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Sunday, 01 June 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Passage to India, A Although he remains one of the greatest directors in movie history, David Lean made relatively few films, but many of them are classics: “Brief Encounter” (1945), “Great Expectations” (1946), “Oliver Twist” (1948) “Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957) “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)  Even Lean’s second-tier films are exceptional: “Blithe Spirit” (1945), “Breaking the Sound Barrier” (1952), “Summertime,” (1955), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), “Ryan’s Daughter” (1970) and this, “A Passage to India,” his last movie.  And his first in fourteen years. Based on the novel by E.M. Forster (“Howards End,” “A Room with a View”), “A Passage to India” isn’t one of Lean’s awesome epics that seem to dominate his filmography, though it is made on a grand scale and is visually rich and beautiful.  All the exteriors were shot in India, mostly on the grounds of a gigantic palace, so Lean could ...
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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Reign Over Me Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) is a successful dentist with a respectable practice and a loving family, but lately he’s bothered by a growing sense of dissatisfaction and a feeling of restriction within his relationship with his wife, Janeane (Jada Pinkett Smith). During his drive home one afternoon, he spots his old college roommate, Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler), on a Manhattan street. Alan’s attempts to get Charlie’s attention are unsuccessful. Charlie lost his entire family on 9/11, as his wife, his two daughters and his dog were on one of the planes that crashed into the twin towers. Alan read about Charlie’s loss in the newspapers, but his attempts to track him down and offer his condolences failed. A few nights later, Alan spots Charlie again, zipping by on a motorized scooter and this time Alan manages to catch his attention. Alan ...
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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Donnie Brasco The reputation of “Donnie Brasco’” has grown steadily since it was first released in 1997, so it’s great to have this Blu-Ray disc available. As with previous video releases, it’s the 147-minute version, 20 minutes longer than the movie was in theaters. It’s set mostly in grimy, often damp, Brooklyn, exploding into light and color during an interlude in Florida (or Faladah, as the mobsters say). The sound is rich and crisp, the details sharp—Al Pacino’s worn face stands out. This is the best movie so far directed by British Mike Newell, otherwise probably best known for “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” His approach here is to treat “Donnie Brasco” as a character drama (with surprising amounts of comedy), dealing with the rougher stuff as it comes up. And the film also features wonderful performances by its two leads, Al Pacino ...
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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Cast Away (2000) "Cast Away" is a terrific film, that contrasts the lifestyles of civilization with that of desertion. Director Robert Zemeckis and actor Tom Hanks reunite for this 2000 award-nominated film. Their previous teamwork in "Forrest Gump" and "The Polar Express" is epic, and once again the duo live up to their reputation. Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a system operator consultant for FedEx. Constantly flying around the world to deal with efficiency problems, Noland rarely has time to have a personal life. Nonetheless, waiting for Noland at home in Memphis, Tennessee is the beautiful Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt). They are the couple of envy for all of their friends. So, naturally disaster must strike. In the case of this film, Noland's latest job assignment will tear him away from civilization for a lot longer than expected – 4 years. Surviving the deviated-coursed, plane ...
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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
No Country For Old Men Unless you have been living under a rock you have certainly heard some of the hoopla surrounding the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen. "No Country For Old Men", adapted for the big screen from the book by author, Cormac McCarthy and released in the fall of 2007, didn’t take theaters by storm but has had a nice steady box office performance thanks to great reviews, word of mouth and now a heaping dose of Oscar statuettes. The timing for the release of this Blu-ray disc was obviously well thought out by the marketing people at Miramax as the buzz on this film has never been higher and it hits the streets about two weeks after it just won the 2007 Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. On the surface, the film is a fairly simple “cat-and-mouse” story of ...
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