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Yanks (1979) dir: John Schlesinger Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This absorbing WWII drama features a trio of romances between American soldiers and British ladies. However, it's the attention to background details and cultural differences which provide the real meat here, rather than these couplings. Starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave and William Devane.

Yanks (1979)

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Georgy Girl (1966) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

A visually average but personality-rich young woman finds love in this breezy and hilarious 1960s British New Wave comedy-drama. Some dated attitudes don't spoil the fun here. Also starring Alan Bates, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling.

Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966)

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Charlie Bubbles (1968) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Albert Finney plays a successful screenwriter who never quite feels at home either amongst the moneyed classes in London or the working classes in Manchester. This strange comedy-drama also features Colin Blakeley, Billie Whitelaw and Liza Minnelli.

Albert Finney in Charlie Bubbles

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Age of Consent (1969) dir: Michael Powell Blu Ray (Indicator)

This little-seen Australian film from the twilight of Powell's career is a beautifully-filmed if occasionally awkward effort. Interesting performances by James Mason and Helen Mirren (the latter in her first major film role) feature in this adaptation of Norman Lindsay's controversial novel.

Helen Mirren in Age of Consent (1969)

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Shampoo (1975) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Warren Beatty plays a lothario hairdresser who juggles multiple girlfriends: Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant. As farce and satire, it doesn't really work as it should but there is some amusement to be had, along with Carrie Fisher in her movie debut.

Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975)

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Lucky (2017) starring Harry Dean Stanton Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Lucky is both a detailed final snapshot of a fine American character actor and a touching, often funny rumination on human mortality. With the inclusion of the excellent Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction documentary, Eureka’s release adds up to a fine package.

Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

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Rushmore (1998) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A creative high school student (Jason Schwartzman) and a jaded industrialist (Bill Murray) fall in love with the same English rose of a teacher (Olivia Williams) in Wes Anderson's eccentric and stylish, semi-autobiographical sophomore film.

Rushmore starring Jason Schwartzman

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The Odessa File (1974) starring Jon Voight (Indicator)

Ronald Neame's serviceable but rather talk-heavy adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's novel is worth watching mainly for the story, Voight’s performance and some tense moments of action. You'll never look at German subway trains the same way again.

Jon Voight in The Odessa File

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Apprentice to Murder (1988) Blu Ray (Arrow)

An adolescent Chad Lowe becomes enraptured by Donald Sutherland's Pow-wow faith healer in this interesting, if flawed, hard-to-pigeonhole period horror drama. Mia Sara also stars as Lowe's smart, seductive girlfriend.

Donald Sutherland in Apprentice to Murder

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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu Ray and DVD (Eureka!)

While based on an inaccurate source novel by Thomas E. Gaddis, this account of the lifelong prisoner and ornithologist Robert Stroud is an inspired piece of filmmaking from director John Frankenheimer, featuring one of Burt Lancaster's best performances and lots of scene-stealing birds.

Birdman of Alcatraz

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