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Against all odds, the seventh Rocky film is one of the best in the series to date. It also features a passing of the torch. Michael B. Jordan reunites with his Fruitvale Station director, Ryan Coogler, to star as Adonis Johnson, Apollo Creed’s son, opposite Sylvester Stallone's ailing Rocky Balboa, with the latter star picking up an Oscar nomination. Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) and Phylicia Rashad also star in the first Rocky movie since 2006's Rocky Balboa.
This 2015 drama from Tom Hooper (Les Miserables, The King’s Speech) chronicles the journey of Einar and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), husband and wife painters in 1920s Copenhagen, as Einar discovers his desire to become a woman and begins one of the first documented male to female medical transitions. Both Vikander and Redmayne earned praise—and Academy Award nominations— for their performances, though the film as a whole wasn't entirely well received by critics.
The latest attempt to bring the story of the Kray twins to the big screen finds Tom Hardy playing both brothers, notorious gangsters Ronald and Reginald, who terrorized London in the 1950s and '60s. Writer-director Brian Helgeland (42, A Knight’s Tale) assembled a strong cast (Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, and Taron Egerton), though reviewers found the result less than legendary.
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt reunited with their 50/50 director Jonathan Levine—and added co-star Anthony Mackie—for this R-rated holiday comedy about childhood friends having one last crazy Christmas Eve before adulthood takes hold. With a supporting cast that includes Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Miley Cyrus, Michael Shannon, Mindy Kaling, and Kanye West, the film follows the three friends as they search for the “Holy Grail of Christmas parties” — the Nutcracka Ball.
Director Lenny Abrahamson’s follow-up to Frank is an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel about a woman (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who escape the 10-by-10-foot space where they have been trapped since before Jack was born. Joan Allen and William H. Macy also star. In addition to receiving some of the best reviews of 2015, Room picked up four Academy Award nominations, including best picture.
Banned by his government from making another film, Iranian director Jafar Panahi (This Is Not a Film, Offside, The Circle) found a creative way to continue his career, and the result is even more critical acclaim. Shot like a documentary (but actually scripted), Taxi finds Panahi himself driving a cab through the streets of Tehran with a camera mounted on the dashboard, soliciting candid confessions from the passengers he picks up.
While critics at Cannes last May didn’t praise director Paolo Sorrentino’s latest as much as his previous effort (foreign-language Oscar winner The Great Beauty), his second English-language film still should please some moviegoers with its visual beauty if not its story of two old friends (Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel) on vacation at a Swiss spa with their once-married children (Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano). Jane Fonda co-stars.
|More movie releases on March 1, 2016|
|1982 DRAMA | Hill Harper|
|All Roads Lead to Rome COMEDY | Sarah Jessica Parker|
|The Boy (2015) DRAMA/THRILLER | David Morse|
|A Country Called Home DRAMA | Imogen Poots|
|Dancin' It's On MUSICAL|
|Don Verdean COMEDY/DRAMA | Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement|
|Intruders HORROR/THRILLER | Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr|
|Life DRAMA | Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson|
|Lost in Hong Kong FOREIGN/COMEDY|
|Miss You Already DRAMEDY | Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette|
|Narcopolis SCI-FI/THRILLER | Elliot Cowan, James Callis|
|Noble DRAMA | Deirdre O'Kane, Brendan Coyle|
|Ratter HORROR/THRILLER | Ashley Benson|
|Scream at the Devil (2014) THRILLER|
|She's Beautiful When She's Angry DOCUMENTARY|
|Strange Brew (1983) COMEDY | Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas|
|Sunshine Superman DOCUMENTARY|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|The Americans Season 3|
|Childhood's End Miniseries|
|Drunk History Season 3|
|The Fall Series 1 [Blu-ray release]|
|The Fall Series 2|
|Future Cop Complete series set|
|In Defense of Food PBS documentary|
|Silk Season 2|
|Strike Back Season 4|
|Z Nation Season 2|
The second collaboration between director Ron Howard and star Chris Hemsworth tells a very different true story than their first, Rush. Set in the winter of 1820, Sea is a chronicle of the New England whaling ship Essex and the whale attack that would serve as the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Though the visuals are successful, critics were underwhelmed by the story.
Directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders), this violent adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play was praised by most critics at Cannes, especially for its lead performances. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star.
It's a rare G-rated film and the first Peanuts movie in 35 years. Paul Feig is among the producers, and he and writers Craig and Bryan Schulz (Charles' son and grandson, respectively) and Cornelius Uliano do nothing to harm the cartoonist's legacy, according to critics. That said, younger audiences will get much more out of the movie than adults.
Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's daring feature debut uses only sign language—without any subtitles or voiceover—to tell its rather brutal and explicit story about Sergey, a new student, who falls in with "The Tribe," a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command.
This partially improvised and hugely ambitious feature feature from director Sebastian Schipper is presented as a continuous two-hour shot (with no Birdman-style cheating to hide the edits). It follows the titular character, a young woman (Laia Costa) from Madrid, as she meets Sonne (Frederick Lau), a local Berliner and his pals outside of a club. Hoping to have a fun night with her local guides, Victoria falls into trouble when Sonne and his friends must pull off a bank heist to pay off a debt to some very bad men. In addition to impressing critics, Victoria won six prizes at the German Film Awards last year.
|More movie releases on March 8, 2016|
|10,000 km DRAMA/ROM-COM|
|*Batteries Not Included (1987) SCI-FI/FAMILY | Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn|
|The Benefactor DRAMA | Dakota Fanning, Richard Gere, Theo James|
|Break Point COMEDY | Jeremy Sisto, David Walton|
|The Forbidden Room EXPERIMENTAL | Directed by Guy Maddin|
|Howard the Duck (1986) COMEDY/SCI-FI | Lea Thompson|
|Mountain Men COMEDY | Chace Crawford, Tyler Labine|
|Paris Belongs to Us (1961) Criterion Collection release|
|Victor Frankenstein HORROR/SCI-FI | James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe|
|The Vikings (1958) ACTION-ADVENTURE | Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis|
|The Wonders FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Xanadu (1980) MUSICAL/FANTASY | Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly|
|You Can't Take It with You (1938) COMEDY | Jean Arthur, James Stewart|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Community Season 6|
|Grease Live! Special|
|Hogan's Heroes Complete series set|
|Manhattan Season 2|
|Rookie Blue Season 6|
|The Spoils of Babylon Miniseries|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 1|
Nominated for five Academy Awards including best picture, Adam McKay’s adaptation of Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine follows four outsiders who bet against the banks before the housing crash of 2008. Based on a true story, the film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt as the central characters in what critics believe is an invigorating jump to the (mostly) dramatic by a director best known for his Will Ferrell-starring comedies.
Another best picture nominee, this tale of a young Irish immigrant follows Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) as she finds her way in 1950s Brooklyn. Eilis is homesick for Ireland, but when she meets Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian boy who falls for her immediately, love lifts her out of sadness, until her past comes calling once again. John Crowley directs this adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel with an Oscar-nominated screenplay by novelist Nick Hornby.
The best-reviewed movie of 2015 and a six-time Oscar nominee (though it was inexplicably omitted from the best picture field), Carol is Todd Haynes’ first big-screen effort in eight years. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, the melodrama chronicles the love affair between Blanchett’s Carol, the married mother of a young daughter, and Mara’s Therese, a department store clerk. Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson also star.
Since 2008‘s Baby Mama, the creative minds of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have helped produce successful TV shows (30 Rock, Parks & Recreation), best-selling books, and three watchable Golden Globes ceremonies. In their latest collaboration they play disconnected sisters who throw one last party before clearing out their childhood home.
|More movie releases on March 15, 2016|
|The 11th Hour DRAMA/THRILLER | Kim Basinger|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip FAMILY|
|Band of Robbers THRILLER/COMEDY|
|Censored Voices DOCUMENTARY|
|Love DRAMA | Directed by Gaspar Noé|
|The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Criterion Collection release|
|Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine DOCUMENTARY|
|What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy DOCUMENTARY|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Cedar Cove Season 3|
|CHiPs Season 4|
|Doctor Who Series 5, Part 1|
|Game of Thrones Season 5|
|Hell's Kitchen Season 14|
|The Nanny Season 6|
|New Tricks Season 12|
|Scott & Bailey Season 4|
The Hunger Games trilogy(-ish) concluded last year with a film that picks up where the critically and financially disappointing Part 1 left off the prior year. Mockingjay's action-packed finale finds Jennifer Lawrence wielding her bow and arrows as Katniss for one last time as she faces off against President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Supporting her (some more than others) will be Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final screen appearance.
This under-the-radar Sundance hit and debut feature from Josh Mond stars Christopher Abbott as the title character, a troubled New Yorker struggling with the extra responsibility brought on by his mother’s (Cynthia Nixon) increasingly serious illness. Inspired by Mond’s experiences dealing with his own ailing mother, James White is a unique and raw story brought to life by an excellent cast that also includes Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Ron Livingston, David Call, and Mackenzie Leigh.
|More movie releases on March 22, 2016|
|A Brighter Summer Day (1991) Criterion Collection release|
|Dreams Rewired DOCUMENTARY|
|The Letters DRAMA | Juliet Stevenson, Rutger Hauer|
|Noma: My Perfect Storm DOCUMENTARY|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 (Special Edition)|
|Freaks and Geeks Complete series [Blu-ray set]|
|Little House on the Prairie Season 8 [remastered]|
|Lost Girl Seasons 5 & 6|
|Maude Season 4|
|The Royals Season 2|
|Turn: Washington's Spies Season 2|
Think of it as The Insider, but for pro football. Featuring a serious, return-to-form performance from Will Smith, this fact-based drama centers on a Nigerian-born neuropathologist who researches the link between football injuries and brain trauma. But critics faulted the script from writer-director Peter Landesman (Kill the Messenger), finding the result fairly lifeless.
Quentin Tarantino's snowy, claustrophobic (but wide-screen) western is an ensemble piece featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demián Bichir, and Bruce Dern. The film took a strange road to the big screen: the script leaked onto the internet, Tarantino staged a live-read prior to production, and police unions threatened to boycott the film (or worse). The result is not one of Tarantino's best, but even sub-peak Tarantino is worth a watch.
One of the reasons 1991‘s Point Break attained cult status was its cast: Keanu Reeves as ex-football star/FBI agent Johnny Utah, Patrick Swayze as zen-surfer/bank-robber Bodhi, and Gary Busey as agent Angelo “Get me two” Pappas. So while this completely unnecessary 2015 remake amped up the stunts to a startling level, the trio of Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez and Ray Winstone didn't quite have the charisma of the original stars.
|More movie releases on March 29, 2016|
|Bicycle Thieves (1948) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release|
|Cartel Land DOCUMENTARY|
|Exposed DRAMA | Keanu Reeves|
|Forsaken WESTERN | Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland|
|Killing Them Safely DOCUMENTARY|
|Of Mind and Music DRAMA|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Archer Season 6|
|Humans Season 1|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XXXV|
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