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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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Jake Speed (1986) starring Wayne Crawford Blu Ray (Arrow)

This semi-parodic homage to archetypal paperback heroes and Indiana Jones-style adventures has some neat touches but suffers from weak execution and a lack of likeable characters. John Hurt has fun as the villain but, for the most part, Jake Plod would have been a more apt title.

Karen Kopins and Wayne Crawford in Jake Speed

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Marty (1955) starring Ernest Borgnine Dual Format (Eureka!)

This Paddy Chayefsky-penned, Delbert Mann-directed tale of an Italian-American bachelor is a well-acted and heartfelt movie despite a few dated aspects. Oscar-winning Ernest Borgnine gives one of his finest and most multilayered performances here.

Betsy Blair and Ernest Borgnine in Marty

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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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Breathless (1983) starring Richard Gere Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Jim McBride’s American remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s French arthouse classic is like daubing a cathedral with lively street art. It’s sacrilegious, to be sure, but in a way that is fascinatingly off-kilter and a hell of a lot of fun.

Valérie Kaprisky in Breathless

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Something Wild (1986) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Jonathan Demme's sensual, freewheeling genre blend is a hugely enjoyable paean to the eternal appeal of the bad girl or boy. It features memorable, Golden Globe-nominated performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta as well as some truly unexpected use of music.

Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels Something Wild

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Wolf (1994) Blu Ray (Indicator) starring Jack Nicholson

Mike Nichols' classy take on the werewolf genre features some smart writing and fine performances but falls flat when it's trying to be a straight horror film.

Jack Nicholson in Wolf

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Miracle Mile (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Steve De Jarnatt's uncompromising cult classic apocalyptic thriller starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.

Fateful phone call in Miracle Mile


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Into the Night (1985) Blu Ray & DVD (101 Films)

A dual format release of John Landis's largely-forgotten, cameo-heavy 1985 nighttime comedy thriller starring Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Aykroyd and David Bowie.

Michelle Pfeiffer is cute in Into the Night


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Stormy Monday (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Mike Figgis's debut is a Monday morning drudgery of a movie.

Newcastle Noir in Stormy Monday

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