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Thursday, November 29, 2012

DVD+Digital: City gangsters, country bootleggers and Lawless

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

courtesy of the Weinstein Company Ask anyone around these parts and they'll tell you — them Bondurant boys mean business. The Prohibition-era crime drama Lawless, new to DVD and Blu-ray this week, departs from the usual gangster film mold by moving the action out of the city and into the drowsy summers of the rural South. The Bondurant brothers — played here by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke — are the most successful moonshiners in Franklin County, Virginia. Their apple whiskey fuels speakeasies from Kansas City to Boston. In a pinch, it can fuel your Model T, too....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DVD+Digital: Box sets, board games and Tarantino XX

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM

courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment John Travolta is a strange dude. In all the on-camera interviews I've seen, Travolta has a weird vibrating kind of energy, a spaced-out thing where he seems to be channeling a more remote version of himself from somewhere very far away. This is the traditional time for a Scientology joke, but we're trying to run a classy operation here. Travolta is just one of the many collaborators and admirers who contribute to Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection, the new Blu-ray box set released — not coincidentally — just in time for holiday shopping. November always brings...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DVD+Digital: Angry robots, stubborn rabbits and Pixar Short Films

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Courtey of Disney/Pixar Is there a more trusted brand name in entertainment than Pixar? The innovative animation studio debuted in 1995 with Toy Story, and has since released 13 feature films and collected 26 Academy Awards. Pixar has yet to make a bad movie, although they came perilously close with Cars 2. It's the only studio in the business whose very name is its best marketing tool. Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2, available this week in a two-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack and via digital download, collects 12 of the studio's recent short films along with commentary tracks and seven...

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Skyfall, the latest Bond flick, brings pleasures both familiar and fresh

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Photo by François DuhamelSKYFALL*** starsOpens today During the latter half of Skyfall, Judi Dench’s M, testifying before a bureaucratic inquest, declares that today’s true threats to safety and security are “individuals, not nations.” Punctuated by a passage from Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” the expertly edited scene plays like a commentary on our post-Bin Laden world. However, the megalomaniac or terrorist-led organization was always the central villain throughout Ian Fleming’s James Bond books and the now-50 years of films they spawned, unlike most of Fleming’s Cold War spy novel counterparts. It’s an allusion that’s likely intentional, for Skyfall is steeped in a nostalgia...

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Catch Me If You Can soars on live jumping jive—before a bumpy landing...

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Carol RoseggFrank Abagnale (Stephen Anthony) and friends, in Catch Me If You CanCATCH ME IF YOU CAN 3.5 stars (out of 5)Broadway Series South/NC TheatreThrough Nov. 11 Frank Abagnale’s life story, vividly related in the jazzy Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can, beggars belief. A prodigy as an adolescent (albeit at check kiting and gaming various mechanisms in the American financial system), before age 18 he’d rung up well over $1 million dollars in multiple bank frauds. By 21, he'd established and lived under at least eight separate assumed identities, posing (and traveling across the world) as an airline...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DVD+Digital: Drunken sex, tricky endings and Your Sister's Sister

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 11:40 PM

courtesy of IFC Films Endings are hard. Plenty of writers will tell you they're the hardest part of any story, and any movie lover can rattle off a dozen films with lousy endings, from memory. So when a movie ends just right, it should be savored. The romantic comedy-drama Your Sister's Sister — new to DVD, Blu-ray and digital this week — concludes with two scenes so perfect that I scanned back and watched them again, just to admire it all. I was investedin this thing, and if the story hadn't ended properly, I would have had actual trouble sleeping....

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

The minimalist, highly personal multimedia pioneer Meredith Monk at Duke; final performance tonight

Posted By on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Photo by K. Scott SchaferMEREDITH MONK Nov. 2-3Duke Performances, Reynolds Industries Theater Multimedia mama Meredith Monk has been at Duke on a residency for two weeks, and last night presented a show in Reynolds Theater that brought her past into the present. The show repeats tonight—who knows when you might have another opportunity to see and hear the woman so important to the beginnings of a strain of art that we take for granted today. Monk isn’t for everyone, and this work will appear dated in some ways—because it is. You will probably feel more satisfied by if you realize...

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