New Releases for December 20!


For mismatched teens Mahiro (Saori Izawa) and Chisato (Akari Takaishi), the good news was they had lucrative careers awaiting them beyond high school… as contract killers. The bad news is that their employer insisted on cover by having them take scut day jobs-and become roomies. The dicey arrangement gets worse when it allows the Yakuza they’ve been picking off to find them! Outrageous action-farce co-stars Masanori Mimoto, Atom Mizuishi. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese; Subtitles: English. In Japanese with English subtitles. (DVD)


On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic is devastated when his buddy Colm suddenly puts an end to their lifelong friendship. With help from his sister and a troubled young islander, Pádraic sets out to repair the damaged relationship by any means necessary. However, as Colm’s resolve only strengthens, he soon delivers an ultimatum that leads to shocking consequences. (BLU-RAY and DVD)


Becoming Frederick Douglass is the inspiring story of how a man born into slavery became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. Born in 1818 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he escaped from slavery in 1838 and went on to become the most well-known leader of the abolitionist movement. (DVD)


An exotic, legendary battle between the forces of good and evil comes to life as the celebrated disciples of the Shaolin Temple — monks who practice a lethal and spiritual form of martial arts — fight the evil followers of China’s Manchu rulers. (BLU-RAY)


Up on the screen, they’d flirt, self-assert, and thumb their nose at convention-and this remarkable curated collection of 99 genre-spanning American and European silent films from 1898-1926 celebrates female filmmakers who gleefully subverted their day’s gender norms. The craft of Léontine, Florence Turner, Little Chrysia, Texas Guinan, Fay Tincher, Gene Gauntier, Mabel Taliaferro, and many more are spotlighted. (DVD)


Davey Osborne is an average 11-year-old boy with an overactive imagination. He spends his days playing video games and pretending to be a spy with his imaginary father-figure, Jack Flack – a substitute for his real father, who is struggling with the recent death of Davey’s mother. However, fantasy becomes reality for Davey after he witnesses the murder of an FBI agent, who in his dying breath, gives Davey a mysterious video game cartridge called Cloak & Dagger, which in actuality contains top-secret government information. With the help of his younger friend Kim, the tech savvy Morris, and even a little help from his fictional secret agent mentor, Davey must stay one step ahead of pursuers as he tries to survive a real-life game of espionage in the streets of San Antonio, Texas. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


A band staying at a desert based home soon fall prey to a ruthless, black clad killer who chops, stabs, and strangles them to avenge a terrible event in their past. (BLU-RAY)


Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best friend for help and together they attempt to dispose of the body. (BLU-RAY)

DISTANT (2002)

Mahmut is a relatively successful commercial photographer who has been struggling to come to terms with the growing gap between his artistic ideals and his professional obligations. His tedious workload, coupled with the lingering loss he still feels for his ex-wife (newly married and on the verge of leaving Istanbul for Canada), leaves Mahmut clinging to the melancholic and obsessive routines of his solitary life. (BLU-RAY)

ELISA (1995)

Vanessa Paradis (Knife+Heart) stars as the alienated and angry Marie, living as a smart aleck teenage street hustler, burdened by the rage brought upon by the suicide of her emotionally fragile mother (the titular Élisa as played by Florence Thomassin). Marie’s fury inspires her to track down and kill the man who abandoned her and her mother in the first place – her father Jacques, played by iconic French superstar Gérard Depardieu. What unfolds is a poignant and desperate plea for tolerance and acceptance, where tragedy and angst can unwind and be replaced by forgiveness and love. (DVD)


A group of Med students fix up an old house over a weekend. Where a mass murder occurred 10 years earlier. Mayhem ensues. (BLU-RAY)

FREEWAY (1997)

A twisted take on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother’s house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


The reign of House Targaryen begins: House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is here. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

GOOD BOOK (1997)

In the near future, the world’s population is forced to stay confined in their homes at all times. Due to the depleting ozone layer, those that venture outdoors quickly devolve into zombie-like, mutant “outsiders”. The GVC agency provides all complying citizens with their communication and entertainment needs through its government regulated internet. Joseph Cyrus is a door to door PC repairman, forced to brave the perils of the outside world in order to keep his GVC clients fully “connected”. During his travels, Joseph soon begins seeing visions of a God-like being that urges him to destroy the Internet using a homemade virus. Is Joseph losing his sanity, serving the whims of a higher power, or being tricked by the world’s greatest trickster? (BLU-RAY)


Someone is killing anyone who gets too close to theatrical performer, Denny…Or could it be Denny himself? (BLU-RAY)


From the director of Oscar-winning film, The Counterfeiters, comes this visually audacious work of Expressionistic cinema, winner of the Audience Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.The year is 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has fallen and what remains has devolved into social unrest and political turmoil. Peter Perg, a soldier of the Great War, returns to Vienna only to realize the place he once called home is now unfamiliar to him. Having spent years as a prisoner of war, Perg is disillusioned by this strange, new city distorted by the nightmares of war. His world is further upended when a gruesome series of murders targeting veterans begins to unfold. Feeling connected to the victims, Perg decides to investigate the mysterious crimes. A stranger in his own city, the looming threat of a serial killer begins to take it’s toll on him (DVD)


This feature documentary is an intimate portrait of two people who are deeply in love with the 80’s pop singer Tiffany.

Jeff Turner is a 50-year-old man from Santa Cruz, California with Asperger’s Syndrome. He has a very friendly and childlike spirit and can talk to anybody for hours on end but finds it difficult to maintain relationships and has never had a girlfriend. He has been attending Tiffany concerts since 1988 and describes her as his “best friend, mentor and protector.”

Kelly McCormick is a 35-year-old intersex person from Denver, Colorado who identifies as a lesbian. She loves running, watching action movies and doing impressions. She has also never been in a romantic relationship but says that she loves Tiffany “down to her bone marrow.”

Both Jeff and Kelly have been called “stalkers” by the media and other Tiffany fans but this film allows them to share their side of the story. Filmed over the course of six years, I Think We’re Alone Now takes you deep into their lives, and shows the power of having something to believe in. (BLU-RAY)


The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic narrative feature set against the backdrop of the current LA underground music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of notorious punk bad boys The Icarus Line as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. With a new record completed and a major label deal within sight, Joe fights to keep his band, his relationship and his life from completely falling apart. (BLU-RAY)


Ever since he was a child, Kevin Dornwinkle wanted nothing more than the ability to spy on naked women. Traumatized for life when his prudish mother discovers his bedroom telescope pointed at the window of a nude and nubile neighbor, Kevin puts all his focus onto his other interest: science. Decades later, and now a respected physicist, Dr. Dornwinkle has made his greatest discovery yet: “molecular reorganization serum,” which has the power to turn a person invisible. But after a demonstration to his peers fails horribly, the mild mannered doctor suffers a breakdown. Focusing all his efforts on perfecting his serum, and succeeding, the now fully unhinged Dornwinkle gets a job as a high school teacher and embarks on a rampage of molestation and murder… (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


“When I woke up, the nightmare began.” So begins the account of Adriano Doria (Riccardo Scamarcio), a wealthy Italian entrepreneur, describing the murky events of the worst night of his life, when he discovers himself in a resort hotel room with a nasty cut on his forehead and the lifeless body of his young mistress, Laura (Miriam Leone), lying on the floor amidst a pile of scattered banknotes. Though he protests his innocence, Adriano is the obvious prime suspect. With just hours to go before his arrest, he arranges a meeting with Virginia Ferrara (Maria Paiato), a notoriously tough attorney who has never lost a case, to plan his defense strategy and find evidence to exonerate him. (DVD)


Charlotte Gainsbourg looks at her mother Jane Birkin in a way she never did, overcoming a sense of reserve. Using a camera lens, they expose themselves to each other, begin to step back, leaving space for a mother-daughter relationship. (BLU-RAY)


Next to Buster Keaton, Lupino Lane was the finest acrobatic comedian in the history of film. Remembered today mainly as a stage performer and for the hugely successful ME & MY GIRL, it’s perhaps surprising that the film career of Lupino Lane has been largely forgotten. After appearing in a few British films, he travelled to the USA in the 1920s and was signed by Educational Pictures to make a series of 2 reel comedies, which are his main legacy today. This collection features eight of those rare titles in digitally scanned, reconstructed and restored prints, from archival sources around the world. They combine brilliantly inventive, often surreal gags with wild dazzling acrobatics and include routines from British music hall and pantomine, many featuring his brother Wallace. With a choice of newly composed scores from three of the UK’s top silent film accompanists (Neil Brand, Donald MacKenzie and Meg Morley) and a feast of EXTRAS on the disc, we’re confident that you’ll discover Lupino Lane to be an exceptional comedian. Films: HELLO SAILOR (1927), SWORD POINTS (1928), FISTICUFFS (1928), SUMMER SAPS (1929), GOOD NIGHT NURSE (1929), BATTLING SISTERS (1929), JOYLAND (1929), FIRE PROOF (1929) (sound).  (DVD)


A modern fairytale with zombies! Oliver lives alone in his late parents’ suburban home and faces rejection at every turn. He is tasked with making new friends, and decides his best bet is to build a perfect TV family starting at the local cemetery where he digs friends up one at a time! (DVD)


A deranged taxi driver appears to be randomly stalking and killing various young women on the streets of Tokyo. His descent into madness follows a personal tragedy that has since left him in search of a worthy victim to satisfy his own bloodlust and possible death…But is anything as it seems? Framed by a vibrant retro 80’s soundtrack and flashy psychedelic colors, Japan’s top adult stars (Saryu Usui, Iori Kogawa, Ai Sayama, among others) are portrayed as lascivious victims in this stunning gory, neo-giallo from cult director Kurando Mitsutake (GUN WOMAN, KARATE KILL). (BLU-RAY)

MIND, BODY & SOUL (1992)

All Brenda wants is a normal life with a normal boyfriend, but she soon finds that her boyfriend is anything but normal — he’s part of a Satanic cult that makes human sacrifices! A police-interrupted ritual at the cult’s demonic temple lands Brenda in jail. Upon release, she has to pick up the pieces of her shattered life with the help of a protective lawyer, a hardened detective, and her old cellmate. But the cult hasn’t forgotten Brenda, and they will stop at nothing to silence her… forever! (BLU-RAY)


In the long shadow of an experimental CIA mind control program, Sergeant Kellen O’Reilly (Total Recall’s Michael Ironside) begins experiencing violent flashbacks of his “treatments” at the hands of the sinister Dr. Satorius (The Silent Partner’s Christopher Plummer). When the body count on his latest case inexplicably begins pointing toward his own fragmented past, a romance with Satorius’ criminal prosecutor (Class of 1984’s Lisa Langlois) raises the stakes. O’Reilly must forge a path forward through a hall-of-mirrors conspiracy stretching from the Mafia to the highest levels of the CIA, culminating in a shocking, stadium-sized confrontation. (BLU-RAY)


Adapted from the book by Georges Simenon, Monsieur Hire is a film of gorgeously muted widescreen color and “funereal beauty” (The Washington Post) that coolly unpacks sexual obsession and romantic love with intelligence and understated intensity. A young girl is brutally murdered. The prime suspect is a cold and reclusive man who is obsessed with his beautiful neighbor. He spends his nights watching her through his window, but when she discovers that she is being spied on, she becomes the aggressor in an erotically charged relationship that leads to a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. (DVD)


A family of tourists vacationing in the woods and a group of camp counselors training in the same forest both find themselves being terrorized by a vicious unhinged psycho. (BLU-RAY)


A horror director struggling to complete his film faces his worst nightmares and paranoia. The line between fiction and reality will melt away. (BLU-RAY)


With her mother about to depart for a new life in Canada, college student Haewon (Jung Eunchae) is in quite a state. She seeks out Director Lee (Lee Sunkyun), her film professor whom she still sees, even though their relationship officially ended more than a year ago. As she considers a new future with him, Haewon drifts in and out of dreams and has a series of encounters: with a professor who teaches in America and knows Martin Scorsese, with a friend locked in a long-term relationship with a married man, with a famous French actress. She tries to find a path forward, but echoes of her recent past are all around her. She wants a drink. She needs to tell someone. She has to live her life. (DVD)

OKI’S MOVIE (2010)

One of Hong’s most structurally audacious films, Oki’s Movie comprises four short films arranged in an almost nesting doll formation. As each section reveals itself, impressions of a love triangle emerge as talented young director Jingu and his teacher, Professor Song, vie for the affection of ever-earnest film student Oki. Oki’s Movie beguiles as it befuddles and, in its moving final section, inaugurates Hong’s interest in female subjectivity. (DVD)

OUR SUNHI (2013)

An almost-romantic roundelay of comic attempts at understanding ensues when recent film school graduate Sunhi (Jung Yumi) returns to her university to ask her professor (Kim Sangjoong) for a reference letter to study abroad. Back on campus, she runs into an ex-boyfriend (Lee Sunkyun) and a film director (Jung Jaeyoung) who also graduated from the school. Each of the three men offer their advice on life and attempt to lay out the qualities that define her. As their pronouncements proliferate and the desired letter fails to materialize, Sunhi is left to wonder: who am I really? (DVD)

ROAD HOUSE (1989) 

Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is the best bar bouncer in the business, but he’s anything but “typical.” He’s a little small for his trade, has a degree in philosophy and he believes in “being nice.” But when he’s hired to clean up the Double Deuce in the small town of Jasper, he’s pushed to his breaking point. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


Famed Mexican wrestler and secret agent, Santo “The Silver Mask,” is back in action! This time, Santo is sent to Madrid not only for a big wrestling event, but also to investigate an international case involving counterfeit art. Shortly after arriving in Madrid, Santo is partnered with an Interpol Agent named Paul (aka. “Agent 9004”) and the two are quickly greeted by a number of trigger-happy assassins sent to keep them from uncovering the truth behind the art forgeries. However, the case becomes even more complicated when Santo and Paul learn that beautiful models have been going missing and that it all may be linked to an art restorationist named Dr. Mann. Santo and Paul are sent to assist seductive Special Agent Susan who is sent undercover as a model to infiltrate Dr. Mann’s castle. The three soon uncover Dr. Mann’s elaborate plot to use the models as test subjects in a macabre experiment to perfect his art restoration process. (BLU-RAY)


An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist. (BLU-RAY)


While hanging out after school, Charlie and his friends discover the headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero hidden beneath his home. When villains attack, they must team up to defend the headquarters and save the world. (DVD)

SELL OUT! (2008)

Fony Corporation has just promoted doe-eyed Eric Tan (Peter Davis) to Head of Product Design and he’s already invented a revolutionary 8-in-1 soy bean machine! Taste the silken tofu, the creamy soy milk, the crispy bean curd! It just has one reprehensible flaw: no flaws! The lack of a built-in-breakdown mechanism appalls the conglomerate’s two-man executive branch who resorts to a budget exorcism to solve their problem named Eric. Also under the axe is Fony TV 11’s ruthless host Rafflesia Pong (Jerrica Lai), whose speciality arts programme is overshadowed by an increasingly popular art form: reality TV. Determined to claw her way back to the top, she lands on a morbid concept that finds an ally in the divided product designer. (BLU-RAY)


The Silent Twins is the astounding true story of twin sisters who only communicated with one another. As a result, they created a rich, fascinating world to escape the reality of their own lives. (BLU-RAY)


In the 1960s and ’70s, Cesar Chavez and farmworker activists formed an alliance with musicians and artists to help build a movement called “La Causa”. A Song for Cesar tells the story of that alliance using first person accounts of artists, musicians, members of Chavez’s family, and other key figures of the movement. Inspired by the spirit of the thousands of farmworkers who struggled for justice alongside labor leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, the film highlights the ways in which music and the arts were essential in building the farmworkers’ movement. Pairing rare archival footage and anecdotes about Chavez’s early life  as a migrant worker with a wealth of prominent interviewees, such as Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Carlos Santana, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Graham Nash, Luis Valdez and Taj Mahal, we bear witness to the inception of the United Farm Workers Union, the emergence of Chicano art, the role of theater in the struggle, and nonviolent action and art as a response to state and corporate violence. All of these elements form the legacy of a movement that joined social struggle and culture at the hip. A Song for Cesar weaves together impassioned music and art that strove for social justice emblematic of the period, making for a timely and contemporary reminder of art’s role in progressive change and the road still ahead of us today. (DVD)


A decade after The Story of Film: An Odyssey, an expansive and influential inquiry into the state of moviemaking in the 20th century, filmmaker Mark Cousins returns with an epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation from around the globe. In The Story of Film: A New Generation, Cousins turns his sharp, meticulously honed gaze on world cinema from 2010 to 2021, using a surprising range of works — including Joker, Frozen and Cemetery of Splendor — as launchpads to explore recurring themes and emerging motifs, from the evolution of film language, to technology’s role in moviemaking today, to shifting identities in 21st-century world cinema. Touching on everything from Parasite and The Farewell to Black Panther and Lover’s Rock, Cousins seeks out films, filmmakers and communities under-represented in traditional film histories, with a particular emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern works, as well as boundary-pushing documentaries and films that see gender in new ways. And as the recent pandemic recedes, Cousins ponders what comes next in the streaming age: how have we changed as cinephiles, and how moviegoing will continue to transform in the digital century, to our collective joy and wonder. (DVD)


An elderly curmudgeon lets out a room in his large apartment rent-free to a young student – on condition that she does everything in her power to ruin his son’s marriage. (BLU-RAY)


After attackers kill her sister and nephew, a female psychologist becomes a defense witness by day and avenger by night.


In New York City, a criminal gang led by the ruthless “Mr. Blue” (Robert Shaw) hijacks a subway car and threatens to start shooting one passenger per minute unless they receive a million dollars in cash from the city within an hour. On the other end of the line, crusty veteran transit policeman Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) has his hands full dealing with the mayor’s office and his hotheaded fellow cops, while also trying to deliver the ransom before the deadline expires. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

TAR (2022)

Set in the international world of classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár. Widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. (BLU-RAY and DVD)


Two students, Elvira and her friend Genevieve, go searching for the tomb of medieval murderess (and possible vampira) Countess Wandessa. They find a suspect site in the castle of Count Waldemar Daninsky, who invites them to stay for as long as they like. When he shows them the tomb of the countess, Elvira accidentally revives her. Daninsky is forced to battle vampire queen. The blood flows like vintage wine… (4K ULTRA HD)


Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom is a rich and nuanced portrait of the woman knows as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, who repeatedly risked her life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. (DVD)


Suzanne, a successful realtor living in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her weatherman husband, Jeff, is on top of the world as she prepares for Christmas, her favorite time of year. Things take a turn, however, when she comes home one day to find her husband brutally murdered. To cope with her overwhelming grief, Suzanne takes off from work at the suggestion of her colleagues. In the ensuing days, she tracks down a young stripper named Fantasia with whom Jeff had a long-term relationship, and the two begin to bond over their mutual loss. Through her relationship with Fantasia, Suzanne begins to cut loose, joining the stripper on escapades of drugs, clubbing and shoplifting. (BLU-RAY)

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