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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)

Alice in Wonderland

The most significant aspect here is reinventing Wonderland as a warped parallel universe to Victorian England

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Review: Mid-August Lunch

Mid August Lunch

“Lunch” feels more like an unsatisfactory appetizer than a satisfying main course.

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A Really Irritable Dream: Scorsese’s Shutter Island

Shutter ISland

In this film, the director tributed classic crime with a modern, more visceral twist.

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DVD Review: The Best of Match Game

Match Game

For those who survived the 1970s intact, or for those who weren’t around and have no clue why any mention of that decade still raises smirks, this DVD is a godsend.

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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

District 9 DVD cover

“District 9” may not quite live up to what I was hoping to get out of it, but it’s a solid effort that’s admirable for its willingness to take the risks it does.

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Review: Shuttle

Shuttle film poster

At 2:30 in the morning, it’s tempting to accept a ride from anyone who seems to be in the ride-giving business.

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DVD Review: An Englishman in New York

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.”

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