January Highlights

This month's highlights PLUS: Genre movies to add to your Netflix queue this month.

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Genre movies to add to your queue this month


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
DVD Release Date: January 25, Music Box Films Home Entertainment
Those of you who have been swept away by Stieg Larsson’s popular book series—and, really, by now, who hasn’t?—need the sense of closure from this third (and final) film of the Millennium Trilogy. Definitely go for the Swedish version of the films: Sweden’s Noomi Rapace has received all-out raves for her portrayal of hacker Lisbeth Salander—better than any starlet David Fincher can dredge up for his upcoming American versions of the series.


DVD Release Date: January 4, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
If you miss those exploitation films of yore and are looking for something over-the-top to watch, well, Machete lives up to its name. It started off as a spoof—a fake trailer created for the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino joint venture Grindhouse—but Rodriguez and a co-director decided to try and make a real movie that lived up to the trailer’s promise of big blades, big guns, and big explosions. The grizzled Danny Trejo is a perfect match for his revenge-seeking ex-Federale character.


The Naked Kiss and Shock Corridor
DVD Release Date: January 18, Criterion Collection
From the always top-notch Criterion Collection comes a pair of films from master director Samuel Fuller. The Naked Kiss is another one of those tales in which there’s trouble brewing in a seemingly idyllic suburb—and Constance Towers plays an ex-prostitute who uncovers it. Shock Corridor provides another uneasy tale, in which a reporter has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a crime—and his own sanity. Both DVDs come with cool artwork from cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World).


Justified: The Complete First Season
DVD Release Date: January 25, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Who knows grit better than Elmore Leonard? This FX series adapts and expands one of Leonard’s stories, “Fire in the Hole,” into a 13-episode first season. Justified follows Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal who gets transferred from glamorous Miami to the eastern Kentucky county where he grew up, where there are plenty of bad guys and loose strings for him to tie up. Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) steps into the role of Givens—and man, does he look good in a cowboy hat (if that’s your thing).




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