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Between Us (Monterey Video) — Based on the play by Joe Hortua (who is credited here as co-screenwriter), Dan Mirvish directs this deft, incisive drama about a reunion between couples who used to be close friends but whose lives have taken very different paths. Featuring a solid ensemble of Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George, and David Harbour, Between Us is smartly adapted for the screen and deals with real adult issues. (Full Disclosure: HTN contributor Mike S. Ryan is a credited producer on this project, but we’re not going to blame the movie for that.) Available on DVD.


Black Rock (Lionsgate) — Working from a script by her hubby Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton puts a thick-soled boot to the mellow groove she established with The Freebie in favor of pure genre kicks this time around. Yet that’s not entirely accurate, and it’s why Black Rock is more than just a fun b-movie. Yes, the premise is pretty off the wall and firmly lodged in Movie Land, but the relationships are portrayed with enough sensitivity that they bring more earthly grounding to the proceedings than other films of this ilk. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Devil’s Backbone (Criterion) — Available on Blu-ray.

The Fog: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Night Across The Street (Cinema Guild) — The final film from master Raul Ruiz. Available on DVD.

Old Dog (Icarus Films) — Sorry, this isn’t a Tibetan remake of the Travolta/Williams jammer. Available on DVD.

A Night For Dying Tigers (Monarch) — Available 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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