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Orson Welles in Touch of Evil Blu-ray

‘Touch of Evil’ on Blu-ray, times 3

The three faces of "Touch of Evil" make their U.S. debuts on Blu-ray in Universal's "limited edition" rerelease of the dark Orson Welles classic. The Blu-ray release is essentially a rerun of the October 2008 "50th Anniversary Edition," complete with director Welles' pleading and cajoling notes … [More]

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Taylor Schilling in Orange Is the New Black

‘Orange’ back June 6

"Orange Is the New Black" returns June 6, Netflix has confirmed. The news was unveiled to binge-watchers of "House of Cards," … [More]

Kevin Spacey, Emmy nominee for House of Cards

‘House of Cards’: Feb. 14

Here's some love from Netflix: "House of Cards" returns Valentine's Day. The second season of the David Fincher series … [More]

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Carter filing Amazon pilot

Amazon has graduated to hourlong dramas. Chris Carter of "X-Files" fame is creating the pilot "The After," while the Harry Bosch … [More]

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‘Foreign Correspondent’: Hitch at war

The Brits excelled at propaganda movies, an awkward genre that nonetheless produced a handful of classics -- say, Noel Coward's "In Which We Serve" and the Archers' "The 49th Parallel." MIA from the brisk U.K. propaganda effort was one Alfred Hitchcock, the director who'd … [More...]

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Albert Hofmann of LSD fame

‘The Substance’: LSD’s long strange trip

"High" on LSD doesn't quite cover it. The hallucinogenic drug provided such a mind-altering experience that almost all users of the 1960s swore off the stuff, sooner or later. Mostly sooner. As a social phenomenon (and widespread social problem), LSD's run lasted only a few twisted years in … [More]

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Criterion Collection Throne of Blood Blu-ray 2014

‘Throne of Blood’: Madness & ‘Macbeth’

Shakespearean hearts of darkness pump the lifeforce into "Throne of Blood," one of Akira Kurosawa's greatest films. Loosely based on "Macbeth," the movie is a blood-soaked tragedy set in feudal Japan of the 16th century. "Throne of Blood" is widely regarded as one of the most successful film … [More...]

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Poppy Hill scene from Studio Ghibli

Miyazakis’ ‘Poppy Hill’ in bloom

"It's like some cheap melodrama," the teen says to the girl he loves, who may or may not be his long-lost sister. It's teen melodrama all right, but hardly cheap. "From Up On Poppy Hill" is another handsome and touching film from Japan's Studio Ghibli, factory of animated masterpieces. Hayao … [More]

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