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Chilean director Pablo Larraín (No, The Club) makes his English-language debut with this look at first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. At the Venice Film Festival, writer Noah Oppenheim won the Best Screenplay award and Portman’s performance generated lead actress awards buzz, which later translated into an Oscar nomination (though not a win).
Miss Hokusai animates the life of revered Japanese painter Hokusai by telling the story of his daughter, O-Ei, an accomplished painter during a time when women rarely picked up a brush. Director Keiichi Hara tackles more adult themes than are typically seen in animation with an episodic, impressionistic narrative, and critics liked the result.
|More movie releases on March 7, 2016|
|45 Years (2015) Criterion Collection release|
|100 Streets DRAMA | Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton|
|Always Shine THRILLER | Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald|
|The Ardennes FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Bad Kids of Crestview Academy ACTION/COMEDY/THRILLER | Sean Astin, Gina Gershon|
|The Brand New Testament COMEDY/FANTASY|
|Compulsion (1959) THRILLER | Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell|
|The Eyes of My Mother DRAMA/HORROR|
|Finian's Rainbow (1968) MUSICAL | Fred Astaire, Petula Clark|
|Havenhurst HORROR/THRILLER | Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan|
|I Am Michael DRAMA | James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts|
|Incarnate HORROR/THRILLER | Aaron Eckhart|
|Man Down DRAMA/THRILLER | Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara|
|New Life DRAMA|
|Pocket Listing ACTION/COMEDY/THRILLER | Burt Reynolds, Rob Lowe|
|The Red Pill DOCUMENTARY|
|S.O.B. (1981) COMEDY | Julie Andrews, Richard Mulligan, William Holden|
|Tanna FOREIGN/DRAMA | Academy Award nominated for best foreign-language film|
|Trespass Against Us ACTION/DRAMA/THRILLER | Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|The Americans SEASON 4|
|City in the Sky MINISERIES|
|The Jamie Foxx Show SEASON 2|
|Kendra on Top SEASONS 4 & 5|
|Saving Hope SEASON 4|
|Suspects SERIES 5|
|That '70s Show COMPLETE SERIES (BLU-RAY)|
|Wentworth SERIES 2|
|What I Like About You SEASON 2|
|Wicked Tuna SEASON 5|
|You Me Her SEASON 1|
The latest from André Téchiné is a return to form for the French writer-director after the lukewarm critical response to In the Name of My Daughter. Co-written with Céline Sciamma, the director of Girlhood, this story of sexual awakening follows Damien and Thomas, high school enemies who are forced to deal with their attraction to each other when Damien’s mom (Sandrine Kiberlain of Mademoiselle Chambon) invites Thomas to live with them.
Director Paul Verhoeven adds another unique film to his eclectic resume (RoboCop, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Starship Troopers, Black Book) with this controversial but extremely well-reviewed adaptation of the French novel OH... by Philippe Djian (who previously had another novel adapted into the French cult hit Betty Blue). Verhoeven’s first French-language film is a subversive and darkly comedic tale of rape and revenge. An Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert stars as the head of a successful video game company who is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant. But when she tracks him down, instead of reporting him to the police, they begin playing a dangerous game.
Denzel Washington’s third directorial effort (following 2002‘s Antwone Fisher and 2007’s The Great Debaters) is an adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play about a man (Washington) struggling with race relations in the United States during the 1950s while trying to raise his family. Washington and Viola Davis reprise their Tony-award winning performances for the big screen, and are supported by Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, and Stephen Henderson. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including best picture, with Davis winning as for best actress.
Viva director Anna Biller returns with another riff on movies from the past, this time 1960s Technicolor thrillers. Samantha Robinson plays Elaine, a beautiful young witch determined to find the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, Elaine can’t find a man that can love her the way she deserves, so death follows her at every turn.
In this sci-fi two-hander, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt play passengers aboard the Avalon, a spaceship transporting thousands of people to a new planet. Trouble begins when they wake up from suspended animation 90 years before they are supposed to reach their destination. As the two begin to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they fall in love with each other. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directs a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), while the few on-screen moments not occupied by the two leads are taken by the likes of Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, and Laurence Fishburne. While it looks and sounds good—Passengers received Oscar nominations for production design and score—the film was otherwise a major disappointment for critics.
|More movie releases on March 14, 2016|
|Accidental Courtesy DOCUMENTARY|
|American Violence DRAMA/THRILLER | Bruce Dern, Denise Richards|
|The Bitch (1979) DRAMA | Joan Collins|
|Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) Criterion Collection release|
|Certain Fury (1985) ACTION/DRAMA | Tatum O'Neal, Irene Cara|
|Collateral Beauty DRAMA | Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton|
|Fair Haven DRAMA | Tom Wopat|
|The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) FOREIGN/DRAMA | Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant|
|The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) HORROR | Anton Diffring|
|Skull (1965) HORROR/THRILLER | Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee|
|Solace DRAMA/THRILLER | Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell|
|Story of Sin (1975) FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|The Stud (1978) DRAMA | Joan Collins|
|They're Playing with Fire (1984) THRILLER | Sybil Danning|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|C.O.P.S. COMPLETE SERIES|
|CHiPs SEASON 5|
|Drunk History SEASON 4|
|The Hollow Crown SEASONS 1 & 2|
|Marco Polo MINISERIES|
|Newhart SEASON 8|
|Six SEASON 1|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt SEASON 2|
|Z Nation SEASON 3|
The wait for the first good videogame movie continues. The first film adaptation of Ubisoft's popular game series reunites Macbeth director Justin Kurzel with talented stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for a story that sends Fassbender’s Callum Lynch back to 15th Century Spain and into a mysterious secret society, the Assassins. The supporting cast is strong too, featuring Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed, Brendan Gleeson, and Callum Turner. Nevertheless, the result is in line with all of the previous game-to-film adaptations: mostly terrible.
Innocence director Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s first feature in a decade tells the dream- (or maybe more nightmare-) like story of young boys and their mothers living in an isolated seaside community. When the film premiered at TIFF in 2015, the film cast a spell on many critics with its hypnotic mood and arresting visuals from cinematographer Manu Dacosse (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears).
Gianfranco Rosi’s follow-up to his Venice Golden Lion winner Sacro GRA was awarded the Golden Bear prize for best film at last year’s Berlin Film Festival. The documentary looks at the impact of recent refugee arrivals on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa by focusing on the life of 12-year-old Samuele, whose uncle is a local fisherman, and the endless flow of African migrants hoping to find dry land and a new life.
Pedro Almodóvar’s first film since 2013‘s disappointing I’m So Excited is an adaptation of three short stories by Alice Munro. A time-jumping study of a mother’s grief, guilt, and relationship to the daughter who abandoned her, the film earned good reviews, with some critics liking it enough to place it on their year-end top 10 lists.
Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, Ben Affleck's fourth directorial effort is his first since the best picture-winning Argo in 2012 , though this one won't be winning much of anything. (Reviews were lousy, and it was a box office bomb, losing an estimated $75 million.) Set during Prohibition, the story follows the exploits of Joe Coughlin (Affleck himself), the son of the Boston Police Superintendent. Instead of enforcing the law, Joe decides to break it, but when he crosses a powerful local mob boss, Joe flees to the rum-running underworld of Tampa and plots his revenge. Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina, Anthony Michael Hall, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Eastwood, and Titus Welliver also star.
Jessica Chastain plays a ruthless lobbyist in this drama from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and writer Jonathan Perera. Risking her career, she takes on the gun lobby in an effort to pass a gun control bill. The strong supporting cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston and Dylan Baker.
One of 2016's best-reviewed films, this unique documentary chronicles the events of August 1, 1966, when a sniper opened fire from the University of Texas Tower, holding the campus hostage for 96 terrifying minutes. Director Keith Maitland combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation, and reviewers find the results both gripping and moving.
|More movie releases on March 21, 2016|
|The Autopsy of Jane Doe HORROR | Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox|
|Bakery in Brooklyn ROM-COM | Aimee Teegarden|
|Being There (1979) Criterion Collection release|
|Blast-Off (1967) COMEDY/SCI-FI | Burl Ives|
|The Cardinal (1936) DRAMA | Robert Atkins, Eric Portman|
|Chamber of Horrors (1940) HORROR | Leslie Banks|
|Delinquents (1957) DRAMA | directed by Robert Altman|
|Eloise HORROR/THRILLER | Eliza Dushku, Robert Patrick|
|A Game of Death (1945) HORROR | John Loder|
|In Dubious Battle DRAMA | James Franco, Ed Harris|
|Invisible Ghost (1941) HORROR | Bela Lugosi|
|A Kind of Murder DRAMA/THRILLER | Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Vincent Kartheiser|
|Lifeboat (1944) DRAMA/THRILLER | Tallulah Bankhead; directed by Alfred Hitchcock|
|Multiple Maniacs (1970) Criterion Collection release|
|Phaedra (1962) DRAMA | Anthony Perkins|
|Property is No Longer a Theft (1973) FOREIGN/DRAMEDY|
|Teen Witch (1989) COMEDY | Robyn Lively|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold SEASON 3|
|The Brokenwood Mysteries SERIES 3|
|Death Valley Days SEASON 3|
|Insecure SEASON 1|
|Master of None SEASON 1|
|Newsreaders SEASON 1|
|People Just Do Nothing SEASONS 1-3|
|Wolf Creek SEASON 1|
The latest feature from writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners) follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a single mother who is raising her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), in 1979 Santa Barbara. Helping Dorothea are Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a punk artist living in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a teenage neighbor Jamie fancies. While the film received excellent reviews in a few weeks of limited release (with quite a bit of praise going to Bening's performance), it came up almost empty-handed at the Oscars, collecting only a screenplay nomination.
What began as a Harry Potter spin-off/prequel trilogy is now a five-film saga, launching with this solid 2016 first chapter. Set decades before the boy wizard was born and in a completely different country, J.K. Rowling’s first original screenplay takes place in 1920s New York, where Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) misplaces his magical case of fantastic beasts, causing trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. David Yates (The Legend of Tarzan), who directed the last four Potter films, returns, and he’s assembled a wonderful cast—Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, and Ron Perlman—to go along with the fantastic beasts.
The latest from director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is an adaptation of the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. In a highly praised lead performance, Lewis MacDougall plays 12-year-old Conor, who is struggling with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and bullies at school. Nightly visits from a tree-shaped storytelling monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) help Conor deal with these difficulties.
Star Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg complete their American heroism trilogy that began (informally) with 2013‘s Lone Survivor and this year’s Deepwater Horizon. Their latest film is an account of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, drawing from the book Book Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge.
Planet Earth II Miniseries
Consider it a must-buy if you have a 4K Blu-ray player. This beautifully filmed, six-episode nature series documents various inhabitants of the natural world in greater detail than ever before, with narration from Sir David Attenborough. It debuted last year in the UK, where The Guardian ranked it as the best television program of 2016, and critics have been just as enthusiastic about the series upon its American airing this year.
The title of Martin Scorsese's decade-in-the-making passion project also doubles as a descriptor of the buzz surrounding the movie. (Oscar voters all but ignored it, giving it just a single nomination, for best cinematography.) An intense 17th century drama, the director's first feature since 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street is based on Shusaku Endo’s novel and stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan, where Christianity is banned, in an attempt to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). As they travel the countryside, they witness the harsh persecution of Japanese Christians and are tortured themselves.
|More movie releases on March 28, 2016|
|Arsenal THRILLER | Adrian Grenier, John Cusack, Nicolas Cage|
|Blow Up (1966) Criterion Collection release|
|Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015) FOREIGN/ANIMATION|
|Dakota (1945) WESTERN | John Wayne|
|Lavender DRAMA/THRILLER | Abbie Cornish, Justin Long|
|Ludwig (1973) FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|A Tale of Love and Darkness DRAMA | Natalie Portman|
|The Wanderers (1979) COMEDY/DRAMA | Ken Wahl, Karen Allen|
|What's The Matter With Helen? (1971) THRILLER | Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters|
|Why Him? COMEDY | Bryan Cranston, James Franco|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Archer SEASON 7|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000 VOL XXXVIII|
|The Undertaker SEASON 3|
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