Criterion Corner is a Cinematical column dedicated to the wide and wonderful world of the Criterion Collection, and it will make you poor. Criterion Corner runs on the 2nd (or 3rd) and final Wednesday of each month. The first installment features reviews of Criterion's new releases, and the second includes an essay, a video countdown, and other fun stuff pertaining to Criterion culture. Follow @CriterionCorner & visit the Criterion Corner Tumblr for daily updates.

Welcome to another installment of the Criterion Corner, where the movies love you back. This is something of a curious month for Criterion, as the brand known for restoring and releasing classic films is making a bold grab for both contemporary movies and contemporary movie-lovers. Not only has Criterion announced a heartily requited romance with Hulu Plus, but their distribution deal with IFC Films has continued to pay off some rather outrageous dividends, as two of the best films of the last decade come to the Collection in style. But the pick of the month is reserved for a somewhat unsung American classic -- a stone cold masterpiece for which Criterion has put together one of their finest releases yet.

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