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Chris Hemsworth in "Blackhat"; Michael B. Jordan in "Fruitvale Station"

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Blackhat,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’

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I’m sure the studios and distributors do their best to create an even and well-distributed new release schedule, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Some weeks are so loaded with new movies and reissues of note that we can’t even fit them into our five-slot format; other weeks are, well, like this one, offering up the likes of Still Alice and The Cobbler and, Lord help us, Mortdecai. But we’ve got a new (and underrated) Michael Mann movie, an earlier effort worth another look, an uncommonly thoughtful boxing documentary, a heartbreaking new-to-Netflix drama, and one more that you’ll just have to hear me out on.
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The Middle Finger Rises and McDonald’s Continues to Fall: Links You Need to See

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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
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David Oyelowo in "Selma"

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

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

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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.
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Stills from "The Babadook" and "I Am Steve McQueen"

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

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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.
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The Immigrant / A Most Violent Year

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

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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.
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