Streaming Service Film Movement Plus Heads Into April With ‘Gregory’s Girl’

Film Movement Plus has a library of over 450 films, and with its spotlight on world cinema the selection is refershingly diverse. The strearming platform is now offering film buffs a 30 day free trial and 50% off the first month.

One of the reasons why I’m jumping on the Film Movement Plus bandwagon is this director Bill Forsyth’s revered feature Gregory’s Girl is part of the April offerings, along with the wuxia feature The Fate of Lee Khan and the Israeli drama Policeman. After thoroughly enjoying the Burt Lancaster/Susan Sarandon pairing in Atlantic City, I have been looking forward to checking out Gregory’s Girl (these two works are considered Forsyth’s best films).

Gregory’s Girl centers on Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair), a teenager who becomes infatuated with Dorothy, his new soccer teammate Dorothy (Dee Hepburn). Encouraged by his sarcastic 10-year-old sister Madeline (Allison Foster), Gregory embarks on a journey of love, only to find that there may be a few obstacles along the way!

For more on the service, check out Film Movement’s official site.

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CinemAddicts Podcast Spotlights Acclaimed Brazilian Film ‘Bacurau’

On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we cover a slew of first rate features that are worth checking out (including Clover and The Platform), but the highlight of the past week was discovering the acclaimed feature Bacaiau.

A Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Bacurau centers on the members of a village who come together after the passing of its matriarch. Directed by Juliao Dornelles and Kleber Mendonca Filho, the 131 narrative gives us an up close and personal look at how these townspeople survive on a day to day basis.

With no direct access to water (thanks to a government corruption), the townsfolk continue to remain united while living in less than favorable conditions. When a group of trigger happy mercenaries (led by Udo Kier) are hired to eliminate Bacurau off the face of the earth, they refuse to bow down to this intimidating threat.

Kino Lorber is holding virtual screenings across the United States, and for more details on how you can support your local independent theater while also enjoying Bacurau, go KL’s official site.

Take a listen to Episode 114 of CinemAddicts and tell us what you think of Bacurau!!

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Silence Was Golden: Emily Blunt Surprised By Success Of ‘A Quiet Place’

Evelyn (Emily Blunt) braves the unknown in “A Quiet Place Part II.”

A Quiet Place Part II was supposed to be playing in theaters right now. Rather than going the streaming route, its studio is betting it’s a movie you’ll want to see in theaters, so its release date has been pushed back instead. Emily Blunt is back for the sequel, as is her husband, writer/director/co-star John Krasinski, and she told us she still finds it hard to believe the first movie — which grossed over $340 million worldwide — was so incredibly successful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)

 

A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to open during Labor Day weekend.

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‘Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island’ With Lucy Hale Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In May

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 12, and its digital release is set for April 14. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf), the feature made $48 million worldwide (it had an estimated $7 million budget).

The feature centers on Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña), a man who can supposedly make everyone’s dreams come true. Ricardo Montalban played Mr. Roarke in the TV series, and while that show had a more positive spin in realizing one’s fantasies, this movie takes a darker turn. As the guests discover, their granted wishes can turn into tragic regrets, and they must solve the island’s mystery if they want to survive the experience.

Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, and Ryan Hansen are among the ensemble in this different take on the iconic program. Special features include deleted scenes and an unrated director and cast commentary with Jeff Wadlow and the Cast (unrated version only).

Were you a fan of the original show and are you excited about Fantasy Island’s Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release? Feel free to comment below!

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Critically Acclaimed ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Lands April On Demand Release

Directed by Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always centers on Autumn (Flanigan), a pregnant teen who travels to New York with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) to get an abortion. Their trip to the Big Apple has its share of trials and tribulations, as Hittman delivers an incisive look at the challenges of teen abortion.  Co-starring Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam) as Autumn’s deadbeat stepfather, the feature was honored with the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always also focuses on the detrimental effect men have on younger women, and its relatable journey appealed to Ryder. “I think a lot of women watching this will see these moments in the supermarket and on the bus and all these little interactions throughout the day in relation to that and – you don’t see the male gaze portrayed so honestly really ever in film,” said Ryder, who will be seen later this year in Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story. “And I think a lot of people will watch the film and be shocked (and think) ‘Oh my gosh, that happened to me too.'” 

Click on the media bar to hear Sidney Flanigan talk about the bond she continues to share with Hittman and Ryder:

Never Rarely Sometimes Always hits On Demand Friday, April 3.

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John Hughes Classic ‘Sixteen Candles’ Hits Blu-ray In April With New Interviews

John Hughes’ directing debut Sixteen Candles turned Molly Ringwald into a star and sent him on a path to a distinguished film career. Arrow Video will release Sixteen Candles on April 14 on Blu-ray with a plethora of special features.

Samantha Baker’s (Ringwald) 16th birthday may turn out nightmarish, as her crush Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) discovers a “sex quiz” filled out by Sam in which she claims she was saving her virginity for him. Scene stealer Anthony Michael Hall is the nerd who continues to pester her, and Gedde Watanabe is the eccentric foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong. The release comes with a new restoration by Arrow Films (from a 4K scan of the original negative).

Blu-ray special features include:

  1. High definition Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical version as well as the Blu-ray Extended Version (94 minutes) with an additional and remastered cafetera scene.
  2. All new audio interview with Sixteen Candles casting director Jackie Burch.
  3. “When Gedde Met Deborah” is a new conversation between co-stars Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack.
  4. New interviews with actor John Kapelos, camera operator Gary Kibbe, and composer Ira Newborn.
  5. Director Adam Rifkin reflects on working as an extra on the set.
  6. The first pressing of the Blu-ray contains an illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the movie by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman.

Are you a fan of Sixteen Candles? Feel free to comment below!

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