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Keep The Lights On (Music Box Films) — Full disclosure: the song that my wife and I chose to dance to at our wedding was “Close My Eyes” by Arthur Russell, but even removing that from the equation, the combination of Russell’s fond lament and hauntingly beautiful paintings in the film’s opening credits helped to set the perfect tone for this memory of a motion picture. Ira Sachs makes a bold decision that caught me off guard the first time I saw this at its Sundance world premiere. Normally, when telling the story of a doomed relationship on film, it seems important to establish just how strong and passionate this true love is. Yet here, we never get a sense that either of these characters were experiencing once-in-a-lifetime emotions. Nonetheless, as a survivor of a relationship much like this one, I eventually understood that the purpose here wasn’t to chronicle the tragic crumbling of “true love”; Keep The Lights On is more directly a cautionary tale about how, for whatever foggy reasons, we don’t check out of a bad relationship when every single sign is shouting at us to do just that. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.


Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Classics) — I wouldn’t necessarily call this great filmmaking, but when you have material like this, who cares. Malik Bendjelloul’s resurrection of Sisto Rodriguez is a powerful reminder of how musical myths and legends are born, but more than that, it is guaranteed to turn people on to an artist whose time in the spotlight is longgg overdue. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

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

Nobody Walks (Magnolia) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

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

Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Deadly Blessing (Shout! Factory) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

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

The Paperboy (Millennium) — Available on DVD/Digital, Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital, and at Amazon Instant.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (Sony) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story (Docurama) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

A Thousand Cuts (Lorber Films) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Breathing (Kino Lorber) — Available on DVD.

End of Watch (Universal) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Birders: The Central Park Effect (Music Box Films) — Available on DVD.

For A Good Time, Call… (Universal) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital/UltraViolet, 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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