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Wilmington on DVD: Changeling, more Eastwood, Body of Lies, and Flash of Genius

I feel right at home in an Eastwood movie when one of his outsiders stands alone against a sadistic mob, where one of his solitary mavericks is surrounded by corruption and has to fight improbably back. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Miracle at St. Anna, F.W. Murnau, W., Soul Men, and Blindness

Spike Lee's new World War II picture Miracle at St. Anna, about the fantastic/tragic adventures of four black Buffalo Soldiers in a small Tuscan village behind Nazi lines, is exactly the kind of large-scale, personal, deeply ambitious American movie we don't see enough of these days: humanistic, literate, a story with epic breadth, historic scope and a wealth of fascinating characters, excellently acted and beautifully shot. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Being There, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Turner classics, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

The favorite movie role of that master of funny accents and multiple personalities, Peter Sellers, was not, as you might think, Inspector Clouseau, Lolita's Clare Quilty, Fred Kite of I'm All Right, Jack, or Dr. Strangelove & Company, but instead the sad, strange little man that the great British comic actor plays in Hal Ashby's 1979 classic Being There: Chance the gardener, a.k.a. Chauncey Gardiner. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Mary Poppins, The Pink Panther, The Lucky Ones, and Sidney Poitier

Julie Andrews, foolishly barred from repeating her greatest stage role, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, by Jack Warner's insistence on casting non-singing legend Audrey Hepburn as the flower girl Galatea, got her Oscar-winning consolation prize in Mary Poppins: an also-loverly star role in this bright, juicy, toweringly good-natured Disney family musical, partly animated and based on the beguiling children's books about a tart, magical London nanny by P.L. Travers. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Magnificent Obsession, George Wallace, Max Payne, The Express, and City of Ember

Douglas Sirk is famous for his impeccably stylish, inwardly mad '50s domestic melodramas, mostly made for Universal and producer Ross Hunter. And none of them is madder or more stylish than Magnificent Obsession, a remake of the 1935 Universal hit based on the 1929 Lloyd C. Douglas novel, and directed by John M. Stahl. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Appaloosa, Funny Face, and Rossellini

From now on, will Woody Allen have to exile himself from his own movies to get great reviews? Just like Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a film with no speaking part for Allen. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Pineapple Express, Europa, Carmen Jones, Righteous Kill, and I, Claudius

Just when I was beginning to get a little tired of the Judd Apatow movie gang -- a malaise started wafting about halfway though Step Brothers -- along comes Pineapple Express. I haven't laughed this hard at a movie comedy since Sideways -- a better, less messy picture which has a similar strategy: the total immersion of two intoxicated buddies in a nightmare of dangerous consequences and unraveling good times. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The best releases of 2008

To everyone in Madison, a city I love and miss: Here are my top tens this year for both DVD singles and box sets. Here's hoping the next eight years will be better than the last -- and that the movies will help. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Studio One, Hamlet 2, The House Bunny, The Women, and Death Race

Almost no television show epitomized the so-called Golden Age of live TV drama as much as Studio One -- which presented to American audiences everywhere within reach of a TV signal on Monday night a golden decade of quality live original theater from 1948 to 1958. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Burn After Reading, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and Mamma Mia!

In Burn After Reading, their first move after the career high point of No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers take a satiric slash at several subjects that Americans often take very seriously indeed -- including politics, sex, spying and physical fitness. >More
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