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The Missing Person (NR)

Strand Releasing

What'll it take to officially upgrade Michael Shannon's status from Oh yeah, that guy to Michael F*cking Shannon? If the Revolutionary Road Oscar nod couldn't seal the deal, maybe it's for Shannon's supporting-actor habit of showing up in movies just long enough to show all the other actors up. (See also World Trade Center, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Runaways.) But put him front and center, as writer-director Noah Buschel has in The Missing Person, and this apparently cliché-proof performer goes from redeeming individual films to resurrecting whole moribund genres. Here he's a private eye, hired to tail a man cross-country and return him to an abandoned post-9/11 New York life. Buschel hopes to push beyond easy neo-noir posturing, all the way back to the genre's roots in national-trauma hangover, and Shannon is the right man for that job. — Jonathan Kiefer

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T.A.M.I. Show: Collector's Edition (NR)

Shout! Factory

This is one film of the bygone rock 'n roll era that casual fans and purists alike have waited a long time for — and on legitimate release, no less! Widely regarded as the greatest concert film of all time, 1964's T.A.M.I. Show is a mind-blowing collection of the most stellar talent that rock ever produced, all on one stage in a set that rivals, even surpasses, Woodstock. You've got the slick swagger of Chuck Berry, the smooth sounds of Marvin Gaye, the sweet cheater anthems of Lesley Gore, the delightful wanna-Beatles songs of Gerry and the Pacemakers, the gleeful sand-in-my-shorts tunes of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean and, best of all, a heart-stopping, show-stealing appearance by the incomparable James Brown. His electrifying performance alone makes T.A.M.I. a true musical landmark and an absolutely seminal purchase. — Louis Fowler

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Beeswax (NR)

The Cinema Guild

The perils of adulthood and the legalese that comes with small-business ownership invade the typically insular, preening world of mumblecore in this pleasantly meandering turn from indie pioneer Andrew Bujalski. Jeannie and Amanda own a candy-colored vintage-clothing shop in (where else?) Austin, Texas, but Amanda is gone a lot and has checked out of the day-to-day operations. Jeannie, for reasons never made wholly clear, suspects Amanda's going to sue her. She enlists the counsel of ex-boyfriend Merrill, who's close to passing the bar exam and whose advice comes cheap and with tender sex as a value-added bonus. Kudos to Bujalski for allowing the tedium of entrepreneurship into his hipster verse; I only wish his characters would toughen up a bit in response. Nobody wants to see their lawyer running his fingers through his own hair all the time. — Justin Strout

The Thomas Crown Affair (Blu-ray) (R)

MGM Home Entertainment

A very serviceable remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen classic, this version of The Thomas Crown Affair, recently released on Blu-ray, amps up the story's sexy, romantic elements, with the action-packed heist-bits taking a backseat. Pierce Brosnan's Crown is an overly amorous, thrill-seeking billionaire — think James Bond without a license to kill — who, in the middle of his theft of a rare painting, finds himself embroiled in a tumultuous romance with a spitfire insurance investigator, played by the constantly nude Rene Russo. It's pretty silly stuff when you get right down to it, but director John McTiernan manages to make it all work, delivering a slick game of cat-and-mouse that is an entertaining couple of hours. All that being said, I'd still take McQueen over Brosnan any day. You'd be crazy not to. — Louis Fowler

Cocoon (Blu-ray) (PG-13)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Given that the film was originally released in 1985 — the last time I watched it, natch — it is completely amazing how well Ron Howard's Cocoon holds up. As a youth, I got the old-man boner jokes just fine, but I fully missed the whole meditation on mortality and human spirit, as any dumb kid would. Now as an adult who is on the threshold of adopting his own fatalistic mortality, I find a new, almost spiritual, meaning in the story about a cadre of senior citizens who befriend a group of aliens, giving them a new lease on life. Now available on Blu-ray, just in time for its 25th anniversary, Cocoon justifiably retains its classic status and proves, just like the movie's actors (Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn), that some things get better with age. — Louis Fowler


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