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Wilmington on DVD: The Sacrifice, X-Men: First Class, Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, Your Highness

In the mid-1980s, Andrei Tarkovsky, the greatest Russian cinema artist of the post-war era, traveled to Sweden to make what proved to be his last film, The Sacrifice. With a cast and crew drawn partly from Ingmar Bergman's regular film company and repertory troupe, this is a hypnotic, lovingly wrought drama of an artist who stares into the abyss and tries to stave off death. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Cul-de-Sac, Hanna, Paul, Mars Needs Moms, Despair

Roman Polanski's Cul-de-Sac -- one of the great English-language films of the '60s and a classic of neo-noir -- begins with a long, still shot of a car on a road in a nearly empty landscape. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Win Win, Poetry, The Killing

Paul Giamatti has that look -- you know the one -- the look of a guy who has few illusions left, and who finds himself in a world where dreams are dying, and in his own way, rages, rages against the dying of that light, the dying of those dreams. Or at least gives them a sour glance and a nasty crack or two. Still, if you want a little hometown glory in this fouled-up world, there's always high school sports. In the case of Win Win, it's high school wrestling. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Big Lebowski, Eddie Murphy, Dirty Harry

The Big Lebowski, that class-by-itself, goofball masterpiece by the Coen Brothers -- once damned as a shiftless, bone-lazy movie that went nowhere slow, now hailed (rightly) as one of the great cult or un-cult movies of the '90s, the '80s the '70s or whatever -- is a fabulously funny and edgily dark comic movie tribute to the time-wasters and layabouts and oddballs of the world. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Rio, Braveheart and Gladiator

Rio is a big, coruscatingly colorful feature-cartoon love-letter to Rio de Janeiro from Brazilian director/writer Carlos Saldanha (director and co-director on the Ice Age movies) -- and it's full of spectacular computer-cartoon images of Saldanha's legendary city of samba, aswarm with funny animals acting wild and crazy in Carnival time. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Potiche, Some Like It Hot, Naked, Limitless

A few words about Potiche: Catherine Deneuve is still beautiful at 67. Gerard Depardieu, still tremendous at 62, has grown as immense as Brando (in girth as well as talent). Both still hold the screen casually and with real brilliance, though Depardieu, if he keeps this up, may soon burst the boundaries of even an IMAX screen. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer, The Makioka Sisters, Vera Cruz, Arthur, Promised Lands

Los Angeles as the city on wheels -- as a supreme car community, with a highly mobile and highly motorized citizenry -- gets the lawyer that it probably deserves in Matthew McConaughey's Mick Haller, star mouthpiece of director Brad Furman's classy, okay neo-noir The Lincoln Lawyer. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: 13 Assassins, The Cocoanuts, Season of the Witch, Hobo With a Shotgun

13 Assassins, directed by Takashi Miike, is a samurai battle movie deluxe. It has moody landscapes, blistering action, and a great cast, especially Koji Yakusho as the brave, just warrior Shinzaemon, Masachika Ichimura as Shinzaemon's old friend and Shogunate counterpart Hanbei, and pretty-boy rocker Goro Inagaki as the homicidal madman heir Naritsugu. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: Kiss Me Deadly, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Sucker Punch

Something went dark and sour and more than a little crazy in American culture in the post-World War II era. And more than a little of it comes bubbling up like hell-froth in Robert Aldrich's and A.I. Bezzerides' hard-boiled, high-style masterpiece Kiss Me Deadly, one of the great film noirs of the '50s. >More
 Wilmington on DVD: The Adjustment Bureau, The Eagle, Zazie dans le Metro, Pale Flower

In The Adjustment Bureau, a rising young liberal congressman named David Norris (Matt Damon), running for the U.S. Senate and on a fast track to the White House, blows his chances when The New York Post publishes photos of his butt-bearing college high jinks days. >More
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