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The second 2015 drama (following The Stanford Prison Experiment) to depict one of the 20th century's most infamous psychology experiments, the well-reviewed, stylized Experimenter comes from from writer-director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, Cymbeline). Peter Sarsgaard stars as Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram, whose "obedience experiments” asked ordinary people to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Jim Gaffigan, Anthony Edwards, and Anton Yelchin are among the test subjects, while Winona Ryder plays Milgram's wife.
In Maya Forbes’ autobiographical debut feature, Mark Ruffalo plays a bipolar father trying to care for two children while his wife is away at school. The film divided critics when it debuted at Sundance back in 2014, though it ultimately finished its theatrical run with more good reviews than bad, thanks to the performances of Ruffalo and co-star Zoe Saldana..
French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's (Prisoners, Enemy) third English-language feature was one of the critical hits of last year’s Cannes, and could potentially land a few Oscar nominations later this month. Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who begins to question her beliefs when she is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the violent war on drugs. A much-lauded Benicio del Toro plays a mysterious consultant who joins them as they cross the border to apprehend a Mexican cartel leader. Written by Sons of Anarchy actor Taylor Sheridan, the film’s title translates as “Hitman,” and it features cinematography from 12-time Academy Award nominee Roger Deakins.
This anti-rom-com from Bachelorette writer-director Leslye Headland stars Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as ex-lovers who reconnect at a sex addiction meeting a dozen years after losing their virginity together. After many failed relationships, they agree to try to keep things platonic, but that proves just as difficult as sleeping with each other. Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne also star in a film that landed on a few critic top-10 lists despite dividing reviewers overall.
The story of Philippe Petit’s illicit tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974 had already been chronicled in James Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire. Director Robert Zemeckis, whose last film Flight represented a return to live-action after nearly a decade spent in mo-cap animation, presented a fictionalized, IMAX 3D take on the stunt this fall, which failed to catch on with moviegoers despite fairly strong reviews. (Expect plenty of vertigo-inducing visuals even in 2D on your smaller home screen.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Petit alongside Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, and James Badge Dale.
|More movie releases on January 5, 2016|
|Ashby ROM-COM/DRAMA | Emma Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Sarah Silverman|
|A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story DOCUMENTARY|
|Captive DRAMA/THRILLER | David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Michael Kenneth Williams|
|Close Range ACTION | Scott Adkins|
|Cold Deck DRAMA | Paul Sorvino|
|The Green Inferno HORROR/THRILLER | Directed by Eli Roth|
|Hell and Back ANIMATION/COMEDY | Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller|
|The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) COMEDY | Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe|
|Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser COMEDY | David Spade, Christopher Walken|
|Love DRAMA | Directed by Gaspar Noe|
|Memories of the Sword FOREIGN/DRAMA/ACTION|
|Northern Soul DRAMA/MUSIC|
|Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse HORROR/COMEDY | Logan Miller, Joey Morgan|
|Shanghai DRAMA | John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat|
|The Visit THRILLER/HORROR | Directed by M. Night Shyamalan|
|Wrecker ACTION/THRILLER | Anna Hutchinson, Drea Whiturn|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Ancient Aliens Season 8|
|The Birthday Boys Season 2|
|Broad City Season 2|
|Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 3|
|Father Brown Season 3 Part 1|
|Flesh and Bone Season 1|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10|
|The Last Kingdom Season 1|
|Legend Complete series set|
|Luther Season 4|
|Man Seeking Woman Season 1|
|Party of Five Complete series set|
|True Detective Season 2|
Woody Allen's latest proved to be his second straight middling effort (following Magic in the Moonlight). Irrational Man is a somewhat more serious tale about a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who hits upon the perfect cure for his existential blues: murder. Emma Stone and Parker Posey also star.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to the award-winning The Act of Killing is a companion piece to that documentary about mass killings in Indonesia, and once again critics were almost unanimously impressed. The winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 71st Venice International Film Festival focuses on a family of survivors whose youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by confronting the men who killed his brother. Expect an Oscar nomination later this month.
This crowd-pleasing space adventure strives for scientific accuracy in its tale of stranded astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), who must survive for over a year on Mars with meager supplies while NASA (on Earth) and his crew (in space) try to figure out how to rescue him. Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir’s best-selling novel of the same name also boasts a surprisingly strong supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, and Donald Glover. Though it conceptually shares quite a bit with the recent Gravity, the stakes here feel somewhat lower throughout due to Scott's more lighthearted approach—though to label the film a "comedy," as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recently did, would be inaccurate.
Critics loved this Brazilian dramedy about a woman who leaves her own daughter behind while she moves to the big city to take a job as housekeeper and nanny for a wealthy family. The film's soapier plot elements make it accessible to larger audiences while it also explores issues of class and family in ways that are natural rather than preachy, according to reviewers.
|More movie releases on January 12, 2016|
|The American Friend (1977) Criterion Collection release|
|The Bed Sitting Room (1969) COMEDY | Dudley Moore, Peter Cook; directed by Richard Lester|
|Bitter Rice (1947) Criterion Collection release|
|Contracted: Phase II HORROR/THRILLER|
|Figures in a Landscape (1972) ACTION-ADVENTURE | Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell|
|Flutter DRAMA/THRILLER | Joe Anderson|
|Hotel Transylvania 2 ANIMATION/FAMILY | Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez|
|How I Won the War (1967) COMEDY | Michael Crawford, John Lennon; directed by Richard Lester|
|In The Basement FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY|
|The Knack and How to Get It (1964) COMEDY | Michael Crawford; directed by Richard Lester|
|Making Rounds DOCUMENTARY|
|Out 1 (1971) 13-disc multi-format set includes full 13-hour version of Jacques Rivette's film (and a 4-hour cut)|
|Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension HORROR|
|Sinister 2 HORROR | Shannyn Sossamon|
|This Changes Everything DOCUMENTARY|
|Uncle John DRAMA/THRILLER | John Ashton|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|All of My Heart TV movie|
|Hill Street Blues Season 7|
|Maison Close Season 2|
|Mr. Robot Season 1|
|Sherlock The Abominable Bride (TV movie)|
|So You Said Yes TV movie|
|The Wonder Years Season 4|
A must for music fans of a certain age, Colin Hanks' directorial debut is a documentary focusing on the rise and fall of record store chain Tower Records. Critics had plenty of good things to say about a bittersweet but engrossing film that also features appearances by Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen, and Dave Grohl.
One of 2015's most overlooked gems (and one of the year's best-reviewed films), this coming-of-age tale is an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel by first-time feature writer-director Marielle Heller. English actress Bel Powley stars as Minnie Gotze, a teenager in 1976 San Francisco, who begins an affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, played by Alexander Skarsgård. Christopher Meloni and Madeleine Waters also star in a film praised for its honest portrayal of burgeoning female sexuality.
There was a good 2015 film about the electronic music scene after all, and it certainly wasn't We Are Your Friends. This latest critically lauded gem from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) is a based-on-true-events tale spanning two decades in the life and relationships of a French club DJ. His story unfolds against the backdrop of the rise of electronica duo Daft Punk. Felix de Givry, Greta Gerwig, Laura Smet, and Pauline Etienne star.
With a strong cast (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal), this based-on-true-events adventure follows two expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Director Baltasar Kormákur shot on location in Nepal and in the Italian Alps to try to capture the harrowing experience of scaling Everest in 3D.
One of 2015's most pleasant surprises was director F. Gary Gray's biopic about legendary West Coast hip hop outfit N.W.A., which is now the highest-grossing film by a black director in history. Gray actually got his start directing music videos (including clips for N.W.A.'s Ice Cube and Dr. Dre) before jumping to features with Friday in 1995, written by and starring Ice Cube. The latter's real-life son O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays his father alongside Corey Hawkins as Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, with the film following the group as they turn their experiences on the streets of Compton into the controversial music that made them into stars. Paul Giamatti co-stars as their manager, Jerry Heller. The Blu-ray release includes a new director's cut of the film alongside the theatrical version.
|More movie releases on January 19, 2016|
|The Cut FOREIGN/DRAMA | Directed by Fatih Akin|
|Gilda (1946) Criterion Collection release|
|A Girl Like Her DRAMA | Hunter King, Jimmy Bennett, Lexi Ainsworth|
|The Guardian (1990) HORROR | Directed by William Friedkin|
|The Ice Pirates (1984) SCI-FI/COMEDY | Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston, Mary Crosby|
|Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Criterion Collection release|
|Jem and the Holograms FANTASY/FAMILY | Aubrey Peeples|
|Learning to Drive DRAMA/ROM-COM | Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson|
|Of Mice & Men (1992) DRAMA | John Malkovich|
|Samba DRAMA/COMEDY | Omar Sy|
|Serial (1980) COMEDY | Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Christopher Lee|
|Stonewall DRAMA | Jeremy Irvine, Johnathan Rhys Meyers|
|The Undesirable (1915) DRAMA | Directed by Michael Curtiz|
|Woodlawn DRAMA | Sean Astin, Jon Voight|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|12 Monkeys Season 1|
|Adventure Time Vol. 11|
|Continuum Season 4|
|The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 1|
|Little House on the Prairie Season 8 (remastered)|
|The Saint Seasons 3 & 4 set|
|Sisters Season 3|
|Swamp People Season 6|
Appearing on a surprising number of critics' year-end top 10 lists, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s first feature film in eight years (following Flight of the Red Balloon) also earned him the best director prize at Cannes last year. The martial arts-filled drama tells the story of a young girl who is abducted by a nun and trained to be an assassin, only to face a difficult personal decision when the man she loves becomes her latest target.
The first big-screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s 62-volume Goosebumps children's book series starts with familiar tropes—new kid in town Zach (Dylan Minnette) falls for his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush)—but there is a twist. Her father happens to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), and the monsters that everyone reads about in his books are actually real. Stine keeps them locked up in his books, but when they get out and begin to terrorize the community, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, and their friends (Ryan Lee, Ella Wahlestedt) to save the town.
This crowd-pleasing film—a documentary that plays like a rom-com—follows Indian-American actor Ravi Patel (who can be seen in the debut season of Master of None) as he explores the possibility of an arranged marriage as a solution to his dating woes. Naturally, it doesn't go all that well. Patel himself directs alongside his sister Geeta Patel.
|More movie releases on January 26, 2016|
|A Brilliant Young Mind DRAMA/COMEDY | Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall|
|Brush with Danger ACTION/THRILLER|
|Burnt DRAMEDY | Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller|
|In My Father's House DOCUMENTARY|
|The New Girlfriend FOREIGN/DRAMA | Directed by François Ozon|
|The Wannabe DRAMA/THRILLER | Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette|
|The Wrong Man (1956)DRAMA | Henry Fonda|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Black Work Miniseries|
|Da Vinci's Demons Season 3|
|Doctor Who Series 9 Part 2|
|Downton Abbey Season 6|
|The Facts of Life Season 8|
|Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise TV movie|
|The Monkees Complete series set (Blu-ray)|
|UnReal Season 1|
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