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Wilmington on DVD: Me & Orson Welles, Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Harry Brown, Marmaduke

In Me and Orson Welles, Richard Linklater takes on a highly ambitious subject that really, really appeals to me -- a portrayal of the astonishing youthful theatrical triumphs of the 22-year-old Welles, his adroit and urbane (and long-suffering) producer John Houseman, and of their ingenious, experimental 1937 Mercury Theater production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Ajami, Black Orpheus, Hamlet, The Back-up Plan, The Square

Ajami, Israel's nominee for the 2009 foreign-language film Oscar is an engrossing realistic thriller with convincing characters and a real background: the mixed Jewish, Arab-Muslim and Arab-Christian communities of Ajami, a neighborhood of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The City of Your Final Destination, Chicago, Sacha Guitry

In The City of Your Final Destination -- maybe the last of the lovably old-fashioned, classically constructed, deeply literate and beautifully wrought Merchant Ivory films, in the string that began back in 1963 with The Householder -- we are in Uruguay, in a very-lived-in and sunnily attractive hacienda, a place called Ocho Rios. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Date Night, James and the Giant Peach, Kim Novak, The Joneses

Steve Carell and Tina Fey make a great movie comedy couple in Date Night -- even though they're handicapped by the movie's often trivial formula script. Playing a nice suburban hubby-and-wife accidentally set loose in a wild and crazy urban underworld, they're loose and sharp and totally in command. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Sweetgrass, A Prophet, The Ghost Writer, Buster Keaton, Kick-Ass

In Sweetgrass, we see the last summer pasturing of the vast sheep herd that once belonged to the Allested ranch in Big Timber, Montana -- thousands of sheep blanketing the mountain slopes and valleys, ranging freely over the green grass and past the rushing rivers and under the high blue sky, surging like some white snowy river itself, with that entire tumbling, rippling, slowly moving mass of animal life itself cared for and guided by just two lone sheepmen in cowboy hats on horseback, with their alert and tireless sheepdogs loping alongside. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Clash of the Titans, The Secret of the Grain, Yasujiro Ozu, The Art of the Steal, Repo Men, Fanboys

The Kraken, Medusa, Pegasus and the lobster monsters are smashing successes in director Louis Leterrier's lavish remake of Clash of the Titans -- the 1981 Ray Harryhausen mythological epic. But the people and the gods could use a little more work. That's a typical story for a big-studio fantasy blockbuster: great CGI, great effects and action, but obvious characters spouting, in this case, predictable mytho-gibberish. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Vincere, The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, Ride with the Devil, Elvis, Cop Out, The Losers, The Runaways

Marco Bellocchio's Vincere is grandly ambitious and often stunningly beautiful: a lushly visualized and brilliantly stylish operatic bio-drama about an edgy, difficult subject: the unlikely tragedy of Benito Mussolini's spurned lover/maybe wife Ida Dalzer, his neglected, rejected son, Benito Albino Mussolini, and the brutal Il Duce's barbarous neglect and mistreatment of them both. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The White Ribbon, A Single Man, Steamboat Bill, Jr., Mystery Train

In The White Ribbon, this year's Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, we're taken to a small village in Northern Germany, before the onslaught of World War I and the modern age. A mysterious crime wave breaks out in the seemingly staid, church-going, God-fearing community. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Yesterday Girl, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brooklyn's Finest

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a terrific, smart Swedish mystery thriller based on one of the late Steig Larsson's posthumous blockbuster novels; this one is about Nazis, serial killers and cold-case murder mysteries on an isolated island. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: When You're Strange,Close-Up, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hot Tub Time Machine

The Doors' story -- keying on Morrison's sad, indulgent rise and fall -- is one of the great show-biz cautionary chronicles, and it's very well-told here. This is one of the best of all rock movies -- a mix of wonderful songs and performances, with incredible concert and backstage footage. >More
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