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More Than Honey, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Rutles: Anthology



More Than Honey (NR)

Kino Lorber

A serenity pervades this Markus Imhoof documentary, which examines the intricate life of pollinating honeybees as well as the deep mystery of their potentially catastrophic extinction-in-progress. While far less alarmist than Vanishing of the Bees — though not above employing an utterly fictional Einstein quote predicting the end of mankind within four years of bee wipeout — Imhoof's Herzog-like captivation with his subject is infectious, as is the film's lyrical appreciation that calls to mind other recent zen-docs like Buck and Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Featuring in-depth looks at international beekeeping methods, all with their own angles and degrees of success, Honey feels wide in scope where Vanishing was narrow, resulting in a panoramic view of a patchwork problem. For that, Imhoof's work hums with the same purpose-driven energy as the at-risk colonies at the film's heart. — Justin Strout


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (R)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

All the boys might love Mandy Lane, but everyone else can barely put up with her. Sitting on the shelf since 2006, this idiotic teen horror flick had every right to stay there, rotting into obscurity. It-girl Amber Heard is the titular Lane, a former ugly duckling who comes back to school bursting out of her shirt after a presumably great summer. She's the object of desire for every guy in school and the popular kids all want to be her best friend. But when she's invited to a super-exclusive party at a ranch in the middle of nowhere, the drunk and horny teens end up getting slaughtered by a figure in a hoodie. Red herrings abound, but when the twists are revealed, no one is surprised, as it's all been seen hundreds of times in marginally better films before. Mandy Lane is a lazy and uninspired slasher that only the most vapid horror devotees can make room for in their heart. — Louis Fowler


The Rutles: Anthology (NR) (Blu-ray)


In 1978, one of the greatest comedy moments ever witnessed occurred on NBC television. Those who saw it would forever be influenced enough by it to quote it incessantly to dumbfounded friends. It's the rock-mockumentary The Rutles: All You Need is Cash, a collaboration between early-era SNL and late era-Monty Python that riotously takes the piss out of, while deftly playing tribute to, the Beatles. Led by Eric Idle, the Pre-Fab Four comedically traipse around the world in this alternative-universe answer to the lads from Liverpool, with one hilariously accurate song parody after another mingling brilliantly with accurately portrayed footage of the boys on the Ed Sullivan Show or their feature film Yellow Submarine Sandwich. Casual fans might love it for the gags, but Beatles fanatics will adore it, absorbing the in-joke status the way those did the night it first aired. — Louis Fowler

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