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Blu-ray, DVD Release: My Winnipeg

21 October 2014 8:03 AM, PDT

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 20, 2015

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

The geographical dead center of North America and the beloved birthplace of Guy Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain), Winnipeg, Canada is the frosty and mysterious star of Maddin’s 2007 “docu-fantasia” My Winnipeg.

A work of memory and imagination, My Winnipeg burrows into what the filmmaker calls “the heart of the heart” of the continent, conjuring a city as delightful as it is fearsome, populated by sleepwalkers and hockey aficionados. Take part in Winnipeg’s annual epic scavenger hunt! Pay your respects to the racehorses forever frozen in the river! Help judge the yearly homoerotic Golden Boy pageant! What is real and what is fantasy is left up to the viewer to sort out in Maddin’s hypnotic, expertly conceived paean to that wonderful and terrifying place known as My Hometown.

Criterion’s director-approved Blu-ray and DVD editions of the unrated »

- Laurence

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: The November Man

21 October 2014 6:55 AM, PDT

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Pierce Brosnan (The Thomas Crown Affair) stars in the action-filled spy thriller The November Man.

Those in the know may remember that Brosnan portrayed another spy earlier in his career…

Code named The November Man; Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-cia agent who has been living in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement to safeguard a beautiful witness targeted for assassination (Olga Kurylenko, Centurion), he’s drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with his former friend and protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With no one to trust, Peter must survive Mason’s relentless assault, and root out a suspected CIA mole who may pose the greatest threat of all.

Directed by Roger Donaldson (Dante’s Peak, also starring Brosnan), the R-rated film was release wide to U. »

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Blu-ray Release: Calvary

20 October 2014 12:06 PM, PDT

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $27.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Brendan Gleeson in Calvary

Brendan Gleeson (Safe House) stars in the dark comedy-drama Cavalry, a tale of murder and morality from acclaimed writer-director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard).

Father James (Gleeson) is a good priest who feels sinister forces closing in after being threatened by a mysterious parishioner. As he continues to comfort the troubled members of his community, including his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly, Flight), Father James begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Also starring Chris O’Dowd (Frankie Go Boom), Aiden Gillen (TV’s Game of Thrones) and M Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner), the R-rated British film was well-liked by the critics, earning an impressive 7.6/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 143 reviews. It rang up a not-bad $3.6 million at the domestic box office during its limited release to theaters in August, »

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, VOD Release: And So It Goes

20 October 2014 11:39 AM, PDT

Blu-ray, DVD & VOD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital HD Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014

Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Oscar winners Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) and Diane Keaton (Morning Glory) star in the romantic comedy drama directed by the estimable Rob Reiner (Stand By Me)  and written by Mark Andrus.

When his estranged son leaves his daughter for him to raise, obnoxious realtor Oren Little (Douglas) recruits his sweet neighbor Leah (Keaton) to help out. In the process, he realizes it may not be too late to begin appreciating the people in his life – and even allowing a few new ones into it!

Yikes, this one did really badly, garnering a 4.1/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 82 published reviews. One particularly stinging review came from Time’s Richard Corliss, who said “And So It Goes may touch the frayed heartstrings of some older viewers, but it’s pretty »

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