A quick glance at DVD Journal's handy "Release Calendar" and it's easy to see that David Lynch's Inland Empire is the indie pick of the week. Cinematical will have more on the film later today, but let me draw your attention to other worthy titles. Your Life in 65begins on a lazy Sunday. A young man named Dani (Javier Pereira) and his friends meet in a park and while away the time until a newspaper obituary catches Dani's eye. Someone with the same name as an old schoolmate has passed away, prompting speculation that begins with bemusement and turns more serious when the gang decides to stop by the memorial service. Albert Espinosa's script, based on his own play, is exceptionally well-written, and director Maria Ripoll is smart enough to allow breathing space for words and actions. Look for the DVD from Strand Releasing.

Another Spanish-language film based on a play, The Methodmight remind you of David Mamet, circa House of Cards, in the intricacy and speed of its silver-tongued characters and the gamesmanship on display in the twisting plot. A small group of job applicants gathers in a conference room. They are the finalists in the cutthroat competition for an executive position, but will they do anything to get the job? Highly entertaining with a distinctly amoral perspective, The Method features an excellent cast, with the great Eduardo Noriega headlining; Marcelo Piñeyro directed. Palm Pictures is the distributor. Cinematical's Matt Bradshaw wrote about the trailer in May and included it in his post.

Doc fans have a well-recommended trio of new releases to consider. When Jette Kernion saw Doug Block's 51 Birch Street at South by Southwest in 2006, she noted that "the film had an emotional effect on many audience members." God Grew Tired of Us won the Grand Jury Documentary Prize at Sundance in 2006, while Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars focuses on musicians in a refugee camp who play music while awaiting possible repatriation to their native land. I saw it at AFI Fest in 2005; it's a fine, inspiring showcase for the infectious rhythms of the group's music.
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