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Wilmington on DVD: A Star Is Born, Nagisa Oshima, Green Zone, Remember Me

Judy Garland had been in Hollywood semi-disgrace for several years, when she made the 1954 George Cukor version of A Star Is Born. After all these years, Star remains a moving and beautifully made movie, with incredible stories behind it. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Collapse, The Fugitive Kind, Bob Hope, The Book of Eli

This mesmerizing documentary Collapse from Chris Smith (An American Movie) may scare the living hell out of you. At the very least, it will spur you to think of things and speculations we've been too often been derelict in facing -- especially the current financial crisis, which could become even worse, and the impending massive change on our planet, when, inevitably, we finally use up our finite oil supplies. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Shutter Island, the Three and Four Musketeers, From Paris With Love

Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island is a horror movie for aficionados who've had their fill of the current psycho-splatter norm. From its first sights and sounds -- the crashing Krzysztof Penderecki chords that cue its classical/modernist soundtrack, and the first sight of the island itself, looming out of the gray day as a ferry slowly approaches it -- this movie announces itself as something different, more classic, even Kubrickian. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Alice in Wonderland, The Sun, Spartacus, The Wolfman

Tim Burton has made another of his goofy-giddy visual marvels out of Lewis Carroll's oft-filmed classic Alice in Wonderland. And while I think his movie does lose some of the delicately loony spirit of the original -- as well as much of its scrumptious nonsense and poetry -- that doesn't matter as much as you might think. There are compensations. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Road, Walkabout, Sinatra, Dear John

The Road is another adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel, and if not as good as the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, it's even bleaker and more violent. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Invictus, The Messenger, Apocalypse Now Redux, Valentine's Day

Clint Eastwood's Invictus brings to life an extraordinary true story that took place during Nelson Mandela's first year as president -- following the 1995 run for glory of the Springboks, South Africa's long-mediocre, mostly white national rugby team, that, backed and encouraged by Mandela, made an improbable charge to the finals of the world cup rugby championship series. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: M, Edge of Darkness, Kurosawa, Legion

Fritz Lang's great, hair-raising 1931 German crime thriller M was the masterpiece of his career and remains the true filmic father of all film noir. This new Criterion Blu-ray edition, a masterpiece of DVD production, belongs in the collection of every true movie-lover. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Nine, Lola Montes, Leap Year, Play the Game, Tooth Fairy

8 1/2, Federico Fellini's 1963 mega-classic about a movie director's inner life and outer turbulence, is a masterpiece born of apparent chaos. Rob Marshall's movie musical Nine, adapted from the Broadway hit inspired by 8 1/2, is closer to chaos born of a masterpiece. That doesn't mean it's not entertaining. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Letters from Fontainhas, It's Complicated, Reefer Madness

I'm generally partial to Terry Gilliam, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, beset by catastrophe, during which star Heath Ledger died in mid-shoot, shows just how ingenious, and how wildly imaginative, director Gilliam can be. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Avatar, Crazy Heart, the Talmadge sisters

Avatar, James Cameron's planet-shaking, moon-rocking, eco-worshiping, dragon-riding new science fiction fantasy epic-and-a-half, may not be a perfect movie. But it's sure as hell an incredible experience. >More
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