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DVD Review: The Exterminator

One of the first exploitation films to be shown endlessly during the early days of cable, 1980’s The Exterminator is also one of the more grim entries in the genre. Gory, jaded and ambivalent on the merits of the vigilante, it anticipated Bernard Goetz by a few years.

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Review: The Names of Love

Names of Love

Picture this: a secluded scientist waits in a checkout line for his new love interest to return with an item. An unusual pickup for him, she had invaded his radio interview about bird flu (he’s an expert) and then asked him to bed when they had drinks.

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DVD Review: Adua and Her Friends (Adua e le Compagne)

Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1960 film Adua and her Friends (Adua e le Compagne) explores the end of an era and points to future cultural upheaval.

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Review: Page One: Inside the New York Times

Page One Ny Times

Andrew Rossi’s Page One: Inside the NYTimes looks to newspapers long past their heydey.

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DVD REVIEW: Some Old Truths: True Grit and The Fighter

True Grit

Many recent films have brought historical verity to narratives clouded in myth.

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Review: L’Amour Fou

L'Amour Fou

Those who love hearing fashion discussed as serious art will love this documentary, a portrait of the late iconic French designer, Yves Saint Laurent.

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DVD REVIEW: The Lark Farm

The Lark Farm

Credit should be given for putting a long overdue spotlight on this atrocious chapter of 20th century history.

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DVD Review: "Alice in Wonderland (1966)"

Timed for release in conjunction with the premiere of the latest Tim Burton film, this rarely seen 1966 BBC production from Jonathan Miller takes a radically different approach to the Lewis Carroll landmark. The most significant aspect here is reinventing Wonderland as a warped parallel universe to Victorian England: the story unfolds amid drawing rooms […]

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Review: "Mid-August Lunch"

Gianni Di Gregorio directs and stars in this mild light comedy about a middle-aged unemployed Roman named Gianni who is living with his 93-year-old mother in a condominium apartment. Amidst mounting debts – including an electric bill that has not been paid in three years – Gianni agrees to look after the building manager’s elderly […]

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A Really Irritable Dream: Scorsese’s "Shutter Island"

De Niro’s long since served as an inspiration to Scorsese – it now appears that the paycheck is the actor’s main motivation. He hasn’t worked for the filmmaker since the 1990s, when the former starred in the powerfully creepy remake of “Cape Fear.” In this film, the director tributed classic crime with a modern, more […]

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DVD Review: "The Best of Match Game"

Unlike other classic 1970s TV games shows, the appeal of “Match Game” had more to do with comedy than competition. Quite frankly, no one tuned in to root for plucky contestants or to get caught up in the addictive nature of the game. Instead, the audience was hypnotized by the show’s offbeat personality – something […]

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DVD Review: Che – Criterion Collection

Che

Benicio Del Toro is astoundingly at ease in Guevara’s skin. During the black and white sequences, it practically feels like a documentary.

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DVD Review: "District 9"

While I’m a fan of blockbuster, roller coaster ride science-fiction, such as “Star Wars,” I can also appreciate more intimate, cerebral films, like “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The first half of “District 9″ treads in the latter territory, but the second half veers toward the former and stays there. I was left wishing that some […]

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Review: Shuttle

By Jessica BaxterAt 2:30 in the morning, it’s tempting to accept a ride from anyone who seems to be in the ride-giving business. And who knows, maybe it’s your lucky day. But maybe the guy behind the wheel actually has nefarious plans that don’t involve reuniting you with your fluffy duvet anytime soon. “Shuttle” is […]

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DVD Review: "An Englishman in New York"

Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp in “The Naked Civil Servant.” This much-belated and wholly unnecessary sequel follows Crisp’s relocation to New York in the early 1980s, where he established himself as a writer […]

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