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The Only Live-Action Remake of "Lady and the Tramp" We'll Ever Need

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 15, 2012 1:46 PM
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While Disney's animated classics continue to get live action remakes, whether of the studio's own doing or via some other production company digging into the same fairytale source materials, it's nice to see that "Lady and the Tramp" will probably be left alone. At least in feature form, that is. Instead of announcing another movie in the vein of either 1996's "101 Dalmations" or "Maleficent," the upcoming reworking of "Sleeping Beauty," Disney has gone ahead and shown us what at least one iconic scene from "Lady and the Tramp" looks like redone in live action form. The following video was produced by the studio itself as both a Valentine's Day treat and part of its promotion of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases of the 1955 film. Enjoy:  

On DVD: Underrated Horror Comedies "Saint Nick" and "Burke and Hare," Plus Under-Seen Western "Blackthorn"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 20, 2011 1:21 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 "Saint Nick," "Burke and Hare" and "Blackthorn." Also: Docs on DVD highlights and new VOD release "Moneyball."

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."  

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:

On DVD: "The Smurfs," "Friends With Benefits," "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and More

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 29, 2011 2:02 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:
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"Becoming Santa" is a Wonderful Start to the Holiday Season -- Even for Cynics, Grinches and Scrooges

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 15, 2011 5:45 PM
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With a title like “Becoming Santa,” Jeff Myers and Jack Sanderson’s crowd-pleasing new film sounds like a Hollywood comedy about a regular guy who takes on the role of Santa Claus.  And that’s almost what it is, minus the Hollywood part, but don’t confuse this for a Tim Allen vehicle. Instead it’s a wonderful documentary about the Christmas mascot and what it takes to represent him to kids -- sorry, I mean children -- all over the world.

"Pearl Jam Twenty" is an Engaging Music Doc That Has Appropriate Trouble Finding Its True Identity

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 26, 2011 7:38 AM
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Before seeing Cameron Crowe's "Pearl Jam Twenty," I was all set on naming "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" the best music documentary of 2011. But how do I weigh these two films against each other? My first thought for comparison has to do with something I read (and of course can no longer locate) of "Beats" director Michael Rapaport saying that he made the film about ATCQ, not for them. Sure he loves that group and didn't want to (nor did he) produce a negative portrait of them, but it features enough objective balance (including some unfavorable elements) to have brought it a controversial (initial) lack of support from Q-Tip. "PJ20" may not necessarily be for Pearl Jam more than about them, but it feels a lot more fine-tuned to be complimentary to the band and its twenty-year existence.
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"Prayer for a Perfect Season" is a Fast-Paced and Immensely Satisfying Doc on High School Basketball

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 25, 2011 8:09 AM
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Here's the second high school basketball documentary I've seen in a week. "Prayer for a Perfect Season," which debuts on HBO tonight (totally fittingly as part of HBO Sports not HBO Documentaries), is very different than "Elevate," however, and definitely nothing like "Hoop Dreams," the standard for this subject matter. It's fast, literal, incredibly current and obviously prophetic. Rather than following some NBA hopefuls who aren't certainly going to make it, here we have some of the greatest teens presently playing the sport, and at least one or two will definitely be pro in the coming years. It's the best-edited and most satisfying sports doc I've seen this year after "Senna."
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On DVD: "Attack the Block" Has More Fun By Dismissing Subtext and Keeping True Villainy Vague

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 25, 2011 4:35 AM
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Don't wait for the American remake of Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block," even if -- or especially if -- Hollywood listens to me and gets that right, "Let Me In" style, combined with a more sideways sort of rehash. Now that the sci-fi festival favorite is on home video, I suspect it will become the kind of "cult" hit that actually has too many fans to be considered a "cult" hit. Just like "Shaun of the Dead," which is directed by "ATB"'s producer, Edgar Wright. People really love this movie, and even cynics like myself are properly entertained. You might be curious enough to see this in anticipation of Cornish's two upcoming co-writing efforts, "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Ant-Man." Also, there will likely be a sequel, so you're going to need to see the original at some point.
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On DVD: "City of Life and Death" is a Depressing Spectacle That Will Make You Stop Liking War Movies

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 25, 2011 3:24 AM
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