New Releases for September 20!

New Release Tuesday! Criterions, 4Ks, vintage silents, modern classics, and a lot more!

ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (1940)

Among the most masterful matchups of actor and role in screen history in this stirring film of Robert E. Sherwood’s beloved play taking a thoroughly human look at the early years of our 16th president, with all his frailties and strength of character.

Best Actor Oscar nominee Raymond Massey (who originated the role on stage) wonderfully plays the future Great Emancipator in a chronicle of his backwoods childhood through his first romance with Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard) to his phenomenal rise to President Elect, besting the great orator Stephen Douglas (Gene Lockhart). Ruth Gordon also does memorable work as the driven, ambitious Mary Todd Lincoln, whose vision of Abe’s leadership destiny will not be denied by anyone – including her often reticent husband. There’s also no denying the enduring emotional power of this simple, magnificent movie. (BLU-RAY)

ANNE OF THE INDIES (1951)

Jean Peters is at her feisty best in Anne of the Indies. Harboring a grudge against all men (and not without reason), Anne becomes ‘Captain Providence,’ one of the most notorious pirate leaders of the Spanish Main. Anne is pursued by French captain Pierre la Rochelle (Louis Jourdan), who intends to bring her to justice. To this end, La Rochelle makes romantic overtures to Anne, but she gloms onto his scheme and abducts the captain and his wife Molly (Debra Paget). After leaving her victims to die on a desert island, Anne relents and rescues them. She later fully redeems herself (at great personal cost) during a battle with her fiercest rival, Blackbeard (Thomas Gomez). (BLU-RAY and DVD)

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN (2022)

Atrocious serial killings on holidays in Gotham City send The World’s Greatest Detective into action – confronting both organized crime and a unified front of classic DC Super-Villains – while attempting to stop the mysterious murderer. (BLU-RAY)

BLACK BOX (2021)

Following in the tradition of Antonioni’s Blowup or Coppola’s The Conversation, director Yann Gozlan — and an excellent cast led by the ever-impeccable Pierre Niney — crafts a taut, suspenseful intrigue, unraveling the events behind a tragic incident, this time in the aeronautics industry. Matthieu, a brilliant young black-box analyst with an extraordinarily acute ear is charged with investigating a deadly plane crash. Progressively obsessed by inexplicable evidence that doesn’t add up, and spiraling further and further into the realm of paranoia, he gradually loses credibility at the BEA, the bureau that investigates aviation safety in France. So he’s forced to go rogue, risking both career and life, but determined to uncover the sordid truth. (DVD)

BLOOM UP (2021)

Pet shop owners by day and swingers by night, Italian couple Hermes and Betta are, in most ways, regular people. In this honest, sex-positive look at the swinger lifestyle, director and cinematographer Mauro Russo Rouge is invited into their lives with no moment off limits, crafting a portrait of a relationship that gives equal weight to the mundane yet strangely fascinating logistics of organizing sex parties as it does to the act itself. (DVD)

BOLEYNS: A SCANDALOUS FAMILY (2021)

An epic three-part series that charts the rise and fall of the Boleyn family. This story of love, sex, betrayal and obsession is told from the unique perspective of the Boleyn family. (DVD)

COLOR OF NOISE (2015)

A film that looks into the history of Amphetamine Reptile Records and its founder Tom “Haze” Hazelmyer. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

CORBEAU, LE (1943) (CRITERION)

A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a French provincial town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, and the Catholic Church, and was banned after the liberation. But some—including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre—recognized the powerful subtext of Clouzot’s anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable, and worked to rehabilitate his directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the paranoid pettiness and self-loathing that turn an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem. (BLU-RAY)

DREAMCHILD (1985)

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll’s classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book’s inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old. (BLU-RAY)

DYNASTIES II (2022)

Delve into the secret lives of charismatic, captivating animals as they fight for their families against the odds. Get caught up in real life drama. Narrated by David Attenborough. (DVD)

EXOTICA (1994) (CRITERION)

One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan’s mesmerizing international breakthrough Exotica takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory—unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. At the neon-drenched Toronto strip club of the film’s title, a coterie of lost and damaged souls—including a man haunted by grief, a young woman with whom he shares an enigmatic bond, an obsessive emcee, and a smuggler of rare bird eggs—search for redemption as they work through the traumas of their mysteriously interconnected histories in an obsessive cycle of sex, pain, jealousy, and catharsis. Masterfully weaving together past and present, Egoyan constructs a spellbinding narrative puzzle, the full emotional impact of which doesn’t hit until the last piece is in place. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

FROM WHERE THEY STOOD (2021)

It is not widely known that a handful of prisoners in the Nazi death camps managed somehow to take clandestine photographs of the hell that was being hidden from the world. Director Christophe Cognet retraces the footsteps of these courageous men and women in a quest to unearth the circumstances and the stories behind their photographs. (DVD)

GIRL PICTURE (2022)

GIRL PICTURE is a vibrant, lively film tracking the lives of young women today. Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö have each other’s backs, always. They want to live adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and passion. Emma, on the contrary, has given her whole life to figure skating. Nothing gets between her and success. But when the girls meet, life opens new paths, and they all rocket in new directions. While Mimmi and Emma experience the earth moving effects of first love, Rönkkö is on a quest to find pleasure. (DVD)

HAPPENING (2021)

Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. When she falls pregnant in 1960s France, where abortion is illegal, she resolves to act, no matter the risk. (DVD)

KAMIKAZE HEARTS (1986)

Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating, Juliet Bashore’s quasi-documentary plunge into the 1980s porn industry takes an unsparing look at issues of misogyny, drug abuse, and exploitation via the story of two women caught in a toxic romance: the naive newcomer Tigr and her partner, the magnetic, imperious porn veteran Sharon Mitchell. Mesmerizing and unsettling, Kamikaze Hearts is both a fascinating record of pre-gentrification San Francisco’s X-rated underground and an intense, searing love story. The film offers a disturbing glimpse of the modification of bodies, feelings, and lives. (BLU-RAY)

KARMALINK (2021)

In near-future Phnom Penh, a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighborhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will either end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity. (BLU-RAY)

KIM’S CONVENIENCE: S. 1-5 (2016)

Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of The Kimsa Korean Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. Based on the hit play by Ins Choi, this acclaimed comedy explores the multicultural community and the generational tension between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children with smart comedy and authentic depth.The series is set in urban Regent Park, a rundown neighborhood bustling with immigrants and rich in cultural diversity, at the heart of which is the Kim family and their store, and the series finds laughter in the trials of running a literal “Mom and Pop” shop while raising kids in a culture that is not quite your own. (DVD)

LAST TRAIN FROM MADRID (1937)

Dorothy Lamour headlines The Last Train From Madrid, a captivating film that profiles the lives of refugees fleeing the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Protected by only a single guard while escaping from Madrid on a train, a group of weary individuals from different social classes share snippets of life and love before and during the war illustrating the profound impact it has had on their lives. Also starring Robert Cummings, Gilbert Roland, Lew Ayres, Lionel Atwill and Anthony Quinn in an early role, the story interweaves the dramatic stories of seven strangers with a common mission. (BLU-RAY)

LOST BOYS (1987)

When a single mother and her two sons move to the sleepy seaside California town of Santa Carla, they discover much more than they anticipated in this visually stunning blend of hip humor, horror and rock ‘n’ roll about the most compelling group of contemporary vampires ever to put fang to vein. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

MURDER IN… SET 4 Vols. 1-4 (2013) 

The blockbuster French television series Murder In… sweeps you along to the great sites and regions of France. Cops chase down the criminals against stunning backdrops: lush forests, remote islands, rocky coastlines, beaches with clear blue water and grand ranches. Sure, there’s a murder or two, but along the way you’ll get to know French cuisine, unique characters and centuries-old history and legends. When crime happens, best to approach it like Murder In… detectives: pull into a café in some 400-year-old town and discuss the evidence over wine or good coffee. Come visit some of the world’s most beautiful, mysterious places. Vive la France! (DVD)

MURINA (2021)

Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. As Ante attempts to broker a life-changing deal, their tranquil yet isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more from this influential visitor, who provides a taste of liberation over a weekend laid bare to desire and violence. (BLU-RAY)

OUTLANDER: SEASON 6 (2014)

The fifth season of Outlander sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task, particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina – and perhaps most significantly – during a period of dramatic political upheaval. (DVD)

PARADISE ALLEY (1978)

Cosmo Carboni (Stallone) and his two brothers could take anything that Hell’s Kitchen had to dish out — but they had a dream of getting out and making it big. The exit signs point to Paradise Alley, a sleazy private club where raucous wrestling matches with big purses are the order of the day. When younger brother Victor (Lee Canalito) steps into the ring, it appears their shared dream might finally become a reality … but tensions between Cosmo, Victor, and brother Lenny (Armand Assante, I, The Jury) might rip the family apart first. (BLU-RAY)

POLTERGEIST (1982)

A typical family in a quiet suburb of a normal California faces a frightening ordeal when its home is invaded by a Poltergeist. Late one night, 10-year-old Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) hears a voice coming from inside the television set … At first, the spirits that invade the Freeling’s home seem like playful children. But then they turn angry. And when Carol Anne is pulled from this world into another, Steve and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams–In the Land of Women) turn to an exorcist (Zelda Rubinstein) in this horror classic from director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre films) and producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg.​ (BLU-RAY) + 4KULTRAHD)

POST MORTEM (2020)

In the aftermath of a near-death experience in the final days of the First World War, former soldier Tomas has become a photographer with a particular and peculiar expertise. Presenting the bereaved an opportunity for one final, indelible memory of their dead loved ones, Tomas creates family photos in which the living and the dead are posed together. Haunted by a vision of an orphaned girl, Tomas is drawn to a disease-stricken village claimed to be overrun by ghosts. With the young orphan at his side, Tomas digs deeper into the mysteries of the village and of what lies between life and death.(DVD)

RAIN (1932) (90TH ANNIVERSARY)

On the South Pacific island of Pago Pago, Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford) is a tough-talking plaything for American G.I.s. Missionary Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston) frowns upon her provocative flaunting. He warns her to repent or risk being deported to San Francisco where Sadie will face her dark past. Terrified and overwhelmed by his charisma, she is seduced into redemption and reborn, but in a shocking twist learns that temptation is hard to resist. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946)

Young Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) inadvertently causes the death of her cruel, authoritarian aunt. Martha lies to the cops, and Walter (Kirk Douglas), who saw the crime, corroborates the girl’s story. Eventually, they wed out of convenience; the meek Walter is genuinely in love, and Martha thinks that her secret is safe since she has married the one witness to her aunt’s death. However, when her childhood pal, Sam (Van Heflin), shows up, Martha knows her dark past may not stay a secret for long. (BLU-RAY)

TURNING POINT (1952)

When crusading district attorney John Conroy (Edmond O’Brien, The Hitch-Hiker) is tasked to crack down on a powerful crime syndicate, he recruits his no-nonsense newspaperman pal Jerry McKibbon (Holden), his sweetheart Mandy (Alexis Smith, Conflict) and his grizzled detective father (Tom Tully, Ruby Gentry). But unbeknownst to the younger Conroy, the elder Conroy is mixed up in the same racket he’s been appointed to take down. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

VENGEANCE (2022)

A darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

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