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The Doc Option: Instead of "Chipwrecked" Watch "Chumming With Chipmunks"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 16, 2011 10:12 AM
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I know, you're so excited about the new "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel, "Chipwrecked," but the theaters are going to be packed with obnoxious children all weekend so why not wait a bit? In the meantime, I have another Doc Option for you.

On DVD: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Fright Night" and More

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 13, 2011 12:41 PM
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Looking for something to rent this week? Here's what we had to say about the films out on DVD/Blu-ray today. Titles include "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Fright Night," "Monica & David," "Worst in Show," and "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975."  

The Doc Option: Instead of "W.E." Watch "A King's Story"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 9, 2011 9:31 AM
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You may not be looking forward to Madonna's new directorial effort, "W.E.," which is supposedly quite terrible. Or, if you are interested, it's actually to see the train wreck -- what Daniel Walber excitedly called "marvelously wretched," "perhaps the most hilariously dreadful period piece ever filmed" and "destined to become a cult classic, with accompanying drinking games galore and even the occasional costume party." But this sort of celebration of camp might have to wait until after the drama opens and presumably bombs at the box office. Out of respect to those with more serious moviegoing intention.

10 Impossible Gift Ideas Based on Recent Movies

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 7, 2011 5:36 PM
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From flame-throwing muscle cars to waffle-making robots to the hammer of Thor. Not even Santa Claus can make this wish list come true.

On DVD: "Cowboys & Aliens"; "The Hangover Part II"; "Bobby Fischer Against the World"; "The Staircase"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 6, 2011 1:02 PM
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Looking for something to rent this week? Here's what we had to say about the films out now on DVD/Blu-ray today:

The Doc Option: Instead of "Shame" Watch "Porndemic"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 2, 2011 5:04 PM
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Even if you're primarily a documentary fan, like myself, I recommend seeing Steve McQueen's "Shame," a film about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) and his troubled relationship with his sister (Carey Mulligan). I love the way it's shot, I love the way it doesn't need to lay on much back story or explicit explanation (I've developed a nonserious idea in my head that at least Fassbender's character is the son of Patrick Bateman and Jeanne Dielman) and of course as a doc nut I love that there's a reference to "Gimme Shelter" in it. But it's not playing in many theaters yet, and even when it goes wider Cinemark won't show it, so for now you might need to settle for the doc option.

Honor World AIDS Day With Special Screenings of "The Carrier" and "We Were Here"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 1, 2011 1:38 PM
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Today is World AIDS Day, a designated and globally observed occasion to promote awareness about HIV infection and the AIDS epidemic. There are plenty of things you can actively do, including spreading the word about important documentaries focused on the issue. While there have been plenty made on the topic, two very significant new films have been on the festival circuit this year and have now been made available for special public screenings today: "The Carrier" and "We Were Here."

Morning Pour: Remake Roundup with "Scarface," "Akira," "The Raid," "Knuckle," "Oldboy" and More

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 30, 2011 11:26 AM
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Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five discussion topics involving remakes for Wednesday, November 30, 2011:

"Khodorkovsky" is an Extraordinary Documentary Thriller That Challenges Your Current Feeling About Capitalists

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 29, 2011 7:45 PM
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Is this really a good time for a documentary that sides with a jailed billionaire? Cyril Tuschi’s extraordinary “Khodorkovsky” is not even the first nonfiction film I’ve seen this season that sympathizes with the rich. But it is a very different sort of doc than “Unraveled,” which infuriatingly (yet still captivatingly) allows the corrupt American lawyer Marc Drier to tell his story and claim victimhood (read my review from DOC NYC). Tuschi’s film is about a once-wealthy protagonist, the former head of Russia's Yukos Oil Company, who seems more legitimately a victim, one who might even be able to win over a few Occupy protesters. Maybe.

Morning Pour: Indie Awards, Darth Vader is a Grinch, "John Carter" Buzz

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 29, 2011 11:41 AM
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Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five miscellaneous discussion topics for Tuesday, November 29, 2011:

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