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Now and Then: In 'Chico & Rita' and 'Nobody Walks,' The Sound of Heartache

Early in "Chico & Rita," under the shimmer of the Tropicana's spotlight, Rita rummages through the lower octaves of attraction. Smitten, Chico gapes from the bar, dragging on a cigarette. Humid with sound, the scene has the texture of live action, its every wrinkle and wink. A movie song hasn't conveyed desire quite like this in nearly forty years.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 18, 2012 1:12 PM
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Now and Then: The Evacuee's Guide to Movies

Living in New Orleans sometimes means leaving it. That's why, with Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the city, I hit the highway last Monday for an extended Florida sojourn. And since a film buff's road trip is nothing without a screening schedule, here's a handy guide to movies for your next evacuation...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 4, 2012 2:43 PM
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Amazon Prime Partners with EPIX to Bring 'Hunger Games,' 'Avengers,' 'Iron Man,' 'Thor' & More to Instant Video Library

Amazon and EPIX announce a new multi-year licensing agreement that will add thousands of new releases, classics titles and original programming to Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the US, doubling the VOD library since the launch of the Kindle Fire a year ago. Included are titles from EPIX studio partners: Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 4, 2012 12:10 PM
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11 New Sundance Supported Films Now Streaming

Now available on SnagFilms, Hulu and Netflix are eleven new films supported by the Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program, which launched in February. Artist Services gives filmmakers exclusive opportunities to self-finance, market and distribute their films. Films from the program are also available on...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 23, 2012 4:23 PM
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Now and Then: For the Love of 'Bernie' and Jack Black

"Bernie" wears as many hats as a Texas cowboy. Somehow, and simultaneously, Richard Linklater's latest is a genuinely surprising confidence game, a homey slice of Southern life, and an eccentric black comedy of small-town manners. The most apt description is far simpler, though: "Bernie" is one of the best films of the year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 21, 2012 4:00 PM
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SnagFilms Takes 'The House I Live In,' 'Beware Mr. Baker' & Six Dream Team Docs

SnagFilms is set to distribute Eugene Jarecki's Sundance winner "The House I Live in" (Grand Jury Award) and Jay Bulger's SXSW winner "Beware of Mr. Baker" (Grandy Jury Award). "The House I Live In" exposes what's wrong with America's war on drugs, while "Beware of Mr. Baker" is an intimate story of the legendary speed freak drummer Ginger Baker.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 21, 2012 8:00 AM
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'Avatar' Released on Blu-ray 3-D: Cameron Says '3-D Television is the Future'

"Avatar" is being released in Blu-ray 3D, and the film's 33 million Facebook fans were the first to know. The 2-disc collector's edition of the James Cameron's behemoth will be available October 16 and will offer "a home entertainment experience like no other"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:14 PM
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Now and Then: Waiting for Julie Delpy

Full disclosure: I'm a little bit in love with Julie Delpy, sometimes unaccountably so. She's neurotic, fretful, and sharp-tongued, a femme fatale with a French accent and Woody Allen specs. Her first film as a director was a mess. And yet she keeps growing on me, a habit I just can't seem to break...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 14, 2012 11:42 AM
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Pablo Larraín's 'Post Mortem' Coming to DVD August 24, Second Piece in 'Tony Manero,' 'No' Trilogy

Now that Chilean director Pablo Larraín's most recent film "No," a likely Oscar submission, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics in Cannes and will show in Toronto, the director's 2010 film "Post Mortem" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Kino Lorber on August 24.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:57 PM
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Animated Oscar-Nominee 'Chico & Rita' Limited Edition Collector's Set Releases September 18

Cinedigm is releasing Fernando Trueba and Javier Marisca's Oscar-nominated animated film "Chico & Rita" on DVD, Bluray and VOD September 18, and digitally August 21. The Limited Edition Collector's Set also includes the soundtrack and a 16-page excerpt from the graphic novel. The Spanish film celebrates the music of Cuba via an epic love story.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 2:27 PM
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