New Releases for July 26!

New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got strange doctors, lost cities, living dolls, hot pants, eurocrypts, mail order fetishes, superheroes, space aliens, and lots more!

AIR DOLL (2009)

A present-day fable for the increasing disconnect we find in urban life, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Air Doll transports the Galatea myth to present day Tokyo. A life-size air doll (Bae DoonaThe Host) lives in a shabby apartment in Tokyo. She cannot speak, nor can she move. But she is the only companion her middle-aged master has. He talks to her, puts her in a bath, and makes love with her every day after he returns from work. This routine life is disrupted when fantasy turns into reality. The air doll suddenly comes to life, filled with a soul. Like a newborn baby, she doesn’t understand what is going on around her, but she sees a world waiting to be explored outside the apartment. Eventually venturing to the outside world, the air doll is fascinated by everything she sees, and though she meets many people in all walks of life, they can’t seem to provide her an answer to what “being alive” means. When the air doll wanders into a video store, her world is forever changed. She meets Junichi (Arata IuraAfter Life), the clerk, and immediately falls in love with him. The air doll begins working in the store and everyday, she and Junichi become closer.  (BLU-RAY)

APOCALYPSE AFTER (2018)

Aging starlets fight over a gross piece of flesh that inspires sexual devotion, a woman finds inspiration in the animation of dead animals, a certain Walerian Borowczyk makes his way through a cruel life, and a transgressive director keeps searching for films that will make her spectators’ hearts turn in their thoracic cages (like a steak on a grill!). From the visionary director of The Wild Boys and After Blue (Dirty Paradise) comes a collection of 3+ hours of short works that will ensnare your senses and leave you desperate for more of the wonderful and weird world of Bertrand Mandico. (BLU-RAY)

ASHKAN, THE CHARMED RING AND OTHER STORIES (2008)

At times, the world is filled with things we cannot understand. [Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories] reveals the complicated interlinked chains of the world that people cannot comprehend. Shahrooz and Reza try to rob a jewelry shop despite their blindness. Hotel employee Ashkan tries again and again to kill himself. He meets Shahrooz and Reza and joins in their crime. To Ashkan, this is only another means of suicide. But this is not the whole story. (BLU-RAY)

BEBE’S KIDS (1992)

To impress his new girlfriend, a man agrees to look after her friend’s kids, only to find that they are uncontrollably rambunctious. (BLU-RAY)

BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL (2012)

After a surprise phone call interrupts his daily workout, beefy body builder Naoto agrees to meet his photojournalist ex-girlfriend to help with her research on haunted houses. Accompanied by a professional psychic, they visit an abandoned house once owned by Naoto’s father. But inside the house a dark secret lingers and they find themselves trapped and tormented by a relentless ghost with a 30 year grudge. (BLU-RAY

CARELESS CRIME (2020)

Forty years ago, during the uprising to overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran, protesters set fire to movie theaters as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theatre was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive. Forty years have passed and, in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn a cinema down. Their intended target is a theatre showing a film about an unearthed, un-exploded missile. Will past and present meet? (BLU-RAY)

DAGMAR’S HOT PANTS, INC. (1971)

Known to her clients as Dagmar, she’s a classy Swedish call girl in Copenhagen. After two years she’s ready to quit, and we follow her on what she hopes is her last day in the trade. She wakes at 9 AM, gets her first call and a marriage proposal, checks in with her doctor, pays final visits to various clients, arranges to lease her flat, passes on her black book to a colleague, tries to beg off on an impromptu session with Japanese businessmen, has a quick conversation with her brother, and makes a couple of charitable contributions. All the while, her eyes on the clock, there’s the threat of her pimp finding out about her plans. If she pulls it off, what awaits? (BLU-RAY)

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (2022)

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the door to the multiverse, including an alternate version of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff. (DVD, BLU-RAY and 4KULTRAHD)

DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS (1978)

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money to gamble. After Vadinho dies, Flor marries Tedoror, the owner of a drugstore. Flor is happy with her new husband but misses the love life with her previous husband. When one day the ghost of Vadhino comes back to peruse her. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

EUROCRYPT OF CHRISTOPHER LEE COLLECTION 2

Immediately following HORROR OF DRACULA, Lee reprised the role in the quirky 1959 Italian comedy UNCLE WAS A VAMPIRE. Lee speaks fluent German opposite Klaus Kinski for the crazed 1962 krimi THE SECRET OF THE RED ORCHID. In the 1974 UK psycho-thriller DARK PLACES, Lee toplines a cast that includes Joan Collins, Herbert Lom and Jane Birkin. Lee’s final performance as The Count in the 1976 French comedy DRACULA AND SON can at last be seen in its superior Director’s Cut, while the ultra-rare 1989 Dutch drama MURDER STORY brings Lee into the sex shops of Amsterdam. (BLU-RAY)

FIDDLER’S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN (2022)

The fall of 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, the film Pauline Kael (The New Yorker) called “the most powerful movie musical ever made.” Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, FIDDLER’S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia and re-envision the beloved stage hit as a wide-screen epic. Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim puts us in the director’s chair and in Jewison’s heart and mind, drawing on behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Jewison, Topol (Tevye), composer John Williams, production designer Robert F. Boyle, film critic Kenneth Turan, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and actresses Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, and Neva Small (Tevye’s daughters). This inspiring film explores how the experience of making Fiddler deepened Jewison as an artist and revived his soul. (DVD)

FINAL FLESH (2009)

FINAL FLESH is unlike anything you’ve ever seen—on Earth or other places. In the early 2000s, Vernon Chatman (co-founder of the PFFR art collective, co-creator of WONDER SHOWZEN and XAVIER: RENEGADE ANGEL, and producer of SOUTH PARK) wrote a four-part screenplay about a family who lives adjacent to the Ground Zero of a thermonuclear disaster. Instead of sharing the finished script with Hollywood, Chatman sent each part to four different companies that specialize in custom adult fetish videos. And FINAL FLESH was born. Like the custom song poem craze of the 1970s, this metaphysical brain-stabber is an outsider miracle of Biblical proportions. Filled with nudity, brilliant sight gags, rubber monster masks, inventive toilet humor, and no sex, this is a surrealist spectacle of the highest order. (BLU-RAY)

FISH & CAT (2013)

Based on true events ‘Fish and Cat’ centers around a group of students travelling to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kite-flying event during the Winter solstice. Next to their camp is a small restaurant, run by three cooks, who are just about to leave for a hunt. They are in desperate need of meat. However, there is nothing around, other than the students. Shahram Mokri’s second feature combines formal experimentation with terror and a sly sense of humor, perfectly blended in this highly unusual piece of Iranian film history. (BLU-RAY)

FORBIDDEN LOVE: THE UNASHAMED STORIES OF LESBIAN LIVES (1992)

Ten women, most of them in Vancouver or Toronto, talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about women in love, their own first affairs, the pain of breaking up, frequenting gay bars, facing police raids, men’s responses, and the etiquette of butch and femme roles. Interspersed among the interviews and archival footage are four dramatized chapters from a pulp novel, “Forbidden Love”: Laura leaves her hick town and heads for the city, where she meets Mitch in a bar. Sparks fly, and so do laughter and joy. Ann Bannon, one of the writers of those paperback novels about forbidden love, talks about the genre. (BLU-RAY)

GILDED AGE: SEASON 1 (2022)

A period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new.  A wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family, Marian, embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan or her aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook,  dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish son, Larry, and his ambitious wife, Bertha.  In this exciting new world that is on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path? (DVD)

GOMORRAH: SEASON 5 (2014)

The thrilling conclusion to the most popular Italian drama in the world—which The New York Times recently rated #5 on its list of the top 30 international shows of the past decade. The worldwide gangster show phenomenon is based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. Gennaro (Salvatore Esposito) had tried his best to straighten up and build an honest life for himself and his family. Ciro (Marco D’Amore) sacrificed himself to make it possible. And now, everything has come undone. An all-out war between Patrizia and the Levante clan has turned Secondigliano and the rest of Naples to rubble, prompting Genny to get back into the game and restore order – leading to an ultimate showdown. (DVD)

GREEN LANTERN: BEWARE MY POWER (2022)

When a Power Ring is bestowed upon former Marine John Stewart, it leads him on a life-changing mission. With Justice League member Green Arrow and Thanagarian Hawkgirl by his side, Stewart is thrown into a complicated galactic war with shocking origins and catastrophic consequences. It’s a trial by fire for the inexperienced Lantern as he battles deadly enemies like Sinestro – but a much darker secret will be the true test of this Green Lantern’s strength! (BLU-RAY)

HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL (2018)

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage. (DVD)

HELLBENDER (2021)

There will be Hell to pay when a lonely teen discovers her family’s ties to witchcraft. (DVD)

HUDSON HAWK (1991)

Eddie “The Hawk” Hawkins, the world’s most famous cat burglar, who, after 10 years in prison, is ready to go straight. But it’s not going to be easy. The mob and the CIA have conspired to blackmail Eddie and his partner into stealing three da Vinci masterpieces from the most heavily-guarded museums in the world. While trying to steal the goods, Hawk falls in love with a beautiful undercover nun and is relentlessly pursued by the evil Minerva and Darwin Mayflower, who want the artworks as part of their plot to dominate the world’s economy. (BLU-RAY)

I’M DANGEROUS TONIGHT (1990)

When Amy turns an ancient Aztec priest’s cloak into a dress, she discovers it’s cursed and whoever wears it comes under its evil influence. (BLU-RAY)

INVASION (2017)

During a long solar eclipse, an unknown disease has spread. Ali is accused of murder in a club and the police stage a reconstruction of the crime. (BLU-RAY)

KILLING, THE (1956)

Career criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) recruits a sharpshooter (Timothy Carey), a crooked police officer (Ted de Corsia), a bartender (Joe Sawyer) and a betting teller named George (Elisha Cook Jr.), among others, for one last job before he goes straight and marries his fiancee, Fay (Coleen Gray). But when George tells his restless wife, Sherry (Marie Windsor), about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own. (4K ULTRA HD)

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: SEASON 7 (2016)

After saving the planet from the alien horde last season, the Legends find themselves stranded in 1925 Texas with no way home. Determined to return to their own time, the Legends set out on a road-trip across the country to find an early pioneer of time travel… and their only hope of returning to their home time once more! (DVD)

LOST CITY (2022)

Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

LOVE ON THE DOLE (1941) (INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION)

Adapted from the celebrated novel of the same name by Walter Greenwood, Love on the Dole was one of the most controversial British films of its time, having been banned from production by the British Board of Film Censors and labelled a ‘very sordid story in very sordid surroundings’. It was eventually made in 1941 at a time when the Second World War had radically altered the country’s social conditions and attitudes.

During the Depression in 1930s Salford in the North of England, young Harry Hardcastle (Geoffrey Hibbert, In Which We Serve) and his sister, Sally (Deborah Kerr, The Chalk Garden, The Innocents), fall victim to poverty and unemployment, and are forced to make difficult decisions to survive. (BLU-RAY)

MAN WITHOUT A STAR (1955)

Kirk Douglas stars in Man Without a Star, an exciting King Vidor (Duel in the Sun) Western about a wandering cowboy who becomes embroiled in a bloody dispute between rival ranchers.

Train-hopping his way to Wyoming, nomadic cowboy Dempsey Rae (Douglas) saves the life of young Jeff Jimson (William Campbell; Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte). Taking Jeff on as his protégé, Dempsey teaches him the life of a cowhand; how to ride a horse, rope and herd cattle, and how to shoot… Despite the land they work on being open range, Dempsey is horrified to find the local ranchers are resorting to the usage of barbed wire and refuses to work for anyone who uses it. But when an unscrupulous ranch owner (Jeanne Crain, Pinky) hires a brutal group of killers to push the other ranchers off the land, Dempsey is the only one who can help them fight back. (BLU-RAY)

MARX CAN WAIT (2021)

In his most achingly personal film to date, legendary Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio uses the occasion of a family reunion in his hometown of Piacenza to excavate and discuss a traumatic event: the death his twin brother Camillo, who committed suicide in the late ’60s at age 29. Through detailed conversations with his siblings, archival footage providing context about 20th-century Italian leftist politics, and occasional clips from his films, many of which were in some way imbued with this defining family tragedy, Bellocchio conducts a personal and historical exorcism. Reckoning with the push-pull the director has long felt between the twin poles of family and politics, Marx Can Wait is an attempt at reconciliation and understanding from a filmmaker in his eighties whose work has never shied away from the challenging or the provocative. (DVD)

MID-CENTURY (2022)

Academy Award Nominee Bruce Dern and Stephen Lang star in this horror tale about a couple renting a vacation home who meet the spirits of the architect and his two wives—plus their deranged, living son. (DVD)

MOON MANOR (2022)

With his Alzheimer’s becoming worse, Jimmy has only a day to live. He decides to die like he lived, with intention, humor and zest, and show his funeral guests that the art of living may actually be the art of dying. (BLU-RAY)

MOVER, THE (2018)

Zanis Lipke’s family’s efforts to save the Jews during World War II and the rise of the child in a tragic historical situation. (BLU-RAY)

NARROW MARGIN (1990)

A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up with her, she is unwilling to testify to what she has seen, but the Mafia are on her trail. Accompanied by a deputy district attorney, the woman boards a train traveling through a remote part of Canada. The Mafia know him but they have never seen her. (BLU-RAY)

NIGHT GALLERY: SEASON 2 (1969)

Prepare for the unexpected as Season Two of Night Gallery comes to Blu-ray. The two-disc set contains 61 stories, created and hosted by the master of mystery, The Twilight Zone‘s Rod Serling. With guest performances by Hollywood legends that reads like a roster of Who’s Who in Hollywood, you’ll be sure to see sights to amaze! (BLU-RAY)

NIGHT PASSAGE (1957)

When the local railroad becomes the constant target of a band of desperadoes led by the notorious Whitey Harbin (Dan Duryea), train officials recruit soft-spoken but life-hardened employee Grant McLaine (Stewart) to guard the payroll from any more robberies. Trouble is, the gang’s most skilled and lethal gun-slinger, the Utica Kid (Audie Murphy), is Grant’s kid brother. Torn between the bonds of blood and his allegiance to the railroad, Grant finds himself hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as the train comes under attack from Harbin’s bandits, climaxing in an unforgettable gun battle as the brothers from opposite sides of the law meet again to settle an old score. (BLU-RAY)

NIGHT RIPPER (1986)

“Fiend Disembowels Fourth Young Woman” reports the newspaper. The Ripper is stalking the city, and it’s all anyone can talk about. Models all over town are ending up on the wrong side of a razor-sharp blade. Police are baffled by the surgical precision of the corpse mutilation, and their only lead is David, a local photographer who knew a couple of the murdered women. As the beautiful bodies pile up, David’s world turns upside down, and the streets run red with blood. (BLU-RAY)

ONE MOMENT (2021)

Middle-age siblings struggle to manage their lives while caring for their recently widowed aging father.  (DVD)

OUT OF ORDER (1985)

On a Friday evening, four people board the elevator in an office building. After it gets stuck, they soon realize that their cries for help go unheeded. Desperate, they decide to free themselves on their own and climb out through a hatch. When their lives are in great danger, a fight breaks out and the situation escalates completely. With every additional minute in this claustrophobic narrowness, the veil of superficiality lifts and reveals a glimpse into the human abyss that is much deeper than the elevator shaft beneath their feet. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

OUT OF THE BLUE (1981)

It’s been called “shocking” (Film Comment), “blistering” (Filmmaker) and “a flat-out masterpiece” (The Playlist) yet remained virtually unseen for over 40 years. Now experience this “haunting portrait of juvenile delinquency that ranks among the most powerful in American cinema” (Chicago Reader) from actor/director/co-writer Dennis Hopper as it’s never been seen before: Linda Manz “gives one of the greatest teenage performances of all time” (Film Comment) as a 15-year-old who idolizes Elvis, punk rock and her ex-con father (Hopper), is surrounded by junkies and predators, and follows them all down a one-way road to oblivion.  (DVD, BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

PERFECT OBEDIENCE (2014)

Julian, a young seminarian, is sent to live with Los Cruzados de Cristo, where he will have to follow a hard spiritual journey to achieve “the perfect obedience”. (DVD)

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1965)

In the near future the two spaceships Argos and Galliot are sent to investigate the mysterious planet Aura. As the Galliot lands on the planet her crew suddenly go berserk and attack each other. The strange event passes, but the crew soon discovers the crashed Argos – and learns that her crew died fighting each other! Investigating further, the explorers come to realize the existence of a race of bodiless aliens that seek to escape from their dying world… (BLU-RAY)

PLEASURE (2021)

A raw, vital and groundbreaking exploration of the adult film industry, Pleasure is the unflinching first feature from writer-director Ninja Thyberg. Bella (newcomer Sofia Kappel) arrives in Los Angeles from her hometown in Sweden, with dreams of becoming the next porn superstar. However, as her ruthless ambition leads her into increasingly dangerous territory, Bella struggles to reconcile her dreams of empowerment with the realities of the darker side of her industry. One of the most audacious breakouts of Sundance Film Festival 2021, Thyberg’s captivating debut addresses powerful ideas of consent and agency in sex work, through a fearless and uncompromising lens. (BLU-RAY)

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA (2021)

An autobiographical comedy about a boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his mail-order bride mother and their escape to Seattle in the 90s. The film is an immigrant’s take on the American Dream, proving that life is often stranger than fiction. (BLU-RAY)

RARE BREED (1966)

In the 1880s, Englishwoman Martha Price and her daughter Hilary come to America to sell their prize Hereford bull at an auction. When he is purchased by Bowen, a wild Scotsman, the women hire a footloose cowhand named Burnett to help them transport the animal to its new owner. So begins an adventure that tests the mettle of all involved as they battle killers, cattle stampedes and each other. But when they reach Bowen’s ranch, even greater obstacles force them to summon up extraordinary courage if they, and the prize bull, are to survive.  (BLU-RAY)

RED LIPS (1995)

Desperate for cash, young Caroline (Ghetty Chasun) agrees to be injected with an experimental serum by an unscrupulous blood bank doctor. She soon finds herself transformed into a ravenous vampire, stalking the streets of New York City with an unquenchable lust for blood. After killing her doctor and a random string of unfortunate strangers, Caroline crosses paths with Lisa (Michelle Bauer), an innocent woman stranded in the city after a breakup with her former girlfriend. The two broke and star-crossed lovers navigate through the city’s desolate clubs and hotels, fueled only by their sexual lust and symbiotic need for companionship. When Lisa finally learns of Caroline’s murderous proclivities, she becomes a willing participant in her vampiric crimes, until an unfortunate encounter with an indignant pimp leads to tragedy. (BLU-RAY)

RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE (1983)

Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin and horror/fantasy icon Christopher Lee star in the long-unseen 1983 action-comedy from the director of THE BEAST WITHIN and HOWLING II, with songs by Richard O’Brien (THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), and co-written by the screenwriter of DIE HARD and 48 HOURS that New Times calls “one of the best superhero movies ever made (really)”: When archcriminal Mr. Midnight (Lee) plots to take over the world, the world’s only hope is World War II’s formerly indestructible ‘Legend In Leotards’ (Arkin) who is now a burnt-out drunk. (BLU-RAY)

SHOELACES (2018)

“Shoelaces” tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son. Reuben’s (Dov Glickman) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (Nevo Kimchi) wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Reuben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through its portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, “Shoelaces” questions the importance of human connection and if life is even possible without it. (DVD)

SLAPFACE (2021)

A boy deals with the loss of his mother by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster rumored to live in the woods. (DVD)

SPECIES (1995)

When a beautiful human-alien hybrid escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance! (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

STYRENE, POLY: I AM A CLICHE (2021)

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band, and a key influence on the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. But Poly didn’t just leave behind a cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste, who became the steward of her mother’s legacy and demons, which plagued Poly’s life and scarred the pair’s relationship. With narration by Ruth Negga, this film follows Celeste’s journey to better understand Poly as an icon and mother. (BLU-RAY)

SUPERIOR (2021)

When Marian is on the run, she goes to the only place she knows is safe: her childhood home. She is greeted by her estranged sister, Vivian, a stay-at-home housewife struggling to conceive and on the verge of a failing marriage. Though the two are identical twins, they live opposite lives. Marian’s mysterious return disrupts Vivian’s small-town routine, and the sisters must learn to reconnect and reconcile. When Marian’s haunting past finally catches up to her, their separate worlds collide, catapulting both sisters into grave danger.  (BLU-RAY)

TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE (2021)

Follows Ahmed, a 18-year old, French of Algerian origin, who meets Farah, a young Tunisian girl. He discovers a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature and falls in love with Farah and he tries to resist the desire. (DVD)

TESNOTA (2017)

Tesnota is the incendiary debut feature from the young and brilliant Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole). 1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia. 24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered. In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves. WARNING: This film contains a short grainy sequence showing an actual terrorist assassination, which may be disturbing for some viewers. (DVD)

THAT DIRTY BLACK BAG: SEASON 1 (2022) 

A savage, sun-raved desert world where resources are scarce and survival is a daily struggle. Two men, two worlds, an epic clash. (DVD)

THEY LIVE IN THE GREY (2022)

A young social worker discovers that a family is being tormented by a supernatural entity. To save the parents from losing custody of their child, she must confront her own fears and use her clairvoyance to stop the malevolent force. (DVD)

THUNDER BAY (1953)

Ambitious oil prospectors Steve Martin (James Stewart) and Johnny Gambi (Dan Duryea) enter the quiet fishing village of Port Felicity, La., with big plans that immediately put them at odds with the local fishermen. As the duo build an oil rig just outside the town’s vital shrimp beds, they become involved with tempestuous sisters Stella (Joanne Dru) and Francesca (Marcia Henderson), whose attraction to the handsome newcomers is at odds with their love of their hometown.  (BLU-RAY)

TIME OUT OF MIND (1947)

The son of a wealthy Maine shipping magnate causes a crisis in the family when he announces that he wants a career in music rather than in the family business. Directed by Robert Siodmak, and starring Phyllis Calvert, Robert Hutton, Ella Raines, Eddie Albert, and Leo G. Carroll. (BLU-RAY)

TORCH, THE (2019)

At 83, Chicago legend Buddy Guy remains the standard bearer for the blues, an icon determined to see the art form live on long after he’s gone. Enter guitar phenom Quinn Sullivan, who has been mentored by Guy since he was a kid. This stirring documentary, amplified by electrifying musical performances, charts the guidance Guy himself received from the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf while observing the Grammy-winner passing his wisdom to the next generation. (DVD)

UNDERNEATH, THE (1995)

From Steven Soderbergh, the legendary director of Out of Sight, The Limey, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and Magic Mike, comes this neo-noir thriller based on the novel Criss Cross by Don Tracy. Peter Gallagher (Sex, Lies, and Videotape), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Alison Elliott (The Spitfire Grill), Joe Don Baker (Framed), William Fichtner (Go), Adam Trese (Laws of Gravity), Paul Dooley (Breaking Away), Shelley Duvall (The Shining) and Anjanette Comer (The Appaloosa) set the stage for passion, danger, betrayal and murder in this provocative crime drama. A charming drifter (Gallagher) returns to his “home,” where he makes a desperate and very dangerous deal in order to reclaim his ex-girlfriend (Elliott). When passion ignites into obsession, a treacherous game of “who can you trust?” spins a deadly web of intrigue and murder—from which no one escapes unscathed. (BLU-RAY)

UNPREGNANT (2020)

A 17-year old Missouri teen named Veronica discovers she has gotten pregnant, a development that threatens to end her dreams of matriculating at an Ivy League college, and the career that will follow. (DVD)

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