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Wilmington on DVD: Lonely Are the Brave, The John Barrymore Collection, Knowing

Dalton Trumbo's favorite of all his screenplays, Lonely Are the Brave, is a stirring adaptation of Edward Abbey's Brave Cowboy -- a moving and exciting modern chase western, with Kirk Douglas as Jack Burns, an individualist modern cowboy on the run from a posse that includes helicopters, high-powered rifles and police radio. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Two Lovers, My Dinner With Andre, Barfly and Taxi Blues

Joaquin Phoenix, in various weird ways, has suggested that James Gray's Brooklyn romance Two Lovers may be his last movie as an actor. I hope he reconsiders and comes back. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Woodstock, Jack Lemmon, and Confessions of a Shopaholic

Both a great rock concert movie and a superb documentary on youth culture in the Vietnam War Years, Michael Wadleigh's Woodstock -- shot at the legendary 1969 Aquarian gathering at Max Yasgur's farm at Bethel, N.Y. (not the nearby Woodstock) -- brings back the era and all its pot-fumed tenderness, horror, humor, beauty, ugliness, and glorious absurdities, as few other movies can. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Seventh Seal, At the Death House Door, and Gary Cooper

The Seventh Seal is the quintessential Ingmar Bergman film, which -- along with his other major 1956-57 festival prize-winners, Smiles of a Summer Night and Wild Strawberries -- made his huge initial international reputation while also creating a new audience in the U.S. for art house cinema. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Gran Torino, Revolution Revisited, The International, Crossing Over

Clint Eastwood plays a Dirty Harry guy grown old in his latest movie Gran Torino. And, as we watch C.E.'s latest screen character in action -- a widower/misanthrope named Walt Kowalski battling a local street gang -- he makes us feel lucky. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Revolutionary Road, Defiance, He's Just Not That Into You, Taken

Revolutionary Road, which I've seen twice (for Oscar reasons), is a sometimes too distant, but often cuttingly ironic and despairing look at people trapped in the immaculately humdrum life of middle-class suburbia in the '50s. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: John Wayne, Zabriskie Point, Of Time and the City, New in Town

In El Dorado (in that '50s-'60s movie Western dreamland we know so well), aging sure-shot hero John Wayne, recovering drunk Robert Mitchum, cocky kid James Caan and colorful old coot Arthur Hunnicutt are besieged in the town jail by a corrupt rancher's hired guns, just as Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan once were in Howard Hawks' pop classic Rio Bravo. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Valkyrie, Andrei Tarkovsky, Paul Blart, Outlander, and Fanboys

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Ford's last great Western, is a visually spare, deceptive masterpiece, and it boasts the Casablanca of all movie Western ensemble casts -- a remarkable gallery, topped by friendly legends James Stewart and John Wayne, with Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance, the cattlemen's demonic enforcer, gunslinger and murderer. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Tell No One, A Grin Without a Cat, Czech Chillers, and Alexander Korda

In Tell No One, a somber provincial French pediatrician named Beck (Francois Cluzet) -- still tormented by the shocking murder on an idyllic lake, eight years earlier, of his lovely wife (Marie-Josee Croze) -- suddenly begins receiving emails that seem to be coming from the dead woman. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Wendy and Lucy, Science Is Fiction, and Last Chance Harvey

I liked Benjamin Button. It has a humanistic/historical sweep reminiscent of Forrest Gump (Eric Roth wrote both movies), and it has near-instant likeability, thanks to Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. >More
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