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THREE Picks of the Week!

Post Tenebras Lux (Strand Releasing) — Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux is a landscape of possibility, vibrantly alert to the tensions of class, family and desire, pulsating with life. The story of a wealthy family living in the secluded Mexican woodlands, the film takes on the issues of duty, class and morality with a feverish poetry from its opening sequence to its radical conclusion. Read Tom Hall’s full HTN review. Available on DVD.

This is Martin Bonner (Monterey Media) — Chad Hartigan’s 2008 debut feature, Luke and Brie Are On A First Date, was a humble little micro-budget affair about a budding romance between young 20-somethings in Los Angeles. Watching This Is Martin Bonner (official website), you’d be forgiven for not believing the same person made these two films. While the budget for This Is Martin Bonner was comparitively small, it sure doesn’t feel like it. Lushly photographed by Sean McElwee and gorgeously scored by Keegan DeWitt, Hartigan’s note perfect drama about late life new beginnings features memorably honest performances from Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette. Read A Conversation With Chad Hartigan. Available on DVD.

Amour (Sony Classics) — With Michael Haneke’s Amour, this year’s Cannes has graced us with its first in-competition masterpiece: powerful enough to both sway this here Haneke-skeptic and have most of the press raving on Twitter mere minutes after the end credits even started rolling. If anything smacks of Palme d’Or this year, it must be Amour. Read Michal Oleszczyk’s full HTN review. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Quite Recommended

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (Docurama) — This story of an everyday fan who became the unexpected new lead singer of Journey is a hilarious, fun, and inspiring ride. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Recommended (Home Viewing)

Shadow Dancer (Magnolia) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Big City (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

X-Ray/Schizoid (Shout! Factory) — Available in a DVD/Blu-ray Combo.

Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season (HBO) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Killing Season (Millennium) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Highland Park (New Video) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD.

Touch (Pathfinder) — Available on DVD.

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

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