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5 Broken Cameras (Kino Lorber) — A personal video diary of a motion picture, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s infuriating film collects on the ground footage shot by Burnat over the course of five years and on five different cameras (that’s because they were maimed in the line of fire). While it’s borderline impossible not to read 5 Broken Cameras as a bitter indictment of an Israeli regime that bullies its way onto Palestinian land through shady political tactics at best and criminally inhumane acts at worst, Burnat’s measured voice-over and loving footage of his growing son Gibreel prevents this from become an all-out screed. By simply presenting the ceaseless corruption and senseless murders from Burnat’s position on the ground, the filmmakers give voice to a people who are confused, frustrated, and forced to bear this maddening weight. Required viewing. No excuses. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Highly Recommended

Detropia (Docurama) — Although I wouldn’t have minded someone with the Ross Brothers’ aesthetic delivering this much-needed symphony of that great, embattled American symbol of decline called Detroit, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are quite capable themselves. Detropia does everything “right” and while sometimes it may feel a little too tried-and-true, the film remains full of distinctive cinematic flourishes that elevate the slightly predictable material. Meanwhile, the love of the place that the filmmakers clearly feel comes through vividly in every frame. Viva the Motor City! (Robert Greene) Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

China Heavyweight (Zeitgeist) — It’s hard to follow a debut feature that I consider to be one of the best documentaries ever made—Up The Yangtze—and while China Heavyweight certainly doesn’t hit those outer space-shattering heights, it is nonetheless a beautifully photographed portrait of individuals in modern China who are trying to make their way through a complex world. This and Kim Longinotto’s Gaea Girls would make for a tasty double-feature! Available on DVD.


The Other Dream Team (Lionsgate) — From reading the description, it might seem like one needs to be a diehard basketball fan to appreciate Marius Markevicius’s The Other Dream Team, when that isn’t, in fact, the case. The cultural and historical component of this film is actually the real reason to check it out. Watching a bunch of Lithuanian dudes wearing Grateful Dead-sponsored tie-dyed uniforms while displaying exceptional bball skills only adds spice to an already hearty soup. Read the full HTN review. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Battle For Brooklyn (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Wake in Fright (Image Entertainment) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

The Tin Drum (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Sleeper (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

Hannah And Her Sisters (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

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

17 Girls (Strand Releasing) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Life’s Too Short (HBO) — Available on DVD.

The Last Fall (Image Entertainment) — Available on DVD.

Taken 2 (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Farewell My Queen (Cohen Media Group) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Wild Card of the Week

To Rome With Love (Sony Classics) — Available on DVD, 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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