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December 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Better Watch Out, Twin Peaks Event Series, Silent Night, Deadly Night Collector’s Edition

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December’s home entertainment releases are starting off strong, as we have a great selection of horror and sci-fi titles to get excited for this Tuesday. First up are a pair of holiday horror films: Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out and the awesome special edition Blu-ray for Silent Night, Deadly Night from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series makes its way to both formats this week as well, and Arrow Video has put together a special edition release for The Witch Who Came From the Sea.

Other notable releases for December 5th include The Crucifixion, Dementia 13, 60 Seconds to Die, Werewolves of the Third Reich, and a 4K box set for the Men in Black trilogy.

Better Watch Out (Well Go USA, Blu-ray & DVD)

This holiday season, you may be home, but you re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror,
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Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81
Country legend Glen Campbell, whose crossover hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” forged a lasting bridge between country and pop music, died Tuesday. He was 81.

In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and mounted a well-publicized farewell tour. His official Twitter posted the news. His daughter, Ashley Campbell, also shared a heartfelt message about the news.

Campbell was hardly the first country artist to break out of the rural regional radio ghetto — the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves had produced several wide-appeal hits in the early ’60s — but his influence in expanding country music’s parameters and fanbase was substantial. His signature hits often combined orchestral arrangements and traditional pop hooks with countrified lyrical themes and vocal stylings, catalyzing both the “countrypolitan” and soft rock subgenres that would proliferate in the 1970s. (John Denver and Kenny Rogers both owe much of
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Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81

Country Music Legend Glen Campbell Dies at 81
Country legend Glen Campbell, whose crossover hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” forged a lasting bridge between country and pop music, died Tuesday. He was 81.

In 2011, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and mounted a well-publicized farewell tour. His official Twitter posted the news of his death. His daughter, Ashley Campbell, also shared a heartfelt message online.

Campbell was hardly the first country artist to break out of the rural regional radio ghetto — the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves had produced several wide-appeal hits in the early ’60s — but his influence in expanding country music’s parameters and fanbase was substantial. His signature hits often combined orchestral arrangements and traditional pop hooks with countrified lyrical themes and vocal stylings, catalyzing both the “countrypolitan” and soft rock subgenres that would proliferate in the 1970s. (John Denver and Kenny Rogers both owe much
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Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles’ Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes

Sgt. Pepper at 50: 10 Highlights from the Beatles’ Newly Unearthed Session Outtakes
Imagine finding one of van Gogh’s early sketches for “Starry Night,” or a rough draft of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For anyone who loves music, the mammoth 50th anniversary reissue of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is just as good—if not better. The expanded package includes nearly two hours worth of outtakes from the groundbreaking 1967 sessions, offering not only an alternate-universe look at some of the most beloved tracks in the rock canon, but also a fascinating fly-on-the-wall view of four young artists at the height of their power.

Stripped down, occasionally rough and always electrifying,
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The Dinner: Director Oren Moverman Serves Up a Compelling Drama

Filmmaker Oren Moverman has never shied away from tackling difficult, seemingly impossible material to adapt to film with some of his writing work including the screenplays for Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There and the equally intriguing Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy.

As a director and producer he’s followed suit with his 2nd film Rampart starring Woody Harrelson as an L.A. police officer with questionable motives, followed by a meditative look at homelessness with Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind.

For his latest movie, The Dinner, Moverman adapts Dutch author Herman Koch’s novel, which on the surface is about a dinner between two related couples with all the requisite food porn. As it progresses, it explores a variety of topics including mental illness and the battle of Gettysburg.

At the core of the film is Steve Coogan and Richard Gere playing brothers, the former a history professor,
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‘Apocalyse Kiss’ DVD Review

Stars: D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tom Detrik, Tammy Jean, Tom Atkins, Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Steve Blum, Bonnie Loev, Brian Anthony Wilson | Written and Directed by Christian Jude Grillo

I’ll freely admit there was a heavy dose of trepidation going into Apocalypse Kiss. You see I’ve had the “pleasure” of watching one of writer/director Christian Jude Grillo’s films (Deer Crossing aka Wasteland) before and it wasn’t the greatest of experiences… But just like you should never judge a book by its cover I feel you should never judge a filmmaker from just one film, even if that film was a complete shambles. Grillo’s previous effort was a backwoods thriller, a poor mans Texas Chainsaw Massacre if you will but this time out Grillo aims his sights higher, bringing us a dystopian vision of a city in ruin, controlled by corrupt politicians and evil corporations.
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"A Place In Hell" On DVD

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From Synthia.Ca, take a look @ footage from writer/director David Boorboor's horror feature "A Place In Hell", available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment February 16, 2016:

"...a disgraced detective on the trail of a killer and a group of student filmmakers cross paths at a Halloween fright farm in the dead of winter..."

Cast includes Noree Victoria, Lewis Smith and Brian Anthony Wilson.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "A Place In Hell"...
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Oscars 2016: 12 Major Nomination Snubs

Oscars 2016: 12 Major Nomination Snubs
After months of festival screenings, schmoozing luncheons, and lesser award shows, this year's Oscar season finally got real and cut the dead weight this morning when the Academy Awards announced the final roster of nominees. As is always the case, there were a number of pleasant surprises (congrats on that Best Visual Effects nod, Ex Machina!).

And, naturally, there were a much larger number of devastating omissions, as dreams were dashed and the toilets into which studios sunk their campaign dollars were finally flushed. Some of the snubs were probably deserved,
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Possible First-Time Nominees at This Year’s Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race may offer a new experience to many first time nominees throughout the Academy’s categories.

Though many familiar faces are a part of this year’s final push toward the big night (notably: last year’s best director, Alejandro G. Inarritu for his western revenge epic, The Revenant, and best actor, Eddie Redmayne for his performance as transgender artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl) the roster of never-been-nominees is shaping up to be quite substantial.

Redmayne’s costar, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, looks like a strong contender for her performance as artist Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl. The 27-year-old has never been nominated by the Academy but recently received a nomination from the Golden Globes for her work in the film.

Vikander has some stiff competition in the category, however, and not just from past winners
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For Your Consideration: 7 Fringe Oscar Contenders That Deserve a Nomination

For Your Consideration: 7 Fringe Oscar Contenders That Deserve a Nomination
Balloting is well underway for the 88th annual Oscars as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or their assistants or sons or daughters or dogs or cats) sit down to chalk up the best in 2015 cinema. I’ve already rattled off a personal list of superlatives, but allow me a final “for your consideration” pitch for a few contenders that could really use a leg-up. All of these are on the far outside looking in, but they represent some of the finest achievements of the year. So, to the various branches of the Academy…

Directors Branch: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen for “Inside Out

I’ve been ringing this bell all season long but here’s one more push: Animation directors deserve some love, too, particularly when they crank out something as thematically and emotionally rich as “Inside Out.” Pete Docter and his co-director Ronnie Del Carmen created,
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The Year in Movie Superlatives

The Year in Movie Superlatives
With the year winding down, it’s time for an In Contention tradition: Checking off a list of superlatives, from the Academy’s 21 feature categories, to a few traditional critics’ award fields, to a handful of fun categories of our own. This is just how I saw the year, but perhaps you saw it differently. Feel free to use the comments section to take your stand.

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Best Supporting Actor: Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy” (Runner-up: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”)

An impressive number of critics groups have gone lead in classifying Dano’s brilliant performance as Brian Wilson the younger, likely deeming it a co-lead with John Cusack’s older depiction. And that’s fair. I would call them co-supporting, myself. Meanwhile, Stallone offered up his most nuanced work to date, breathing even more life into a screen icon.

Best Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Runner-up: “Brooklyn”)

Jenny Beavan came off
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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2015, By Patrick McDonald

Chicago – Another year is about to slide towards the next one, so it’s time to look back at the cinema universe of 2015, the 10 Best Films of the year. In this arena, the intrepid “Über Critic” of HollywoodChicago.com, Patrick McDonald, will attempt to give his spin on the “best of” point of view.

And now we switch from third person to first person, so I – the aforementioned Patrick McDonald – will attempt to claim it all. It was another roller coaster year of robots, driving machines, pop stars, financial derivatives and Miss Universe. In other words, another year of inventive film creativity and philosophy.

This is the 2015 honorable mention section, and there were so many “eleventh place” films of note. My favorite superhero film was “Ant-Man,” for their mix of “small time” adventure and comedy. The dramas “Brooklyn,” “Sicario,” “Flowers,” “The Farewell Party,” “Nasty Baby” and “Spotlight” were excellent experiences.
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St. Louis Film Critics Announce 2015 Awards

On Sunday, December 20th the St. Louis Film Critics Association released their annual best of the year awards.

Here is the official press release with the list of winners:

St. Louis Film Critics Announce 2015 Awards

Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” top winners

For Immediate Release

Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were the top winners in this year’s St. Louis Film Critics Association 2015 Awards, announced Sunday.

Spotlight,” a drama about the Boston Globe investigation of pedophile priests, won Best Film, Director – Tom McCarthy and Original Screenplay, written by Josh Singer and McCarthy.

The Revenant,” based on Hugh Glass’s wilderness survival story, was also recognized with three — Leonardo DiCaprio – Best Actor, Emmanuel Lubezki – Cinematography and Scene – Hugh being mauled by the grizzly bear.

Mad Max: Fury Road,” the fourth installment in the futuristic action thriller, received three — Best Editing, Visual Effects and Art Direction.
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10 Best Film Scores Of 2015

Contributed by Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

Whether we sailed away to fairytale lands, visited far off worlds or made a grand journey on past and present adventures, 2015 cinema provided something for everyone. To be sure, this year’s movies delivered spectacular visuals and rich characters, emotive performances, and stories that gripped you to the bitter end. But as always, it’s the composer’s score that captures the true heart of any film.

On Wednesday the Academy announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.

Here’s our look at the 10 Best Scores from 2015.

Honorable Mention: Krampus by Douglas Pipes

Well-known Yuletide favorites are transformed into “We Wish You A Scary Christmas” and “Krampus Karol of the Bells” in Michael Dougherty’s Krampus. Providing some Christmas frights is Douglas Pipes’ fun and
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Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

Best Picture:

The Big Short, Paramount

Ex Machina, A24 Films

Inside Out, Disney/Pixar

Mad Max: Fury Road, Warner Bros.

The Martian, 20th Century Fox

The Revenant, 20th Century Fox

Room, A24 Films

Sicario, Lionsgate

Spotlight, Open Road Films

Steve Jobs, Universal

Best Direction Of A Motion Picture:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role:

Brian Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Tom Hardy, Legend

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role:

Brie Larsen, Room

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Emily Blunt, Sicario

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role:

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Tom Hardy, The Revenant
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74 candidates will fight it out for Oscar nominations in Best Original Song

Right at the tail end of last week, another short list hit the web, this one having to do with Best Original Song. This establishes which tunes from the flicks of 2015 will be eligible for Academy Award nominations. Voters now officially have 74 songs to sift through, all in the name of Oscar consideration. There’s a noticeable snub in the lot, but we’ll get to that later. For now, we’ll focus in a bit with a handful of the songs that seem to be the main contenders here. At the same time though, keep this in mind…it’s really just a shot in the dark with this category. Though there’s no way to be sure, these are the songs I’d be most inclined to assume have a chance at a nod here. There’s “None Of Them Are You” from Anomalisa, “Fighting Stronger” from Creed,
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74 Songs Eligible for "Best Original Song"

Will Lady Gaga return to Oscar's stage? You know we always kind of thought that Brian Wilson song from Love & Mercy wasn't going to be eligible. It seemed like it had been written before the movie and not for the movie. It's not on the Oscar longlist this year but 74 other songs from the movies are.

Some of the tunes are from obscure movies we haven't even heard of (such is always the case with this category) some are from Bollywood pictures which got stateside release. And a couple of handfuls of songs from Oscar contenders in other categories such as Anomalisa, Cinderella, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Youth are also in the mix.

Lady Gaga, who performed a medley from The Sound of Music last time she was on Oscar's stage, might be back as a nominee if they love her song from the documentary The Hunting Ground . She's
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Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song

Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song
The Academy has revealed the list of 74 tunes eligible for the best original song Oscar this year.

Films with multiple contenders include “Chi-Raq,” “Creed,” “Danny Collins,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Home,” “Jalam,” “Jenny’s Wedding,” “Miss You Already,” “Pan,” “Salt Bridge” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.”

The surprise exclusion from the list was Brian Wilson’s Golden Globe-nominated “One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy,” which I’m told simply did not qualify.

The 74 contenders are:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds

“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”

“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof

“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”

“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”

“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”

“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”

“Strong” from “Cinderella

“So Long” from “Concussion”

“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed

“Grip” from “Creed

“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed

“Don’t
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Original Film Songs Can Provide a Coda or Establish a Tone

If there’s a theme to many of this year’s song contenders, it’s getting in the final word.

In Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy,” the film’s subject — Brian Wilson — provides the closing bookend with his song “One Kind of Love.” Hopeful strings and trumpet buoy Wilson’s keyboards and still-boyish vocals as he sings of unconditional love.

It’s both a throwback to vintage Beach Boys and a statement from a wiser, battle-scarred older man … aptly closing the curtain on a film that counterpoints Wilson in both his vintage years and embattled ones.

As another true-story drama, “Concussion,” fades to black, the soulful voice of Leon Bridges communicates a farewell message (“So Long”) for Will Smith’s character.

“Just seeing how a man that was trying to bring truth, and people were trying to bring him down because of that, that was the emotional vibe,” says Bridges.
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‘Spotlight’ Leads 2015 Gotham Award Winners

Spotlight” has officially secured its place in the awards race with its first win of the season at New York’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. The dramatic retelling of a Boston journalism team’s dogged efforts to uncover a sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church is getting plenty of attention, and not just for its star-studded cast, which includes Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Brian d’Arcy James, and others. The film, in addition to winning best feature, also took best screenplay, co-written by director Tom McCarthy, and a special jury award for ensemble acting. Bel Powley took home the award for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and snatched the best actress win from under Oscar winner and season favorite Cate Blanchett (“Carol”) and other heavy hitters such as Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Kristen Wiig (“Welcome to Me”), and Blythe Danner (“I’ll See You
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