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Bright Future

(Palm)

Framing a seemingly inexplicable act of violence as the natural outgrowth of everyday horror, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest may be the first film in cinema history to feature a jellyfish in a key supporting role.


End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

(Rhino)

The late Johnny makes the most memorable impression in this brisk, entertaining slice of New York’s punk past. Extras include additional interview footage of the original Ramones (including a radio chat with Joey) and of contemporaries Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry, and Chris Smith.


Stella Dallas

(MGM)

One of the all-time great Hollywood weepies, carried by Barbara Stanwyck’s bravura performance as the ultimate self-abnegating mother—the actress swings for the fences in every frame, but amazingly never goes over the top.


To Be or Not to Be

(Warner Bros.)

Pushing the limits of good taste in screen comedy, Ernst Lubitsch’s transgressive 1942 classic, in which a Polish theatrical troupe gets drawn into the anti-Nazi resistance, remains as striking today for its formal complexity as its bold choice of subject matter.