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Stories We Tell (Lionsgate) — Sarah Polley’s documentary is an examination of her own family’s secrets, triumphs and tragedies, which takes the complex relationship between real life and its irretrievable immediacy as its subject, using the narrative structure of an investigation as a form of preordained revelation; conceived after each of the film’s participants already knew the central secret of Polley’s story (a secret I will not reveal here because, frankly, why spoil it? It is not the story that matters in this instance as much as the telling…), the film uses a blend of fictional recreation, interviews, archival home footage and voice over narration to explore the idea of how a family collectively preserves its own memory of itself. The enigmatic heart of the film is Polley’s own mother, Diane, a flamboyant actress whose energy and zeal for living made a profound impact on her family and friends. It is not too much to reveal that Diane Polley passed away from cancer at a relatively young age, leaving a void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. The film fills that absence with the memories of those who remain, with the complex balance of ascribing feeling and authority to Diane’s experience through the filter of their own lives, judgments and perceptions, each unique and each only revealing facets of a complicated, ultimately unknowable life. Read Tom Hall’s full HTN review. Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

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

The Battle of Algiers (Criterion) — Available on Blu-ray.

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

Blancanieves (Cohen Media Group) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Petunia (Wolfe Video) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (Magnolia) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Violeta Went to Heaven (Lorber Films) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

The English Teacher (Cinedigm) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Now You See Me (Summit Entertainment) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Arthur Newman (Cinedigm) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and at Amazon Instant.

The Lords of Salem (Anchor Bay) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

The Iceman (Millennium) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Somm (First Run Features) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Cockneys vs. Zombies (Shout! Factory) — Available on DVD/Digital and Blu-ray/Digital.

Wild Card of the Week

Sharknado (The Asylum) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, 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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