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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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.

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Morgan Saylor And Sophie Lowe Bond Over New England Noir ‘Blow The Man Down’

Blow The Man Down is a Maine set thriller that centers on Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) and Priscilla (Sophie Lowe), sisters who have views on how to live a life without their recently deceased mother. Priscilla wants to stay in their small town and keep their house and fish shop alive (although they have mounting debts), and the more irresponsible Mary Beth simply wants to leave for greener pastures.

After Mary Beth kills someone in self defense, the sisters attempt to cover up the crime, only to get embroiled in the town’s political and social underbelly. Directed and penned by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole, the feature is a first rate tale that, along with excellent lead performances, is blessed with a talented ensemble (which includes Margo Martindale and Annette O’Toole)

“I think (Blow The Man Down) stands out for a number of reasons,” said Lowe. “The way it’s shot kind of really grabs your eyes. It’s beautifully shot and the landscape is so different. And also it’s a mainly female cast and the characters are kind of relatable in their own different ways. I haven’t seen much like that so I think it’s refreshing to watch something . . .”

“It’s a New England noir,” interjects Saylor. “I think the setting is really, really fun. I’m a big Maine fan. And really the biggest thing was it being about women and being directed by two women. You don’t see that often.”

Click on the media bar to hear Morgan Saylor discuss how she, Lowe, and the filmmakers bonded during the pre-production of Blow The Man Down.

Blow The Man Down, which won Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival, is now streaming via Amazon Prime Video.

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Leslie Bibb And Josh Duhamel Find Love On A Farm In ‘The Lost Husband’ Trailer

Based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center, The Lost Husband centers on Libby Moran, a woman who is still reeling over the death of her husband.

Libby movies into her estranged aunt’s (Nora Dunn) goat farm with her children in Central Texas, and this city girl is definitely out of her element. Josh Duhamel co-stars as James, the farm manager who, like LIbby, is also dealing with a past tragedy. Rounding out the ensemble are Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Kevin Alejandro (Lucifer), and Carly Pope (she worked with Bibb on TV’s Popular).

The Lost Husband, produced by Bibb, hits theaters and VOD on April 10. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Talia Ryder On Love For Acting And ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Experience

The award winning feature Never Rarely Sometimes Always centers on Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), a teenager who travels to New York City with her cousin (Talia Ryder) to get an abortion. Directed by Eliza Hittman, the tale centers on how these young women persevere through a difficult time, away from their family, with only strangers to aid them on their journey. The picture won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

This is Ryder’s first film, and working with Hittman was a life changing experience.  “What makes the story such a standout is Eliza’s attention to the little moments that we may not be able to appreciate in our everyday life,” said Ryder, who will also be seen later this year in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. “Just the shots of Theo’s hand touching my arm on the bus, interrupting that bubble to the pinky promise to the moment in the bakery. All the things that we brush off in our everyday life are a much bigger representation to who we are and the world that we live in. I think after seeing that film and seeing Eliza’s attention to that detail it definitely affected how I look at things in my own life.” 

Ryder’s acting career started with a co-starring role in Broadway’s Matilda). Click on the media bar to hear what motivates her as an actor:

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is now playing in select theaters.

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