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Wilmington on DVD: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Magician, Winnebago Man, Grown Ups, Love Ranch, Charlie St. Cloud

In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, smartly helmed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Michael Cera is playing, to kind-of-perfection, a goony-but-cute 22-year-old garage band bass player named Scott Pilgrim. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Toy Story 3, House, Paths of Glory, Douglas Sirk

Toy Story 3 is just what we've come to expect from Pixar: a brilliantly conceived and immaculately animated knockout of a family show, witty and scrumptious, moving and marvelous, and something that parents can enjoy every bit as much as their children undoubtedly will. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Winter's Bone, The Maltese Falcon, Sex and the City 2

Set in the backwoods, adapted by writer director Debra Granik (Down to the Bone) from a novel by Daniel Woodrell, Winter's Bone is the harsh-edged, heartfelt story of a 17-year-old girl, Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), who sees her fragile family begin to crumble when her dad disappears, forfeiting the bond pledged for his court appearance. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Nikita Mikhalkov, Predators

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, based on the 20th century classic novel by "B. Traven," is a 20th century classic movie as well, and, along with The Maltese Falcon, The Asphalt Jungle and The Man Who Would Be King," the best argument against critics who low-rate writer-director (and here for the first time, actor) John Huston. It's a superb movie, an inarguable classic, one of the great westerns, one of the best-ever literary adaptations, and one of the great Humphrey Bogart pictures: a lacerating, mesmerizing, eye-opening, pin-you-to-seat portrayal of greed and its consequences, hard as nails and warm as flesh. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Thin Red Line, How to Train Your Dragon, Harlow

Let's talk about a great American movie that has been somewhat underrated and neglected, and shouldn't be any more, not after this superb new Criterion two-disc release. The movie is Terry Malick's 1998 film of James Jones' The Thin Red Line. Bravo. Bravo again. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Mid-August Lunch, Louis Feuillade, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Mid-August Lunch is Gianni Di Gregorio's delicate, wry, brilliantly observed comic tale about a unemployed 50ish bachelor in Rome named Gianni (Di Gregorio). Gianni spends most of his day caring for his 93-year-old mother Valeria (played by Gianni's mother, Valeria De Fransiscis) -- cooking for her, helping her daily doings, reading Dumas' The Three Musketeers to her at night. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Killer Inside Me, Get Him to the Greek, Playing for Time, Iron Man 2

Ever since it first appeared as a paperback original novel in 1952, Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me -- the first-person deep-noir tale of a smooth-talking small-town Southern deputy sheriff and murdering bastard named Lou Ford -- has been a movie masterpiece waiting to happen. It's my unhappy duty to report that director Michael Winterbottom and screenwriter John Curran's movie of The Killer Inside Me is no masterpiece. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Robin Hood, Charade, Forbidden Planet, The Secret Behind Their Eyes, gangster classics, (Untitled)

Ridley Scott's and Brian Helgeland's new take on Great Britain's most popular heroic legend -- the centuries-old tale of the deadly archer/rebel and his merry men, defying authority, robbing the rich and rewarding the poor -- is unusual. Robin Hood is a film of stunning, gorgeous imagery and bloody, deadly action. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Crumb, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, Josef Von Sternberg, Prince of Persia

Alex Gibney's Casino Jack and the United States of Money is the amazing, genuinely scary and totally sobering story of Jack Abramoff, the supreme Republican lobbyist/dealmaker/moneyman, and also the poster child for a decade crazed by greed and contemptuous of rules, regulations and the problems of the common man and woman. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Solitary Man, L'Enfance Nue, Errol Flynn, MacGruber, Poirot

The thing that fascinates people about a serial seducer like Ben Kalmen, magnificently played by Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, is his speed of conquest. What could take the average man, even in our liberated society, several months or, at best, weeks to do -- sleep with the woman to whom he's attracted -- a great serial seducer can knock off in a single night. >More
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