2011

If there’s almost half the amount of commentary tracks on this season as there was on Louie Season One, it’s easy to forgive Louis C.K. After all, the guy is busy writing, directing, starring in, and editing 13 episodes each season. He has complete creative control and an innate sense that what’s true to himself will be relatable to the viewer.

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Marc Forster’s well-meaning drama ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ and Ivan Reitman’s minor-key comedy ‘Meatballs’ are out now on Blu-ray. How do they stack up?

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‘Roller Town’ feels a lot like some of the more rushed, uninspired S.N.L. films like Superstar, A Night at the Roxbury, or The Ladies Man: features born out of a humorous joke never meant to last more than a handful of minutes.

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This is a bad movie, folks, bad in a cringe-heavy, feel-kinda-bad-except-you-don’t-cause-you-wasted-hard-earned-money sort of way.

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If you see This Means War in the rental store or online, remember This Means Rent Something Else.

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Icelandic drama ‘Volcano (Eldfjall)’ offers honest truths about age, love, loss, and what it means to dedicate one’s self to another ‘til death do you part.

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As Ralph Fiennes’ first time behind the camera, it’s a mixed success. ‘Coriolanus’ has a grittiness that fits its tale, although at two hours, there are some sequences that feel rushed.

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As the Norwegian comedy ‘Curling King’ demonstrates, the sport’s enthusiasts and practitioners feel that the ancient stone-sliding pastime is a delicate and precise marriage between skill and art, and one to be taken very, very seriously.

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An unusual action movie and a music documentary from one of the most respected filmmakers working today are out on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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A couple of family dramas are new out on Blu-ray and DVD, one an under-seen debut from last year and the other an acclaimed classic from Japan.

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This review originally appeared in shorter form on KSNT-NBC, KTKA-ABC, and KTMJ-FOX, Kansas First News. Making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week are two movies that were big hits — one on the awards circuit and the other at the box office. Here’s two movies worth checking out on home video: Mission: Impossible [...]

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Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 2011, ‘Footnote’ explores the relationship of a father and son who have become bitter scholarly rivals.

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Two PG-rated family films have recently made their way to DVD and Blu-ray and they couldn’t be further apart.

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Coming off his recent Oscar nomination for Moneyball, Jonah Hill headlines the comedy ‘The Sitter.’ ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ is Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut about the worst European war in the last 50 years.

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Director Amy Oden’s documentary on women in punk, ‘From the Back of the Room,’ is one of those films that you have to seek out. It’s currently screening in various theaters across the country, and can be purchased on DVD.

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