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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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Nicolas Pileggi, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, and Jon Stewart at the Tribeca Film Festival Closing Night screening of "Goodfellas"

Jon Stewart Flies His Fanboy Flag at ‘Goodfellas’ Tribeca Screening

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Though one of New York’s favorite sons and a friend of the fest, Martin Scorsese was unable to attend Saturday’s Tribeca Film Festival closing night movie, a 25th anniversary presentation of his 1990 classic Goodfellas (timed to the film’s forthcoming Blu-ray re-release). But Scorsese had two good excuses: 1) he’s making a movie, and 2) he’s making it in Taipei. However, he taped a brief introduction that ran before the movie — which, true to Scorsese’s chatty persona, ran nearly ten minutes (with edits!). He talked about the production, the music, the reception, and the panel that he was missing — including a shout-out that must’ve warmed moderator Jon Stewart’s heart. “I mean Jon, if you were around at the time, we would’ve put you in the picture,” Scorsese grinned. “I’m not exactly sure where, but…”
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Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, and Bill Hader on the set of "Trainwreck"

Flavorwire’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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A new year is upon us, and a peek ahead at 2015’s cinematic offerings is… well, kinda depressing. As you peruse the many 2015 preview pieces on movie sites, there’s a noticeable sameness — namely because they’re chock full of sequels. And some of those sequels (The Avengers, Mad Max, The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike, Mission: Impossible, and, yes, Star Wars) might be great! But their domination of said lists speaks to the weakness of said lists; we’re banking anticipation almost exclusively on known quantities, from earlier films and filmmakers. And with Sundance and the rest of the spring festivals still on the horizon, we can’t yet guess at the smaller sleepers. BUT, nonetheless, we present this look at a few slightly off-the-grid and out-of-the-box movies that might be worth talking about this… Read More

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20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

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Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the… Read More

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in "The Shawshank Redemption"

10 Great Movies That Appear In 10 Other Great Movies

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There are all sorts of reasons to see Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (debuting this week on Blu-ray, via The Criterion Collection), but here’s the one that finally clinched it for me: when they go see it in Middle of Nowhere. By inserting the earlier film into a later one, Nowhere’s director, Ava DuVernay, isn’t just telling us something about the kind of people who inhabit her story; she’s also savvily commenting on the kind of story she’s telling. And she’s not the only filmmaker to employ this very clever trick.
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The 50 Year Argument’ Is a Love Letter to Intellectuals

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There is a lot of reading in The 50 Year Argument, a documentary about the venerable institution The New York Review of Books and its 50-year history of being engaged with the world. Notably, the documentary is the work of Martin Scorsese and his co-director David Tedeschi, and the two longtime filmmakers’ imprint on this doc is crucial: you can imagine it being tedious talking-head boredom in lesser hands (it is, at points, even in Scorsese’s hands — more like the 50 year nap, am I right?), but the directors skillfully pull off the trick that, by telling the story of a publication, they’re telling a story of the culture shifts of the last 50 years, in words and in actions.
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10 Evocative Southern Gothic Films

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Southern Gothic cinema owes a lot to the great Tennessee Williams, whose stunning stage plays became evocative films. Works like A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof introduced moviegoers to the steamy South, revealing its sinister side. Trading the grand for the grotesque, Southern Gothic cinema was born from the literary genre made famous by authors like Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee. These films brought the genre’s penchant for sex, secrets, and betrayal to the big screen. Williams is currently the subject of a Film Forum retrospective. Inspired by his Southern Gothic style, here are ten films that capture the dark heart of the South.
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