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Wilmington on DVD: That Hamilton Woman, Paul Newman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Few historical period dramas carry a greater romantic charge than Alexander Korda's glossy, flag-waving, deeply tragic and plushly erotic bio film That Hamilton Woman, on England's iconic naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Easy Virtue, Wagon Master, TCM horror, Next Day Air

Noel Coward's blithe, spirited, sexy '20s play, Easy Virtue, is not new to movies. This country manor comedy of good and bad manners was, in fact, somewhat indifferently adapted in 1927 by the young Alfred Hitchcock. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Disney Nature Earth, M*A*S*H, State of Play, Sugar

The original Planet Earth is one of the greatest, most beautifully photographed documentaries ever made. But this rapid-read edition is a still-stunning substitute if you're time-challenged. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Duplicity, Trouble the Water, Tyson, and Icons of Sci-Fi

Here's a quartet of actors who should get your motor running even if they were showing up for another movie about championship poker or for a bio-drama on Calvin Coolidge -- and Duplicity is high-grade, silky-smooth stuff, near the top of its class. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Class, Kagemusha, Hannah Montana, The Last House on the Left

This riveting film -- Palme d'Or winner at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival -- becomes a microcosm of current French society, its volatile divisions and surprising common grounds. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Katyn, Bye-Bye Braverman, I Love you Man, and 17 Again

War is hell, or at least purgatory. Few filmmakers have shown that as clearly as the 83-year-old Polish master Andrzej Wajda. Wajda, a sometime cinematic genius, is one of the last members left of the great international cinema generation that included Bergman, Fellini, Antonioni and Satyajit Ray, and he's also perhaps the very best of all Polish filmmakers, living or dead. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Soloist, Elvis on Ed, screwball comedy, Race to Witch Mountain

The Soloist may sound somewhat pretentious and condescending. But the writer, Susannah Grant, director Joe Wright, and especially the two superb leading actors -- Jamie Foxx, who plays Nathaniel, and Robert Downey Jr., who plays Steve -- elevate the film. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Repulsion, Anita O'Day, Powell and Keeler, and Fast and Furious

Repulsion, Roman Polanski's first English-language movie, and also the first of his many collaborations with the reclusive, brilliant French screenwriter Gerard Brach, is one of the scariest films ever and also one of the great '60s black-and-white film noirs. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Coraline, Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29, Watchmen, The Great Buck Howard

Other big-budget studio movie genres may often seem overblown and underthought, but feature animation still seems to be in a kind of modern Golden Age. That certainly goes for Henry Selick's Coraline: a delightful, sharp, whimsical, wittily imagined and wondrously executed feature cartoon for adults and the smarter or more sophisticated kids. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: 12, For All Mankind, John Gilbert, and The Haunting in Connecticut

12 is a modern Russian version of one of the great virtuoso American melodramas: writer Reginald Rose's teleplay-turned-movie-turned-stage play 12 Angry Men. >More
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