New to Streaming:

Howard (2018) Documentary filmmaker, Don Hahn, helmed this look at the life and times of composer Howard Ashman. Ashman, who had a hand in crafting the songs for such films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Shop of Horrors, died tragically of AIDS when his career was at its peak and the film is a good overview of the contributions he made in his lifetime.

Endless (2020) Recent school grads Riley (Alexandra Shipp) and Chris (Nicholas Hamilton) find their lives separated by a tragic car accident. Riley is left behind to grieve her loss while Chris finds himself stuck in limbo and they both are forced to learn how to let go. Scott Speer directs. Available August 14.

Song Without a Name (2019) When a woman’s daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic, she takes the case to a local newspaper, only to develop a relationship with the lonely reporter on the case. Melina Melon directs this import from Peru.

New to Disc:

Warner Archive:

Michael (1996) John Travolta is an angel who changes the lives of a group of reporters from a tabloid magazine in Nora Ephron’s sweet natured film. No Extras.

Scream Factory:

Phantom of the Opera (1962) Herbert Lom is the titular character in this take on the Phantom story from Hammer Studios. Extras include two commentaries and five featurettes/documentaries. 

Kino Studio Classics:

 Cry Freedom (1987) Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington star in Richard Attenborough’s dramatization of the life of South African journalist, Daniel Woods. Extras include commentary track.

Tender Mercies (1983) Robert Duvall took home an Oscar for his performance as a broken down country singer trying to get his life back on track. Extras include a commentary track.

IFC:

How to Build a Girl (2019) Actor Jonah Hill’s sister, Beanie Feldstein, headlines this tale of a young music journalist who also happens to be a fast talking sex adventurer.

Criterion:

The Complete Films of Agnes Varda (1955-2019) This box includes 39 of the director’s films and an incredible amount of extras that are sure to please fans of Varda’s work. The films are spread over fifteen discs.


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