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Review: An Hour to Kill

An Hour to KillCinematic shlock at its finest, An Hour to Kill blasts through the screen, assaulting your senses for the next 90 minutes. There’s enough sleaze packed into the timeframe to fill ten other films, and it doesn’t care how you feel about it. This is a film that was written in a dirty, hot motel room, decorated with only a torn bed and a cracked desk, with the only other sound besides a typewriter being that of the swirl of the dangling overhead fan. There’s not a modicum of decency to be found within the walls of An Hour to Kill, and for that, I can’t help but love it.

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Review: Monsoon

Monsoon

I’ve sat through countless films this year which are terrifyingly inarticulate, depressive, and pseudo-inert. In a landscape of meaningless art, it is a joyous occasion (a near miracle) to watch a filmmaker take precision with their film, and for director Miguel Duran, the results are ferocious, compelling, and at times, emotionally overwhelming. Not only is “Monsoon” one of the best of this year, it would be the best of any given year. 

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Review: Dead Night

Dead NightThere aren’t a whole lot of reasons to watch Dead Night. There are many impressive gore effects, but there’s no genuine terror behind them. The way cinematographer Kenton Drew Johnson captures the snowy wilderness is nothing short of hypnotic and sensuous. The elegant, otherworldly work from Johnson provides the heavy lifting for a weak script. 

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Review: The Devil’s Doorway

The Devil's DoorwayMagdalene asylums or “laundries” were originally designed by Christian Churches in Britain and the Unites States as a place to assist “fallen women.” In Ireland, these laundries came under the Catholic Church, and before long, there were over a dozen, spread out. These places soon became a ghoulish prison for these women, being put to work in harsh environments, abused both physically and emotionally. These places housed prostitutes, women who were pregnant out of wedlock (or through sexual abuse), and orphans. From the beginning in 1922 to the end in 1996, it is though that around 10,000 women were housed there in Ireland under the whip of the nuns. Those who left often had no idea who they were nor where to find any sort of family. It is within these walls that Aislinn Clarke sets her found footage film The Devil’s Doorway.

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Review: The Endless

The EndlessJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have made a career out of the unexplainable that tugs you into a spiral of anxiety. They have a unique rhythm that take some getting acquainted with, but it has previously paid off quite well. Their breakout film, Resolution, is a descent into insanity, and Spring is a sensuous, peculiar love story. With The Endless, they have perhaps leaned too far into their aesthetic; while it is a significant part of the narrative, it is also it’s detriment. Their desire to discombobulate the viewer has backfired, resulting in a product that could have easily been a segment in an anthology. 

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OLIVE FILMS ANNOUNCES THEIR MAY RELEASES!!!!

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Olive Films have announced their May lineup! First up: Two-time Academy Award® nominee Vincent Gardenia (Supporting Actor nods for Bang the Drum Slowly – 1974 and Moonstruck – 1988) is featured in the comic free-for-all Cold Turkey. Next: Robert Wise, two-time Academy Award® winner for directing (1962 – West Side Story, shared with Jerome Robbins; 1966 – The Sound of Music) and the renowned film editor of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, helms the twisted film noir Odds Against Tomorrow. Lastly! A career highlight, director Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood has much in common with his black-humor horror flick The Little Shop of Horrors and the post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi gem Gas-s-s-s. Let’s look at these films in more detail!

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Olive Films presents their January lineup!

Preexisting ConditionsOlive Films has announced their January lineup, which includes Belle EpoqueJamon JamonThe Red Squirrel (La Ardilla Roja), Vacas, Tierra, and Preexisting Conditions (Trashology 2). Phew! What a great time to be alive!

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Jordan’s Favorite Films of 2017

I’ve received thousands of emails asking where my list is, and I’m happy to report that the time has come! Sure, this is late, but it’s worth it, trust me. There were too many to list, so I just went ahead and LISTED THEM ALL! Below are all the best, listed in order of release date.

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Catch Emma Stone and Steve Carell in BATTLE OF THE SEXES Available on Digital 12/19 and on Blu-ray & DVD 1/2

Battle of the SexesEmma Stone and Steve Carell bring their A game to this crowd-pleaser based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and former men’s champ Bobby Riggs (Carell). Filled with heart, humor and biting wit, Battle of the Sexes is a triumphant celebration of the historic contest that changed the game!

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FLATLINERS Debuts on Digital December 12 and Blu-ray & DVD December 26

FlatlinersAcademy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress, Juno, 2007), Diego Luna (Rogue One) and Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) star in the contemporary take on the 90’s fan favorite FLATLINERS, debuting on digital December 12 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The supernatural thriller follows five medical students obsessed with what lies beyond the confines of life. They embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. Also experiencing the chilling consequences of exploring the one line that should never be crossed are James Norton (“War & Peace”), Kiersey Clemons (Justice League) and Kiefer Sutherland (the original Flatliners).

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Olive Films to Release LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN and A NEW LEAF

New LeafOlive Films announced that it will release Letter from an Unknown Woman and A New Leaf on their Signature Blu-ray editions. Letter from an Unknown Woman features Academy Award® winner Joan Fontaine (Best Actress, Suspicion, 1942) and is written for the screen by Academy Award® winner Howard Koch (Best Screenplay, Casablanca, 1944) and produced by Academy Award® winner John Houseman (Best Supporting Actor, The Paper Chase, 1974).  A New Leaf stars its writer and director, the two-time Academy Award® nominee Elaine May (Best Screenplay, Heaven Can Wait, 1979; Primary Colors, 1999) alongside Academy Award® winner Walter Matthau (Best Supporting Actor, The Fortune Cookie, 1967) and Academy Award nominee James Coco (Best Supporting Actor, Only When I Laugh, 1982). 

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The Vampire’s Ghost (Blu-ray Review)

The Vampire's GhostRepublic Pictures was the king of the Western, with John Wayne being their main star. Over time, studio executives realized that horror was quite profitable, so they enlisted director Lesley Selander to deliver them a supernatural picture unlike anything else he had made previously. Selander was reliable; someone who had turned in pictures on time with a small budget. The only drawback was his lack of experience with the horror genre, which unfortunately is evident within every frame of the film. The Vampire’s Ghost never rises above a cheap knockoff of the Val Lewton produced monster films of the age.

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The Hero (Movie Review)

The HeroAn appropriate tagline for “The Hero” might be: “Look how hard we’re working for an Oscar!” One can see the checklist being marked off as the film introduces itself: an aged Hollywood actor trying to redeem himself, a romance with a younger woman, cancer, dreamlike symbolism, and an estranged daughter.

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN arrives on Digital November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 5

American Assassin 4KDylan O’Brien and Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton star in the action-packed thriller AMERICAN ASSASSIN, arriving on Digital November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital) and DVD December 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling book series by Vince Flynn, Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner franchise, “Teen Wolf”) and Academy Award® nominee Michael Keaton (Best Actor, Birdman, 2014) lead a star-studded ensemble in American Assassin, arriving on Digital November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD™ (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus Digital) and DVD December 5 from Lionsgate.

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JUMANJI Returns to Blu-ray & Debuts on 4K Ultra HD December 5

JumanjiGet yer dice ready! On December 5, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  brings the beloved family classic JUMANJI back to Blu-ray™ and on 4K Ultra HD™ for the first time, so fans can re-experience this classic adventure before diving into the all-new theatrical feature, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), JUMANJI stars Academy Award® winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man trilogy), Bradley Pierce (The Borrowers) and David Alan Grier (Stuart Little).  In addition to hours of legacy special features, all-new bonus materials include a sneak peek at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, plus never-before-seen deleted scenes and a hilarious gag reel featuring Robin Williams and the cast.

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The Hatred (Blu-ray Review)

The HatredUnoriginality is the star of the show. “The Hatred” is a film with a hilariously insane premise but no idea where to go once the story is established. The prologue introduces us to Samuel Sears (Andrew Divoff), a former Nazi who escaped to the United States. With him is an amulet he stole from the French, which is apparently evil (of course) and feeds off fear and hate (of course). Through a series of events, he murders his daughter (of course) which results in his wife killing him (of course). Left in the house are evil spirits waiting for their next victim (OF COURSE!).

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The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12

The HatredExperience the bone-chilling tale of supernatural evil when The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Starring fan favorites Andrew Divoff and David Naughton, the film centers on a group of young women who are tormented by a sinister force as they discover their house has a dark history. From a producer of Halloween, The Hatred Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Kino Lorber Opens Mohamed Diab’s CLASH


Kino Lorber is proud to announce the New York theatrical release of Mohamed Diab’s CLASH, a “breathtaking” and “ferociously well-made film” (Benjamin Lee, The Guardian) set entirely within the confines of a police van in Cairo, Egypt, two years after the Arab Spring. An official selection at Cannes, London, Cairo, and Palm Springs film festivals, among others, CLASH will open at New York’s Village East Cinema on Friday, August 25, 2017, before a national rollout during the fall.

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