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Tuesday, January 25 -- Monday, January 31

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    January 25

    Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes: A cafe owner discovers that the TV in his cafe suddenly shows images from the future, but only two minutes into the future. (Digital, VOD only)

    Birds Like Us: Trapped in a village ruled by the meddling Kondor (voice of Jeremy Irons), Huppu the bird (Alicia Vikander) dreams of having the freedom to hatch her own egg. Suddenly, she, Kondor, and their friends are blasted to a distant land, and they must trust in a wise, eccentric bat to guide them on a strange, dazzling odyssey back to the tree they call home. (DVD release: Day & date)

    Death of a Telemarketer: Ace telemarketer Kasey is in a close sales contest with newbie employee Barry and must score a big sale by midnight or he’ll lose the largest commission. Out of desperation, Kasey finds the Do Not Call list and though he thinks he’s found the perfect mark, he instead finds himself held hostage and at the mercy of Asa (Jackie Earle Haley). (Digital, VOD)

    Golden Voices: Victor and Raya Frenkel were the golden voices of the Soviet film dubbing for decades; all the western movies that reached Soviet screens were dubbed by them. In 1990, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Frenkels immigrate to Israel, but there’s no need in Israel for Russian speaking dubbing artists, and Victor’s and Raya’s attempts to use their talent cause bizarre and unexpected events. (DVD release: Day & date)

    The Great Postal Heist: Documentary follows director Jay Galione’s father, a 30-year US Post Office clerk, who was harassed, threatened, and fired for standing up for his colleagues. A moving indictment of the toxic culture and push to downsize, the documentary chronicles the journey of postal workers, experts, and advocates who experienced firsthand the abuses in the oldest federal agency in America and stood up against the USPS’s notoriously violent work environment. (DVD release: Day & date)

    The Midnight Swim: Spirit Lake is unusually deep and when Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs. They find themselves unable to let go of their mother and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake. (Blu-ray release: February 22)

    Salt in My Soul: Based on the bestselling posthumously published memoir of the same name, this is a documentary and classic coming of age story about a young woman figuring out how to live while dying. Mallory Smith was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three. In her twenty five-year battle with the deadly disease, she carved out a life that most of us don’t come close to. (VOD only)

    Two Deaths of Henry Baker: Contemporary western centered around a treacherous rivalry between two brothers and their gold. (DVD release: Day & date)

    January 26

    Encanto: A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers in this animated family tale with new songs by award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 8

    January 28

    Rifkin’s Festival: A married American couple go to the San Sebastian Festival and get caught up in the magic of the event, the beauty and charm of the city and the fantasy of movies. She has a slip with a brilliant French film director, while he falls in love with a young Spanish resident. Woody Allen’s latest. (Digital only)

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    Arrebato (Rapture) photo for Arrebato (1979 -- Spain) Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More. Horror movie director José is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events: a sudden reappearance from an ex-girlfriend and a package from past acquaintance Pedro: a reel of Super-8 film, an audiotape, and a door key. From there, the boundaries of time, space, and sexuality are erased as José is once more sucked into Pedro’s vampiric orbit. Together, they attempt the ultimate hallucinogenic catharsis through a moebius strip of filming and being filmed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth, documentary: "Ivan Z" by Andrés Duque, theatrical trailer, reversible art. (Altered Innocence).

    Birds Like Us (2021) Voices of Jeremy Irons, Alicia Vikander, Jim Broadbent. Trapped in a village ruled by the meddling Kondor (Irons), Huppu the bird (Vikander) dreams of having the freedom to hatch her own egg. Suddenly, she, Kondor, and their friends are blasted to a distant land, and they must trust in a wise, eccentric bat to guide them on a strange, dazzling odyssey back to the tree they call home. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here

    Dancing With Crime/The Green Cockatoo Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, David Scicluna, Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, John Mills, Rene Ray. Two early Brit Noirs, digitized in association with the British Film Institute. In "Dancing With Crime" (1947), Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim, married in real life at the time, put themselves in harms way when they go undercover to investigate the murder of a friend with ties to black market racketeers. Watch for Dirk Bogarde and Diana Dors in uncredited roles. A true rarity, William Cameron Menzies’ "The Green Cockatoo" was completed in 1937, but not released until 1940. It is often cited as one of the earliest of the British Noirs and helped set the stage for the classical period of Brit Noir which flourished in the years following WWII. It’s a taut little thriller based on a Graham Greene story, directed by the American William Cameron Menzies, and featuring a stellar cast and crew. After witnessing the murder of a racketeer, a young woman is pursued by both gangsters and the police. She is aided by a Soho entertainer, who is the brother of the victim. Formats: Blu-ray. (Cohen Film Collection).

    Dick Johnson Is Dead photo for Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) This playful, profound, and immensely moving docu-fantasia by Kirsten Johnson ("Cameraperson") is a valentine to the director’s beloved father, Dick Johnson, made as she has begun to face the reality of losing him to dementia. Using the language of cinema both to defy death and to confront it head-on, Johnson mischievously envisions an array of ways in which the man she loves most in the world might die, staging a series of alternately darkly comic and colorfully imaginative tableaux interwoven with raw vérité footage capturing the pair’s tender but increasingly fragile bond. Tackling taboo questions of aging, mortality, and grief with subversive humor and surprising grace, "Dick Johnson Is Dead" is ultimately a triumphant celebration of life, and of the gentle, funny, unforgettable man at its center. Long live Dick Johnson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K digital master, approved by director Kirsten Johnson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring Johnson, co-writer and editor Nels Bangerter, and documentary sound recordist Judy Karp; new conversation among Johnson and her fellow producers Katy Chevigny and Marilyn Ness and coproducer Maureen A. Ryan; new interview with sound designer Pete Horner; new program featuring Johnson in conversation with fellow filmmakers about redefining what a documentary can be; trailer; an essay by author So Mayer. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for The Great Postal Heist The Great Postal Heist (2021) Documentary follows director Jay Galione's father, a 30-year US Post Office clerk, who was harassed, threatened, and fired for standing up for his colleagues. A moving indictment of the toxic culture and push to downsize, the documentary chronicles the journey of postal workers, experts, and advocates who experienced firsthand the abuses in the oldest federal agency in America. The current atmosphere was a result of systematic dismantling and privatization of the trillion-dollar mail industry by lobbyists and politicians who seek to make profits at the expense of the mental health, living wages, and working conditions of their employees. It is broadly known that current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has significant conflicts of interest because of his and his family’s investments in a number of companies closely tied to the U.S. Postal Service. In March 2021, DeJoy unveiled the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation, part of a 10-year plan that includes longer first-class delivery windows, reduced post office hours and  higher postage prices. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Q&A from Workers United Film Festival with Jay Galione, Sheila Dvorak. (Cinema Libre Studio). Read more here

    Kamen Rider Zero-One: The Complete Series Eight-disc set with all 46 episodes, first time available in Morth America. Includes the movie "REALxTIME," which completes the narrative of the "Kame Rider Zero-One" series, and five special episodes. Originally premiering in 1971, the long-running Japanese television series follows the exploits of a masked, motorcycle-riding hero who fights the forces of evil. The number one kids’ program in Japan for almost 50 years, "Kamen Rider" has proved to be beloved through multiple series iterations and generations of fans and Riders. Humagears (humanoid robots), created by the leading company for AI, Hiden Intelligence, serve humanity’s every convenience. But a cyber-terrorist organization begins hacking the Humagears in a conspiracy that turns them into monsters. Aruto Hiden has taken over at Hiden Intelligence, and along with the CEO's post, he also takes over the responsibility for Kamen Rider Zero-One by using his company's technology. Aruto tries to keep the peaceful world between humans and Humagears with his Humagear secretary, while A.I.M.S., a military squad, pursues the terrorists. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Shout! Factory).

    photo for The Lover (L'amant) (1993 -- France) Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud; stars Jane March, Tony Leung Ka Fai. The Academy Award Nominated and César Award-winning film, based on the novel from international best-selling author Marguerite Duras. In colonial French Indochina in the late 1920s, a fifteen-year-old French girl (March) returns to Saigon, where she attends a girls’ boarding school. On her way there, she meets a handsome, wealthy and much older Chinese man (Leung Ka Fai) from a respectable family. Going against the conventions of their respective societies, the pair begin a passionate affair. Their strong attraction toward one another is only intensified by the illicit nature of their rendezvous. Formats: DVD, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: The 4k UHD/Blu-ray 2-disc combo will feature a limited edition Media Book in the package. (Capelight Pictures).

    Moffie (2021 -- South Africa) Kai Luke Brummer, Barbara-Marié Immelman, Michael Kirch. The year is 1981 and South Africa's white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime. The threat of communism and "die swart gevaar" (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that's not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army —b something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Universal).

    The Piano photo for The Piano (1993) With this sublimely stirring fable of desire and creativity, Jane Campion became the first woman to win a Palme d’Or at Cannes. Holly Hunter is achingly eloquent through silence in her Academy Award–winning performance as Ada, an electively mute Scottish woman who expresses her innermost feelings through her beloved piano. When an arranged marriage brings Ada and her spirited daughter (Anna Paquin, in her Oscar-winning debut) to the wilderness of 19th-century New Zealand, she finds herself locked in a battle of wills with both her ineffectual husband (Sam Neill) and a rugged frontiersman (Harvey Keitel) to whom she develops a forbidden attraction. With its sensuously moody cinematography, dramatic coastal landscapes, and sweeping score, this uniquely timeless evocation of a woman’s inner awakening is an intoxicating sensory experience that burns with the twin fires of music and erotic passion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Stuart Dryburgh and approved by director Jane Campion, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: New conversation between Campion and film critic Amy Taubin; new interviews with Dryburgh and production designer Andrew McAlpine; interview with actor Holly Hunter on working with Campion; “The Piano at 25," a program featuring a conversation between Campion and producer Jan Chapman; excerpts from an interview with costume designer Janet Patterson; "Water Diary," a 2006 short film by Campion; trailer; an essay by critic Carmen Gray. (The Criterion Collection).

    Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (2021 -- TV) Danielle Brooks, Wolsey Brooks, Max Boateng, Marci T. House. With a career spanning over 40 years, Mahalia Jackson rose to international stardom, rightfully earning the title of "Queen of Gospel." Her vast discography and powerhouse performances made her the voice of the civil rights movement, inspiring iconic activists and singers for generations — from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Aretha Franklin — and she hoped that her music and singing for racially integrated audiences would encourage racial equality and real change. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Sleep Limited Edition Sleep Limited Edition (2020 -- Germany) Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer, Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Marion Kracht, Agata Buzek, Max Hubacher. Nightmare and trauma. Fear and repression. Guilt and atonement. Weaving together the emotional violence of horror with the cryptic motifs of German folk and fairy tales, "Sleep" is the debut feature from a major new talent in world cinema. Tormented by recurring nightmares of a place she has never been, Marlene (Hüller) cannot help but investigate when she discovers the place is real. Once there, she suffers a breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric ward. Determined to discover what happened to her, Mona (Kohlhof), her daughter, follows and finds herself in Stainbach, an idyllic village with a dark history. What is it that so tormented her mother, and the people of Stainbach? What is the source of the nightmares she suffers? And who is the mysterious Trude that lives in the forest? Richly conceived and confidently told, director Michael Venus draws influence from Mario Bava, David Lynch, Franz Kafka and the Brothers Grimm, but his voice is uniquely his own. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film critic and historian Kim Newman and author Sean Hogan; "A Strange Dark Magic," a visual essay by film scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; "Sleepwalking Through National Trauma," a visual essay by film critic Anton Bitel; "Dream & Folktale in Sleep," an interview with anthropologist, dream researcher, and filmmaker Louise S. Milne; "Talking in Their Sleep," director Michael Venus and star Gro Swantje Kohlhof in conversation; "A Dream We Dream Together," a compilation of film festival introductions created during lockdown by Venus and the cast; "Making Dreams Come True," a glimpse behind the scenes; deleted scenes; "Marlene’s Sketches" explore the many obsessive dream journal sketches that are only glimpsed in the film, created by artist Christoph Vieweg, presented here in full; trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative; illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Alison Peirse, an interview with director Michael Venus, and Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Frau Trude"; double-sided fold-out poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here

    Stage Fright BLUE-RAY DEBUT (1950) In Alfred Hitchcock’s world, theaters are where danger stalks the wings, characters are not what they seem, and that “final curtain” can drop any second. The droll "Stage Fright" springs from that entertaining tradition. Jane Wyman plays drama student Eve Gill, who tries to clear a friend (Richard Todd) being framed for murder by becoming the maid of flamboyant stage star Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). Filming in his native England, Hitchcock merrily juggles elements of humor and whodunit and puts a game ensemble (Alistair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Joyce Grenfell, Kay Walsh and daughter Patricia Hitchcock) through its paces. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Hitchcock and Stage Fright" featurette, original theatrical. Trailer (Warner Archive).

    Two Deaths of Henry Baker (2021) Gil Bellows, Tony Curran, Sebastian Pigott, Jess Salgueiro, Joe Dinicol. A decades-long family feud pits two brothers and their sons in a bloody battle for possession of a fortune in gold. On the outskirts of a dusty, rural town, a young boy watches as his father buries a cache of stolen coins. The secret stash is entrusted alone to his favored son, Henry. Thirty years later, a corrupt cop and his crew descend on the now-adult son (Bellows) to snatch the treasure. A bloody ambush ensues, leaving several dead or maimed and Henry being sent away to prison. His only son, Hank (Pigott), is now in possession of the riches. After a long stint behind bars, Henry is released and plans to reunite with Hank and the fortune he left behind. Henry’s brother, Sam and his own son have resurfaced to exact revenge and claim the riches as their own Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Saban Films). Read more here

    The Unknown Man of Shandigor (1967 -- Switzerland) Swiss director Jean-Louis Roy’s long-unseen 60s Cold War super-spy thriller, restored in 4K from the camera negative by the Cinémathèque suisse. This visually stunning film was originally screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967. A marvelous and surreal hall of mirrors, part-"Dr. Strangelove," part-"Alphaville," with sly nods to British TV shows like “the Avengers” and “Doctor Who.” The film stars a who’s who of great 60s European character actors starting with the unforgettable Daniel Emilfork ("The City Of Lost Children," "The Devil’s Nightmare") as crazed scientist Herbert Von Krantz, who’s invented a device to “sterilize” all nuclear weapons. A mad herd of rival spies are desperate to get their hands on the device, including legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg as the leader of a sect of bald, turtleneck-wearing assassins, and Jess Franco veteran Howard Vernon ("The Awful Dr. Orlof"). Gainsbourg’s deranged jazz-lounge song, “Bye Bye Mr. Spy” —- performed by him on funeral parlor organ, no less -— is arguably the film’s high point. “An accomplished spy is at the same time psychologist, artist, funambulist, conjurer,” to quote one of the film’s characters, and the same could be said of Roy’s exotic camera obscura of B&W Cold War paranoia. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: New Commentary by film journalist Samm Deighan (Diabolique magazine, Daughters of Darkness podcast); new booklet essay by filmmaker, punk musician and poet, and genre expert Chris D. ("The Flesh Eaters"; author of "Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film"); new interview with Francoise Roy, wife of director Jean-Louis Roy, and Michel Schopfer, first assistant director; ultra- rare 1967 "making of" documentary from Swiss TV's "Cinema VIF" show, featuring interviews with director Roy, cast members Daniel Emilfork, Jacques Dufilho, and Marie-France Boyer, and behind-the-scenes footage; restored original trailer; new art by Tony Stella. (Deaf Crocodile Films).

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