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New to Home Video 12/13/16

13 Dec

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La La Land: Listen Up, by Rudie Obias

9 Dec

Starting off with an absurdly big and impressive musical number — which involves a traffic jam, vivid colors, and an infectious showtune — La La Land sings as one of the best movies of the year, though it doesn’t quite hit all of its marks as a complete crowd pleaser. The opening is not just a statement on the film’s over-the-top tone, but as a call to the audience to shake off the dullness of sitting in a stationary spot for a long period of time waiting for something to happen, smile, and enjoy the ride. La La Land is a blast!

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New to Home Video 11/29/2016

29 Nov

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New to Home Video 11/22/16

22 Nov

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Hacksaw Ridge: Two Wars, by Rudie Obias

4 Nov

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It’s been 10 years since audiences have watched a Mel Gibson-directed in movie in theaters and it seems the 60-year-old controversial director has missed a step or two between feature films. Hacksaw Ridge is a very old-fashioned movie, but it’s juiced up with modern Hollywood action with bloody and hellish wartime battle scenes. It seems to be at odds with itself.

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Moonlight: Waxing and Waning, by Rudie Obias

21 Oct

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Just cutting to the chase: Moonlight is my favorite movie of the year. It’s simply the best thing I’ve watched that’s deep, layered, and something we never see on the big screen, the coming-of-age of a gay black man in the inner city. Moonlight accomplishes a lot in only 110 minutes and anyone who’s interested in cinema should stop what they’re doing right now, find where this movie is playing at a theater near you, buy a ticket, and watch it in all of its glory and wash over you. It’s an experience that’s deeply engaging and unique.

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New to Home Video 10/11/16

11 Oct

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The Birth of a Nation: Under God, by Rudie Obias

6 Oct

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It’s hard to talk about The Birth of a Nation because of its subject matter; it takes a look at a very shameful period of American history. But facing the nastiness of history and culture is the only way to understand the past and the future, which is why it’s tough to sit through the movie.

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New to Home Video 9/6/16

6 Sep

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Don’t Breathe: Wait Until Dark, by Rudie Obias

26 Aug

Jane Levy stars in Screen Gems' horror-thriller DON'T BREATHE.

In 2013, Fede Alvarez made his directorial debut with The Evil Dead remake. While most remakes lazily follow the same template as the original, Alvarez brought a certain sense of tension and dread while building on top of what Sam Raimi did in 1981. For his new film Don’t Breathe, Fede Alvarez takes that same sense of tension and dread while tightly building something original and all his own.

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