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BYZANTIUM (BLU-RAY)

BYZANTIUM (BLU-

After nearly two decades director Neil Jordan returns to the vampire well with Byzantium, and the unconventional result is a haunting new look of those cursed with eternal life and a taste for human blood.

Recommended.
Release Date: October 29, 2013 from IFC Films

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - December 22, 2013, 9:22 am - DVD Review
Keywords: neil jordan, vampires



WOULD YOU RATHER (BLU-RAY)

WOULD YOU RATHE

A keenly dark premise, Jeffrey Combs cranking up the camp and a rapid body count lend this low-budget horror/thriller a big advantage in terms of entertainment value.

Far from perfect but well worth a rental.
Release Date: July 09, 2013 from IFC Films

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - October 26, 2013, 7:56 am - DVD Review
Keywords: jeffrey combs



WELCOME TO THE PUNCH (BLU-RAY)

WELCOME TO THE

With a stellar international cast on board, this promises to be an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Here's hoping it actually turns out to be just that.
Release Date: July 23, 2013 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - September 22, 2013, 3:21 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: criminal, robbery, scarred



SLEEPWALK WITH ME (BLU-RAY)

SLEEPWALK WITH

Here's an under-the-radar title that doesn't try to change the world, but instead gives us a likeable, awkward lead character with sleepwalking issues struggling to salvage his romantic relationship as well as find success as a standup comic.
Release Date: December 18, 2012 from IFC Films

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - January 20, 2013, 8:36 am - DVD Review
Keywords: mike birbiglia, ira glass, sleep disorder, standup comedy



THE PACT (BLU-RAY)

THE PACT (BLU-R

This creepy flick got the raw end of the deal with a miniscule theatrical release earlier this year. It deserved much more and will hopefully garner a much bigger audience via IFC's Blu-ray release.
Release Date: November 06, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - December 10, 2012, 8:06 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: sinister, haunting, clairvoyant



THE MOTH DIARIES (BLU-RAY)

THE MOTH DIARIE

Director Mary Harron is best known for bringing the character of Patrick Bateman to life on the big screen, but we'll see if she can work similar magic with an ensemble of young, attractive, female actors here.
Release Date: August 28, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - August 26, 2012, 5:31 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: haunted, diary, school



SOUL KITCHEN

SOUL KITCHEN

Fatih Akin has yet to stumble as a director, and I'd be shocked if this was his first misfire. A powerful cast and compelling story should make this another unforgettable gem.
Release Date: December 21, 2010 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - August 18, 2012, 7:23 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: gourmet chef, restaurant, hilarious, heartfelt



4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH (BLU-RAY)

4:44 LAST DAY O

Abel Ferrara hasn't made a great film in quite some time, but all signs point to this being a return to form for the director. The presence of the always-reliable Willem Dafoe certainly doesn't hurt.
Release Date: July 17, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - July 28, 2012, 9:35 am - DVD Review
Keywords: panic, seclude, doomed



THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE (BLU-RAY) Unrated Director's Cut

THE HUMAN CENTI

Director Tom Six has realized his creative dream of making the original The Human Centipede 'look like My Little Pony' with this gross-out sequel. Where the first film implied more than it showed - and as a result created a genuinely disturbing experience - this time around Six holds nothing back in an excess of grotesqueness.

Too bad the whole thing is so sophomorically pointless.
Release Date: February 14, 2012 from IFC Films

 

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - July 28, 2012, 9:30 am - DVD Review
Keywords: tom six, the human centipede, laurence harvey, ashlynn yennie



THE DECOY BRIDE (BLU-RAY)

THE DECOY BRIDE

Despite a fine cast, I have a bad feeling this is too full of romantic comedy cliches for my blood. I'm hoping I'm wrong.
Release Date: June 26, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - July 24, 2012, 5:21 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: wedding, paparazzo, scottish



PERFECT SENSE (BLU-RAY)

PERFECT SENSE (

This wonderful, emotionally balanced film was criminally ignored during it's brief, extremely limited theatrical run. There's no excuse to miss it on Blu-ray though, as the leads are fantastic and the story is beyond compelling.
Release Date: May 22, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - June 28, 2012, 8:26 am - DVD Review
Keywords: feeling, epidemic, sensory perceptions



EXORCISMUS

EXORCISMUS

For me exorcism flicks fall pretty low down on my list of preferred horror genre storylines. The premise has little room for variation, and is predestined to include certain obligatory elements. That's what we get in Exorcismus, though director Manuel Carballo tries his best to cover the material from a slightly different angle. But in the end it's another possession title.
Release Date: June 07, 2011 from IFC Films

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - June 2, 2012, 6:46 am - DVD Review
Keywords: demon-possession, sophie vavasseur, manuel carballo



CHALET GIRL

CHALET GIRL

There isn't much that doesn't play out as one would expect in this bouncy romantic comedy set in a fancy Austrian ski resort. As much as I tend to shy away from these type of films I have to admit that the cast was charming, the locations attractive and though this one doesn't reinvent the genre it is colorful fun. Just don't tell anyone I just said that.

Well worth a rental if you like this sort of thing. And maybe even if you don't. I won't tell if you won't.
Release Date: January 31, 2012 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - May 28, 2012, 7:53 am - DVD Review
Keywords: romantic comedy, snowboarding, felicity jones, phil traill, tamsin egerton, bill nighy, brooke shields



INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE (BLU-RAY)

INTO THE ABYSS:

The great Werner Herzog is at it again, this time giving us a heralded documentary about one of our more controversial subject, the death penalty.
Release Date: April 10, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - April 22, 2012, 1:04 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: executioner, death row, ominous



HOUSE OF PLEASURES: L'APOLLONIDE (SOUVENIRS DE LA MAISON CLOSE)

HOUSE OF PLEASU

Heavily represented on 2011 "Best Of" lists, this French film promises to be both an erotic and visual treat, boasting one of the largest casts in recent memory.
Release Date: March 13, 2012 from IFC Films

    

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - April 14, 2012, 2:16 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: brothel, erotic, glamorous



THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET: SERIES ONE

THE INCREASINGL

Series one may only last six 22-minute episodes but this IFC series chronicles a wickedly exponential downward spiral of bad luck and poor judgement. Damn, it's really funny, too.

Recommended.
Release Date: December 11, 2011 from IFC Films

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - February 11, 2012, 9:12 am - DVD Review
Keywords: david cross, will arnett, ifc



THE GIRL BY THE LAKE (LA RAGAZZA DEL LAGO)

THE GIRL BY THE

Here's a tight little Italian murder mystery, spearheaded by a determined yet sleepy-eyed inspector. There are plenty of suspects to go around, a satisfying resolution and a sidestory that is just as compelling as the main mystery.

Recommended.
Release Date: July 13, 2010 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - January 1, 2012, 3:49 pm - DVD Review



SUPER (BLU-RAY)

SUPER (BLU-RAY)

It may seem that the superhero parody genre is pretty one-note and tired, but Troma vet James Gunn seems very comfortable in that area, having also written the completely underrated The Specials. As writer/director Gunn unleashes Super - with Rainn Wilson as a wannabe crimefighter - a weirdly addictive mix of humor, violence and drama with a terrific cast that is just perverse and left-of-center enough that it deserves to become a veritable cult classic.

Highly recommended.
Release Date: August 09, 2011 from IFC Films

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - September 3, 2011, 8:34 am - DVD Review
Keywords: james gunn, rainn wilson, ellen page, superhero, crimefighter



WRECKED (BLU-RAY)

WRECKED (BLU-RA

This is the kind of film that is meant to showcase an actor's dramatic chops, being a mostly one-man show for Adrien Brody as a character with amnesia who awakes in a deep ravine trapped in crashed car. Brody is extremely watchable while the storytelling makes for a very long 90 minutes.
Release Date: August 30, 2011 from IFC Films

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - August 28, 2011, 11:59 am - DVD Review
Keywords: thriller, one-man-show



PEEP WORLD (BLU-RAY)

PEEP WORLD (BLU

The disc is pretty barebones with regard to supplements, but the image/audio transfers are quite good and the film - brief as it is - is well worth a rental.
Release Date: July 19, 2011 from IFC Films

  

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - August 21, 2011, 7:12 am - DVD Review
Keywords: dysfunctional family



TETSUO: THE BULLET MAN

TETSUO: THE BUL

Following the original Tetsuo film was a tall-enough order, but this is the third entry and here's hoping we're in store for more of the same bizarre, machine-centric madness.
Release Date: June 28, 2011 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - August 2, 2011, 10:45 am - DVD Review
Keywords: metamorphosis, metal, rage



STOLEN

STOLEN

A fifty-year-old skeleton of a murdered child is the centerpiece of this sometimes adequate crime drama that is one of those made-for-TV-esque films that if you came across it on cable you might find yourself casually engaged for 90 minutes. As something you should actively seek out on DVD, not so much.
Release Date: June 29, 2010 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - June 18, 2011, 8:56 am - DVD Review
Keywords: jon hamm, josh lucas



HEARTLESS

HEARTLESS

A weird, engaging, criminally underseen import, this is a great vehicle for Jim Sturgess. There are plenty of shocking twists and turns that take this story to some extremely dark places.
Release Date: April 12, 2011 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - May 16, 2011, 2:04 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: chilling, supernatural forces, hooded figure



RICKY

RICKY

The great Franzois Ozon is at it again with this mysterious film. I've heard it's best to not know anything about this movie going in, and here's hoping the payoff lives up to the hype.
Release Date: April 12, 2011 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - April 25, 2011, 6:02 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: mysterious, angelic baby



THE KILLER INSIDE ME

THE KILLER INSI

This grim bit of West Texas noir looks and sounds all period proper, but I just couldn't muster any concern for the mumbly ramblings of any of the characters. For a real flavorful experience, read the 1952 Jim Thompson novel instead.
Release Date: September 28, 2010 from IFC Films

   

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Posted by: Rich Rosell - November 12, 2010, 9:43 am - DVD Review
Keywords: jim thompson, casey affleck, jessica alba, michael winterbottom, noir



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