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Hell And Back Again (Docurama) — In recent years American war docs have largely moved away from exposés on corruption and bad government policy. Instead, the focus has shifted to small, largely apolitical stories about life in the military and the human cost of war. Hell and Back Again raises the bar for the subgenre, taking the viewer front and center on the physical battlefield and deep into the complex and troubled psyche of a charismatic young soldier. Read Paul Sbrizzi’s full HTN review. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Recommended to Varying Degrees

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Essential Killing (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Today’s Special (New Video) — Available on DVD.

50/50 (Summit Entertainment) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Revenge of the Electric Car (Docurama) — Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Annie Hall (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

Manhattan (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

Rebecca (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

Notorious (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

Spellbound (MGM) — Available on Blu-ray.

The Moment of Truth (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

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

The Woman (The Collective) — Available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount) — Available in the following formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging.

Another Happy Day (Peace Arch Trinity) — Available on DVD.

Whistleblower (Fox) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Wild Card of the Week

Restless (Sony Classics) — As a big, big fan of Gus Van Sant, the most gracious tag I can bestow upon this movie is “The Misfire of the 21st Century.” Be careful out there. Available on 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

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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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