March 2018

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David Simon & George Pelecanos return to the small screen with The Deuce—show that chronicles the rise of the porn industry in New York City in 1971–72, driven by the gradual legalization of porn and a politically motivated effort to ‘clean up’ Times Square. Seizing the chance to cash in on the nascent porn business (and sometimes being consumed by it) are a vivid assortment of characters, including: Vincent Martino (James Franco), a bartender with vision and connections, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-managed prostitute, looking to get off the danger of the streets with a new career in porn filmmaking; pimps, hos, cops, journos, politicians—a gritty investigation of all the grey areas you’d expect from the team that brought you The Wire & Treme.

A bargain collection from the kings of comedy chaos—missing necklaces, stolen paintings, a quartet of stowaways, football recruits, shady guests, musicians, spies, Rufus T. Firefly über alles—including poor Margaret Dumont. Plus a feature-length documentary about the Marx Brothers and their meteoric rise as Hollywood’s masters of comedic mayhem, featuring interviews with the Marx family, Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett, filmmakers & historians.

This remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood vehicle, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured Union soldier, who then cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. Sofia Coppola was awarded Best Director at Cannes (the second woman to win best director in Cannes 71 year history— the last was Russian director Yuliya Solntseva in 1961, who won for her dramatic retelling of grassroots resistance to the Nazi movement in the Soviet Union).

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.

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