NEW IN THEATRES...
* Killing Them Softly, the reteaming of Brad Pitt and his The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director takes on and dismantles the crime genre the same way they did the Western.
* Also, if you live near Portland, you should stop by Cinema 21 for their three-film, weeklong Bogart celebration "You'll Take It and Like It." I wrote about it for the Mercury.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* The Rise of Catherine the Great, my second dip into the Alexander Korda boxed set is not as impressive as the first. (Spoiler Alert: She doesn't go horse riding.)
THIS WEEK IN BD/DVD REVIEWS...
* Comic Book Confidential: 20th Anniversary Edition, an entertaining snapshot of the comics scene in the 1980s.
* The Day He Arrives, an existential quandary, and arthouse take on Groundhog Day, from Korean director Hong Sangsoo.
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and 2: Ultimate Edition. Or how I spent my Thanksgiving.
* Lili, a clever but unsatisfying Carnival-based musical with Leslie Caron.
* Die Nibelungen, Fritz Lang's epic two-part silent adaptation of the Norse legend.
* Ramrod, a dark western with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, the stars of Sullivan's Travels.
* We Can't Go Home Again & Don't Expect Too Much, the lost experimental film of Nicholas Ray paired with a documentary about its making.
Current Soundtrack: The Jam, The Gift; The Killers, "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"
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