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Twenty-eight-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov's second feature is set in post-World War II Leningrad, where two young women, Iya and Masha (impressive newcomers Viktoria Mironshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), struggle to rebuild their lives while dealing with the physical and psychological scars of war. It’s a harrowing film, but one crafted so well that Balagov won Best Director in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and the film made the Oscar’s international feature film shortlist.
This Irish comedy stars Maeve Higgins as Rose, a driving instructor in rural Ireland who reluctantly embraces her supernatural gifts. When she is asked by a terrified father to help his levitating daughter, she must undo a spell cast by Christian Winter (Will Forte), a washed-up rock star who has made a pact with the devil. Expect more laughs than frights from this debut feature from Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, and you won’t be disappointed.
Would the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ever nominate a zombie comedy for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound and Score or, even better, award it the Oscar for Best Editing? Obviously, that didn't happen. But that’s what the Japanese Academy did for Shinichiro Ueda’s $27,000 indie movie about a director shooting a low-budget zombie movie in an abandoned warehouse where actual zombies come out to play. See what happens when the cult film finally heads to home video this week.
Praised by critics when it debuted at Tribeca a year ago, this tough watch (which drew comparisons to Capturing the Friedmans and Leaving Neverland) finds director Sasha Joseph Neulinger investigating his own family history, uncovering a multi-generational cycle of abuse in the process—and the director himself is one of the victims.
One of several anime classics from the late Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika), this 2003 retelling of Peter B. Kyne's novel Three Godfathers (which was also adapted into a 1948 John Wayne film) had its belated debut U.S. theatrical run interrupted by the coronavirus in March. But it now makes its way to disc via a new 4K remaster featuring the film's first-ever English-language dub.
|More movie releases on June 2, 2020|
|1BR DRAMA/THRILLER/HORROR | Nicole Brydon Bloom|
|Abe DRAMA/COMEDY | Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge|
|A Clear Shot DRAMA/THRILLER ||
|Let's Kill Uncle (1966) THRILLER | Nigel Green|
|The Queen (1968) DOCUMENTARY|
|Robert the Bruce ACTION/DRAMA | Angus MacFadyen, Jared Harris|
|Rogue Warfare: The Hunt ACTION | Will Yun Lee, Chris Mulkey|
|Tesnota (Closeness) FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Urban Cowboy (1980) DRAMA | John Travolta, Debra Winger|
|Working Man DRAMA | Peter Gerety, Talia Shire|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Aria: The Origination COMPLETE SERIES|
|Blood SERIES 2|
|Creepshow SEASON 1|
|Demon Lord, Retry! COMPLETE SERIES|
|Expedition With Steve Backshall SEASON 1|
|Harley Quinn SEASON 1|
|Hensuki COMPLETE SERIES|
|Star Trek Short Treks COLLECTION|
|Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off! COMPLETE SERIES|
Is this 2020's best-reviewed film? The answer is yes if no more movies come out this year—and may even be yes if theatrical releases return. After earning critical acclaim for her first two features (It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, which earned her the Directing Award in 2017), writer-director Eliza Hittman returned to Sundance early this year with her best film yet, an abortion drama focusing on Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), a quiet teenager growing up in rural Pennsylvania who has no viable options to terminate an unintended pregnancy. When her cousin Skylar gathers up enough money to get to New York City, their predicament doesn’t get any easier.
|More movie releases on June 9, 2020|
|Blush DRAMA | Wendi McLendon-Covey|
|The Booksellers DOCUMENTARY|
|The Hunt ACTION/THRILLER/HORROR | Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank|
|Lost in America DOCUMENTARY|
|My 20th Century (1989) FOREIGN/DRAMA | Dorotha Segda, Oleg Yankowsky|
|Out of My Head (2017) DOCUMENTARY|
|Return To Hardwick DOCUMENTARY|
|A Simple Wedding ROM-COM | Rita Wilson, Tara Grammy|
|Think Like a Dog FAMILY/COMEDY/SCI-FI | Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, A Dog|
|An Unmarried Woman (1978) Criterion Collection release|
|Victor and Victoria (1933) FOREIGN/MUSICAL | Renate Müller, Hermann Thimig|
|We Summon the Darkness HORROR/THRILLER/COMEDY | Alexandra Daddario|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Bungo Stray Dogs SEASON 3|
|Doctor Who SERIES 12|
|Mob Psycho 100 II|
|Modern Family SEASON 11|
|Monk COMPLETE SERIES|
|One Piece SEASON 10 VOYAGE 1|
|Power SEASON 6|
|Re:ZERO: Starting Life in Another World SEASON 1|
|The Windermere Children MINISERIES|
The Audience Award winner at last year's SXSW, Saint Frances centers on a young woman (Kelly O'Sullivan, also the film's screenwriter) who has an abortion and then immediately lands a job as a nanny to a six-year-old in a wealthy Chicago suburb. Alex Thompson's debut feature collected excellent reviews when it finally reached theaters in February.
Film critics are rarely the subject of documentaries, but in 2014, Steve James directed Life Itself, a look at the personal and professional life of Roger Ebert. Pauline Kael wasn’t as well-known as Ebert, but one could argue that she was even more influential during her 25 years reviewing for The New Yorker. Her likes included the works of Altman, Bertolucci, De Palma, and Scorsese. Stanley Kubrick and David Lean? Not so much. She battled with other critics and had a following dubbed the “Paulettes.” Her raves could save a film like Bonnie and Clyde. Her takedowns could break a director’s heart. A single, unique voice with incredible weight, Kael made sure criticism was seen as art; thus the title.
To say that Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have been critical darlings since their first film, 1996’s The Promise, would be an understatement. Six of their first seven films have earned Metacritic Must-See status, and the one that missed, Lorna's Silence, missed by just one point. Their last film, 2017’s The Unknown Girl was considered their first disappointment by some. Their latest, the story of the radicalization of the Islamic teenager of the title, is getting a similar reception, but enough critics believe it’s a return to form that fans of gripping social realist dramas should seek it out.
|More movie releases on June 16, 2020|
|America as Seen by a Frenchman (1960) DOCUMENTARY|
|Bad Therapy COMEDY | Rob Corddry, Alicia Silverstone, Michaela Watkins|
|The Cameraman (1928) Criterion Collection release|
|The Etruscan Smile DRAMA | Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette|
|Impractical Jokers: The Movie COMEDY|
|Kill Mode SCI-FI/ACTION | Dave Mantel, Julia Batelaan|
|Pretty in Pink (1986) COMEDY/DRAMA | Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer|
|The Quarry THRILLER | Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon|
|Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) FOREIGN/WESTERN | Hideaki Ito, Quentin Tarantino|
|Three Christs DRAMA | Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Project Blue Book SEASON 2|
|Yu-No: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World PART 1|
|Yu-No: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World PART 2|
A recent Oscar nominee for best international feature, this Polish drama follows 20-year-old Daniel, an ex-con sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. While in prison, he discovers Christ and wants to spread the word, but his criminal record prevents him from joining a seminary. But when he’s mistaken for the town’s new priest, he embraces it with passion and the hope that his secret won’t get out. Bartosz Bielenia’s lead performance has earned him best actor awards from film festivals around the world.
Easily the best film of 2019 to go without a single Oscar nomination (it finished the year with a higher Metascore than any movie not named Parasite), Céline Sciamma's 18th century lesbian romance first began wowing critics at last year's Cannes Film Festival, with reviewers singling out not just Sciamma's direction and screenplay but also Claire Mathon's cinematography and Adèle Haenel's performance for praise. Criterion Collection is handling the DVD/Blu-ray release, which means there are plenty of extras like new conversations with the filmmaker and cast.
|More movie releases on June 23, 2020|
|And Then We Danced FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Burden DRAMA | Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund|
|Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy DOCUMENTARY|
|Dream Demon (1988) HORROR/THRILLER | Timothy Spall, Jemma Redgrave|
|Inheritance DRAMA/THRILLER | Lily Collins, Simon Pegg|
|The Last Valley (1971) DRAMA | Michael Caine, Omar Sharif|
|The Spider (1958) HORROR|
|Tokyo Olympiad (1965) Criterion Collection release|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Asian Americans MINISERIES|
|Fairy Gone SEASON 1 PART 1|
|Sarazanmai COMPLETE SERIES|
|South Park SEASON 23|
Annie Silverstein's solid debut feature (which follows her 2014 Cinéfondation-winning short "Skunk") is set in a rural Houston neighborhood, where it traces the unlikely bond formed between a headstrong 14-year-old white girl (newcomer Amber Harvard) from a broken home and her neighbor (and new employer), an aging black bullfighter (Mudbound's Rob Morgan).
The latest cinematic oddity from French musician-writer-director Quentin Dupieux (Wrong, Rubber) stars Jean Dujardin as Georges, a divorcee obsessed with his new vintage deerskin jacket. While in a cozy village in the Alps, he poses as a filmmaker, impressing local bartender/aspiring editor Denise (Adèle Haenel) with his outlandish footage of a man bent on having the only jacket in the world. Despite its thin premise, most critics believe Dupieux and Dujardin make it work to a sometimes hilarious level.
|More movie releases on June 30, 2020|
|Almost Love DRAMA/ROM-COM | Scott Evans, Augustus Prew|
|Come and See (1985) Criterion Collection release|
|Force of Nature ACTION/DRAMA | Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth, Emile Hirsch|
|The Ghost of Peter Sellers DOCUMENTARY|
|Paracelsus (1943) FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Wallflower DRAMA | David Call, Conner Marx|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Beecham House MINISERIES|
|Black Clover SEASON 2 PART 5|
|City Hunter SEASON 1 SET 2|
|Evil SEASON 1|
|Midnight Occult Civil Servants COMPLETE SERIES|
|Million Arthur COMPLETE SERIES|
|Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears TV MOVIE|
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