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The Pool (Kino Lorber) — What makes Chris Smith’s The Pool so special is how it uses such a seemingly simple framework to speak so profoundly about many different elements of human nature. Without being forceful or pushy, Smith has produced a beautiful, tender film that thoughtfully addresses issues of adolescent yearning, universal poverty, and parental sorrow, without ever feeling like he’s trying to speak so deeply. He lets these themes emerge from the inside-out, not the outside-in, using a direct, unadorned style to produce a work that is suffused with documentary-like realism and symbolic poetry at the exact same time. The Pool is a quiet marvel of a movie. Read the full HTN review. Available on DVD.


In Our Nature (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Somewhere Between (Docurama) — Available on DVD.

Paul Williams Still Alive (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Ballad of Narayama (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Side By Side (New Video) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Little White Lies (MPI Home Video) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Yelling To The Sky (MPI Home Video) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Flight (Paramount) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy/UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

A Late Quartet (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Celeste and Jesse Forever (Sony) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

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

Circus (Sony) — 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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