Curtains (Jonathan Stryker, 1983)

curtainsbr“Synapse’s impressive, nearly pristine Blu-ray presentation reopens Curtains for a fresh round of appreciation for its slapdash charms.”

Read my full review of Canadian cult favorite Curtains, out last month on Blu-ray from Synapse, at Slant Magazine.

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Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1980)

cannibalholocaustbr“A cut above most Italian cannibal cinema, Cannibal Holocaust provides viewers with sufficient pluck some thematic meat to sink their teeth into. Grindhouse’s deluxe Blu-ray edition serves up a supplement-laden smorgasbord.”

Read my full review of Deodat’s pioneering tropical torture porn, out last month from Grindhouse Releasing, at Slant Magazine.

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The French Connection Screening Tonight at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

Gene Hackman The French Connection

It’s time for THE FRENCH CONNECTION, Yes! Weekly movie reviewer Mark Burger’s pick for the Summer Film Festival! The movie starts at 7pm with a special intro from film critic Budd Wilkins, so get your popcorn and get ready for an amazing night! You can read his review of this seminal film here.

Don’t forget: You can buy one ticket, get one ticket for FREE if you dine at any of these downtown restaurants and present your receipt at the box office:
– B. Christopher’s
– Crafted – the Art of the Taco
– Fruit Fusion
– The Green Bean
– Jimmy John’s on Elm
– Koshary Restaurant
– Liberty Oak
– M’Coul’s Public House
– Midori’s Japanese Hibachi
– Natty Greene’s Greensboro
– TAVO Restaurant and Tavern
– Venice Italian Pizza & Subs
– Yogi’s Bar & Grill

The Summer Film Fest is sponsored by ArtsGreensboro, The Deuterman Law Group, Gate City Transportation, Imagine Travel & Rock 92.

See you at the movies!

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Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, 1974)

phantomoftheparadisebr“Fortunately for Phantom of the Paradise fanatics, they won’t need to sell their souls for Shout! Factory’s fantastic dual-format release, not even for ‘The Hell of It.'”

Read my review of De Palma’s cult musical masterwork, out now from Shout! Factory, at Slant Magazine.

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New Film Series

We are extremely pleased to announce a new film series at The Crown at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro beginning August 18, 2014. The series is entitled Critic’s Choice Cinema at The Crown, and will be hosted by Greensboro Film Critic and historian Budd Wilkins. The Crown has outstanding film screening capabilities, and the format will include an introduction to the film and post-screening discussion with the audience.

The first four films are a continuation of The Carolina Theatre’s Summer Film Festival Hitchcock nights:

August 18 at 7pm – REAR WINDOW
August 25 at 7pm – THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
Sept 15 at 7pm – ROPE
Sept 22 at 7pm – SHADOW OF A DOUBT

Other films, dates and screening times will be announced.

The Crown at The Carolina Theatre is on the 3rd floor. Seating for Critic’s Choice Cinema at The Crown will be very limited. The Crown has full concession capabilities right in the screening room so no need to miss a scene while visiting concessions. Tickets are available in advance at The Carolina Theatre box office or night if show and are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, students, military, and children under 12.

We encourage those with a keen interest in a unique type of film experience to join us. We will be giving away door prizes, asking for your suggestions of films you might like to see and giving everyone a chance to speak about their take on films being screened.

Please come out and support this new Greensboro cultural experience at the beautiful and historic Carolina Theatre of Greensboro.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune (Frank Pavich, 2013)

jodorowskysdunebrJodorowsky’s Dune, equal parts late-life encomium for a cinematic visionary and elegy for a failed film project, gets a fair shake from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with a solid dual-format A/V transfer and a brace of fairly interesting deleted scenes.”

Read my whole review of this bracing new doc, out today on home video and VOD, only at Slant Magazine.

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 Coverage

nationalgalleryNow you can find all my coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Slant Magazine in one handy place. Click here.

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