Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams - neither of whom has ever been better - play a married couple whose disinterest in each other is all that keeps them from divorce. He goads her into dropping off their kid and spending the weekend holed up in a shitty motel, maybe so they can reconnect and get things back on track. Director Derek Cianfrance occasionally jumps back in time to before they met, to the moment they fell in love and to the seismic event that cemented their relationship. At these lovely, messy intervals, Gosling and Williams simply glow, but the way Cianfrance and his actors show, not tell, the ensuing destruction is a revelation. (available now)
Special Features: Audio commentary, deleted scenes, featurette
You remember Cropsey, right? The "real-life Blair Witch Project" from a few years ago that turned out to be just a really well-made, thoughtful documentary about a horrific murder, societal dysfunction and Geraldo Rivera? Well, it's finally available on DVD, so you can watch it from the comfort of your safe, locked home. (Is it locked? Double-check.) Yes, it's that unsettling. Directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio grew up in Staten Island, where rumors of an ax-wielding boogeyman, Cropsey, haunted their dreams. The town's worst fears came true in 1972 when Rivera exposed a terrifying mental asylum, its questionable practices and its connection to serial child killer Andre Rand. As the filmmakers attempt to get to the heart of Rand's case, they expose a heart of darkness at the center of Rand's trial and the town itself. (available now)
Special Features: None
When his pregnant fiancee is raped and killed, a determined agent of South Korea's secret service (Lee Byung-hun) elects to play a grisly game of catch-and-release with the culprit, rather than kill him outright. Director Kim Jee-woon is a modern master of tone and technical prowess, and he strings us along, lacing the proudly excessive violence with a wickedly dark sense of humor, and grounding it with a genuinely conflicted sense of morality. The two leads play off of one another with vicious chemistry as we witness a riveting confrontation between dwindling good and limitless evil. (available now)
Special Features: Making-of documentary, director interview
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