NEW IN THEATRES...
* Larry Crowne. This weekend, you can watch cars transform into robots, or you can let Tom Hanks transform your cold, dead heart into something living again. Your call.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* People on Sunday, a who's who of German ex-pat directors make their first feature back in their home country. This 1930 film is wonderfully restored and not to be missed.
THIS WEEK IN DVD/BD REVIEWS...
* BLAST!, a science documentary about sending a telescope up into the sky on a balloon to look at the stars.
* Eight Iron Men, a WWII variation on the "chamber room drama" that never quite takes off. From Edward Dmytryk and Stanley Kramer.
* The Goddess, Paddy Chayefsky wrote this thinly veiled portrait of a Marilyn Monroe-type actress, played by Kim Stanley. Interesting, if not entirely successful.
* The Herculoids: The Complete Series, the bizarro '60s cartoon comes to DVD.
* The Man in the Net, starring Alan Ladd, directed by Michael Curtiz. Read the review that one fan called "a classic example of...uninformed arrogance" and inspired him to suggest I "take up something else to while away your time or attend a junior college film class."
* New York, New York, Martin Scorsese's notorious 1977 musical mash-up of new and old styles, starring De Niro and Minnelli.
* The Romantic Englishwoman, Joseph Losey directing a Tom Stoppard script about Glenda Jackson's aching loins. And Michael Caine yells a lot.
* Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...Season 2, a second go-around with the maestro.
* Vera Cruz, Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper shoot up Mexico in a film by Robert Aldrich.
Current Soundtrack: The Warlocks, Enter at Your Own Skull, vol. 1 - 18 tracks, $5 - get it now!
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