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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (Alive Mind) — Gereon Wetzel’s documentary grants viewers behind-the-scenes access into the world of chef Ferren Adriá and his team of collaborators, whose notorious Spanish restaurant is almost laughably creative. Here, simple meals will not do. In the six months leading up to the restaurant’s opening, the staff holes up in Barcelona to prepare their summer menu. While these scenes are amusing—they border on self-parody but never cross all the way over—when it comes time for the restaurant to open its doors, the film starts to play like a high stakes thriller. Even if you aren’t kitchen- or cooking-minded, the wild mind and dedication of Adriá will win you over. Available on DVD.


A Dangerous Method (Sony) — David Cronenberg journeys into the past for this story about the birth of psychoanalysis, as expressed in the budding relationship—and subsequent rivalry—between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Jung’s measured, analytic state-of-mind is upended by the appearance of Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), who lights a fire in his loins that he can’t seem to put out. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Romantics Anonymous (New Video) — Slight in the best sense of the term—at 78 minutes, it’s literally slight—Jean-Pierre Améris’ sweet love story won’t win points for originality, but the chocolate looks damn tasty, and the chemistry between the leads (Isabelle Carré and Benoît Poelvoorde) makes you want to see this through to its happy ending. Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

David Lean Directs Noel Coward (Criterion) — This multi-disc set includes the films In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, and Brief Encounter. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

A Night to Remember (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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

Corman’s World (Anchor Bay) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

In The Land of Blood and Honey (Sony) — Available in a 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo and at Amazon Instant.

The Broken Tower (Entertainment One) — Available on DVD 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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