic tops a week of solid releases.
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John Waters is one of our greatest filmmakers. He is a singular director of outrageous bad state, but he dares to show a side of society that usually doesn't get depicted too often in film. He also found the perfect alter ego in his greatest actor: the legendary Divine. They had made many movies together (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Multiple Maniacs, among others), but in 1981, I think they both hit their stride with Waters's first studio feature, Polyester. In a twisted reversal of Douglas Sirk, Divine brilliantly plays Francine Fishpaw, a long-suffering Baltimore housewife grappling with her keen sense

Universal Home Entertainment Catalogue Titles Available for the Holidays

Need some gift ideas? Give these a look.
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Press release: Universal Home Entertainment is offering some familar titles this holiday season. They are: Scarface (1932 & 1983) Gift Set out 10/15 In the spring of 1980, the port at Mariel Harbor was opened, and thousands set sail for the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the sun-washed avenues of Miami... wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Tony Montana. The world will remember him by another name... Scarface. Starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana along with Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert

Dial M for Murder is the Pick of the Week

An odd 1954 Hitchcock thriller caps off a week of low-key releases.
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There is a reason why the term "Hitchcockian" exists. Film history just wouldn't be what it is without good ol' Hitchcock. His film set the template for suspense, romance, danger, and old-fashioned leaps around censorship. He also knew how to pick his leading ladies, and the late, but super lovely Grace Kelly was one of his finest "Hitchcock blondes." She represented for him elegance, sophistication, and a little touch of mischief. Dial M for Murder, his 1954 effort, isn't the best film to highlight Kelly's legendary oomph, but it's still an interesting and twisty thriller. She plays the adulterous wife

TCM Welcomes Jacqueline Stewart as New Host of Silent Sunday Nights

Film professor and archivist to host every Sunday evening beginning September 15.
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Press release: Author, archivist and film professor Jacqueline Stewart will join Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as the host of Silent Sunday Nights, where she will introduce films and provide historical context for the franchise. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, specializing in the history of African American cinema from the silent era to present. A passionate film archivist and advocate for film preservation, she is a three-term appointee to the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB), which advises the Librarian of Congress on film preservation policy, and is the Chair

Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on Digital 9/17 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & DVD 10/1

Complete your collection with special features including an original short, never-before-seen alternate and extended scenes, and much more!
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Press release: The billion dollar blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far From Home, comes home on Digital September 17 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on October 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From Spider-Man: Homecoming Director, Jon Watts, comes a global adventure for everyone. Spider-Man: Far From Home is now the biggest Spider-Man film of all time! Tom Holland returns as everyone’s favorite web-slinger in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter after Spider-Man: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European

Queen & Slim World Premiere to Open AFI Fest 2019 Presented by Audi

AFI Alumna Melina Matsoukas's feature film directorial debut to launch 33rd edition of festival on Thursday, November 14.
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Press release: Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 33rd edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will open with the World Premiere of Makeready and Universal Pictures’ Queen & Slim. Directed by two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) and written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey, the film is a consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film stars Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson

Fists in the Pocket is the Pick of the Week

A darkly funny 1965 slap in the face to family values headlines a week of releases.
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Director Marco Bellocchio's 1965 savage masterpiece, Fists in the Pocket, remains argubly the most definitive portrait of brutal family dysfunction in the history of cinema. It was like a swan dive into a pit of needles and razor wire, as it dealt with subject matter that most of us could actually relate to. Many people (myself included) wish that they could escape the families they were born into. Unfortunately, the impulse of doing away with the folks can sometimes lead to murder and mayhem. This theme occurs as Alessandro (a brilliant Lou Castel), a young epileptic man who tries to

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