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The Tree

Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of five): *** 1/2

That anyone could steal the thunder out from under an actress as always-fine as Charlotte Gainsbourg is surprising enough; that it would be a small girl named Morgana Davies with but a single credit behind her (for a film unreleased anywhere but in Australia -- and given but a single star on its IMDB site!) is a further oddity.

Yet Davies, in only her second role, excels. The movie is called The Tree, and it is very much worth viewing. The film's director, Julie Bertuccelli (of the much-heralded Since Otar Left), either cast her film strikingly well (every actor is on-point here, including the expansive arboreal giant in the title role) or else she has been able to bring out a remarkable emotional range coupled to an acute intelligence from Gainsbourg’s young co-star. Probably both.

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New and Coming Releases: November 15, 2011.

   

It's the circle of life for DVDs, The Lion King is re-released today along with a slew of other gems, including Fritz Lang's Metropolis with a wacked-out 80's soundtrack, a truly explosive and unique indie, Alex Cox, and more. 

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Great Directors

Reviewer: Jeffrey M Anderson
Rating (out of five): ***

If you're a certain kind of film fan, there's nothing quite like a good clip show. It's so easy to please these fans just by showing scenes from favorite movies. These viewers never fail to "ooh" and "ahh" if you can surprise them with a good clip.

Angela Ismailos' debut documentary Great Directors has plenty of them, and it's a generally happy experience. It's very satisfying to hear favorite directors like David Lynch and Richard Linklater talking about how they dealt with their flops Dune and The Newton Boys. It's lovely to listen to dear, sweet Agnes Varda talking about herself, and it's even interesting to hear what the aggravating Catherine Breillat had to say.

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New and Coming Releases: November 8, 2011

   

It's a great week to indulge in fantasy - we've got the last movie of that one book about a young wizard and his friends, plus more Breillat fairy tale interpretations, Klaus Kinski's last directorial effort, and much more - take a peek! 

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-Ray/DVD Combo and POSTER Giveaway!

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.

And now you have a chance to win a Rare Exports Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, plus a poster! Click for more details inside.

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Great Italian Directors Collection (Story of a Love Affair / Boccaccio '70 / Casanova '70)

Reviewer: Jeffrey M Anderson
Rating (out of five): **** 1/2

Kino's new box set, the Great Italian Directors Collection, is far from comprehensive. There's no Rossellini, for one thing, nor any kind of nod to the great, second-tier genre directors like Mario Bava or Sergio Leone. But it is a nice showcase for three of Kino's new releases, and a very cool set nonetheless.

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New and Coming Releases: November 1, 2011.

   

Today's new releases are filled with romance, scandal, and intruge. We're adding many more titles next week - until then, check out what's inside!

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The Magnificent Ambersons

Reviewer: Craig Phillips
Rating (out of five): ****, Likely ***** if footage wasn’t lost

For a film that had been one of the most sought-after missing-in-action DVDs, Orson Welles' “other masterpiece” -- when it finally arrived -- did so with surprisingly little fanfare. It's certainly at least partially due to the DVD arriving as part of an exclusive special edition set with the more widely available 70th Anniversary Blu-Ray version of Citizen Kane, and not individually or on Blu-ray. Still, its release is cause for celebration, especially for Welles completists and cineastes in general.

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Nine Nation Animation

Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of five): ****

You may remember the series of short films that opened in limited release back in 2008 under the name of the longest short in the bunch: L’origine de la tendresse (previous coverage). This fine program of live action films was brought to theatrical fruition via a little company called The World According to Shorts and a fellow named Jonathan Howell. Established in 2000, its initial venture (The World According to Shorts) was released via New Yorker Films. That storied film distributor, after taking a hiatus for a year or two, is back in business again and is distributing The World’s… latest assemblage of animated shorts titled Nine Nation Animation. As expected, it’s a good one.

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New and Coming Releases: October 25, 2011.

   

GreenCine gets ready for Halloween with a shriek show of great releases this week. We've got some retro horror favorites, lethal ladies, superheroes, and more crazy characters, inside! 

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