Bamboozled Samuel D. Pollard, Spike Lee  
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Pierce delacroix a young african-american network executive whose boss orders him to come up with a hot trend-setting urban hit. With the help of his assistant sloan a homeless tap dancer and his sidekick delacroix creates mantan the new millenium minstrel show. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 05/10/2005 Starring: Damon Wayans Jada Pinkett-smith Run time: 136 minutes Rating: R Director: Spike Lee

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Bandits  
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Strap yourself in for one hilarious "action-comedy with great chemistry great one-liners [and] expert direction" (New York Post)! Bruce Willis "makes all the right moves" (San Francisco Examiner) as the man with the perfect bank-robbing plan - and two imperfect partners - in this "terrific [film that's] as much fun as you'll have at the movies all year" (FOX-TV)!Busting out of prison Joe (Willis) and Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) are on the run and out of money. That changes when they devise a scheme to place bank managers under house arrest the night before they rob their banks. But success as the infamous "sleepover bandits" isn't the only change in store for them. As they cross state lines and federal laws they meet Kate (Cate Blanchett) a sexy eccentric housewife whose indecision as to which of the two bandits she wants could spoil their partnership for good!System Requirements:Starring: Cate Blanchett Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis. Directed By: Barry Levinson. Running Time: 123 Min. Color. This film is presented in both "Widescreen" and "Standard" formats. Copyright 2002 MGM Studios.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 027616873859 Manufacturer No: 1003235

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Baraka David Aubrey, Mark Magidson, Ron Fricke  
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The word Baraka means "blessing" in several languages; watching this film, the viewer is blessed with a dazzling barrage of images that transcend language. Filmed in 24 countries and set to an ever-changing global soundtrack, the movie draws some surprising connections between various peoples and the spaces they inhabit, whether that space is a lonely mountaintop or a crowded cigarette factory. Some of these attempts at connection are more successful than others: for instance, an early sequence segues between the daily devotions of Tibetan monks, Orthodox Jews, and whirling dervishes, finding more similarity among these rituals than one might expect. And there are other amazing moments, as when sped-up footage of a busy Hong Kong intersection reveals a beautiful symmetry to urban life that could only be appreciated from the perspective of film. The lack of context is occasionally frustrating—not knowing where a section was filmed, or the meaning of the ritual taking place—and some of the transitions are puzzling. However, the DVD includes a short behind-the-scenes featurette in which cinematographer Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi) explains that the effect was intentional: "It's not where you are that's important, it's what's there." And what's here, in Baraka, is a whole world summed up in 104 minutes. —Larisa Lomacky Moore

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Batman Begins Christopher Nolan  
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Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?

Co-written by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine provides much of the film's humor as the family butler, Alfred, and as the love interest, Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) is surprisingly believable in her first adult role. Also featuring Gary Oldman as the young police officer Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as a Q-like gadgets expert, and Cillian Murphy as the vile Jonathan Crane. —David Horiuchi

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Batman Beyond - The Movie Dan Riba, Yukio Suzuki, Curt Geda  
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The new animated tv hit armed with futuristic bat-technology dazzling effects and a youthful bat-titude. This collection of the series premiere movie rebirth and four exciting bonus episodes is hip cutting-edge and fabulous fun. Subtitles in english and french. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 03/02/2004 Starring: Animated Run time: 132 minutes Rating: Nr

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A Beautiful Mind  
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Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture A Beautiful Mind is directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by long-time partner and collaborator Academy Award winner Brian Grazer. A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe in an astonishing performance as brilliant mathematician John Nash on the brink of international acclaim when he becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy. Now only his devoted wife (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) can help him in this powerful story of courage passion and triumph.System Requirements:Running Time 136 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: PG-13 UPC: 025193026521 Manufacturer No: 61030265

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The Belly of an Architect Peter Greenaway  
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Writer/director Peter Greenaway (The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover) puts the art back into the art film (The Hollywood Reporter) with this work of pure visual poetry (Boston Herald) that celebrates Rome and its architecture with elegance and discernment (The New York Times) and boasts Brian Dennehy s best performance of his screen career (LA Weekly)!American architect Stourley Kracklite (Dennehy) can t see the beauty in Rome through his pain. Intense stomachaches are crippling him and worse he believes his pregnant young wife is having an affair with his archrival! As his suspicions turn to paranoia and obsession and his marriage health and reputation begin to unravel this once-respected man becomes consumed by his own self-torture from the inside out!System Requirements: Running Time 119 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 027616906885 Manufacturer No: 1006502

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Beowulf  
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Spectacular animated action scenes turn the ancient epic poem Beowulf into a modern fantasy movie, while motion-capture technology transforms plump actor Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) into a burly Nordic warrior. When a Danish kingdom is threatened by the monster Grendel (voiced and physicalized by Crispin Glover, River's Edge), Beowulf—lured by the promise of heroic glory—comes to rescue them. He succeeds, but falls prey to the seductive power of Grendel's mother, played by Angelina Jolie... and as Jolie's pneumatically animated form rises from an underground lagoon with demon-claw high heels, it becomes clear that we're leaving the original epic far, far behind. Regrettably, the motion-capture process has made only modest improvements since The Polar Express; while the characters' eyes no longer look so flat and zombie-like, their faces remain inexpressive and movements are still wooden. As a result, the most effective sequences feature wildly animated battles and the most vivid character is Grendel, whose grotesqueness ends up making him far more sympathetic than any of the mannequin-like human beings. The meant-to-be-titillating images of a naked Jolie resemble an inflatable doll more than a living, breathing woman (or succubus, as the case may be). But the fights—particularly Grendel's initial assault on the celebration hut—pop with lushly animated gore and violence. Also featuring the CGI-muffled talents of Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), Robin Wright Penn (The Princess Bride), and John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons). —Bret Fetzer

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Beowulf & Grendel Sturla Gunnarsson  
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This tells the bloody tale of warrior beowulfs battle with grendel a murderous troll. The battle-scarred hero beowulf leads a troop of warriors to help king hrothgar whose kingdom is destroyed by grendel. However beowulfs attempts to fight the troll are thwarted when grendel refuses to engage in battle. Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 09/26/2006 Starring: Gerard Butler Ingvar Sigurdsson Run time: 103 minutes Rating: R

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Better Off Dead Savage Steve Holland  
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Lane Myer (John Cusack) is stuck in a personal hell. A compulsive, adolescent Everyman growing up in Suburbia, USA, not only does he fail to make the prestigious high school ski team (again), but his beloved sweetheart, Beth, also leaves him for Roy, the team's popular, arrogant captain. If this isn't bad enough, he's stuck with a mother who frighteningly experiments—rather than cooks—with food, a brother who builds rockets out of models, and a best friend so desperate for drugs that he settles for snorting powdered snow. Faced with these prospects, Lane opts to end it all ... until he comes up with a ridiculous plan to gain acceptance and win Beth back. Director Savage Steve Holland warps this simple, clichéd premise, letting his wacky imagination twist it into a fairly original, slightly dark, and completely hilarious '80s teen comedy. Not as serious a "suicide-attempt" movie as, say, Harold and Maude but just as funny, the film's more a collection of screwball sketches than a narrative. Holland livens the high jinks with surrealistic fantasy touches, including Jell-O that crawls, a hamburger that sings Van Halen, drawings that mock its creator, Japanese race-car drivers who only speak Howard Cosell, and a psychotic paperboy seeking blood over a missing $2. Cusack puts the whole thing on his shoulders and carries the insanity with another one of his touching, obsessively romantic performances, which, along with Say Anything, The Sure Thing, and One Crazy Summer, made him the quintessential (and appealing) personification of lovestruck adolescence and suffering. —Dave McCoy

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Russ Meyer  
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One never tires of watching Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a distant relative of Jaqueline Susann's bestselling novel, Valley of the Dolls, and its filmic counterpart, Valley of the Dolls. Kelly McNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella Danforth (Marcia McBroome), star as the hot female trio who clumsily navigate Hollywood during the Swingin' Sixties to promote their band, The Carrie Nations. Written by Rogert Ebert, Ebert calls the film the "first rock-horror exploitation musical," because BVD, as it's called by fans, encompasses all that was sexy, funny, hip, schlocky, stylish, and horrific about America's most interesting cultural period. BVD can be viewed as a Sixties' artifact, packed with consummate party scenes (and a cameo appearance by Strawberry Alarm Clock), as the original skin flick, as a proto-cult classic, or as a benchmark in American cinema, since it is actually well- written, artfully shot, and finely edited. This special edition re-release includes a second disc comprised of five featurettes, whose topics include Meyers' biography, the Carrie Nations music as soundtrack, Casey and Roxanne's titillating lesbian love scene, and the political climate during the Sixties. Revisiting Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, especially after Russ Meyer's recent death, reminds viewers to treasure his visionary obsession with female beauty. —Trinie Dalton

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The Big Easy Mia Goldman, Jim McBride  
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Highly original crime yarn with steamy romance and unique New Orleans atmosphere. A stylish homicide detective (Quaid) runs afoul of the new uptight assistant D. A. (Barkin) while investigating a local mob murder; soon theyre romantically involved even while theyre at odds professionally. Sassy and sexy with terrific Cajun music score. Written by Daniel Petrie Jr. Later a cable TV series.System Requirements:Director: Jim McBride Starring: Dennis Quaid et al. Region 1 encoding (for use in US and Canada only) Color Closed-captioned Theatrical trailer(s) Widescreen letterbox format Number of discs: 1 Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 031398700234 Manufacturer No: 71048

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Big Fish Tim Burton  
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 11/08/2005 Run time: 125 minutes Rating: Pg13

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