Coming Attractions | October Films of Note

Don't miss the essential The U.S. and the Holocaust from Ken Burns or several newly restored gems, including Lost Highway directed by David Lynch and The Rainmaker from Joseph Anthony. 

Arsenic and Old Lace. b/w. 118 min. Frank Capra, Criterion Collection. 1944. DVD UPC 715515277815. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515277716. $39.99. COMEDY

Cary Grant stars in this dark-humored, stage-based classic about two sweet old ladies (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) who serve poisoned vino to bachelor guests, mercifully putting them out of their lonely misery. Restored in high definition.

Bodies Bodies Bodies. 94 min. Halina Reijn, Lionsgate. 2022. Blu-ray/DVD UPC 031398336518. $39.99. Rated: R. THRILLER

A group of well-to-do Gen Z friends shelter at a remote mansion for a “hurricane party” that turns deadly when a card game leads to murder and a fight for survival. Think of a modernized Agatha Christie whodunit in this twist on an old formula.

Eve’s Bayou. 109 min. Kasi Lemmons, Criterion Collection. 1997. Blu-ray UPC 715515277914. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

“The summer I killed my father I was 10 years old…” This line opens Lemmons’s 1960s-era Southern gothic where a Black family in Louisiana frays following the infidelity of its patriarch (Samuel L. Jackson). This National Film Registry entry debuts in HD.

Flux Gourmet. 111 min. Peter Strickland, IFC Films. 2022. DVD UPC 014381148275. $27.99; Blu-ray UPC 014381148282. $28.99. COMEDY

Performance and culinary arts combine at an institute whose collective finds itself conflicted over pecking order, artistic bent, and other flashpoints. Rated “Fresh” at Rotten Tomatoes but also considered an acquired taste for open-minded viewers.

The U.S. and the Holocaust. 3 discs. 360 min. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein, PBS. 2022. DVD UPC 841887046763. $39.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887046770. $49.99. DOCUMENTARY

Combining the first-person accounts of Holocaust witnesses and survivors plus interviews with leading historians and writers, Burns’s latest miniseries explores the United States’ response to the momentous humanitarian crisis of the 20th century.

La Llorona. 97 min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. Jayro Bustamante, Criterion Collection. 2020. DVD UPC 715515278218. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515278119. $39.99. DRAMA

A former military dictator on trial for crimes against humanity in Guatemala is haunted by the enigmatic apparition of a weeping woman who reminds him of his atrocities against the Indigenous Mayan community in this politically tinged tragedy.

Lost Highway. 134 min. David Lynch, Criterion Collection. 1997. Blu-ray UPC 715515277617. $39.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

A jazz saxophonist (Bill Pullman) lands in jail accused of killing his wife (Patricia Arquette) before, inexplicably, being replaced in his cell by a mechanic (Balthazar Getty). So begins one of the strangest films in Lynch’s oeuvre. Restored in 4K.

The Rainmaker. 121 min. Joseph Anthony, Kino Lorber. 1956. Blu-ray UPC 738329260729. $24.99. DRAMA

A drought-ridden Depression-era Kansas town welcomes a charismatic con man (Burt Lancaster) who promises to bring rain while also convincing a local spinster (Katharine Hepburn), who’s desperate for a suitor, that she is beautiful. Restored in high-def.

Top Gun: Maverick. 130 min. Joseph Kosinski, Paramount. 2022. DVD UPC 032429343352. $27.99; Blu-ray UPC 032429343338. $34.99. Rated: PG-13. ACTION

Thirty years after he earned his wings, top navy aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is called upon to train a group of flight-school graduates for a risky mission in this year’s high-flying box office hit that also soared with most critics.

Watcher. 91 min. Chloe Okuno, IFC Films. 2022. DVD UPC 014381150469. $18.99; Blu-ray UPC 014381150476. $20.99. Rated: R. HORROR

A young American actress (Maika Monroe) moves with her husband to Bucharest where she is troubled by a stranger watching her from a nearby apartment building. Meanwhile, a serial killer whose method is decapitation is being sought by police.


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