Movie Releases for Tuesday 6/1

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Love Butcher (1975)

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A string of murders in a posh neighborhood has the police department stumped and the local press is breathing down their necks. Strangely, nobody notices that several victims share the same gardener, a bent, elderly man with a crippled arm named Caleb (Erik Stern, Assassination). Even though all of the murder weapons are lawn care tools, Caleb remains above suspicion. Of course, it isn't Caleb doing the killing, but rather his second personality, a confident, handsome younger brother named Lester (also played by Erik Stern) who Caleb turns into when he dons a toupee. That's when he seduces and then slashes his employers, most of whom heap insults and derision upon Caleb as he works. Lester dons a variety of disguises to "gain entry," employing false accents and charming patter to bed down his victims. The two personalities battle when alone, though, and one of them will eventually have to overcome the other. Richard Kennedy (Candy Tangerine Men), Robin Sherwood (Tourist Trap) co-star. Directed by Mikel Angel and Don Jones (The Forest).
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An all-woman rock quartet found the misfortune of blowing a tire between bar gigs becoming far, far worse after they're lured to an auto scrapyard... that doubles as a gladiator arena for yahoos lorded over by a demented "emperor" (Julian Richings). As each has an arm amputated-and is fitted with a prosthetic weapon-can they manage to turn the tables when they're forced to battle to the death? Out-there horror-actioner co-stars Michelle Argyris, Emily Alatalo, Kiriana Stanton, Chelsea Muirhead. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English
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Blue Lamp (1950)

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Taut British crime drama focuses on London police constables George Dixon (Jack Warner) and Andy Mitchell (Jimmy Hanley), with the seasoned, streetwise Dixon taking the green Mitchell under his wing. When Dixon is gunned down during a confrontation with a low-level thug (Dirk Bogarde), the young rookie becomes part of the expansive manhunt dedicated to tracking the killer down and seeing that he's put behind bars. With Robert Flemyng, Bernard Lee, Peggy Evans. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailers.
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In 1960, British machine parts salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) was approached by MI6 and the CIA to be an international contact for Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), a GRU officer wary of the Khrushchev regime's excesses. While the relationship provided America with intel critical to staving off the Cuban Missile Crisis, their perilous dealings would ultimately saddle both with a price. True espionage tale co-stars Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright. 112 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.