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Wilmington on DVD: A Christmas Tale, Zorro, Terminator Salvation, Night at the Museum 2

The Vuillards -- the central family and focal point of Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale -- are a bourgeois French clan, boisterous and lively on the surface but seething underneath with dark secrets, resentments and little tragedies. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Three Monkeys, Golden Age TV, Angels & Demons, Funny People

In Three Monkeys, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the brilliant Turkish cineaste (Distant, Climates), whose exquisite visual tableaus, minimalist plots and flair for long dramatic silences irresistibly recall the heyday of Michelangelo Antonioni, here offers more plot than usual, in the film that won him the "Best Director" prize at the Cannes Film Festival. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Gone With the Wind, The Exiles, Star Trek, My Sister's Keeper

Like the flawed but spectacular Margaret Mitchell novel from which it derives, the movie Gone With the Wind has never lost its power to enthrall and bewitch. Producer David O. Selznick's phenomenal film, can still, like Mitchell's saucy and unconquerable heroine, Scarlett O'Hara, seduce or bulldoze almost all before it. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Up, Wings of Desire, holiday classics, The Ugly Truth, Mamma Mia!

Up flies us right up into those magical realms of sky, flight and fantasy that Judy garland's Dorothy traveled, in her Kansas twister ride to Oz, and that little Pascal Lamorisse was whisked off to by his air force of Parisian balloons at the end of The Red Balloon. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: North by Northwest, Food, Inc., noir classics, The Taking of Pelham 123

North by Northwest is Alfred Hitchcock's great romantic/comedy/thriller -- with Cary Grant at his witty, seductive, impeccable best as "wrong man" Roger Thornhill, an overly smug Madison Avenue adman who gets mistaken for an elusive spy. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Il Divo, Z, Sam Fuller, Ice Age 3, Whatever Works, Orphan

Veteran Italian actor Toni Servillo's craggy wise-hood face -- as impassive and immobile as a dentist staring into your mouth or a panther regarding its prey -- is at the center of a jaw-dropping whirlpool of bloody events and political crime, portrayed or exposed in Il Divo, subtitled The Extraordinary Life of Giulio Andreotti. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Monsoon Wedding, Dusan Makavejev, Transformers 2, Cheri

Monsoon Wedding, Mira Nair's joyous movie about a wedding in Delhi -- constantly disrupted by family squabbles, sudden crises, covert romantic interludes, cultural clashes among the guests, dark buried secrets erupting to the surface and finally, a full-blown monsoon rainfall, not to mention a musical climax that outdoes Bollywood -- is both her most popular film and her best. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Natural Born Killers, Drag Me to Hell, Gaumont, The Proposal

Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone's mad-dog-violent "love on the run" neo-noir, one of the most controversial movies of the '90s, may get better and better every time you see it in a new release. But that doesn't mean it still couldn't use some improvement. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Chinatown, Anvil!, A Hard Day's Night, My Life in Ruins

No matter what you think of Roman Polanski and his current arrest and extradition problems, the director's 1974 private eye classic Chinatown is still a masterpiece of film neo-noir. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Wizard of Oz, Monsters vs. Aliens, Away We Go

Some movies appeal to just about everybody -- like the heart-stoppingly entertaining and wonderful 1939 musical that MGM made out of L. Frank Baum's American fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz, now released in a deluxe 70th anniversary DVD edition by Warner. >More
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