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Anselm Blu-ray Review: Wim Wenders Continues His Fascination with the Arts

Whether you’re a fan of Kiefer or completely unaware of his career, Wenders offers an inviting foray into his amazing body of work.

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DogMan Blu-ray Review: The Silence of the Dogs

Writer/director Luc Besson’s latest effort focuses on the jailhouse interactions between a deranged criminal and the psychiatrist assigned to his case.

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Victims of Sin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Zoot Suit Riot

Under writer/director Emilio Fernández’s firm hand, it’s presented in a wholly logical and measured progression filled with inspired choices.

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Sympathy for the Underdog Blu-ray Review: Crime Takes a Holiday

Anchored by Tsuruta’s incredible performance, Fukasaku’s film lives up to its title by generating massive sympathy for its inspiring underdog.

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Tribeca 2024 Review: Satisfied

The film’s specific focus yields a winning portrait of Goldsberry’s early motherhood years and her time with Hamilton.

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Tribeca 2024 Review: Luther: Never Too Much

Director Dawn Porter takes a deep dive into Luther’s past to examine the winding path he took to reach the pinnacle of his profession. 

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Tribeca 2024 Review: Desire: The Carl Craig Story

Carl Craig is a fascinating subject for a documentary, and writer/director Delaloye does a fine job of capturing his multifaceted, eclectic career.

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Book Review: Prince Valiant Vol. 28: 1991-1992 by Hal Foster, John Cullen Murphy, and Cullen Murphy

The latest volume does ample justice to the character, continuing the story with consistently entertaining adventures played out in Murphy’s kinetic art.

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Tribeca 2024 Review: They All Came Out to Montreux

Oliver Murray dives headlong into the history of the Montreux Jazz Festival and its creator, Claude Nobs, in this fascinating new documentary. 

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Book Review: Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies: The Collected Conceits, Delusions, and Hijinks of New Yorkers from 1974 to 1995

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the strip or a complete neophyte, this amusing stroll through New York history offers a wealth of indelible scenarios.

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Tribeca 2024 Review: Boys Go to Jupiter

Glander has created a welcoming and fully realized universe here, one that is worthy of multiple repeat viewings to savor its details.

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The Old Oak Blu-ray Review: When the Bough Breaks, the Village May Fall

The Old Oak is a fitting coda to Loach’s career of socialist realism, a final mighty branch on the tree of his life in film.

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A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

Previously released on Criterion DVD in 2004, this Ozu double feature finally gets a Blu-ray upgrade with newly improved technical specs.

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Book Review: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris

After a seven-year gap, Emil Ferris returns with the eagerly anticipated conclusion of the story of Karen Reyes, a monster-obsessed 10-year-old girl.

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You’ll Never Get Rich Blu-ray Review: A Wealth of Talent

This 1941 musical is blessed with an abundance of talent, led by co-stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and songs by Cole Porter.

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The Little Drummer Girl Blu-ray Review: Keaton Marches to Her Own Beat

Keaton’s performance never really lets you forget that she’s acting, which makes her an oddly fitting choice to play an actress in over her head.

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The Peasants Blu-ray Review: Drama with a Fresh Coat of Paint

A conventional drama with, quite literally, a fresh coat of paint used as little more than a crutch grant it more attention than it deserves.

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Heroes: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review: Save the Cardboard, Save the World

The episodes haven’t been remastered, so if you have prior Blu-ray releases there’s really nothing new here aside from the improved and complete packaging.

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The Crime Is Mine Movie Review: 2 Broke Girls

Ozon’s comedy is mainstream French cinema, designed for the multiplex instead of the art house, but made with impeccable craft.

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Colt .45: The Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set Review: Revolving Peacemaker

This is clearly the definitive presentation of the series, and one of the best black and white reproductions I’ve ever seen in movies or TV.

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Book Review: How War Begins: Dispatches from the Ukrainian Invasion by Igort

While the nature of its ongoing subject precludes a satisfying conclusion, it is a fascinating look at civilian perseverance in an active war zone.

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The Fox (2022) DVD Review: Two Against the World

This German/Austrian co-production dramatizes the real-life story of an Austrian soldier who adopted a fox cub during World War II.

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Book Review: Anna by Mia Oberländer

In German cartoonist Mia Oberländer’s charming debut graphic novel, Anna struggles with life as a giant in a community of normal-sized peers.

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Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell DVD Review: Inside the Heart of Vietnam

Pham’s debut feature film revolves around a young man’s attempt to help his five-year-old nephew after the sudden death of his sister-in-law.

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Suits: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Game of Phones

The new Blu-ray box set provides the opportunity to revisit the Suits phenomenon in full, or discover it for the first time.

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Bombs Over Burma DVD Review: Chungking Express

Anna May Wong stars in this uneven B-movie as an elementary school teacher in China who moonlights as a World War II spy.

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The Prince of Egypt: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Holy Moses

The show is an affable enough effort for spectators new to musical theater, but lacking any real substance for serious fans of the form.

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Driving Madeleine Blu-ray Review: Driving Madame Daisy

In the hands of writer/director Christian Carion, the film is a joyous and heartwarming celebration of life guaranteed to play on your emotions.

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Jeanne Moreau, Filmmaker Blu-ray Review: Girl Power

Although the three films seemingly have little in common, the throughline is Moreau’s focus on strong, supportive female relationships.

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Book Review: Reading Love and Rockets by Marc Sobel

Continuing their celebration of 40 years of Love and Rockets, Fantagraphics presents this overview of the first 50 issues by critic Marc Sobel.

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The Bridge: The Complete Series DVD Box Set Review: The Saga of Saga

After a four-season, 38-episode run, the full story of Swedish detective Saga Noren is now available in one comprehensive U.S. DVD box set.

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Book Review: Return to Eden by Paco Roca

Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca returns with his most personal graphic novel to date, a nostalgia-soaked ode to the Franco-era Valencia of his mother’s youth.

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Black Tight Killers Blu-ray Review: Branded to Thrill

Yasuharu Hasebe’s delirious caper oozes with style, and is better than ever in this new hi-def transfer restored by Radiance Films.

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The Golden Coach Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir’s Tribute to Theater

When a traveling theater company rolls into a rich Peruvian town, the star actress quickly attracts the attention of three local suitors.

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The Promised Land Movie Review: Mads Mikkelsen Harvests Another Winner

Director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel has crafted a thoroughly engrossing historical epic that makes us feel every one of Kahlen’s challenges.

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La Syndicaliste Blu-ray Review: The Woman Who Maybe Cried Wolf

Salomé’s measured direction and Huppert’s fully engaged performance combine for a mesmerizing examination of victim blaming and its repercussions.

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Scarlet Street Blu-ray Review: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

This fantastic Fritz Lang film is fully worth picking up the new and exclusive remaster on either 4K/Blu-ray combo pack or standalone Blu-ray.

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Book Review: Hypericum by Manuele Fior

Manuele Fior’s latest graphic novel, his sixth picked up for U.S. release by Fantagraphics, follows two distinct stories occurring in different eras.

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Waitress: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Small-Town Servers Accentuate the Positive

Waitress: The Musical returned to Broadway in late 2021 for a limited engagement starring the original lyricist and composer, Sara Bareilles.

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Perfect Days Movie Review: Wim Wenders Examines Perfect Solitude

Perfect Days is nominated for an Oscar this year for Best International Feature Film, and opens in U.S. theaters this week.

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Loaded Guns Blu-ray Review: Firing Blanks

If you’re looking for a gritty and insightful Di Leo film, move along. The film is best suited for Andress completionists, or fans of ‘70s Euro trash.

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The Outside Man Blu-ray Review: Outsider Deray Crafts an Insider Look at 1970s L.A.

Deray’s outsider approach to 1970s Los Angeles is completely engaging, from the vast amount of exterior scenes to the pitch-perfect performances.

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Has Anybody Seen My Gal Blu-ray Review: Keep Looking, the Old Man Is in the Way

This 1952 charmer masquerades as a Rock Hudson/Piper Laurie rom-com, but pay close attention to that waving man behind the title.

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Slamdance 2024 Review: Chaperone: Highs and Lows in Hilo

Zoe Eisenberg’s solo directorial debut premieres at Slamdance 2024, featuring an entirely AANHPI cast set in Hilo, Hawaii.

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Book Review: Atlas Artist Edition No. 1: Joe Maneely: “The Raving Maniac” and Other Stories

This debut Atlas Artist Edition sets a new high mark for future archival projects, towering over all other Golden Age collections.

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Please, Not Now! Blu-ray Review: Brigitte Bardot Will Have You Saying Please, Now!

Brigitte Bardot is here to heat up the New Year in this steamy comedy from provocative writer/director Roger Vadim

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Blast of Silence Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Silent Night, Hole-y Night

Blast of Silence isn’t a holly jolly Christmas tale, but it’s an ideal excuse to put on something a bit different in the holiday Blu-ray rotation.

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Masaaki Yuasa: Five Films Blu-ray Review: Time to Ride the Wave

The new box set is a treasure trove of content for Yuasa fans, and a great reminder of the impressive anime legacy he has crafted throughout his career.

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Shaun the Sheep: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: A Cracking Collection of Agricultural Mayhem

Just in time for the holidays, Shout! Factory has released a new Blu-ray box set of the entire series of the beloved animated show, Shaun the Sheep.

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Book Review: Everywhere an Oink Oink by David Mamet

David Mamet’s latest book about his Hollywood career is the ramblings and grumblings of a legendary talent as he watches the sunset of his career.

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Book Review: Prince Valiant Vol. 27: 1989-1990 by Hal Foster, John Cullen Murphy, and Cullen Murphy

More than 50 years after its debut, Prince Valiant continues his globe-trotting adventures in this latest two-year collection of weekly newspaper strips.

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Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer Movie Review: The Master Becomes the Subject

Filmmaker Thomas von Steinaecker paints a well-balanced and engaging portrait of the legendary auteur, albeit with fairly large brushstrokes.

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Spin: The Complete Series DVD Review: French Political Intrigue

This French TV series takes a look into the halls of power at the top tier of French government, as viewed by a veteran spin doctor.

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Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. Three Blu-ray Review: The Formula Remains Strong, Even As the Stars Disappear

While Shout! Factory’s latest Blu-ray set is short of star power, it still has plenty of entertaining Shaw Brothers formula.

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Book Review: The Complete Alien Collection: Symphony of Death by Alex White and Tim Waggoner

Following their first omnibus in January, Titan Books is closing out the year with another collection of three standalone Alien novels.

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Book Review: In Search of Gil Scott-Heron by Thomas Mauceri and Seb Piquet

Less a biography than a MacGuffin hunt, writer Thomas Mauceri details his years-long quest to track down and interview the elusive and seminal musician.

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Book Review: Macanudo: Optimism Is for the Brave by Liniers

Fantagraphics continues their English-language collections of this Argentine comic strip with this charming second volume.

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The Challenge Blu-ray Review: Accept This Challenge

Watch it for Toshiro Mifune in full classic samurai robes brandishing his sword against baddies, as he did so many times in Akira Kurosawa’s films.

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Book Review: Time Under Tension by M.S. Harkness

After a three-year gap, M.S. Harkness returns with her third autobio graphic novel, and first for Fantagraphics.

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EO Blu-ray Review: The Secret Life of Donkeys

It’s hard to believe that a virtually wordless film about a donkey in Poland could be so moving and entertaining, but Skolimowski pulls it off.

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Book Review: Dauntless Dames: High-Heeled Heroes of the Comics

Dauntless Dames is a fascinating collection of little-known Golden Age comic strips presented in a stunning oversized format.

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Farewell My Concubine 30th Anniversary Movie Review: Leslie Cheung Shines Once More

Leslie Cheung gives himself over so fully to his character that the line between performer and role completely disappears.

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American Pop Blu-ray Review: Try, Try, and Try Again

Bakshi’s most American of films is a fascinating look at a master animator delivering a moving, multigenerational tale.

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Book Review: Totem by Laura Pérez

In Laura Pérez’s beautiful, bewildering graphic novel, a young sculptor reminisces about her past girlfriend and her grandmother’s mysticism.

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The Prodigal Son Blu-ray Review: Sammo Hung Meets Wing Chun

If you’re a fan of Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Wing Chun, or martial arts movies in general, the film is well worth watching.

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Gay Purr-ee Blu-ray Review: Judy Garland Gets Animated

This animated musical is a fine send-off for Garland’s collaboration with her Wizard of Oz songwriters, and a fitting coda for her monumental career.

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Book Review: Eden II by K. Wroten

Wroten delivers a monumental work that offers vital youth insight and social commentary in a swirling fever dream of artistic expression.

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Book Review: Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas by Paco Roca

Paco Roca’s comic strips take us through his amusing daily struggles as an artist successful enough to work on comics full time from home.

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A Moment of Romance Blu-ray Review: HK Stockholm Syndrome

While the love story plot is far-fetched, it’s a delight to watch the fairly young Andy Lau further establishing his legendary career.

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Book Review: Starseeds 3 by Charles Glaubitz

Starseeds 3 is a masterclass in graphic design, a cosmic and metaphysical delight that is destined to be a touchstone for decades to come

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Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero in Three Mafia Tales by Damiano Damiani Blu-ray Review

Cosa Nostra is the box set I didn’t know I needed, offering three riveting dramas anchored by Nero’s searing performances and Damiani’s polished direction.

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Is Paris Burning? Blu-ray Review: Night of 100 Stars

The plot is stuffed with so many characters and battle footage that none of the recognizable stars have any meaningful screen time.

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Du Barry Was a Lady Blu-ray Review: All Show, Little Story

Even by the admittedly low bar of plot development in classic movie musicals, this story is so half-baked it may as well just be called a musical revue.

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Aber Bergen: Complete Series DVD Review: Divorce Norwegian Style

While the show doesn’t blaze any memorable pathways in its legal cases, it is a cozy and involving series thanks to the relationships of the leads.

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Four Quartets DVD Review: Magnetic, Mesmerizing Solo Stage Performance

Ralph Fiennes puts in an acting masterclass, wringing emotion and thorough understanding out of T.S. Eliot’s frequently inscrutable ramblings.

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Book Review: Alison by Lizzy Stewart

Lizzy Stewart’s complete and polished long form project displays the best of both worlds of her chosen format, the graphic and the novel.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 4K Digital Review: All the Feels

Gunn’s back story about Rocket, as well as the end of the road for this Guardians incarnation, make for a wholly satisfying emotional rollercoaster.

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Book Review: Dear Mini: A Graphic Memoir, Book One by Natalie Norris

Natalie Norris’s graphic memoir debut is a disturbing, cathartic chronicle of a chaotic chapter in her life.

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Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece / Tintin and the Blue Oranges Blu-ray Review

Two of the iconic Belgian comic book character’s earliest feature film adaptations have arrived on Blu-ray.

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman DVD Review: Murakami Gets Animated

Writer/director Pierre Földes stitches together unrelated Haruki Murakami short stories into a cohesive narrative in this animated feature film.

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Book Review: The Planetoid and Other Stories by Al Feldstein and Joe Orlando

This collection presents Joe Orlando’s first two dozen classic EC sci-fi comics in chronological order as published between 1951-54.

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Book Review: Nudism Comes to Connecticut by Susan Schade and Jon Buller

After creating more than 60 children’s books together, this work represents both the couple’s first work for adults and first graphic novel.

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Tommy Guns Blu-ray Review: Blasts Conformity to Smithereens

Angolan-Portuguese director Carlos Conceição announces his arrival on the global stage with this blisteringly original, confounding film that defies categorization.

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Film: The Living Record of Our Memory DVD Review: Boiling the Preservation Ocean

This new documentary takes a look at film preservation and restoration efforts underway around the world.

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Joy House Blu-ray Review: Love and Death on the French Riviera

Guess who will prevail in this deadly battle of wits, superbly enhanced by its impeccably cool era, setting, score, and stars.

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Book Review: Listen, Beautiful Márcia by Marcello Quintanilha

Award-winning Brazilian graphic novel follows the life of a virtuous and hard-working nurse who isn’t defined by her home in the favela.

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Anna May Wong Collection Blu-ray Review: To Wong Blu, Thanks for Everything

While Wong’s work has been fairly obscure in recent times, this set succeeds in returning her to the conversation and making her films easily accessible.

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Book Review: Daughters of Snow and Cinders by Núria Tamarit

Núria Tamarit’s new graphic novel tracks her heroine’s path from the fringes of frontier society to the icy heart of the wilderness.

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One Way Passage Blu-ray Review: Book This Voyage

A brisk and satisfying rollercoaster ride through an improbable romance set amongst the elegance of Depression-era high seas travel.

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Sick of Myself Movie Review: The Dark Side of Narcissism

Kristoffer Borgli’s film is decidedly thought-provoking and blisteringly original, anchored by strong performances and brisk, assured direction.

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The Hunters: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 DVD Review: A Man Called Backström

The new DVD set is a great introduction for new Backström viewers and a welcome return of an old friend for veteran fans.

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iMordecai DVD Review: Judd Hirsch Strikes Gold in His Golden Years

First-time writer/director Marvin Samel has crafted a hidden gem that is sure to be embraced by all viewers who manage to unearth it.

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Secret Defense Blu-ray Review: Twisty Secrets Hampered by Indefensible Direction

The twisty story unfolds into a tale of unresolved family trauma that has the potential to explain two deaths while possibly leading to more.

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Arsène Lupin Collection Blu-ray Review: Two Hits and a Miss

Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray collection is a fantastic look at the famous gentleman thief’s classic mid-20th century French interpretations.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation 4-Movie Collection 4K UHD Review: First 4K Contact

This 4K box set release feels long overdue, but the superior technical results indicate that it was worth the wait.

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Book Review: The Heavy Bright by Cathy Malkasian

Malkasian’s graphic novel is stuffed with fascinating characters and themes all brought to life through masterful writing and dreamy artwork.

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Knockabout Blu-ray Review: Sticks, Shticks, and Slapstick

Arrow Video continues their new series of Sammo Hung releases with this action comedy from early in his directorial career.

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Make Believe Seattle 2023 Review: Smoking Causes Coughing

Quentin Dupieux’s new film is both a delirious send-up of superhero movies and a delightful homage to cheesy schlockfests of the past.

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The Son of the Stars Movie Review: Rare ‘80s Romanian Cartoon Gets Blu-ray Release

Thanks to Deaf Crocodile Films, U.S. viewers will finally get the chance to watch this Romanian sci-fi rarity.

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Book Review: Ephemera: A Memoir by Briana Loewinsohn

Briana Loewinsohn’s debut graphic novel heralds the arrival of an intriguing new talent already operating at a masterful level.

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Book Review: Mickey and Donald: For Whom the Doorbell Tolls

This Disney comic collection is an innovative lab experiment utilizing Ernest Hemingway’s works as a jumping-off point for inspired creativity.

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Book Review: Evita: The Life and Work of Eva Perón by Héctor Germán Oesterheld, Alberto and Enrique Breccia

Fantagraphics continues their series of Alberto Breccia releases with this graphic biography of the polarizing Argentine icon, Evita.

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Millionaires’ Express Blu-ray Review: Chinese Bullet Train

Book a return trip to the glory days of Hong Kong action cinema with this new restoration of an early Sammo Hung classic.

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The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Blu-ray Review: Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast

Shirley MacLaine leads a flighty tale of comic marital infidelity set in London in the Swinging Sixties, long on style but short on logic.

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Love on the Ground Blu-ray Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Director Jacques Rivette delights in pulling the curtain back on a playwright’s odd creative process, but fails to develop a compelling plot.

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Emily Movie Review: Frances O’Connor’s Directorial Debut Soars to Wuthering Heights

Frances O’Connor reimagines the final years of Emily Brontë’s life in this stunning period drama, heralding her arrival as a creative force to be watched.

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Let’s Hope It’s a Girl Blu-ray Review: Italian Film, Continental Cast

The film is best for fans of Deneuve and Ullmann, as its paper-thin, meandering plot only serves as grist for its girl-power mill.

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Book Review: The Extraordinary Part: Book One: Orsay’s Hands by Florent Ruppert and Jerome Mulot

This graphic novel imagines a world much like our own with one difference: the presence of huge, harmless creatures who have been integrated into society.

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That Man Bolt Blu-ray Review: That Man Hammer

Fred “The Hammer” Williamson stars in a broadly entertaining action movie that caters to his imposing physicality and enchanting charisma.

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Little Nicholas: Happy as Can Be Movie Review: Adventures in Real and Imagined Past

This charming French animated feature combines the fictional adventures of Nicholas with the real-life story of his creators.

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Broker Movie Review: The Korean Shoplifters

As he did in Shoplifters, writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda once again challenges us to embrace characters that our instincts tell us to shun.

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The Girl on a Motorcycle Blu-ray Review: Spins Its Stylish Wheels

If ultra-suave Alain Delon with young Marianne Faithfull in a black leather catsuit is enough to rev your engine, the film delivers in spades.

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5-25-77 Blu-ray Review: A Long Time Ago in a Town Far, Far Away

Patrick Read Johnson’s largely autobiographical ode to ’70s sci-fi finally lands in our galaxy 18 years after it was filmed.

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Entre Nous Blu-ray Review: Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

Writer/director Diane Kurys borrowed from her own family history to craft this story about two women finding their way in the aftermath of World War II.

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Three Thousand Years of Longing Blu-ray Review: George Miller’s Genie

Writer/director George Miller enables his whimsical side in between Mad Max movies in this modern riff on the Aladdin myth.

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Book Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth by Dan Watters and Dev Pramanik

The book is at its best after the comic concludes, thanks to a hefty bonus section with stills and information about the film’s production.

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Private Desert Blu-ray Review: Troubled Characters Seek Their Oasis

This Brazilian film lingers in memory due to its incandescent performances and its examination of an unconventional love story.

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Carmen (2022) Blu-ray Review: Welcome to Malta

As a breezy Mediterranean trifle, it’s worth watching for the scenery, the mostly upbeat plot, and the commanding performance by McElhone.

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Bullet Train Blu-ray Review: Snakes on a Train

Director David Leitch overcomes the space constraints of the train to deliver an amusing, action-packed thrill ride that never feels overly confined.

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Going Places Blu-ray Review: Traveling Nowhere, Reaching Enlightenment

Blier’s film is a marvel, a story about small-time crooks that manages to steal our hearts.

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TV Review: Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic Book

After 40 years of ongoing publication, the Love & Rockets comic book is long overdue for a celebratory retrospective.

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A Fugitive from the Past Blu-ray Review: An Epic from the Past Finally Reaches USA

Director Tomu Uchida’s sprawling 1965 crime drama has finally arrived on home video for the first time outside of Japan.

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The House of the Lost on the Cape Blu-ray Review: House of Lost Time

Kawatsura has the technical chops to put together a warm, good-looking film, but his treatment of the story is simply too precious to deliver any kind of payoff for viewers.

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South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition Blu-ray Review

Due to the lack of any strong directorial hand or narrative flow, the footage largely feels like watching someone’s vacation movies, albeit a vacation in an endlessly fascinating environment.

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Rain 90th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: Luminous Joan Crawford Drives the Clouds Away

New restoration shines a light on a fascinating project anchored by Crawford’s spellbinding performance.

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Karmalink Blu-ray Review: Dreams of Treasure and Past Lives

The film moves very well, both in pacing and camerawork.

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If…. Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: If Only It Had a Plot

While McDowell shows clear signs of the counterculture fire that would erupt in A Clockwork Orange, his efforts are in service of a clearly lesser film.

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Neptune Frost Blu-ray Review: The Revolution Will Be Televised

This passion project by writer/composer/co-director Saul Williams is a kinetic, thought-provoking work that represents his strongest artistic statement to date. 

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The Gilded Age: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Manhattan Abbey

Aside from the setting and U.S. cast, the show feels like it belongs on BBC, which has its pros and cons. 

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Night Gallery: Season Two Blu-ray Review: The Gallery Expands

The new Blu-ray set is essential for all fans of the series and/or Rod Serling’s overall work.

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My Old School Movie Review: Something Is Rotten in Scotland

In 1993, a 16-year-old boy named Brandon Lee enrolled at a secondary school in an upscale neighborhood in Scotland. A few things immediately distinguished him from his peers: his mature appearance, his intellectual superiority, and his Canadian accent. Still, he gradually acclimated to Bearsden Academy and found a friend group of classmates that accepted him….

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The Nan Movie Review: Bad Grandma

While Tate is great as one of her signature characters, some odd decisions derail much of the goodwill for the production.

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Giallo Essentials [Black Edition] Blu-ray Box Set Review: Back in Black

Arrow Video is to be commended for continuing to spotlight the giallo genre in this handsome new box set.

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Hero (1997) Blu-ray Review: The Heroic Return of Shaw Brothers

Corey Yuen’s adept touch at action direction ensures that fight scenes are explosive and show Kaneshiro in the most favorable light as the true hero of the piece.

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Book Review: Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator by Sofia Warren

A fascinating peek behind the political curtains, giving readers unique insider access.

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The Clock Blu-ray Review: Judy Garland’s Time

The film often feels like a predecessor of The Out-of-Towners or Date Night, except here the couple are newly introduced and find their mishaps charming instead of additive to already dissolving relationships.

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Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray Review: A Whole New World

While the film just doesn’t flow as well as it could, the world building and character development are done with enough finesse to make the project worth watching. 

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The Red Shoes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: 15 Minutes in Heaven

Although the overall narrative is nothing special, those precious minutes of performance magnificence elevate the film to well-deserved classic status. 

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Uncharted Blu-ray Review: Charted in the Video Games

The film’s close adherence to the source material has its perks and drawbacks.

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Twisting the Knife: Four Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray Box Set Review

While all four films are independent projects with no recurring characters, they carry a unifying theme of deceitful women up to no good.

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Saturday Fiction Movie Review: Return of the Queen

It’s a treat to see Gong Li back in an art house-friendly Chinese drama.

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Paris, 13th District Movie Review: The City of Light Romance

Where Tomine’s original works were somewhat detached and unresolved, Audiard looks for and delivers emotional resonance in the wayward couplings of his characters.

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Book Review: The Junction by Norm Konyu

A winning junction of stellar art and spellbinding plot.

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Man’s Favorite Sport? Blu-ray Review: Rock Out of Water

Rock Hudson stars in this romantic comedy about the author of a well-known fishing guidebook who has never actually fished, making him sorely out of his depth when he’s forced to enter a fishing competition. He’s also burdened with the annoying but adorable press agent Paula Prentiss who arranged the competition but seems determined to…

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Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray Review: One Pickle, Two Crows, and a Multiverse of Mirth

A series so popular that the studio keeps releasing “complete” series sets in the wake of each season rather than waiting until the series finally runs its entire course.

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Blue Skies Blu-ray Review: Holiday Inn Revisited

Crosby and Astaire are delights performing solo and together.

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Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray Box Set Review

The five films presented here are completely straightforward, pedestrian affairs without any hint of experimentation.

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The Three Musketeers (1948) Blu-ray Review: Night of 100 Stars

In spite of the film’s split personality, it’s worth viewing for the amazing amount and variety of stars.

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Drive My Car Movie Review: A Sublime Journey

As the least-known contender in this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees, Drive My Car has the best opportunity to surprise Western viewers unfamiliar with its story or cast. Thankfully, it takes full advantage of that opportunity, with director and co-screenwriter Ryusuke Hamaguchi somehow managing to turn a minor Haruki Murakami short story into a three-hour…

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Catwoman: Hunted 4K Ultra HD Review: DC Goes Anime

The plot lets Catwoman do what she does best: steal stuff.

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The Lover 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Review: Fall in Love Again

Now 30 years after its theatrical release, the film has lost none of its power and is instead more stunning than ever thanks to this lush presentation.

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Giallo Essentials [Yellow Edition] Blu-ray Review: Masked Killers, Disrobed Victims

Arrow Video’s second box set collection of giallo classics is now available, arriving less than a month after the first collection. Unlike the first set, all three of the films presented here are more what one would consider true gialli, with seedy crime plots stuffed with sex and gore. All three films are presented in…

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West Side Story (2021) Movie Review: Spielberg Keeps It Real

Spielberg proves to be adept at filming a musical, and is probably the only living director who could have pulled it off this successfully.

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Giallo Essentials [Red Edition] Blu-ray Box Set Review: Mixed Bag, Solid Box

The set is the first of a planned multi-volume collection of giallo essentials, intended to provide neophytes and connoisseurs with a treasury of classics.

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Night Gallery Season One Blu-ray Review: Rod Serling’s Other Series Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

The new set contains the feature-length pilot episode as well as all six hour-long episodes.

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Mad Max Anthology 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Work in Progress

This is the only series where I like each film more than the one that preceded it.

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Freud Blu-ray Review: Montgomery Clift Exorcises His Demons

This mid-career effort by legendary director John Houston is overlong, clinical, and ponderous, and yet Montgomery Clift’s tortured lead performance demands attention and rescues the film. The film is less a biography than an exploration of Sigmund Freud’s few seminal research years that led to his groundbreaking work in the field of psychology. Freud teams…

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Lullaby of Broadway Blu-ray Review: Don’t Sleep on This Joyous Delight

So joyous and feel-good that it’s impossible to watch without a smile on your face.

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The Bitter Stems Blu-ray Review: Argentine Noir

Alfredo Gasper is a hard-working newspaper reporter in Argentina who has become disillusioned about the trajectory of his stalled career. When he’s drowning his sorrows at an upscale bar one night, he chats with the friendly Hungarian bartender and former journalist named Paar Liudas. Together, they cook up a get-rich-quick scheme to establish a bogus…

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Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: More Loverly Than Ever

A must-have for curious newcomers as well Hepburn aficionados.

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Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Video Game Review: Allons-y!

Licensed video games are always fraught with the peril of hardcore fan expectations vs. actual gameplay. Add in the burden of Doctor Who’s nearly 60-year franchise history and a baker’s dozen of Doctors, each with their own fans and detractors, and it seems foolish to even attempt to adapt the property to the gaming world….

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Change of Habit Blu-ray Review: Easy Habit to Break

Elvis Presley’s performance as a doctor running an inner-city clinic is about as lackluster as that nutty premise.

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Becoming Cousteau Movie Review: From Exploration to Conservation

A loving and informative tribute to this titan of oceanography and conservation.

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Come September Blu-ray Review: Hudson Rocks the Riviera

Rock Hudson is in prime leading man form in this beautifully photographed 1961 romp through the Italian Riviera. Hudson plays an American playboy named Robert who is so well off he can afford to own and maintain an exquisite Italian villa he only visits in September every year. He also maintains a relationship with a…

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On Broadway DVD Review: Start Spreading the News

Essential viewing for musical theatre fans as well as students who weren’t around for the historical moments of the last 50 years.

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Blithe Spirit (2020) Blu-ray Review: Bland and Unspirited, But Mann and Fisher Shine

Noel Coward’s play has been adapted for the screen multiple times dating back to 1945, but it’s been long enough since any recent attempt that someone had to make another run at it. While the cast is strong, the conventional direction by Edward Hall is uninspired, making this a fairly unspirited take on the Coward…

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The Nowhere Inn Movie Review: Make Plans to Check In

Her completely unconventional film is certain to find a devoted fan base, even as it risks disappointing her most ardent supporters hoping for more music.

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In the Good Old Summertime Blu-ray Review: You’ve Got Snail Mail

This 1949 Judy Garland vehicle that is an update of the 1940 Jimmy Stewart movie, The Shop Around the Corner,

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Blind Beast Blu-ray Review: An Assured Vision by Director Yasuzo Masumura

The film is at its best when the captive Aki starts poking apart the relationship dynamic between the fully grown but totally dependent man and his nurturing old mother.

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Thoroughly Modern Millie Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming

Kino Lorber has opted to provide the full roadshow version of the film.

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The Daimajin Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set: Stone Cold Kaiju Action

Generally overlooked in the West, but thanks to this expertly produced new box set the films have a much better chance to connect with discerning kaiju fans.

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It Happened at the World’s Fair Blu-ray Review: It Probably Shouldn’t Have

Elvis is totally fine in the film, but he’s hampered by a bizarre script and a lackluster leading lady in the icy Joan O’Brien.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Blu-ray Review: Almost a Home Run

A Warner Archive release that I would point to if asked to recommend one of their titles from a technical perspective.

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An American in Paris: The Musical Blu-ray Review: C’est Bon

A fun, engaging show that is well worth a look by all musical theatre fans.

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Years of Lead Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Review: Transforms Lead into Gold

Arrow Video’s new box set aims to shine a light on poliziotescchi, police action films that generally took a more serious, realistic approach to their mayhem.

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It Happened on 5th Avenue Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming Happenstance

The story is sweet, heartwarming, and wholly enjoyable nearly 75 years later.

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Irezumi Blu-ray Review: Kiss of the Spider Woman

Another gem in Arrow Video’s rapidly expanding roster of spectacular niche films, and well worth adding to the library of all fans of Japanese cinema.

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World of Wong Kar Wai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: What a Wonderful World

This incomplete masterwork is still far and away one of the best and most important sets ever released by Criterion.

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Madame Curie Blu-ray Review: Geniuses Oblivious to Their Attraction

The chemistry between the actors is undeniable, especially since they had already teamed together in the six-time Oscar-winning film, Mrs. Miniver.

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Ziegfeld Follies Blu-ray Review: Two Hours of Follies, Half Hour of Jollies

While it’s not consistently enjoyable, the overwhelming caliber of talent and the many high-quality production numbers make it a worthwhile curiosity.

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Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Dolby Atmos to the Rescue

Just in time for this month’s 40th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Indiana Jones, this new box set presents the first four films in 4K UHD for the first time. No Blu-ray discs of the films are present, although all bonus features are stored on a separate Blu-ray. The dashing adventurer Dr. Jones (Harrison…

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Just a Gigolo Blu-ray Review: Bowie and Dietrich Make the Best of a Misfire

Although the film was a critical and commercial disaster, it’s worth a watch thanks to its amazing cast and its peculiar uniqueness.

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Tove Movie Review: Moomin Mama Makes Her Mark

Tove is beautifully staged and photographed, looking far more accomplished than its meager budget would seem to support.

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The Tender Trap Blu-ray Review: Trapped in Dated Attitudes But Still Tender Fun

While the film leans too heavily on its original source material as a play to be an essential classic film, it’s a satisfying trap for fans of the cast.

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Santa Sangre 4K UHD Limited Edition Box Set Review: Jodorowsky’s True Vision

Santa Sangre is truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

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Flowers of Shanghai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mise-ry en Scene

Criterion is to be commended for giving this new restoration a full-featured U.S. Blu-ray release.

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Blu-ray Review: Solid Comedy Construction

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy have very convincing chemistry, no doubt greatly aided by their prior two screen pairings.

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Masculin Feminin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Tres Chic

The film achieves Godard’s objective of showing what life was like for Parisians in their early twenties in the 1960s.

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Annie Get Your Gun Blu-ray Review: Shoots a Few Blanks but Hits the Overall Target

The film is an important piece of Broadway and Hollywood history that is long overdue for Blu-ray treatment.

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Broadway Melody of 1940 Blu-ray Review: De-Lovely

The obvious draws are the star turn by Fred Astaire and the songs by Cole Porter, but co-star Eleanor Powell nearly steals the show.

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On Moonlight Bay Blu-ray Review: Day and MacRae Play on the Bay

Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are mesmerizing and ultimately elevate the project into a pleasant diversion as we root for their characters to find happiness.

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Book Review: Corto Maltese: Mu, The Lost Continent by Hugo Pratt

Hugo Pratt wraps up the graphic novel tales of his swashbuckling explorer.

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Three Films by Luis Buñuel Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Don’s Swan Songs

Legendary director wraps up a five decade career with three impressive films.

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The Harvey Girls Blu-ray Review: MGM Misses the Bullseye

The musical misses the mark, but is worth viewing for key contributions from Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, and Angela Lansbury.

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Young Man with a Horn Blu-ray Review: Birth of the Cool

Kirk Douglas helps to start a sea change in the Hollywood status quo with this ultra-cool performance.

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Saturday Night Live: The Early Years: The Best of Seasons 1-5 DVD Box Set Review

Box set features a mostly strong curated selection of classic episodes featuring the original cast.

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The Pirate Blu-ray Review: Choppy Seas Lead to Treasure

Gene Kelly and Judy Garland struggle to right this listing ship.

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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 Criterion Collection Box Set Review

Scorsese guides viewers through little-known gems from around the world.

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Sukiyaki Western Django Blu-ray Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Quentin

Takashi Miike takes an inspired stab at the spaghetti Western genre.

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Taste of Cherry Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not to Everyone’s Taste

Iranian classic finally gets a Criterion Blu-ray release.

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Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto Blu-ray Box Set Review

Arrow’s impressive box set contains a whopping 10 films surveying the career of this film auteur.

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Wild Palms Blu-ray Review: It’s No Twin Peaks

Futuristic miniseries throws in so many ideas that it never settles on one.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Burning Bright

This mesmerizing French film offers a fresh take on artist/muse romance and social class distinction

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Watchmen (2019): An HBO Limited Series Blu-ray Review: An Instant Classic

Damon Lindeloff strikes gold with a seemingly impossible project.

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The Gentlemen Blu-ray Review: Finally, a Real Guy Ritchie Film

After a decade-long string of big-budget adaptations, writer/director Ritchie returns to his indie crime roots.

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Superman: Red Son 4K UHD Review: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Communist

Mark Millar’s classic comic book proves to be more relevant than ever in this animated adaptation.

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Frozen II Blu-ray Review: Call the Police, It Got Robbed of an Oscar Nomination

The gang returns for a new adventure outside of Arendelle.

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The Addams Family (2019) Blu-ray Review: Not Creepy or Kooky

Animated take on the famous family is so bland it practically vanishes from sight.

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The Lighthouse Blu-ray Review: A Shining Beacon of Excellence

A two-hander where your two hands will be firmly embedded in your armrests.

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Lucy in the Sky Movie Review: No Diamonds Here

Noah Hawley’s feature film directorial debut fails to launch.

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Hustlers (2019) Blu-ray Review: Hustles the Audience

Aside from some energetic performances, the film shows very little hustle.

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63 UP Movie Review: The Best Reality Show of All Time

Michael Apted’s legendary documentary series returns with its latest seven-year installment.

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All About Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: All the World’s a Stage

The legendary Oscar-winning film arrives in a brand-new 4K restoration, just in time for its 70th anniversary.

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The Wizard of Oz 4K UHD Review: Somewhere Over the HDR Rainbow

The classic arrives on 4K for the first time.

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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 4K Ultra HD Review: All Hail the Princess

Diana tees off against a massive array of all-female baddies in this original story.

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Midsommar Blu-ray Review: Unsettling in Any Season

Ari Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary confirms his unique talent.

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Dilili in Paris Movie Review: Michel Ocelot’s Love Letter to the City of Light

Ocelot’s distinctive voice shines through in his latest animated feature film.

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Anna 4K Ultra HD Review: La Femme Anna

Luc Besson returns to his favorite plot subject: a resourceful woman in peril

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The Koker Trilogy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Rise of Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami’s mid-career trio of films announced him to the international film community

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Batman: Hush 4K Ultra HD Review: The Bat, the Cat, and Villains Aplenty

One of the stronger DCU animated films, in spite of some changes to the original story.

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Missing Link Blu-ray Review: Missing Story, Finding Artistry

Laika’s latest project is a masterful triumph of artistry hampered by a mediocre story

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The Doors: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD Review: Break on Through

Nearly 30 years after its original theatrical release, The Doors has been re-released in a stunning new 4K restoration that makes the film more immersive than ever.

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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 5, 1985-1986 by Stan Lee, Floro Dery, and Dan Barry

Stan Lee completely eschews supervillains for a two-year comic strip run of real-world issues.

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Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray Review: Return of the King, or Don Quixote?

The legendary anime director emerges from retirement once again, with a documentary crew in tow exploring whether he’s still the master or just chasing an old man’s folly.

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Liz and the Blue Bird Blu-ray Review: Take a Flyer on This Moving Anime Film

Close friends face the end of high school and differing plans for the future.

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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Blu-ray Review: Anime at Its Finest

Veteran scriptwriter Mari Okada makes a dazzling directorial debut.

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Humans 3.0 Blu-ray Review: Third Time Is the Charm

The third season succeeds by totally resetting the premise of the show for the better.

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Blindspotting Blu-ray Review: Not Throwing Away Their Shot

Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs and his best friend team up to write and star in this thought-provoking film.

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A Story from Chikamatsu Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tale Worth Watching

Criterion continues their welcome attention to the works of director Kenji Mizoguchi with this superb new Blu-ray release.

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BlacKkKlansman Blu-ray Review: Power to the People

Spike Lee’s latest joint recounts a true tale of an African-American cop’s infiltration of the KKK.

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Shampoo Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn relive the swinging ’60s in the mid-’70s.

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Sorry to Bother You Blu-ray Review: Better Bother to Watch This Film

Writer/director Boots Riley crafts a thoroughly engrossing debut feature film.

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Blu-ray Review: Don’t Worry, You Didn’t Miss Anything

Gus Van Sant assembles an impressive cast for a lackluster biopic.

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Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. Movie Review: Raw / Chaotic / Fascinating

Less a documentary than a lightly curated trip through M.I.A.’s personal video archives, the film explores her wildly unconventional life.

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My Man Godfrey Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: My Man Powell Strikes Gold

Screwball comedy masks an insightful examination of the class divide in the wake of the Great Depression

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Tag Blu-ray Review: Chase This Down

Although Tag seemed to get overlooked in this summer’s box office competition, it’s well worth chasing down on Blu-ray this fall.

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Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji Blu-ray Review: Low on Blood, High on Social Commentary

Despite the lurid title, Tomu Uchida’s most famous work is more social commentary road movie than samurai action film.

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Woman Is the Future of Man / Tale of Cinema Blu-ray Review: Best Left in the Arthouse

Double feature from filmmaker Hong Sangsoo presents two equally bewildering tales.

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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Portrait of the Artist As a Fascinating Man

Director Paul Schrader crafts a daring, spellbinding biography of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

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Peter Pan (1953) Blu-ray Review: Soars with Hours of Bonus Features

The latest release of this animated classic includes over two hours of bonus features.

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Annihilation Blu-ray Review: Alex Garland Annihilates the Sophomore Slump

Garland follows up his impressive directorial debut on Ex Machina with another unsettling sci-fi tale.

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Batman Ninja Blu-ray Review: East Meets West

Japanese anime creators play in the DC sandbox.

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In the Fade Blu-ray Review: Law and Order and Nazis

Diane Kruger puts in a powerful performance in this Golden Globe winner.

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The Post Blu-ray Review: All the News That Fits

Spielberg surrounds himself with an incredible cast and crew for an average story.

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Tomb Raider (2018) Movie Review: Dead on Arrival

There’s a tomb and some raiding, but weak direction and scripting doom this one to an early grave.

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Elevator to the Gallows Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Ruthless People

French director Louis Malle launched his award-winning career with this spellbinding crime thriller.

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Blade of the Immortal Blu-ray Review: The Immortal Takashi Miike

Veteran director Takashi Miike reaches the unimaginable milestone of his 100th film with this spellbinding supernatural samurai tale.

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Blu-ray Review: The Steampunk World’s Greatest Detective

While it’s an above average DCU animated film, it’s best for viewers with no knowledge of its superior comic book source.

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Napping Princess Blu-ray Review: Don’t Sleep on This

Veteran anime writer/director Kenji Kamiyama successfully launches a delightful new property.

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The Breakfast Club Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Don’t You Forget About These Bonus Features

Criterion’s new edition of the classic ’80s film is packed with hours of fascinating bonus features.

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My Little Pony: The Movie Blu-ray Review: Friendship Is Magic

The veteran animated series makes a successful jump to a feature film.

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England Is Mine Blu-ray Review: Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

Morrissey biopic explores his formative years to no great effect.

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Book Review: Silly Symphonies Volume 3: The Complete Disney Classics 1939-1942

Contains only one Silly Symphonies adaptation, but plenty of other Disney magic.

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The Villainess Blu-ray Review: Villainous Melodrama Mars Mind-Blowing Action

Korean import mixes hyperkinetic action scenes with insufferable melodrama and confusing flashbacks.

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8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars DVD Review: The Real Halt and Catch Fire

Documentary chronicles the rise and fall of Commodore Business Machines.

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Superman / Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray Review: Destined to Be a Fan Favorite

It’s great to see so much effort put into delivering a robust and informative package.

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Vampyr Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Come for the Film, Stay for the Book

The film excels at creepy atmosphere, but the included source novel is the more entertaining story.

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The Beguiled (2017) Blu-ray Review: Coppola Beguiles Viewers

Don’t let the period costumes scare you away; this film is a spellbinding thriller that transcends its setting.

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New Battles Without Honor and Humanity Blu-ray Box Set Review: Movies with Honor

Director Kinji Fukasaku and star Junta Sugawara team up again for more impressive results.

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Batman and Harley Quinn Blu-ray Review: Poison, But Not the Ivy Kind

Bruce Timm disrespects his Harley Quinn creation in this sophomoric travesty.

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Hopscotch Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Matthau Supremacy

Matthau plays a disgruntled spy out for comedic payback against his boss.

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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 4, 1983-1984 by Stan Lee, Fred Kida, and Floro Dery

The creative trio do their best to elevate uninspired plots contributed by Marvel’s bullpen.

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Get Out Blu-ray Review: Get In

Writer Jordan Peele makes a winning theatrical debut as director.

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Books Review: Donald Duck: The Complete Daily Newspaper Comics, Volume 3 and The Complete Sunday Newspaper Comics, Volume 2 (1943-1945)

IDW Publishing’s latest Donald Duck comic strip collections drive home the U.S. domestic impact of World War II while also serving up laughs aplenty.

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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3, 1969-1972

Final collection of Silver Age Batman daily comic strips finds our hero in decline due to diminishing publication and artistic changes.

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808 Movie Review: All About That Bass

Documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine explores its indelible contributions to modern music.

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Lone Wolf and Cub Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Manga Comes to Life

Chanbara film series is aided by the screenwriting of the manga series creator, Kazuo Koike.

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Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: New Features for the Old Classic

The tale as old as time gets some brand new bonus features for its 25th anniversary release.

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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 3, 1981-1982 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Fred Kida

Stan Lee contributes his most original stories to date, aided by great incoming artist Fred Kida.

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The Jungle Book (2016) Blu-ray Review: Much More Than the Bare Necessities

Jon Favreau’s live action/CG remake hits the mark.

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Zootopia Blu-ray Review: The Great Bunny Detective

Disney’s latest animated adventure focuses on an odd couple of buddies tasked with setting aside their differences for the greater good.

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The Naked Island Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Japanese film explores the travails of a poor farming family without the use of dialogue.

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans Blu-ray Review: That’s So Raven, Damian

Weak plotting in the first half undermines a terrific final act.

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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 2, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

Marvel legend John Romita’s four-year run on on Spidey’s daily comic strip adventures draws to a close.

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Sisters (2015) Blu-ray Review: Forty-Six Candles

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up again for a rollicking coming-of-middle-age comedy.

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SPECTRE Blu-ray Review: Ghosts of Bond’s Past

Craig and Mendes re-team for an effort that falls short of Skyfall’s heights, but not by much.

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Bridge of Spies Blu-ray Review: Spielberg’s History Tour Reaches the Cold War

In Steven Spielberg’s latest history lesson, our professor/director tackles the Cold War.

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Bitter Rice Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Beauty of the Downtrodden

This 1949 Italian film marries social commentary about the lower class with rewarding drama and romance.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Blu-ray Review: Diminishing Returns

Second film in the Maze Runner cycle fails to build upon the strengths of its predecessor.

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Jellyfish Eyes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Unsurprising 

Takashi Murakami’s first film is fun for the whole family but sorely lacking his usual artistic iconoclasm.

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Trainwreck Blu-ray Review: Apatow Wrecks the Comedy

Schumer gets some laughs, but Apatow seems determined to be a drama director.

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A Special Day Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Special Performances from Italian Screen Legends

Italian stars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni play against type in this beguiling drama.

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games DVD Review: Ponies No More

The third full-length movie starring alternate universe human versions of My Little Pony characters.

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Empire: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Birth of a Dynasty

The series marks the triumphant return of the nighttime soap opera to network TV.

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Pitch Perfect 2 Blu-ray Review: Re-Introducing Hailee Steinfeld

Steinfeld shines, Banks makes a fine director, but the returning characters tread water due to Kay Cannon’s subpar script.

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Stray Cat Rock Review: Bento Box of ’70s Delights

Box set compiles five groovy ’70s Japanese films.

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Orphan Black: Season Three Blu-ray Review: Maslany Clones a Success

BBC America’s ambitious sci-fi show returns its focus to Maslany’s multiple characters.

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Insurgent Blu-ray Review: Improved FX Help It Surge Above Its Predecessor

The second entry in The Divergent Series benefits from fancy special effects but not much else.

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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 1, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

This collection provides ideal format for cohesively enjoying the long-form stories.

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Star Wars Celebration 2015 Review: The Biggest Star Wars Convention in the Galaxy

The world’s largest Star Wars convention offered stars, cosplay, exclusive merchandise and recreated film sets.

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Batman vs. Robin Blu-ray Review: Another Dark and Dangerous Day in Gotham

DC’s latest animated film is a dark but engaging adaptation of Batman’s Court of Owls storyline.

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness DVD Review: The Glorious End of an Era

Documentary shines a spotlight on the legendary animation Studio Ghibli and its visionary co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.

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Atlas Shrugged Part III Blu-ray Review: Fool’s Gold

Producer John Aglialoro completes his quixotic quest to adapt Ayn Rand’s epic novel to the screen.

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The Maze Runner Digital HD Review: Lord of the Labyrinth Flies

Derivative of many other dystopian works, but with enough fresh spin and worthwhile performances to make it a winner.

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Cinema Sentries

It Happened One Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Original Runaway Bride

Frank Capra’s romantic comedy classic shines in new Criterion release.

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Unit One: Set 1-3 DVD Review: Hannibal Plays a Cop

Emmy-winning Danish TV series features Mads Mikkelsen as an unconventional detective.

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Miss Marple: Volume 1 DVD Review: Old Dames Rule

Agatha Christie’s approved actress expertly brings her literary heroine to life in the investigation of deaths.

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Snowpiercer (2013) Blu-ray Review: Off to See the Wizard

Intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi drama with winning performances and production design.

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Neighbors (2014) Blu-ray Review: All Good in This Hood 

The 2nd biggest live-action comedy of 2014 has an incredibly simple premise but surprises with its refreshing delivery.

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Death in Paradise: Season Two DVD Review: Conventional Murder Mysteries, Unconventional Setting

Second season of this tropical murder series flirts with interdepartmental romance but otherwise maintains staid formula.

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All That Jazz Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Lord of the Dance

Bob Fosse’s crowning directorial achievement shines in the Criterion spotlight.

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