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    'Bellflower' is Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Evan Glodell's "Bellflower" is the sort of indie success story that many filmmakers dream of but few achieve. A first-time director and a team of unknowns make it to Sundance with an incendiary film that gets people talking. But approaching this film as the too-familiar Cinderella...

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    From X-Men, to Keira Knightley in Love, A Wealth of DVDs

    You know that feeling of overload when too many big fall films arrive at once? Today is one of those days for DVD and streaming video, as many of spring and summer’s best movies arrive.

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    Separating Art From Gossip: Mel Gibson in "The Beaver" On DVD

    There's celebrity and then there's art, which means you don't have to be a Mel Gibson apologist to appreciate his stunning performance in The Beaver. (Public opinion might be swinging back his way, but that's a different conversation.)

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    The Conspirator on DVD: Robert Redford and James McAvoy Breathe New Life Into History

    Robert Redford’s taut, atmospheric drama The Conspirator arrives on DVD and VOD today, offering a second chance to discover a film that is far more than a disguised history lesson about the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln.

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    Javier Bardem's Oscar-Nominated Role: Biutiful on DVD

    No one actually expected Javier Bardem (or anyone other than Colin Firth) to win the Oscar for Best Actor, but Bardem’s nomination for Biutiful was an unlikely, supremely deserved triumph anyway. In what may be his best performance to date (that’s saying a lot) he is extraordinarily subtle and movi...

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    DVD: Sofia Coppola's Lovely "Somewhere," One of 2010's Best

    Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere won the Golden Lion, the main prize, at the Venice Film Festival in September, but when it was released in December the small-scale film seemed to get lost in the flood of louder, more crowd-pleasing awards-bait movies. This Hollywood story of an actor getting to know his 1...

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    DVD: Kevin Spacey At His Best as Corrupt, High-Flying Lobbyist

    In Casino Jack, Kevin Spacey gives the kind of performance few actors can: he's both satiric and believable as Jack Abramoff, the D.C. lobbyist who befriended and bought off Congressmen, duped Indian casino-owners, and eventually landed in prison. The film, directed by George Hickenlooper (who died ...

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    DVD: "Upstairs, Downstairs," the Series Everyone Steals From

    Before there was Gosford Park or the recent hit series Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs, the 1970’s series that created the template for masters and servants mingling on screen, wearing fussy Edwardian clothes, getting into all sorts of scandalous adventures, from a servant with dirty ...

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    Best Fairy Tale Films For Grownups

    Fairy tales for grownups are everywhere, fraught with love, sex and menace. Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, wonderfully cast with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, arrives next week. Catherine Breillat's smart revision of Sleeping Beauty opens in July. (Here's my review from the French film f...

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    "Kings of Pastry": Hegedus and Pennebaker In a Different Kind of War Room

    The great documentary team of Chris Hedegus and D A Pennebaker have made enormously influential films like The War Room, which changed the way we see political theater. But they also have a taste for lively, entertaining docs like their latest, Kings Of Pastry, a delightful bon-bon of a film which s...

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