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Life During Wartime

Life During Wartime (Criterion) — Todd Solondz has never been one to shy away from shame, regret and outrage. In his new film Life During Wartime, he takes an important step forward in his development as a filmmaker by finally building a work around mercy and forgiveness. As such, Solondz has finally made a film that addresses our politics without excoriating them; this is a movie about the unspoken need to be loved. Read Tom Hall’s full HTN review, then buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

Leon Morin, Priest (Criterion) — Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

High and Low (Criterion) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

The Blues Brothers (Universal) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

National Lampoon’s Animal House (Universal) — Buy it on Blu-ray.

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

Source Code (Summit Entertainment) — Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray (also Amazon Instant).

The Clone Returns Home (Animeigo) — Buy it on DVD.

American Grindhouse (Lorber Films) — Buy it on DVD (also Amazon Instant).

Park Benches (MPI Home Video) — Buy it on DVD.

Wild Card of the Week

Heartbeats (MPI Home Video) — People seem to really love this Xavier Dolan fellow, however my jury is still deliberating. Buy it on DVD.

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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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