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New and Coming Releases: Feb 1, 2011.

 

We don't know if the groundhog will see his shadow tomorrow, but he should certainly see all the films out on DVD this week, because it's a great collection of titles from all over the world. A surprisingly good horror remake, a stark sci-fi/romance, a noodly remake of sorts, a must-see doc, indie horror and more. Check it out.

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Dogtooth

Reviewer: Steve Dollar 
Rating (out of 5): *****

Today's news that Dogtooth (perfectly timed with the DVD release) has been nominated for an Academy Award in the best foreign film category is stunning. While it's gratifying to know that one of 2010's most outré critical favorites somehow slipped into what typically is the mushiest of Oscar competitions, it's even more fun to imagine the reactions of more middlebrow Academy voters to this perverse family drama. I expect a whole lot of “what...the...?” reactions.

The second feature from Greek director Giorgos Lanthimosis set in a studiously blank ex-urban home where three children - actually, fully grown college-age adults - spend their days competing in absurd challenges like: Who can inhale ether and not pass out the longest? For their dedication and achievement, the kids are rewarded with colorful stickers they can apply to the headboards of their beds. T

 

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2011 Oscar Nominations

Herewith, the list of all the Oscar nominees, with links to those already on DVD. Winners announced Feb 27, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New and Coming Releases: January 18, 2011.

   

A lot of good films are out on DVD today, including another of our best of 2010 picks, plus a nice indie treat from an actor/director, a compelling doc, a claustrophobic thriller, and more. Check these out and some very cool titles coming soon, all within.

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The Sicilian Girl

Reviewer: Jeffrey M. Anderson
Rating (out of 5): ***

Two years ago, Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah re-invented the Italian gangster film for the 21st century, and now Marco Amenta's The Sicilian Girl sends it back again. Like many movies based on true stories, it's hamstrung by a need to stay faithful and respectful to the original players, and never completely comes alive.

Ironically, the best scenes are the early ones set in 1984. They ooze a traditional kind of gangster movie, with slick mafia dons in pinstripe suits strolling around the town square, and the loyal peons kissing their rings. There's also more sheer movement here; the rest of the film gets rather stuck. It's in these early scenes that we first meet little Rita (Miriana Faja), who idolizes her father, and who witnesses his violent death.

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MICMACS DVD Giveaway!

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An underground lair serves as the point of inspiration for this "deeply whimsical fantasy comedy (with echoes of Jodorowsky's Rainbow Thief) from French cause célèbre Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie, The City of Lost Children)," set in a post-9/11 Europe. In Micmacs, underdogs battle heartless industrial giants, our gang relive the battle of David and Goliath, with all the imagination and fantasy of Buster Keaton. "At its best, Micmacs is a robust, enjoyably lunatic game," writes Tasha Robinson. "It's social commentary by way of a good Looney Tune." And now you have a chance to win the Micmacs DVD thanks to a giveaway sponsored by GreenCine and Sony Pictures Classics.

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Going the Distance

Reviewer: Jeffrey M. Anderson
Rating (out of 5): ***

Most American romantic comedies depend on some kind of lie to keep the drama going for 90 minutes. One love partner has some big secret that he or she just can't quite manage to tell the other. This basically means that, if someone would just speak up, there wouldn't be a movie. It goes without saying that this renders most romantic comedies totally uninteresting. Happily, Nanette Burstein's new Going the Distance is merely about a tough situation. Both partners are totally honest with one another, and they're genuinely in love, but they're simply having a tough time with the distance between them.

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New and Coming Releases: December 7, 2010.

     

Titles big and small are out today, from small international sleepers to huge-budget Sci-Fi, horror via Criterion, documentary and more. Come on inside to see what's out today and coming soon!

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New and Coming Releases: September 28, 2010.

   

A boatload of very intriguing titles are out on DVD today, including two from Criterion, horror (both Fangoria stuff and one set on a ski lift, brrr!), a raunchy. riotous road trip comedy, romance and a ton more. September goes out in style. Read on.

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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of 5): ***½

From the kaleidoscopic credits sequence -- gorgeous but approaching the headache-inducing -- it's clear that we're in for some visual splendor. And Netherlands-born adapter (of Chris Greenhalgh's novel) and director Jan Kounen certainly delivers on that promise: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is perhaps the most beautiful film of the year -- maybe several -- in terms of art direction, costumes and sets (including wallpaper and props). I am not being facetious: There is a lot be said for sheer beauty and taste regarding surroundings, particularly when all this is captured as stunningly as it is here (the widescreen cinematography is by David Ungaro).

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