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Criterion Collection's The Passion of Joan of Arc is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a couple of Criterions, Matt Damon getting shrunk, a Robert Altman horror film, and more.
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The biggest gap in my cinematic education has to be silent films. I’ve only seen a few of them and they were mostly a struggle. With no audible dialogue, my attention tends to wane. I start thinking about my day or things I need to do. I look outside or at the messiness of my room. I watch the cat and inevitably reach for my phone, and *poof* the movie slips by without hardly a thought from me. The one silent film I’ve ever loved was The Passion of Joan of Arc. Carl Theodor Dreyer’s telling of the trial and

Sunday Program Highlights for WonderCon 2018

A preview of six more panels you might find me at WonderCon.
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WonderCon 2018 gets underway on Friday March 23. The programming slate has been announced on their website, and these are the panels you will likely find me, though my schedule is not set in stone and there are no guarantees at a convention unless you are part of the panel. Make Ours Marvel: Eight Decades of Iconic Creators and Characters11:00am - 12:00pmRoom 207 Over the last eight decades, Marvel has created an expansive universe filled with timeless stories and spectacular visuals. Today, Marvel's films, TV series, and comics continue to bring complex and diverse worlds to life, From an ethnically

Saturday Program Highlights for WonderCon 2018

A preview of another seven panels you might find me at WonderCon.
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WonderCon 2018 gets underway on Friday March 23. The programming slate has been announced on their website, and these are the panels you will likely find me, though my schedule is not set in stone and there are no guarantees at a convention unless you are part of the panel. World Premiere of Batman Ninja10:15am - 12:15pmArena Witness the Dark Knight as you've never seen him before at the first public screening of the highly anticipated anime film. Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal

Friday Program Highlights for WonderCon 2018

A preview of seven panels you might find me at WonderCon.
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WonderCon 2018 gets underway on Friday March 23. The programming slate has been announced on their website, and these are the panels you will likely find me, though my schedule is not set in stone and there are no guarantees at a convention unless you are part of the panel. Jack Kirby's Centennial Artwork Extravaganza 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 209 The Jack Kirby Centennial celebration continues with this final presentation of the King's original comic artwork. Hosted by IDW president and publisher Greg Goldstein, this special tribute features a multimedia display of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby's original artwork

Criterion Announces June 2018 Releases

School might get out, but you don't need to stop learning about movies.
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In June, Criterion plans on releasing four new titles and a high-definition upgrade. Joining the collection are Lino Brocka's Manila in the Claws of Light, John Waters' Female Trouble, Víctor Erice's El Sur, and Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. Getting an upgrade is Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring. Read on to learn more about them. Manila in the Claws of Light (#926) out June 12 Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as

The Shape of Water is the Pick of the Week

Hope you have some leftover Christmas money because there is a lot of interesting stuff coming out this week.
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I hope you have some leftover Christmas money because it's gonna be an expensive week, Blu-ray fans. We’ve got blockbusters, Oscar winners, cult classics and more. Guillermo del Toro’s other-wordly, weird fantasy film The Shape of Water took home four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. It's about a girl kissing an underwater sea monster during the Cold War. Or something. I really haven’t been paying attention and his films are best seen without having preconceived notions. Luckily, Matthew St. Clair wrote us a review. Honestly, there are at least four other releases this week that I could have

The 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Announces More Special Guests and Films

Including Gillian Armstrong, Eva Marie Saint, Jacqueline Bisset, Melvin Van Peebles, and Michael York.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies is pleased to announce the following have been added to the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. Multi-award-winning director Gillian Armstrong will join Robert Benton as a recipient of a special tribute at the Festival. Armstrong will be in attendance for a screening of her film MY BRILLIANT CAREER (1979). This year’s Festival also welcomes the recent Oscar-winning screenwriter and director James Ivory, who will be in attendance with his film MAURICE (1987). Stars Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting and Michael York will all be in attendance for the 50th anniversary screening of ROMEO AND JULIET (1968).

Los Angeles Wide Retrospective Celebrating a Century of Ingmar Bergman's Cinema

The retrospective begins May 4 and continues through June 23.
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Press release: No name is more synonymous with the postwar explosion of art-house cinema than Ingmar Bergman, a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. In a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed more than forty films in an astonishing array of tones, ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity betray their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family relationships. Starting Friday, May 4th at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre with THE SEVENTH SEAL and continuing through June 23rd, this

Thor: Ragnarok is the Pick of the Week

Two movies battled it out for this week's pick, but ultimately, the superhero won.
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The 90th Academy Awards aired last night. I have to admit I wasn’t all that excited about it this year. No idea why. I’d actually seen more of the films this year than I usually have at this point and it's the one awards ceremony I usually love to sit through. I skipped all the pre-awards stuff but did turn the TV on for the actual show. As per usual, I clicked on Twitter to see what the people were saying about it. Usually, Twitter is a pretty fun place to hang out while watching the Oscars with plenty of

Martin Scorsese to Receive Inaugural Robert Osborne Award

Award recognizing an individual who has significantly contributed to preserving the cultural heritage of classic films to be given annually in honor of TCM’s iconic host.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be given the inaugural Robert Osborne Award in recognition of his work as a film preservationist and impassioned classic movie fan. The Robert Osborne Award will be given out annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival to a recipient whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come. The award will be presented on April 26 during opening night of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. “I am truly honored to be the first recipient of the Robert

Coco is the Pick of the Week

Just in time for the Oscars, this week's releases include a lot of films that will no doubt win awards.
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Watching Mary and the Witch’s Flower this weekend made me reflect on animated films and the studios that create them. Mary was made by Studio Ponoc, which was formed when Studio Ghibli looked like it was going to stop making films after the “retirement” of founder Hayao Miyazaki (scare quotes get added as Miyazaki has once again announced his un-retirement to make one more film). Ghibli, of course, has been one of the great animated studios of the last few decades. I’d argue their closest rival is Pixar and that’s not really a rivalry at all since Pixar’s John Lasseter

'Best F(r)iends' Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Reunite Onscreen This Spring for the First Time Since The Room

Fathom Events brings Wiseau and Sestero’s bizarre two-volume road trip adventure to U.S. cinemas for four nights - March 30, April 2, June 1 and 4.
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Press release: Best F(r)iends, starring cult-movie heroes Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero (The Room), debuts in movie theaters nationwide this spring. The new Wiseau-Sestero dark comedy thriller is written by Sestero, the New York Times best-selling author of The Disaster Artist, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated Hollywood film. Inspired by a road trip made by Sestero and Wiseau after the production of The Room in April 2003, Best F(r)iends will be released in two volumes, for two nights each. Best F(r)iends comes to cinemas nationwide on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, with Best F(r)iends: Volume Two following

The Florida Project is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a couple of foreign language films from the Criterion Collection, a silly horror from Arrow Video, Doctor Who, an Oscar-buzzing indie, and more.
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Sean Baker has been making movies for nearly twenty years, but only recently has been given the kind of buzz that moves out of the festival circuit and to places like Oklahoma (where I live). In 2015. he made Tangerine, a movie about a couple of transgendered sex workers that was shot on iPhones and garnered a lot of critical attention. Last year. he made The Florida Project which has garnered some significant Oscar buzz. It's about life in and around a run-down motel somewhere near the vicinity of Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It shows the kids running around,

Criterion Announces May 2018 Releases

May is for film lovers.
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In May, Criterion plans on releasing seven titles, including two high-definition upgrades. New to the collection are Frank Borzage's Moonrise, Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, two by Cristian Mungiu. Beyond the Hills and Graduation. Getting an upgrade are Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Robert Bresson's Au hasard Balthazar. Read on to learn more about them. Moonrise (#921) out May 8 A small-town fable about violence and redemption, Moonrise is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal

GKIDS and Fathom Events Present a New Studio Ghibli Series of Animated Masterpieces in U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2018

Nine of Studio Ghibli’s most treasured films, including several milestone anniversary titles, will be presented at over 700 movie theater locations.
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Press release: After a successful series in 2017, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured films to U.S. cinemas throughout 2018. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises for Fathom Events attendees only. The 2018 series kicks off with the 10th anniversary of the heartwarming family adventure “Ponyo,” from Academy Award-winning Hayao Miyazaki, for three days only on March 25, 26 and 28. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 then continues with “The Cat Returns,”

Doctor Who: Twice upon a Time & The Complete Peter Capaldi Years Now Available

Say farewell to the Twelfth Doctor with new releases from BBC Home Entertainment featuring exclusive bonus content.
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Press release: Celebrate the end of an era as BBC Home Entertainment releases Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time, the highly anticipated 2017 Christmas special, on Blu-ray and DVD, and Doctor Who: The Complete Peter Capaldi Years on Blu-ray, featuring never-before-seen bonus content. DOCTOR WHO: TWICE UPON A TIME Street Date: February 13, 2017 Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 (U.S.), $24.98 (Canada) BD $24.98 (U.S.), $30.98 (Canada) Length: Approx. 60 mins + bonus content / single disc Twice Upon A Time - the final episode of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the Time Lord, which found record-setting success with its Christmas

The Toronto True Crime Film Festival to Have Inaugural Event June 8 and 9, 2018

The unique and specialized film festival is now accepting short and feature submissions.
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Press release: The Toronto True Crime Film Festival will have its first annual edition this June 8th - 9th, 2018 at The Royal Cinema in Toronto. Over the course of its two-night, five-screening run, the festival will showcase short and feature-length films surrounding the topic of true crime. TTCFF will spotlight both documentaries and fictionalized films based on true crimes, as well as include a retro screening, multimedia presentations, and panel discussions. Toronto True Crime Film Festival was born from one simple statement verbalized by Lisa Gallagher—an avid cinephile and lifelong true crime fanatic—during the course of a five hour

The Deuce: The Complete First Season Is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include some great and not-so-great horror films, Dan Gilroy's follow-up to Nightcrawler, Julia Roberts trying to make a comeback, and more.
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David Simon started out as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun where he worked the crime beat. In 1991, he took a year off to follow the Baltimore Homicide squad around and wrote the excellent Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets about it. A few years later he took another year-long sabbatical with former cop Ed Burns to spend time on an inner-city street corner and wrote about the lives of the junkies, dealers, and helpers who live, work, and play there in the book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. Homicide was turned

Suburbicon is the Pick of the Week

George Clooney's take on a Coen Brothers' script leads this week's new releases.
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The Coen Brothers have been some of my favorite filmmakers for a long time. I first saw their work with Raising Arizona but it wasn’t until Fargo that I actually knew who they were. That film blew me away. It remains a favorite. I love the Coens' directorial style and their quirky, dark sense of humor. George Clooney is one of my favorite actors. He is incredibly handsome and utterly charming. He’s a movie star in the old Hollywood sense. He isn’t the greatest of actors, in fact he has a pretty limited range, but he seems to understand this

Mission: Impossible - Fallout | Official Trailer and Big Game Spot Available Now!

New M:I videos for your viewing pleasure should you choose to watch them.
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For the sixth installment in the action franchise, which has earned nearly $3 billion worldwide, the best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible - Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returns to the helm. Official Trailer Big Game Spot

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a biopic about the creator of Wonder Woman, some Pink Panther cartoons, a new Richard Linklater flick and more.
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After watching Wonder Woman last year, I became a little obsessed with the character. I read loads of articles online about her and eventually picked up Jill Lepore’s excellent book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman. It details the characters birth in 1941 in Action Comics and the many changes made to her throughout the years. It also serves as a fascinating biography of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston. He graduated from Harvard, became a psychiatrist, a professor at various universities, invented the lie-detector test, worked as an advisor to Hollywood studios, was a bondage fetishist, and secretly lived

Comic Con Returns to Sacramento with Fandemic Tour June 22-24

Tickets on sale now for a weekend of fun with major celebrities and artists.
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Press release: Fandemic Tour, a new type of comic con, will bring their new tour to Sacramento this June. Brought to you by the same people who originally created Wizard World Comic Con, Sacramento will be their very first official city stop, followed up by Houston, Sept. 14-16, 2018 as a make-up due to Hurricane Harvey. Fandemic Tour will feature celebrities including: Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”), Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”), Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) Sean Patrick Flanery (“The

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is the Pick of the Week

It is a light week for new releases, but there's a few titles coming out I think you might like.
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It;s been a weird couple of weeks. Usually, the week after Christmas sees a huge drop off in the number and quality of new releases. This lull typically lasts until sometime in mid-February when things slowly start to pick up again. But this year thus far we’ve seen a pretty good collection of stuff coming out in this normally dry period. This week is pretty weak in terms of overall numbers, but there’s still some interesting selections to choose from. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, it's just weird. The Killing of a Sacred Deer, reviewed by Matt St. Clair,

Legendary Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Returns with First Solo Record and Tour

"Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)" out 4/13.
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Press release: Derek Smalls, the bass force formerly of the fabled heavy metal band formerly known as Spinal Tap, returns with the release of his first full length solo venture Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), out globally April 13 via Twanky Records/BMG on digital, CD and vinyl. Additionally, Smalls launches his U.S. tour “Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music” on April 14 in concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Saenger Theater, New Orleans. Subsequent dates include June 29 in Atlanta at the Atlanta Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a special appearance with the

Criterion Announces April 2018 Releases

No fooling. Here's what's coming.
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In April, Criterion plans on releasing five titles, including a new entry in the Eclipse Series. New to the collection are Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth, Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, and Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years. Read on to learn more about them. Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years out Apr 10 Ingrid Bergman appeared in ten films in her native Sweden before the age of twenty-five, and while that work tends to be overshadowed by her time in Hollywood, it showcases the actor summoning

Blade Runner 2049 is the Pick of the Week

The sequel to a sci-fi classic leads this week's new Blu-ray releases.
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One of my pop-culture admissions is that I’ve never been a huge fan of Blade Runner. I’ve only seen the director’s cut, but it's generally considered the best version of the film, and I’ve seen it twice, but it's never really done it for me. I like Ridley Scott, I love sci-fi, and I appreciate a lot of the things the film does, but for whatever reason, I’ve just never particularly cared for it. All the same, I was pretty excited to hear they were finally making a sequel. I really do think the concept of Blade Runner is interesting

It (2017) is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include a killer clown, a Deep Throat, a Supreme Court Justice, and more.
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Miniseries have been around since the birth of television but it was the 1980s that really defined what they are and cemented them in our collective consciousness. Or at least that’s how I remember it. As a kid, I can remember grabbing the television guide from the Sunday paper and very carefully mapping out my primetime viewing for the week. I had certain shows on most nights that I watched every week, but some times there was a special - the Olympics, an awards show, or Circus of the Stars - that would take precedence over my normal TV watching.

The Breakfast Club Criterion Collection is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us John Hughes getting his first Criterion plus a tennis match, an Italian murder, Tom Cruise running drugs, and more.
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If you are a child of the '80s, if you are a movie fan of a certain age, then John Hughes films have a special place in your heart. Throughout the 1980s, he made movies about teenagers that felt real. His characters spoke like real teenagers spoke, they cared about things real teenagers cared about. They were funny and sad, romantic and heartbroken. They felt like they were made for…well, me. And a million other me’s. It is hard to pick a favorite John Hughes film because so many of them are so good. As a teenager, I likely would

Tommy Wiseau's Infamous Indie The Room Returns to U.S. Cinemas for One-Night Event on January 10

Fathom Events brings the cult classic to big screens nationwide for one night, featuring new trailer for 'Best F(r)iends'.
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Press release: Referred to as "the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies," The Room is receiving a remarkable resurgence due to the popularity of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Movie buffs across the nation will have the opportunity to see auteur Tommy Wiseau’s opus on the big screen when “Tommy Wiseau’s The Room” comes to U.S. movie theaters on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. local time. In addition to the full-length feature, moviegoers will enjoy a special look at the new Best F(r)iends trailer, starring Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Tickets for “Tommy Wiseau’s The Room” can be purchased online

KCET Announces Must-see Movies January Lineup

The Los Angeles channel presents next month's roster of films.
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Press release: The lineup of KCET MUST SEE MOVIE films in January will be telecast as follows (*subject to change): #201 Breakfast At Tiffany’s - Fri., Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. | Review This popular 1961 American romantic comedy film was directed by Blake Edwards and written by George Axelrod, loosely based on Truman Capote's novella of the same name. It starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. It won two Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "Moon River",

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