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Digital Week - June 2nd

Blu-rays of the Week Cymbeline / Tracers (Lionsgate) Shakespeare's Cymbeline—a complex, problematic but ultimately rewarding play—has been transformed by director Michael Almereyda into an obtuse and pointless drama about outlaw bikers and even

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Tribeca Film Fest Roundup 2015

At the recently completed 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival, the film I most wanted to see was Jimmy's Hall (opening July 3), the latest and—it's rumored—last drama by prolific British director Ken Loach, whose unapologetically leftist 50-year career

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Digital Week - May 26th

Blu-rays of the Week Ballet 422 (Magnolia) Jason Peck, choreographing the New York City Ballet's 422nd ballet at age 24, is seen in Jody Lee Lipes' intriguing documentary creating his new work (and humbly dealing with his star dancers, sets,

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Digital Week - May 19th

Blu-rays of the Week American Sniper (Warners) With this biopic about Chris Kyle, the lethal sniper who terrorized insurgents during his four tours of duty in Iraq, Clint Eastwood has made a surprisingly conventional war movie, flattening out

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Digital Week - May 12th

Blu-rays of the Week The Firebird (Euroarts) / Jiri Kylian—The Choreographer (Arthaus Musik) The excellent 2003 Canadian film of Igor Stravinsky's classic ballet The Firebird—which features two supreme dancers, Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar

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Digital Week - May 5th

Blu-rays of the Week Accidental Love (Millennium) The back story to this feeble attempt at a political farce is more interesting than what's onscreen: it was made in 2008 as Nailed, directed by David O. Russell and with rising young stars Jake

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Digital Week - April 28th

Blu-rays of the Week Blind Woman's Curse / Massacre Gun (Arrow USA) 1970's Blind Woman's Curse, Teruo Ishii's colorfully choreographed bloodbath, follows dragon-tattooed female yakuzas being tailed by a vengeance-minded victim who skins their

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Digital Week - April 21st

Blu-rays of the Week Echoes (Anchor Bay) When a young writer with nightmarish visions brought on by her inability to sleep stays at her boyfriend's glass house in the desert to get needed seclusion, her problem gets worse, as people begin

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Digital Week - April 14th

Blu-rays of the Week Big Eyes (Anchor Bay/Weinstein Co)
 In Tim Burton's most fully realized film since 2004's Big Fish, the stranger-than-fiction true story of Margaret Keane, who ghost-painted a series of popular (and infamous) works in the

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Digital Week - April 7th

Blu-rays of the Week Grantchester (PBS) In this slow but absorbing PBS Mystery series, small-town vicar Sidney Chambers (discovering that most people will talk to a priest) aids skeptically hard-nosed detective Geordie Keating in criminal

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Digital Week - March 31st

Blu-rays of the Week Daryl Hall John Oates—Live in Dublin (Eagle Rock) Amazingly, Philly-soul masters Hall & Oates had never played Dublin before this 2014 concert in the Irish capital's Olympia Theatre, as the legendary pop duo performs a

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Digital Week - March 24th

Blu-rays of the Week The Divine Move (CJ Entertainment) In this action-packed Korean drama, a professional player of the game GO, framed for his brother's murder, returns from prison to extract revenge on one of his opponents, and a final game

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Digital Week - March 10th

Blu-rays of the Week Believe Me (Virgil Films) This labored comedy about hypocrisy and faith follows a desperate college student who bilks many easily fooled churchgoers out of their money by donating to his phony charity, with all of the

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Digital Week - March 3rd

Blu-rays of the Week Beyond the Lights (Fox) In her long-awaited followup to 2008's The Secret Life of Bees (her only previous feature was 2000's affecting Love and Basketball), writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood has made a melodramatic

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Digital Week - February 24th

Birdman (Fox) One of the most annoying of recent Oscar-winning Best Pictures comprises Emmanuel Lubezki's relentlessly mobile Oscar-winning photography, scenery-chewing performers delivering moronic dialogue dreamed up by four Oscar-winning writers

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Digital Week - February 17th

Blu-rays of the Week A Day in the Country (Criterion) A masterpiece in miniature, Jean Renoir's buoyant 40-minute short might be his profoundest statement mainly because he refrains from making one: this graciously comic look at a city clan's

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Digital Week - February 10th

Blu-rays of the Week Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Disney) Judith Viorst's beloved children's book about a young boy whose crappy day extends to his mom and dad as well has been expanded into this

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Digital Week - February 3rd

Blu-rays of the Week Before I Go to Sleep (Fox) Despite a compelling performance by Nicole Kidman as a woman whose memory goes blank every morning as she pieces together fragments of what's happened to her, this tepid thriller from S.J.

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