DVD Round-Up: ‘Casino Jack and the United States of Money,’ ‘Under Still Waters’

Chicago – The DVD Round-Up has gone silent for a few weeks on summer vacation but as more and more interesting titles threaten to fall through the cracks, it returns with three art films that are definitely worth a look. Don’t worry. Summer vacation hasn’t made the Round-Up arthouse-only, but it’s nice to comeback a little smarter-looking than when we left.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money,” “Looking For Eric,” and “Under Still Waters” were all released on September 14th, 2010.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

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Synopsis: “The portrait of Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, from his early years as a gung-ho member of the Gop political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah, confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue involving casinos, spies, sweatshops and mob-style killings, this is a
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The "Afterschool" Special, Amanda Seyfried x2 and More New on DVD

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Afterschool" (2009)

Directed by Antonio Campos

Released by Mpi Home Video

Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Campos' polarizing debut stars Ezra Miller as a high schooler whose Av club assignment leads him to capture the drug-induced deaths of two of his popular prep school classmates. [Sam Adams' review of the film is here.]

"All Men Are Brothers" (1975) and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms" (1978)

Directed by Chang Cheh and Wu Ma/Chang Cheh

Released by Well Go USA

Well Go USA do long-suffering American kung fu fans a solid and finally release "All Men Are Brothers," the sequel to the Shaw Brothers' epic "Seven Blows of the Dragon" (a.k.a. "Water Margin") featuring David Chiang and Chen Kuan-tai as warriors battling against the tyranny of despots, and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms," which pits Shaw brothers favorites' the Venom Mob against the master that crippled them.
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IFC Films Picks up Crime Thriller Under Still Waters

Under Still Waters is a film from Carolyn Miller that was picked up by IFC Films for their video on demand feature since April 23rd. The film involves at least one love triangle that goes wrong as each character hopes to outwit, or manipulate the other for love and money. The film was completed in 2008 and stars Jason Clarke (Death Race), Lake Bell (Over Her Dead Body), and Clifton Collins Jr. (
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Terror Lies Under Still Waters for IFC

IFC is further building out its horror/thriller brand with the latest film from director Carolyn Miller that gives us yet another reason to never pick up strangers.

In Under Still Waters Lake Bell and Jason Clarke play a young couple working through some issues, who decide to spend time out in the woods at the family's lake house. On the way they nearly run over a dark drifter (Clifton Collins, Jr.) stranded along the road. The couple decide to take Jacob to the lake house, but from the start he is an extremely odd, menacing presence. Things escalate into a tantalizing war among the jealous husband, his curious wife, and this intriguing stranger.

The flick is available today nationwide on demand. Check out the trailer below, and remember, kids -- Keep Driving!

Under Still Waters - Trailer

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Sliff 2009 Review: Under Still Waters

There is slow burn, and then there is no burn, that type of film that keeps making you think something, anything, is about to happen. Sometimes, if it is done poorly, a no burn film will tease you so hard that a big plot turn is coming just around the corner that it becomes obvious that no twist is coming. Fortunately, Carolyn Miller’s thriller Under Still Waters does offer that elusive twist. Sometime does occur in the film to make all the tantalizing and smoke generating seemingly worth while. However, it takes some time to get to that point, and, by the time it does, the film has fallen so far into no burn territory that it’s hard to recover.

Lake Bell and Jason Clarke play Charlie and Andrew, respectively, a young couple who are trying to work through their issues. Charlie’s father is a very powerful and very rich man,
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IFC raises VOD platform with help from SXSW

More Sundance coverage

Expanding its VOD offerings, IFC Films is partnering with the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival to present five movies on IFC Festival Direct simultaneous with their appearance at the March film festival.

Joe Swanberg's "Alexander the Last," which is having its world premiere at SXSW, will be the first film to have a fest premiere the same time it becomes available on-demand.

In addition to "Alexander," produced by Swanberg, Noah Baumbach and Anish Savjani, the other SXSW titles bound for Festival Direct are Javor Gardev's "Zift" and Matthew Newton's "Three Blind Mice" as well as two films that played SXSW last year and are set for encore screenings this year: Barry Jenkins' "Medicine for Melancholy" and Joe Maggio's "Paper Covers Rock."

IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring unveiled several other initiatives Monday at the Sundance Film Festival.

They included several new
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