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Laurence Anyways (Breaking Glass) — For Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan, more is more is more. With each new effort, Dolan has deepened his vision, expanded his scope and breadth to include more ideas, emotions, characters, stuff. In his first, I Killed My Mother (J’ai Tué Ma Mère), a teenage Dolan barked, yelped, and squawked at his mother (Quebec actress Anne Dorval) who responded in kind while the Dolan stand-in grappled with his newfound sexuality and his mother’s reaction to it. In his sophomore effort, Heartbeats (awkwardly translated from Les Amours Imaginaires), the familial relationship was exchanged for a young-love-triangle, frivolity, endless slo-mo, French New Wave nods, essentially a hyper-stylized music video chic. Here, Dolan allowed himself to float between the real and magically real; lust expressed as The David (Neils Schneider) bathed in marshmallows against a sky-blue backdrop. These two films are set in his native Montreal and indeed exhibit the city’s best characteristics: a North-American base with European inflection. Third comes the new Laurence Anyways. This time set in a nostalgia-soaked early ’90s Montreal, Dolan delivers a sprawling nearly three-hour venture about a man who wants to become a woman and the toll this takes on his relationship with his girlfriend. It often seems Dolan has put everything into this film: every imagined scene, gesture, song, place, perhaps every thought that’s popped into his head. And though this can result in over-indulgence, Dolan has managed to stitch together a world teeming with love, loss, family and its myriad entanglements, romance, vibrant colour, shape, sound… pretty much everything. Read Jesse Klein’s full HTN review. Available on DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

I Married A Witch (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life: 30th Anniversary Edition (Universal) — Available on Blu-ray + Digital Copy/UltraViolet.

Stalag 17 (Paramount) — Available on Blu-ray.

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

The Look of Love (MPI Home Video) — Available DVD and Amazon Instant.

Europa Report (Magnolia) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (Kino Lorber) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Mea Maxima Culpa (Docurama) — Available on DVD.

Aliyah (Film Movement) — Available on DVD.

Stuck in Love (Millennium) — Available on DVD, Blu-Ray/DVD Combo, and at Amazon Instant.

Much Ado About Nothing (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Midnight’s Children (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — Available on DVD.

The Purge (Universal) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy/UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

Shot in the Dark (HBO) — Available on DVD.

Berlin Job (New Video) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

American Horror Story: Asylum (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Static (New Video) — Available on DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 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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