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Flick Picks 11/26

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ENTERTAINMENT: The saga of Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) continues with Men in Black III, as Agent J heads back in time to pair up with a young Agent K (Josh Brolin) and save the world. We've got the film in DVD and Blu-ray. Another supernatural release this week is ParaNorman, an animated kids' flick from the makers of Coraline. In it, young Norman sees dead people and saves his town from an ancient curse!

The Shia LaBeouf gangster film Lawless arrives this week, as three brothers in depression-era America try to keep providing quality moonshine while a ruthless federal agent (Guy Pearce) gets in their way. Also this week, Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 fictional tale of a girl group from Detroit who face challenges on their way to the top. Besides great music it also features Whitney Houston in her final film role.

SERIES: The HBO show Luck went off the air before it finished its first season due to on-set controversies, which is unfortunate since it was a well-reviewed show with a great cast. Created by David Milch of Deadwood fame, it stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina as various down-and-out characters whose stories revolve around a racetrack.

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Flick Picks 11/19

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ENTERTAINMENT: It's a holiday week so it's a quiet one for new releases. Luckily we've got a movie that's got enough superstar firepower to fuel 10 blockbusters. Expendables 2 stars Sylverster Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jean Claude Van Damme and the former governor of California Jerry Brown Arnold Schwarzenegger in the story of...oh, who cares? Lots of stuff gets blown up by guys with huge biceps! It's perfect for your post-Thanksgiving feast!

DOCUMENTARIES: Ken Burns returns with a four hour documentary about The Dust Bowl, covering the drought of the 1930s. Also available is The Island President which covers the challenge of the Maldives, which is slowly sinking under the ocean. Both of these films are fascinating looks at our relationship with our land and environment!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be sure to check out lots of DVDs!

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Flick Picks 11/12

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ENTERTAINMENT: Pixar offers its first fairy tale this year with Brave, the story of a young girl who is determined to forge her own path. It brings together the best of Pixar's creative imagination with its parent company Disney's skill at forging a princess tale. If you're looking for something a little more adult in its sensibilities, we've got the sci-fi comedy The Watch, which stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as suburbanites who are determined to protect their neighborhood from aliens.

We've also got some great picks for those of you who are looking for a smaller, quirkier film. 2 Days in New York tells the story of a journalist (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend (Julie Delpy) whose family decides to come to the United States to visit. Delpy wrote and directed this sweet, charming comedy. Welcome to the Dollhouse director Todd Solondz returns with Dark Horse, another dark, uncomfortable comedy about relationships. Finally, Natural Selection stars the wonderful Rachael Harris as a devout Christian housewife who learns that her dying husband has an illegitimate son and sets out to bring him to visit his father.

SERIES: The only series coming out this week is a welcome one for you Doctor Who fans. Series seven, part one of Matt Smith's portrayal comes out this week, with part two due to follow next year.

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Flick Picks 11/5

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ENTERTAINMENT: It might have only been the third biggest superhero movie of the summer but who doesn't love Spider-man? The Amazing Spider-Man starts at the beginning of the story as Peter Parker gains his powers and learns responsibility while defending New York City from The Lizard. It stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Yes, we're at the time of year for Christmas movies and the one that we've got this week is a cut above many of the other holiday DVDs. The talented crew at Aardman Animations bring us Arthur Christmas, which tells the tale of Santa Claus' youngest son's attempt to help out his father when a child's present is accidentally left undelivered, despite a computerized and modernized North Pole. Also being released this week is Your Sister's Sister, starring Emily Blunt in the tale of a man, his female best friend and her sister, all of whom end up at a cabin with personal issues to work out. It's a small romantic flick set in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, Trishna is Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Ubervilles set in India and starring Frieda Pinto.

SERIES: Call the Midwife is the delightful new BBC series about midwives in London in the 1950s. Our other UK import this week is set 2 of Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn as Ann Cleeves's detective Vera Stanhope.

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