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Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

“Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.” 24 more words

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Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

“Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Marguerite Duras’s oblique script builds on an ever-shifting groundwork of spatial and temporal indeterminacies, a structural technique borrowed from the French ‘new novel,’ in order to suture together past and present, private and public, desire and trauma.” 33 more words

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The Children Act by Ian McEwan | Slant Magazine
“McEwan writes of many things, but in form he oscillates between two poles: the short, parable-like novel ( 44 more words

Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis, 1970)

Cotton Comes to Harlem swaggers onto Blu-ray with a superfly transfer from Kino, accompanied, unfortunately, by nothing more contextual than the trailer.”

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Stagefright (Michele Soavi, 1987)

“Birds of a fiendish feather will flock to Blue Underground’s sterling new Blu-ray transfer of Michele Soavi’s Stagefright, especially given the gaggle of bonus materials new to this presentation.” 18 more words

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Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

“Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, doubles down on the dysfunction with its tragicomic take on the intersecting fortunes of two Tinseltown dynasties and the hidden histories of violence that continue to haunt them.” 25 more words

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)

“Accept no substitutes: Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre still cuts the competition to the bone. Dark Sky Films’ deluxe four-disc package offers fans an ideal way to celebrate 40 years of bloody mayhem.” 22 more words

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