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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Girlhood’

Temperatures are rising and the multiplexes are filling with big summer blockbusters, which is about all the reason you need to say to hell with it, lock the doors, and watch movies in your living room. It’s a particularly eclectic week on the home video front, with Netflix offering up one of the year’s best films thus far, a monster war movie and a revolutionary Shakespeare adaptation on the new-release shelf, and Criterion presenting two flawed but fascinating almost-classics. … Read More

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Update: Spike Lee’s Upcoming Film, ‘Chiraq,’ Is a Musical Comedy that Doesn’t Star Kanye West

UPDATE, 5/12/15: Pitchfork reports that a representative for the film denies claims that Kanye will be appearing: “Contrary to… Read More

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Members of Best Coast, Imagine Dragons and Smashing Pumpkins Participating in Amazon’s New Kids’ Series

Amazon has already proven itself a burgeoning force as far as prestige television for adults is concerned, and they’re taking their… Read More

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The Middle Finger Rises and McDonald’s Continues to Fall: Links You Need to See

Now that the U.S. Treasury Department has issued licenses to two companies that plan to start a Havana-Miami ferry route, the time is more ripe than ever to read handy lists like how not to be a douchebag to Cuban-Americans (and by extension, Cubans living in Cuba). Just know before you go. And, if you’re thinking, “Nah, I don’t have a passport. I’m not going anywhere,” there’s also a handy list of how to be a human right at home… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Selma,’ ‘Goodfellas’

The “double dip” — when a movie is reissued on DVD or Blu-ray, without much in the way of new bonus features — is the bane of the home media owner’s existence. Three of this week’s five new releases of note qualify for that label, and while none may warrant a replacement purchase, all take over for earlier editions (some of them hard to find) at a reasonable price, and, in many cases, with sparkling new transfers to boot. Meanwhile, we’ve got a must-see documentary on Netflix, and a home video debut for this writer’s best film of 2014. … Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘A Girl Walks Home,’ ‘Everly’

For the second week in a row, one of last year’s terrific indie genre movies is hitting Blu-ray (for us physical media diehards; never give up!) and Netflix (for you streamers; I do not understand you but I embrace you) on the very same day. This week, the gem in question is A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and it’s joined on the new release shelf this week by an entertaining, blood-soaked shoot-‘em-up and re-releases of a Renoir classic, a ‘70s coming-of-age fave, and one of the most iconic action movies of the 1980s. … Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘The Babadook,’ ‘Steve McQueen’

With film critics and movie fans hyperbolically declaring It Follows the best horror movie in decades, this week’s best disc and streaming release is well timed — after all, that’s what everyone was saying about The Babadook when it came out, oh, six months ago. (Movie Twitter is not exactly renowned for its long memory.) Also this week, we’ve got two terrific releases from Criterion — one a long-time fave upgraded to HD, the other a heist thriller with an edge — along with a new doc on a cinema icon, and a new Blu-ray for one of the most unlikely success stories of the 1980s. … Read More

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Diego Luna Will Star as Casanova in ‘City of the Lost Children’ and ‘Amélie’ Director’s Amazon Series

The extraordinarily versatile Diego Luna (compare his performance as a Michael Jackson impersonator in Mister Lonely to his horny teen… Read More

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