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Under the Tree (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's dark Icelandic tale of relationship breakup and neighbourly disputes is blackly funny but ultimately rather nasty. It's a real emotional gut punch, with great performances by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Edda Björgvinsdóttir.

Under the Tree (2017)

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The Wrong Box (1966) dir: Bryan Forbes Blu Ray (Indicator)

An all-star cast including Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers give fine performances in this enjoyable black comedy, set in Victorian-era England. The ideal way to learn the meaning of the word 'tontine'.

Nanette Newman and Michael Caine in The Wrong Box

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Heathers (1988) starring Winona Ryder Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Director Michael Lehmann's first and best film is a sharp satire about the neo-fascist reality of high school life and the media-fuelled cult of teen martyrdom. It's stylish, witty and has great performances, notably from its two leads Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in Heathers

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Little Murders (1971) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

Alan Arkin's adaptation of Jules Feiffer's stage play is a wry and anarchic view of an America which chooses to carry on apathetically in the face of its own insanity. While some aspects are rooted in its own time, the madness still goes on today.

Little Murders (1971)

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

Not entirely successful, but so wildly unusual it has to be experienced.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T has colourful production and costume design


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​Cul-De-Sac (1966) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

This lesser-known Polanski illustrates the director at his most freeform, jazzy and playful.

Franciose Dorleac picks out some records in Cul-De-Sac

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Dead Heat (1988) Blu Ray (88 Films)

Enjoyable but not great '80s genre mixture featuring Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo.

Vincent Price in the action horror comedy Dead Heat

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​The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A Wes Anderson classic in another excellent Criterion presentation.

Gene Hackman and Angelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums

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​Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A stunningly colourful opportunity to re-evaluate Paul Thomas Anderson's most underrated work.

Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love

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