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Wilmington on DVD: Tangled, Fair Game, Safe...Not Sorry, Little Fockers

Tangled has a ripe, rounded, ultra-colorful look -- like the Pixar movies, it's both playful and expert -- and it's all about that sturdy Grimm Brothers lass, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and her 70 flabbergasting, glorious feet of golden hair and the huge imprisoning tower in which she's spent 18 claustrophobic years. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: I clowns, Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed, The Tourist

The Clowns is a sometimes neglected but truly delightful little film, bursting with glee. While not that well-known, the movie is Fellini's fondest, funniest tribute to art, to show business, and, above all, to the companies of clowns who romp and screech and slug each other and pratfall their way around all the circus sawdust and tinsel of all the world. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Hereafter, Last Tango in Paris, John Ford Westerns

Few moviemakers have divided American movie critics so rancorously as Clint Eastwood once did -- and maybe as he does again with his new picture Hereafter. Part of the reason is that we've know him as an actor and director so well for so long, that we tend to take his work personally. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Fighter, Inside Job, Jean Harlow, The Next Three Days, Dhobi Ghat

In The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg plays Micky and Christian Bale plays Dickie, and they're the classic pair-up of good-guy/prodigal-guy (half) brothers. Both are from working-class Lowell, Mass. Both are the sons of tough cookie Alice Ward (Melissa Leo). But they're way different. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: 127 Hours, Bambi, Faster, Burlesque

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is a great real-life survival story -- horrific and inspirational, stunningly crafted, and loaded with suspense, even though most of us already know all or part of the film's story, and most probably its shocking climax. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Fish Tank, You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger, Thelma and Louise, Megamind

Sometime an amateur actor can embody a role so thoroughly that we seem to be watching drama-turned-documentary-and-back-again. Katie Jarvis, the young nonprofessional whom Andrea Arnold picked to play the lead in her second feature film Fish Tank), is a case in point. We seem to be not so much watching her perform, as eavesdropping on her character. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Unstoppable, Amarcord, The Tillman Story

Unstoppable, a blow-you-out-of-your seat thriller about a runaway train, starts strong, hits the tracks fast, tears out the brakes, takes off like a shot, and then just keeps racing and accelerating. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Still Walking, Alien Anthology, Life As We Know It, You Again

No filmmaker ever made more exquisitely wrought and moving domestic movie dramas than Japan's Yasujiro Ozu -- his most loved and memorable being that sublime, beautifully observed and immaculately fashioned 1953 film tale of elderly parents and thoughtless children, Tokyo Story. But in Still Walking, Hirokazu Kore-eda comes close to matching the master. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Let Me In, Army of Crime, Conviction, The Naked Kiss

Matt Reeves' American remake of the widely praised Swedish kid-vampire movie Let the Right One In -- its title now shortened to Let Me In -- is not a bad movie, as modern vampire movies go. It's not unintelligent, crass or hokey. Nor is it a big fancy expensive gory-glossy-teen-romance like Twilight, or a mindless travesty like Vampires Suck. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Nowhere Boy, Secretariat, Shock Corridor, Red, Inspector Bellamy

Nowhere Boy is the emotional, touching story of the Liverpool youth of John Lennon, and his relationship with the two women who had the most profound influence on his young character: Lennon's aunt Mimi and his mother Julia. >More
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