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DVDs: The Tourist Falls Asleep and More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie romantic thriller is curiously mellow, if not downright sleepy. I blame Venice.

DVDs: A Brawling Mark Wahlberg, a Psychic Matt Damon and a Buddha-like Little Boy

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This movie is a different kind of bad. It's the Saturday night SyFy scare-fest starring a ridiculous creature that's "half shark, half octopus, all killer!" Of course it's awful.

DVDs: Birdemic -- The Worst Movie Of The Year?

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR ($29.98 BluRay and $24.98 regular DVD; Severin) -- Okay, enough blather about the best movies of the year. Let's talk abo...

DVDs: Keep Your Eyes On The Prize and Superman (Not That One) And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

No matter how much you think you know about the civil rights battle, it's jaw-dropping to see the waves of violence and the angry mobs hurling epithets at little children trying to go to school in Eyes on the Prize.

DVDs: Aaron Johnson Kicks Ass in Nowhere Boy

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's a pretty dreadful idea: a biopic about John Lennon as a teenager. But the result -- Nowhere Boy -- is pretty darn good, if flawed.

DVDs: Downton Abbey Frothy Fun

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The plot twists are just that -- twists meant to keep us watching -- rather than the dramatic developments of a genuinely great show. But it is definitely great fun and the cast is jaw-droppingly good.

DVDs: Archer -- The Funniest Sitcom Around

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

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Globes Will "Friend" Social Network, But Expect Surprises

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Off the top of my head, I can't tell you which film won big at last year's Golden Globes. What I do remember quite vividly, however, is host Ricky Gervais drinking beer, promoting his DVDs, and taking pot shots at Mel Gibson seconds before the fallen star walked on stage.

Netflix Opens a Pandora's Box

Tom Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Silva

We're better educated and more curious about the world than big business gives us credit. And that's the lesson of Netflix. When given the choice of something interesting and exciting that sidesteps the mainstream, we will take it.

The Ken Burns of Colorado

Nathan Havey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nathan Havey

As we in the West continue to hike the long trail toward building the kind of society we can all be proud of, lets all take a moment to put the next hill in context.

DVDs: "24," Fantasia" & Other New Releases That Make Easy Gifts

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

OK, here's a rundown of the last few weeks. If you're looking for a good gift idea and want to make sure the person you're gifting hasn't already boug...

Jane Fonda's Workout for the Next Gen

Tara Settembre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tara Settembre

Being a child of the 80s, I remember jumping around in the background while my mother inserted her Jane Fonda's Workout tape into the VCR as the Acad...

DVDs: Scott Pilgrim! Bing! Sherlock! And More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World ($39.98 BluRay and $29.98 regular; Universal) -- I'm not a video game enthusiast by any stretch (though I did cross 1 mi...

DVDs: The Sound Of Music, Toy Story 3, The Pacific And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A bumper crop of new releases so let's get to it. THE SOUND OF MUSIC 45TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY ($34.99; FOX) -- I've seen The Sound Of Music ...

DVDs: TV's Top 10 Crime Solvers

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Monk: The Complete Series ($249.98; Universal) is out on DVD and it's a compulsively thorough job that's worthy of the OCD man himself. I've been ...

DVDs: Leonard Cohen-Palooza! (And More)

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I'm a big fan of singer-songwriter (and poet) Leonard Cohen but I've never seen him in concert. Thanks to three new DVDs, I have a chance to experience him live and through the perspective of his fellow artists.

DVDs: Prime Suspect, Dueling Everlys, Disney and More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

No question about it, Detective Jane Tennison is one of the great TV characters of all time. And if you say "one of the great female TV characters," then you're little better than the casually sexist men she has to deal with.

DVDs: Ellery Queen, Rush, Casey Affleck and More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In this roundup of new DVDs and Blu-Rays, we take a look at the darker-than-dark noir film The Killer Inside Me, the "Mexican New Wave" drama I'm Gonna Explode, and a slew of recently released TV shows.

DVDs: Friday Night Lights Scores Again

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I don't give a hoot about football -- high school, college or otherwise -- so believe me when I say Friday Night Lights Season Four is a very satisfying TV drama with one of the best ensembles around.

'Dora The Explorer' Book: Over 50 Million Copies Sold As Series Turns 10

AP | SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Don't underestimate her just because she's a little girl. "Dora The Explorer" is a multibillion-dollar franchise that may be creating...

High-Grade Goods: Take Back-to-School Shopping Back to the Earth

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

These pens and mechanical pencils from Paper Mate look and feel like regular plastic but are made of biodegradable sugar-plant parts. Their packaging is plastic-free and 100 percent recyclable.

DVDs: A Prophet the Next Godfather? Yep, it's That Good

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A Prophet is a masterpiece. Obviously, it won't have the same cultural impact as The Godfather, but both are nuanced, emotionally gripping, and above all, wildly entertaining.

Libraries Lend More Movies Than Netflix, Study Finds

Hartford Courant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The survey, released this year by OCLC, a nonprofit library co-operative and research organization, found that public libraries in the United States l...

DVDs: Life on Mars, A Single Man and The Crazies

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

If for some reason you haven't watched the acclaimed UK original Life On Mars, it's all gathered together in one neat package with audio commentary, behind the scenes documentaries and more.

DVDs: Latest Foyle, Best Alice, Last Station

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This week's post includes reviews of the BluRay versions of the gloriously bad camp classic Showgirls and John Ford's archetypical 1939 Western Stagecoach.