Upcoming Criterion Releases You Should Buy

The next few months contain a stellar lineup of fantastic films getting the Criterion Collection treatment on DVD/Blu-ray. Here are 3 that I’m especially excited about:

Hunger (dir. Steve McQueen, 2008): Before he played the suave British agent for Operation Kino in Inglourious Basterds, Irish actor Michael Fassbender turned in an unflinching performance as IRA member Bobby Sands in Hunger, one of my favorite films of 2008. Release date: February 16, 2010.

Summer Hours (dir. Olivier Assayas, 2009): My #2 film of 2009, this French film is a gorgeous, haunting meditation on art, objects, and the ways in which they interact with human lives lived in time. It’s not a flashy film and neither too-subtle nor too didactic, but it’s full of ideas and will make you think. Release date: April 20, 2010.

Ride With the Devil (dir. Ang Lee, 1999): This is my favorite Ang Lee film, and I’m delighted to see it being released by Criterion (a 13-minutes-added director’s cut no less!) In my opinion this stirring Civil War-set film features the best performances of Jeffrey Wright and Tobey Maguire, not to mention a surprisingly adept performance by Jewel. It’s also near and dear to my heart because it was shot in and around my hometown of Kansas City. Release date: April 27, 2010.

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