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Wuthering Heights (Oscilloscope) — Occasionally a period piece comes along that feels neither like the gauzy, ignorantly rendered, idealized versions of the past churned out by the Hollywood of yesteryear nor like the product of our grim and cynical and corporatist postmodern times, the maddening ideological manifestations of which are usually filtered through the perspective of some stooge director (see, uh, Marie Antoinette). I’m about to tell you about one such film. As stark and unforgiving as her previous works, Andrea Arnold’s new film finds her pondering the aftermath of a mysterious, multi-pronged trauma for yet another soulful, alienated loner. That this shatteringly potent adaptation of Emily Bronte’s too often filmed 19th Century English Lit Classic Wuthering Heights is an absolute provocation has little do with that bit of auteurist observation however, even if the movie confirms Ms. Arnold to be one of the 21st Century’s most essential filmmakers. Read Brandon Harris’ full HTN review. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.


G-DOG (Docurama) — Certainly not a formally groundbreaking work, Freida Mock’s documentary remains an inspiring portrait of a man—Father Greg “G-DOG” Boyle—whose contribution to the world is deeply commendable. Available on DVD.

Promised Land (Universal) — Certainly not Gus Van Sant’s best film, this remains a handsome production that does its best to inject the topic of fracking into the mainstream conversation (of course, if forced to pick one, go with Gasland). Available on DVD, 2-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack + Digital Copy + UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

Any Day Now (Music Box Films) — Certainly not as strong as Patrick Wang’s In The Family, this film nonetheless has a similarly noble message and is elevated by its heartfelt lead performances (Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, and newcomer Isaac Leyva). Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Happy People: A Year In The Taiga (Music Box Films) — Certainly not Werner Herzog’s best film (co-directed with Dmitry Vasyukov), this documentary provides a pleasant glimpse into a (cold, cold) world that most of us would never see otherwise. Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Flirt (Olive Films) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Richard III (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Pierre Etaix (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Night of the Hunted (Redemption) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Great Gatsby (Paramount) — Available on Blu-ray.

Have Not Seen Yet But Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

Meanwhile (Olive Films) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Central Park Five (PBS) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Last Summer Won’t Happen (Icarus Films) — Available on DVD.

The Impossible (Summit Entertainment) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Gangster Squad (Warner) — Available on DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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