Film

Shrek: Anniversary Edition

Shrek: Anniversary Edition

| June 20, 2016

In celebration of fifteen years of Shrek, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the original Shrek in an Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. Packed with special features and a code for digital versions of Shrek short films, the release gives you a lot of Shrek for your buck. But is it something you […]

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Appointment with Crime

Appointment with Crime

| June 20, 2016

William Hartnell is no doubt best known today for portraying the irascible first incarnation of The Doctor during the first three years of Doctor Who’s 50+ year history. Seventeen years prior to originating the science fiction role he immortalized, however, Hartnell starred in the noir-ish, British gangster picture, Appointment with Crime (1946), as the vicious […]

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The Wave (Bølgen)

The Wave (Bølgen)

| June 20, 2016

Before 2015’s The Wave (Bølgen), Norway’s film industry never produced a disaster film, a subgenre of the action/adventure movie I have personally always adored. This makes The Wave the first of its kind, nationally. And though that might worry some regarding the quality of the film, I can assure you that director Roar Uthaug and […]

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Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle

| June 17, 2016

Eddie the Eagle, which stars Taron Egerton alongside Academy Award® Nominee Hugh Jackman, is a high-flying, feel-good story inspired by true events. Egerton plays Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself–even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic […]

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Stand Down Soldier

Stand Down Soldier

| June 16, 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival Chicago 2016 recently featured a rich selection of films directed by women from different parts of the world. Leading the selection was Jeryl Prescott Sales’ Stand Down Soldier, a poignant film about an African-American female soldier back to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The social significance […]

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Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

| June 14, 2016

I first saw Southlander in 2004 after seeing advertisements for it paired with gleaming reviews in rock and roll magazines I’d held onto since its release in 2001. Those were the years I was stuck in the Middle of Nowhere, MI mostly trying to work up the nerve to sell the ’96 Ford Taurus that […]

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

| June 7, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss of course, only wrote one feature film: a live action musical called The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). Directed by the legendary Stanley Kramer (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), it’s a film I’d been eager to see for […]

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Blood Bath

Blood Bath

| June 3, 2016

Arrow Video has been building their reputation as the “Criterion of cult” for years now, giving lavish home video editions to films that have languished in a limbo of bare-bones releases (and some that never had releases at all). Their latest set, however, is in a class of its own. Exploitation cinema legend Roger Corman’s […]

Presenting Princess Shaw

Presenting Princess Shaw

| June 1, 2016

For some time now, the internet has been challenging our perceptions of what art can be, and in Ido Haar’s documentary Presenting Princess Shaw, the idea of online applications as the next evolution in artistic instrumentation is explored quite thoughtfully. The story follows Samantha Montgomery, a care-giver working and living in one of the toughest neighborhoods […]

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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

| May 31, 2016

Tony Conrad, the artist, musician, filmmaker and teacher who passed away in April, will be extremely missed, particularly among the avant-garde world of art and culture. For the last twenty years he was followed by a documentary film crew, with director Tyler Hubby, for the film Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. This film constructs […]

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