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21 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.

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The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.

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20 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik and Eva rob from the old, snaggle-toothed, and ugly, as if their precarious self-esteem demands they humiliate those less genetically fortunate.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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The film doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning. All these kids, all their experiences, matter.

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18 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Face (2004)

The same lyrical invention that propels Face's narrative also serves as a stark lesson in the importance of solid plotting.

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The Longest Yard: Widescreen Collector’s Edition (2005)

Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.

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Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)

Even though the series focuses on German suffering, it does not avoid German racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.

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11 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rockers (1977)

For the last 25 years, Rockers has passed the spirit of Roots, Rock and Reggae on to successive generations. A remastered and re-released DVD promises to continue its legacy.

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11 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Over the Edge (1979)

Revisiting Over the Edge is always an education, especially if you grew up watching it repeatedly, as I did.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

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Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition (1995)

Ten years on, much of Pixar's Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, is as sweet and smart as ever.

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5 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rock School (2004)

Director/DP Don Argott is nothing if not enthusiastic about his film, Rock School, and all the choices that went into it.

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4 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Layer Cake (2004)

Daniel Craig ensures that you see XXXX's mind wheels turning as he confronts each new impasse.

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So Wrong They’re Right (1993) - PopMatters Film Review
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However much one admires their chutzpah and the enthusiasm of their subjects, So Wrong They're Right proves to be more entertaining than edifying.

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30 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Oldboy (2003)

Oldboy feels more like an existential drama by Ingmar Bergmann than a brainless action bloodbath.

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The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition (2002)

The opening minutes establish the series as sort of quicker, cheaper version of Bond.

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29 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Mindhunters (2004)

While the accumulating bodies and declarations of motive are unclever, Mindhunters does make good (if not quite enough) use of LL Cool J.

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29 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Committee (1968)

Yes, its soundtrack contains unreleased music by Pink Floyd, but this short '60s art film is worth watching on its own peculiar merits.

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28 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)

While Hellworld is a pretty good generic horror movie, it is an abysmal Hellraiser film.

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28 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

American Beer: A Bockumentary (2005)

The dedication that Paul Kermizian and his crew have to their beer is remarkable.

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