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Life  The BBC and David Attenborough follow up the incredible series Planet Earth with this eleven-part epic, which will appeal to anybody who likes watching crystal-clear HD nature photography and/or lots of different animals having sex. The Discovery Channel version had narration by Oprah Winfrey, but this release will feature the original Attenborough audio track.

JUNE 1


Close-Up  Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami masterfully mixes reality and fiction in this film, which depicts a real-life incident involving a man arrested for impersonating director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The Criterion Collection edition includes two new follow-up documentaries, Kiarostami’s first feature film, The Traveler, and more.

JUNE 22


The Last Station  Remarkable performances abound in Michael Hoffman’s powerful biopic about the last months in the life of Leo Tolstoy. Christopher Plummer plays the aging abrasive author, James McAvoy plays his newly hired secretary in awe of the man and the politics surrounding him, and Helen Mirren is fierce as Tolstoy’s highly temperamental wife, Sofya.

JUNE 22


Bass Ackwards  With the intriguing documentaries Great Speeches from a Dying World and Walking to Werner under his belt, local filmmaker Linas Phillips makes his narrative feature debut with an introspective road movie that follows one man from Seattle to Boston in a busted VW bus.

JUNE 29


When You’re Strange  Living in Oblivion director Tom DiCillio weaves together rare and never-before-seen footage for his revealing documentary about the Doors. Johnny Depp narrates the band’s rise from obscurity, its tumultuous journey through the late ’60s, its song craft and the troubled life of front man Jim Morrison.

JUNE 29

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