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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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Spike Lee Is Eyeing Kanye West and Samuel L. Jackson for His Next Feature Film, ‘Chiraq’

Spike Lee is looking to cast Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common, and Kanye West in his next feature-length… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘A Most Violent Year,’ ‘The Immigrant’

There aren’t any giant, ubiquitous hits among this week’s new streaming and disc releases; instead, it’s our favorite kind of week, full of great picks for viewers who are willing to take a risk. We’ve got an intelligent and prickly crime thriller, a period melodrama full of life and force, a horror/comedy that’s simultaneously terrifying and charming, a rehabilitated ‘80s flick, and a terrific female buddy comedy. … Read More

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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Life Itself’

This week’s 800-pound gorilla on the home viewing scene is Christopher Nolan’s monster hit Interstellar, which gets a gorgeous transfer and a ton of extras. But if that blockbuster space epic isn’t quite your speed, there’s an abundance of other options (even more than we usually spotlight): two rediscovered gems from the ‘40s and ‘50s, one of the classics of international cinema, possibly the best documentary, oh, ever, and the latest from one of the makers of that documentary. … Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘The Sure Thing’

Your “new” DVD and streaming releases are pretty dire this week, consisting as they do of the dull would-be Oscar contender Unbroken, the charmless Into the Woods, and the merciful conclusion of the Hobbit trilogy. But, as usual, the catalog titles save the day, with two vintage documentaries from Criterion, an off-brand sleeper by Robert Altman, a Rob Reiner sex comedy, and a forgotten but fascinating Wim Wenders odyssey. Plus, Netflix offers a chance to see how two films become one. … Read More

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Zoella’s Clockwork Novels: Fanfiction, Ghostwriters, and the Bizarre, Automated Future of Publishing

Another year, another novel churned out by the YouTube Megastar-Publishing Complex. This week, the Guardian announced that Zoe “Zoella” Sugg, Internet superstar and “author” of Girl Online, last year’s runaway hit and the fastest-selling debut novel of all time, will publish a sequel, the appropriately titled Girl Online 2. Only, as is well documented, Sugg didn’t write the novel, even though she said she did. The book’s jacket copy finds Zoella confiding to her fans: “My dream has been to write a book, and I can’t believe it’s come true.” But, as it turns out, the book was ghostwritten, factory produced by an underlaborer named Siobhan Curham, who wrote the book for a measly £7,000 to £8,000. … Read More

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Amazon to Test Delivering Packages By Remote-Controlled Airplanes (Drones)

Our global corporate overlords, Amazon, have been given the official, US-approved green light to begin testing drone-based delivery.… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Top Five,’ ‘Ever After’

It’s a bit of a dodgy week for home movie viewing, new release-wise at least; the calendar is dominated by the likes of that Penguins of Madagascar thing, the ill-advised Annie remake, and the unfortunate Exodus: White Gods and Kings. But there’s good news too, as this week sees the release of one of last year’s best comedies, the Blu-ray debuts of two all-time classics, and a hidden gem from Criterion. Plus, for you Netflixers, we offer a fave from ’98 rendered newly timely. … Read More

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