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For last minute shopping looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a cinephile, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection should fit the bill.

The collection features 15 movies from the Master of Suspense, 10 episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents and three episodes from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Also included is a 58 page booklet which features interesting facts from the movies as well as 15 hours worth of special features.

During the holiday season I’ll be taking deeper dives into the collection’s special features, which includes commentary from director William Friedkin (The French Connection) on Vertigo and “Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin.” Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut interview excerpts are also interwoven throughout the collection.

Click on the media bar below to hear director Kent Jones (Hitchcock/Truffaut) cite his favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie:

What are your favorite Hitchcock movies? Or are you a bigger fan of his anthology series? Feel free to comment below!!

Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection is now available via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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The epic and oftentimes harrowing Western Hostiles centers on an Army Captain (Christian Bale) who is nearing the end of his service. An unwavering leader who has been scarred by the ravages of war, he is given one final task that he initially refuses to accept - escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family  from New Mexico to tribal lands in Montana.

During their trek they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered by Indians on the plains as well as “hostiles” who have their own distinct motives. Director Scott Cooper, who previously worked with Bale in Out of the Furnace and also helmed the crime drama Black Mass, cites The Searchers as an inspiration for Hostiles.

In the audio clip below, Christian Bale explains why he loves working with Cooper.




Hostiles, co-starring Ben Foster, opens nationwide December 22.

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ep8-001174_jw_r-1While Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker famously had less than a minute of screen time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (while getting a full starring credit), he definitely had to earn that credit in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Skywalker plays a much larger role in the new film, and Hamill told us it was certainly more demanding, especially since his appearance in The Force Awakens hinted at a pivotal storyline involving the character.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters.

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The PostAs we get toward the end of the year, we’ll see a lot more “prestige movies” opening for awards season consideration. And what would an awards season be without a potential contender from legendary director Steven Spielberg? This year, he’s got The Post, a drama based on the true story of The Washington Post’s battle with the government to publish the infamous Pentagon Papers from the Vietnam War. Starring in the movie are multiple Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, but Spielberg’s also assembled a pretty deep bench, with Bradley Whitford, Allison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, and Bruce Greenwood all part of the ensemble cast. Spielberg told us they were all people he specifically wanted for the film, and he was fortunate to get them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)

The Post opens in limited release on December 22, and it will open nationwide in the new year.

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bigbangtheorySure, they’re brilliant scientists. Sure, they’re socially awkward. Sure, they’re into comic books and sci-fi. But when it comes to the characters he created for The Big Bang Theory, Creator/producer Chuck Lorre doesn’t ever want you using the “N”-word to describe them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chuck Lorre)

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As witnessed by the track “Someone Singing With Me,” Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth can, pardon the pun, make beautiful music together.The musicians are hoping that translates with the upcoming indie American Folk.

Shot in 14 states, the film centers on two folk musicians (Purdy, Rubarth) who become unlikely traveling companions after their plane is stuck in California after the 9/11 attacks. Both are focused on getting back to New York and aiding them on their cross-country journey is a 1972 Chevy Van and, one would hope, a deep abiding love for folk music. The comparisons to Once are inescapable, but if that means more moviegoers will catch American Folk, that’s probably a good thing.

The trailer shows that both Purdy and Rubarth are natural actors, and it’s great to hear both of these musicians tip their hat to Townes Van Zandt with the catchy tune “Townes.” Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

American Folk hits theaters and On Demand January 26, 2018.


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Jessica Chastain delivers another first rate performance in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Jobs). The true story centers on Molly Bloom (Chastain), a world class skier whose career was cut down after an accident. Slated to go to law school, Bloom instead traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually was managing a high stakes poker game. After a successful run in the City of Angels, she moved to New York and launched another successful operation before drug addiction and an FBI raid led her down a dangerous path. Kevin Costner co-stars in the feature as Bloom’s father, with Idris Elba playing the talented lawyer who tries to keep Bloom out of prison.

Aaron’s been friends with Molly for a long time - he knows her very well,” said Chastain. “He’s very protective of her story and I’m not sure he would have ever felt comfortable handing over the screenplay to another director. I can’t imagine anyone else directing this story.”

Click on the media bar to hear Chastain discuss why she loved the “underdog” aspect of Molly’s Game:



Molly’s Game hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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Zac EfronLoosely based on the real-life story of show biz pioneer P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an old-style musical saluting — what else? — showmanship. So it makes perfect sense that they brought in a musical veteran, Zach Efron, as one of the movie’s stars. As part of an ensemble that also includes Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson, Efron pointed out that everyone involved with the movie was giving 110% to making the story and its music come alive on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zac Efron)

The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on December 20.

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David Ayer is this generation’s go-to guy when it comes to cop movies, as his star immediately rose thanks to his Training Day screenplay. With the underrated Street Kings and End of Watch, under his belt, Ayer brings the fantastical element from Suicide Squad into the world of Los Angeles with Bright.

The story, penned by Max Landis (American Ultra) centers on a cop (Will Smith) who reluctantly is paired with the first orc (Joel Edgerton) to join the LAPD. Their unease with each other will have to take a backseat, however, as a powerful relic has surfaced that may lead to the ultimate eradication of humanity. Netflix has just released the final trailer - check it out and tell us what you think!



Co-starring Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Jay Hernandez, and Edgar Ramirez, Bright hits Netflix December 22.

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DOWNSIZINGWhat would happen if overpopulation dramatically reduces Earth’s natural resources and the cost of living would skyrocket beyond measure? In director Alexander Payne’s latest feature Downsizing Norwegian scientists have discovered a process to shrink people to five inches tall. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) have decided to become part of this downsized community increase their net worth and enhance their quality of living.

Payne reteams with writer Jim Taylor for the film, and it’s their first writing collaboration since 2004’s Sideways. In the audio clip below, Payne explains why Downsizing, though it has a pointed message about climate change, is at heart a biting satire like his earlier works Citizen Ruth and Election (Taylor is also heard in the clip).


Downsizing, co-starring Golden Globe nominated actress Hong Chau, opens nationwide December 22.

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