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From slinky thrillers to blood-drenched fantasy epics to stand-up comedy concerts, this week’s picks will give you something to think about.
Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season: Fresh off its 23 Emmy nominations, the latest season of the HBO hit arrives on digital platforms, in advance of its November Blu-ray and DVD debut. Many critics considered the sixth season the show’s best thanks to lots of juicy twists and turns, including a surprise new ruler ascending the Iron Throne. It might also be the bloodiest season with more than 10 series regulars given the ax. Queue it up. On HBO Now, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Careful What You Wish For: A frequently shirtless Nick Jonas is probably the reason most of his fans will want to check out this sun-burnt neo-noir. But, the film, which occasionally resembles “Body Heat” crossed with a Nicholas Sparks movie, is good, not-so-clean fun. Jonas plays a teenager who falls in lust with his wealthy, next-door neighbor (Isabel Lucas) who happens to be unhappily married to a nasty investment banker (Dermot Mulroney). Cue a series of murders, betrayals, cover-ups and juicy twists. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Collector’s Edition: Directed by Philip Kaufman, this new-to-Blu thriller works as a fable about the dehumanizing effects of modern life as well as a stealth love story, thanks to a central plot involving a health inspector (Donald Sutherland) trying to protect his office crush (Brooke Adams) from her husband, who’s one of the first San Franciscans to become a drone-like shadow of her former self. Prepare to be creeped out. On Blu-ray.
The Little Prince: Back in March, when this cartoon feature was weeks away from its theatrical bow, Netflix mysteriously snatched up the distribution rights. Based on the 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the stop-motion adventure is about a young girl who befriends an eccentric aviator (Jeff Bridges) who regales her with tales about the adventures of an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid. Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Marion Cotillard also lend their voices to the film, reportedly one of the most expensive animated films ever made.
Carnival of Souls: Looking particularly crisp and hypnotic for its Blu-ray debut, this low-budget classic, churned out by industrial filmmakers led by director Herk Harvey, is among the most eerie movies ever made. After surviving a terrible drag racing accident, a young woman (Candace Hillagoss ) attempts to re-locate to Salt Lake City, where she takes a job as a church organist. But soon she’s dogged not only by a figure (Harvey) who resembles a rotting corpse but by visions of a dilapidated pavilion. Thanks to the unsettling organ music, creepy images and Hillagoss’ gripping turn, “Carnival of Souls” is a macabre masterpiece.
Kelly Reichardt Series: The filmmaker known for chronicling outcasts and poverty-stricken loners is feted by Mubi, which presents four of her best films including “Wendy and Lucy” starring Michelle Williams, “Old Joy” starring Will Oldham, the newly restored “River of Grass” starring Larry Fessenden, and “Meek’s Cutoff” starring Williams and Paul Dano, whose Scranton-reared Dad now live in East Stroudsburg. All four films are worth a look. On Mubi.
Suspicion: Blu-ray brings out the best in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller about a wealthy wallflower (Joan Fontaine) who’s swept off her feet by a penniless playboy (Cary Grant). The most famous sequence, with Grant carrying a possibly poisoned, glowing glass of milk up a long flight of stairs to Fontaine, still packs a wallop. Fontaine won the Oscar for Best Actress but it is Grant who is the lynchpin, making his character alternately charming and sinister. On Blu-ray.
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