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A weird and wacky zombie movie arrives on demand

Matt Shiverdecker Special to the American-Statesman
Tilda Swinton stars in writer/director Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die," which is now on demand. [Contribued by Frederick Elmes/Focus Features]

Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming.

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"The Dead Don't Die": Over the last four decades, the films of Jim Jarmusch ("Only Lovers Left Alive") have displayed a fiercely independent spirit, no matter the subject matter. On the surface, he seems like the last person on Earth to make a zombie horror-comedy, but that is exactly what he has done here. Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny appear to be the entire police department of a rural Pennsylvania town that slowly has become invaded by the undead. You also have Tilda Swinton pulling off another totally bizarre, but wonderful character named Zelda who has taken over the local funeral home. Amusing cameos abound, including Iggy Pop, Carole Kane, Jarmusch's wife, Sara Driver, and alt-country troubadour Sturgill Simpson, who manages a hysterical recurring gag regarding the film's theme song. The droll humor of Jarmusch is not for everybody, but if you lean toward the weird and wacky, this is a fun ride. (Cable and digital VOD, available in 4K Ultra HD)

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"Tigers Are Not Afraid": Thousands of women and children have vanished across Mexico because of gang violence and the drug war, turning some small cities into ghost towns. Estrella's mother has disappeared, likely taken by the Huascas cartel who will sell her into slavery or worse. Knowing that she cannot stay on her own and fearing for her safety if she tries, Estrella heads out into the streets and joins a small gang of boys who are in the same situation. They are stronger in numbers but still hiding in fear. These other orphans don't take kindly to having a girl around, but she quickly proves herself and is allowed to stay. In the meantime, a stolen gun and cellphone means the Huascas are on the hunt for them. Everything you will read about this movie compares it to the early work of Guillermo del Toro, and there is good reason. Even at its most intense, there is an unmistakable element of innocence and fantasy here that alleviates some of the darker content. It's taken a long time for director Issa Lopez to get her story into the world. The movie had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2017 and received rave reviews, but didn't manage to secure distribution until now. It's been sold as a horror film and, in my mind, it fits the bill because it perfectly illustrates the terror wielded by the drug cartels and the impact they have had across Mexico through the eyes of children. (Shudder)

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