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Hawkeye Is Back in Hi-Def: 'The Last of the Mohicans'

For the truly obsessed, The Last of the Mohicans is newly available in sleek Director’s Cut Blu-ray format. New tomahawk sound effects included.

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For a Movie that Wants to Depict Fringe, 'Secretary' Is Surprisingly Didactic

Secretary is a quirky feature from the early 2000s about BDSM and lonely damaged people wearing sexy stockings. A critical darling in theatrical release, the film is still thought-provoking and disconcerting.

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Disgrace is a Complex Examination of Sex, Power and Race Relations in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Watching this film is an intense, often uncomfortable experience, but more than worth it for its nuanced portrayal of a changing country.

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Music Is Important in 'All My Friends are Funeral Singers' and One of Its Few Redeeming Qualities

Set to the Califone album of the same name, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers bores even while it confuses. Drama class acting and a melodramatic script weaken a thought-provoking soundtrack.

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'Mary and Max' Is Better Than 'Avatar' and 'Shrek' Combined

Mary and Max is the irresistible tale of two pen-friends: eight-year-old Australian, Mary and 42-year-old New Yorker, Max. Claymation is at its best in this film which also boasts clever dialogue and off-beat humor.

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A Beautiful Combination of Intellectual Subject Matter and a Genuinely Enjoyable Story

Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours starring the always-dazzling Juliette Binoche is rich and lush. Reminiscent, indeed, of the poignant passing of long sweet summer days.

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Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart's whiskey drinkin' hard livin' Bad Blake is Jeff Bridges’ best performance since The Dude, and with the music, there are no false notes.

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Waiting for the Moon

This is equal parts charming and irritating, but worth watching for Linda Hunt's performance of Alice B. Toklas and its frank examination of an early 20th century lesbian relationship.

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Precious Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Precious is neither a rags to riches story nor is it a relentlessly bleak portrait of a miserable life. Thanks to Gabourey Sidibe, Precious herself is as funny and charming as she is angry and depressed.

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The End of the Line

This makes the dire consequences of current fishing practices very clear: if current fishing levels continue unchecked, by mid-century many species of fish millions of people eat every day will be gone.

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Coco Before Chanel

Unlike more traditional biopics, this is almost entirely focused on the period of Coco’s life before she became successful and famous. Though lush and lovely, the film comes off as insubstantial.

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Bright Star

Under the superb direction of Jane Campion, Abbie Cornish and Ben Winshaw flourish in this beautifully composed film.

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Post Grad

While Post Grad has some meaningful messages (it’s OK if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, the people you love are more important than any career) its delivery is sloppy and clichéd.

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Herb and Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy Vogel managed to amass one of the great collections of Minimalist and Conceptual art of the 20th century, all while keeping it real.

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Easy Rider 40th Anniversary

This 40-year-old classic still has its thrills -- enough to make you wish that you, too, had a bike with a teardrop gas tank emblazoned with the American flag.

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The Exiles

At once profound, seedy, sweeping and intimate, The Exiles chronicles a particular (and often ignored) moment in mid-20th century American history.

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Wuthering Heights

Moody, dark Yorkshire moors and overwrought hysterical performances are delivered in this adaptation of Emily Bronte's beloved classic.

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