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  • Howards End - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009

    One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is "poor relation" Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film's principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film's wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel's famous epigram, to "only connect" with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi's art direction. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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    Press Tour: 'Suburgatory' welcomes new character, makes cuts

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Jan 17, 2014

    Jane Levy checks in via satellite and mind control
  • Bruce Almighty - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2009

    After a bad day at work, a man suddenly gets a new job -- as the world's new Heavenly Father -- in this comedy. Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a television reporter working in Buffalo, NY, who has been growing increasingly dissatisfied with his existence, and after an especially bad day, he flies into a rage and curses God for making his life miserable. To Bruce's great surprise, the Supreme Being Himself (Morgan Freeman) appears, and tries to convince Bruce of the enormity of his task. Bruce, however, isn't buying it, so God gives him a chance to find out what he's up against; God bestows all of his powers on Bruce for a week, to see how he'd handle things. At first, Bruce has a great time bending the world around him to his will, much to the puzzlement of his girlfriend, Grace (Jennifer Aniston), but after six days God stops by to remind Bruce he hasn't done much to make the Earth a better place. Disappointed, God presents Bruce with an ultimatum -- he has one day to improve the world in a concrete way, or God will toss the planet back into the void. Bruce Almighty was directed by Tom Shadyac, who previously teamed with Jim Carrey for Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
  • Atonement - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010

    A mischievous girl accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit, only to find that her words have irrevocably and permanently changed the lives of all involved in a film that re-teams the filmmakers behind Pride & Prejudice to adapt the best-selling 2002 novel by author Ian McEwan. The year is 1935, and as the summer heat takes hold, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis watches her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), get undressed and go frolicking in the garden fountain on her family's country estate. The housekeeper's son, Robbie (James McAvoy), a childhood friend and recent Cambridge graduate, also witnesses the innocent act. When Robbie and Cecilia subsequently cross a particularly sensitive boundary and the scheming Briony accuses Robbie of an unspeakable transgression for which the boy is wholly innocent, the repercussions of her unfounded claim threaten to affect all three for decades to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
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    Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #1'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Feb 6, 2014

    How many lives would Group Night claim?
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    SXSW 2014 adds Hollywood nightmares and Bigfoot horror for the midnight line-up

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014

    Plus the Sundance sensation 'The Guest'
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    Season finale review - 'Suburgatory': 'The Motherload'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Mother's Day in Chatswin raises complicated emotions for Tessa and Lisa
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    The Morning Round-Up (Sitcom Edition): 'Suburgatory' & 'Happy Endings'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Feb 16, 2012

    Both ABC comedies show off their weaker sides
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    Season finale review: 'Suburgatory' - 'Apocalypse Meow/Stray Dog'

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013

    Tessa reacts poorly to news of Dallas and George's plan to move in together
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    Interview: Hope Driskill talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Mar 2, 2013

    So why didn't Hope just write Eddie's name down?