New Release Wall: ‘The Mule’ Trailer Will Definitely Make You Need to Poop

The Mule

What!? This looks so awesome! Visceral, suspenseful, gross, trimphant – and funny!  Could it be all those things at once? Leave it to the Australians – maybe it just can.  Justin Chang (Variety) wrote, “An excremental but hardly execrable Australian comedy-drama that plays like the klutzy, sheets-soiling stepbrother of ‘Maria Full of Grace.’”


Though probably not earth-shatteringly original (and a bit narratively manipulative), this film is steeped in the kind of real-life freedom and meaningful connectedness that I’ve been yearning for lately. William H. Macy directed this movie – and I just find Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin so appealing. And they sing and play guitars together! Can’t wait to see it.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Acclaimed by both critics and viewers, this film explores the life and work of Aaron Swartz, internet genius, founder of Reddit,  protest leader, maybe also – criminal? Leslie Felperin from The Guardian writes, “The film builds up a portrait of a brilliant, driven, complex young man who’s likely to be an iconic figure in the future, a sort of digital-age Che Guevara.”  In our world of controlled mass media, Twitter-driven revolution, and ongoing threats to net neutrality laws – it’s important to be reminded that we all have power, and it’s up to us how we use it.

Also out on DVD this week:

  • Lucy – Is it possible to have your mind both totally blown and numbed at the same time? Let’s check.
  • The Boxtrolls – Not as good as ParaNorman or Coraline, but apparently better than most kids stuff.
  • Annabelle – This movie sucks.
  • The Drop – See this movie! Seriously, why haven’t you seen it yet? Don’t you like puppies? Seriously, though, best Tom Hardy of the year, IMO.
  • The Zero Theorem – For the Terry Gilliam fans.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard –  This film gets mixed reviews, but everyone agrees that Shailene Woodley is wonderful, as always. I’m a big Christopher Meloni fan too.
  • The Green Prince – Check this one out. The Independent says: “Depending on your perspective, Nadav Schirman’s troubling documentary is either a story about heroism and friendship or a study in extreme treachery and bad faith.”
  • Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg – More like arts and farts and crafts. Just kidding, this is probably fun – it reminded me of how great The Stories We Tell is. Did you see that? It’s so good.


– betsy midnight

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