New Releases for November 22!

New Release Tuesday! Spike Lee on Criterion, groundbreaking queer documentaries, bad superheroes, and more!

BOOK KEEPERS (2020)

The Book Keepers follows the uplifting journey of a husband who keeps his wife’s dream alive by becoming the spokesperson for her book after her death. Carol Wall’s debut memoir – about cancer, friendship, and cultivating an open heart – was a breakout success. But joy turned to tragedy when the breast cancer she wrote about returned, and she died months after its publication. Carol’s husband, Dick, determined to help her life-affirming message find its audience, becomes the book’s unlikely spokesperson and embarks on a nationwide book tour. He’s joined by the couple’s filmmaker son, Phil, who captures his dad’s efforts to ensure her dream lives on. The result is an intimate portrait of love and loss – an ode to the healing power of storytelling. (DVD)

BROS (2022)

From the ferocious comic mind of Billy Eichner and the comedic brilliance of filmmakers Nick Stroller (Neighbors franchise, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Judd Apatow (The King of Staten Island, Trainwreck), BROS is a smart, swoony, and heartfelt comedy about two gay men and how hard it is to find another tolerable human being to go through life with. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

COMPANY OF WOLVES (1984)

Fascinating and imaginative, this riveting thriller from director Neil Jordan (Interview With The Vampire) brings the timeless tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” and werewolf fables together in a haunting, compelling and eerie way. A wise grandmother (Angela Lansbury) tells her granddaughter Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) a disturbing tale of innocent maidens falling in love with handsome strangers … and of their sudden mysterious disappearances when the moon is full and accompanied by the strange sound of a beast in the woods. Nominated for four BAFTA awards including Best Costume Design, Best Make Up Artist, Best Production Design/Art Direction and Best Special Visual Effects, The Company Of Wolves is a tale that will chill you like no other… (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

DEAD GIRL IN APARTMENT 03 (2022)

After recently moving to New York City, a young woman is horrified to discover that her roommate has died in their apartment under mysterious circumstances. After her body is taken away by the police, Laura soon feels an unsettling presence in the apartment and paranormal signs that she will soon be the next victim. With the help of a pair of NYC detectives, Laura must uncover the secret behind her roommate’s death before it is too late. (BLU-RAY)

EPSTEIN AND FRIEDMAN COLLECTION: COMMON THREADS/WHERE ARE WE/PARAGRAPH 175 (2002) 

For more than 30 years, Oscar-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have borne powerful witness to gay life, creativity, and activism — documenting lost aspects of LGBTQ+ history and chronicling unfolding events with humor, compassion, and fierce urgency. The Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Collection includes three of their most essential works in new restorations: Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), Where Are We? Our Trip Through America (1992) and Paragraph 175 (2000). Common Threads uses the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt to explore the cross-section of identities affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as efforts to combat the stigma, misinformation, and political obstruction that deepened the crisis. Where Are We? Our Trip Through America follows Epstein and Friedman as they chronicle an 18-day road trip through the American south. They interview a large variety of people along the way, stopping to ask them questions about their hopes and regrets. Paragraph 175 fills a crucial gap in the historical record by revealing the lasting consequences of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. (DVD)

GOOD HOUSE (2021)

Sigourney Weaver stars in this multilayered, wickedly funny portrait of a realtor whose revived romance with a high school flame (Kevin Kline) digs up her troubled past. (DVD)

HATCHING (2022)

12-year-old Tinja is desperate to please her mother, a woman obsessed with presenting the image of a perfect family. One night, Tinja finds a strange egg. She hides it, keeps it warm. When it hatches, what emerges is beyond belief. (DVD)

KIND OF LOVING (1962)

The debut full-length feature film from acclaimed director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), A Kind Of Loving stars Alan Bates as Vic Brown, a young draughtsman whose search for love leads to Ingrid Rothwell (June Ritchie, in her silver screen debut), an employee in the company. Ingrid quickly falls in love with Vic … but when she becomes pregnant, Vic only reluctantly agrees to marry her. Finding himself forced into a life he never wanted, Vic resents Ingrid and the position of sudden responsibility. When Ingrid ends up losing the baby, Vic, spurred on by the acid-tongue remarks of his sour mother-in-law (Thora Hird), makes a decision that could change all of their lives forever. (BLU-RAY)

MALCOLM X (1992) (CRITERION)

One of the most electrifying heroes of the twentieth century receives an appropriately sweeping screen biopic, rich in both historical insight and propulsive cinematic style, courtesy of visionary director Spike Lee. Built around an extraordinary performance from Denzel Washington, Malcolm X draws on the iconic civil rights leader’s autobiography to trace his journey of empowerment, from a childhood riven by white-supremacist violence to a life of petty crime to his conversion to Islam and rebirth as a fearless fighter for Black liberation, whose courage and eloquence inspired oppressed communities the world over. Impeccably crafted by Lee and his closest creative collaborators, and buoyed by commanding performances from Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Al Freeman Jr., and others, this is a passionate monument to a man whose life continues to serve as a model of principled resistance. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

NIGHT GALLERY: SEASON 3 (1972) 

Join the master of the macabre, The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, as he invites you into the transfixing world of fantasy, horror and science fiction that lurks within the Night Gallery. In this third and final season of the classic anthology series, Serling once again presents stories that leave an undeniable chill, filled with restless spirits, murderous spouses and unidentified terrors that go bump in the night. (BLU-RAY)

PANTHER (1995)

A biopic about the founders of the Black Panther Party of the late 1960s. (BLU-RAY)

PEACEMAKER: SEASON 1 (2022)

Picking up where 2021’s The Suicide Squad left off, this James Gunn-created series continues the saga of Peacemaker, a compellingly vainglorious superhero/supervillain who believes in peace at any cost – no matter how many people he has to kill along the way. After a miraculous recovery from his encounter with Bloodsport, Peacemaker soon discovers that his freedom comes at a cost when he’s requisitioned by Clemson Murn and joined by his handler, Emilia Harcourt, tech and tactics John Economos, and new recruit Leota Adebayo for an off-the-books mission, codename: Project Butterfly. But, ever the consummate professional, Peacemaker remains committed to saving the world – and all that other superhero stuff. (DVD)

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)

Steve Martin and John Candy star in this hysterical tale of travel gone awry. Neal Page (Martin) is an uptight ad exec trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family. When rerouted to Wichita, Neal reluctantly partners with Del Griffith (Candy), an obnoxious yet loveable salesman. Together, they embark on a cross-country adventure filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

RISING AGAINST ASIAN HATE: ONE DAY IN MARCH (2022)

In March 2022, the nation was stunned by the actions of an Atlanta 21-year-old who drove to a string of three Asian-American-owned area spas and opened fire on the occupants, slaying eight. This sobering offering from PBS reflects on the lives of the lost, considers the escalation in recent years of anti-AAPI intimidation, harassment and violence across the country-and the measures that all concerned can take to confront and combat the issue. (DVD)

ROLLERBALL (1975)

In the future, there are no wars. There is no crime. There is only … the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric “sport” is the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses.

Tuned to their televisions, the people watch “Rollerball”: a brutal mutation of football, motocross, and hockey. Jonathan E. (the great James Caan, The Godfather, Thief) is the champion player – a man too talented for his own good. The Corporation has taken away the woman, Ella (Maud Adams, Octopussy) Jonathon loves, but they can’t take away his soul – even if the diabolical corporate head (John Houseman, The Fog) tells him he better retire … or suffer the old-fashioned way. (4K ULTRA HD)

SCENT OF THE NIGHT (1998)

A former policeman turns full-time criminal and goes on a downward spiral of crime in the 1990s Rome. Based on Dido Sacchettoni’s best-selling novel. Directed by Claudio Caligari, and starring Valerio Mastandrea, Marco Giallini, Giorgio Tirabassi, and Alessia Fugardi. Cinematography by Maurizio Calvesi. (BLU-RAY)

SKI PATROL (1990)

The lease on the Snowy Peaks Lodge, a popular ski resort, is up for renewal and its owner Pops (Ray Walston, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) has no worries about signing a new lease. Despite his Ski Patrol, an out-of-control group of skiers led by Jerry (Roger Rose, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) and Iceman (T.K. Carter, John Carpenter’s The Thing), the resort has an impeccable safety record. However, a devious land developer (Martin Mull, Mr. Mom) has other plans in mind for the resort and hires the talents of a young blonde named Lance (Corbin Timbrook, The Glass Shield) to undermine the Ski Patrol’s efforts to keep the slopes safe. (BLU-RAY)

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