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Wilmington on DVD: The Dark Knight Rises, ParaNorman, Step Up Revolution

A visual marvel and a hellaciously exciting action movie, a show also full of doom, gloom, violence and unexpected poetry and emotion -- and very little humor of any kind -- The Dark Knight Rises is the latest movie incarnation, and one of the most numbingly spectacular, of the adventures of Bob Kane's legendary caped comic-book crime-buster Batman, a.k.a. rich guy Bruce Wayne. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Men in Black 3, Lawless, The Apparition

Movie sequels don't always work, and the bad ones tend to diminish our fonder memories of the originals. But a good sequel can increase our pleasure. Men in Black 3 is the third in the series that started back in 1997. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Queen of Versailles, Sparkle, Abraham Lincoln

Who are David and Jackie Siegel, and why were they building a house with 20 bathrooms modeled on the Palace of Versailles? And why did Lauren Greenfield (Thin) make a Sundance Festival award-winning documentary about them? The idea, I suppose, was to immortalize the Siegels in their hour of triumph: to show how two people from relatively humble origins could rise to the pinnacle of wealth and society. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Brave, Savages, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Watch

Brave is a beautifully visualized, funny, sometimes blisteringly exciting Pixar cartoon fairytale about a wee Scottish lassie who grows up into a feisty, flame-haired adventuress who shoots off great big arrows and battles bears and witches and boisterous clansmen. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Campaign, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Jay Roach's The Campaign, which is just a script or two shy of being a hilarious American political satire, imagines a no-holds-barred North Carolina congressional campaign in which unzipped right-wing Democrat Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) runs against doofus right-wing Republican (Zach Galifianakis). >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Moonrise Kingdom, That's My Boy, Chernobyl Diaries

Once upon a lovely little time that we'll never get back again and that most of us never knew, there was a boy "khaki scout" named Sam (played by Jared Gilman) and a choir girl named Suzy (played by Kara Hayward). And his scout troop and her choir were in separate camps or places on an island called Penzance. Sam and Suzy were young, no more than children really. But they behaved like adults -- just as the adults around them behaved like children. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Prometheus, Rock of Ages, Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, The Raven, Red Lights

Prometheus is Ridley Scott's first science fiction movie since Blade Runner three decades ago, and a prequel of sorts to his first science fiction picture, Alien (1979) -- and it shows how much the genre has missed him. It's a stunner -- a space epic that truly has an epic feel, a horror movie that's really horrifying, a science fiction show that doesn't skimp on either the science (or pseudo-science) or the fiction -- and an action film that's just as good or better between the action scenes. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Avengers, Dark Shadows

It's perfectly obvious that the people who made The Avengers -- especially Joss Whedon, who co-wrote and directed -- want to give us the ultimate comic-book super-hero epic movie. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Cabin in the Woods, The Babymakers

Some countries have massive oil deposits; some have huge veins of silver or gold. England is blessed with a large, constantly replenished reservoir of prime acting talent. A goodly number of those first-class English actors (seven) play sizable roles in the truly sparkling ensemble of the highly likable and engaging new British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Snow White and the Huntsman, Footnote, The Five-Year Engagement, What to Expect When You're Expecting, High School

Snow White and the Huntsman has one of the clunkiest movie titles around, and a lot of the movie is worthy of it. A wildly expensive and lushly produced new look at the Grimm Brothers fairy tale Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Kristen Stewart as Snow, the film manages to waste an interesting idea, a fitfully intelligent script, a very good cast (with a big juicy villainess turn by Charize Theron as the wicked queen) and hotshot production design and cinematography. >More
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