Choke
Even with the cult-led power of Fight Club, it took a long time for another Chuck Palahniuk adaptation to make it to the big screen. Finally, we were served Clark Gregg's Choke, a film that certainly relished its source material, but didn't inspire the rabid love of its predecessor. Still, it's a fun look into the life of a sex addict who fake-chokes in restaurants for money. Rent it.

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Body of Lies
Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe get to face off in this political thriller filled with CIA intrigue and infiltration. Leo's the out-in-the-field op uncovering word of a new terrorist leader, while Crowe guides via satellite -- but is that guidance helping or hurting the situation? Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Changeling
True stories made for successful cinema in this Clint Eastwood-helmed film about a woman (Angelina Jolie) in 1920s LA who's trying to find her abducted son. She gets a son, alright, but it's not her own, which triggers her own search for the ugly truth. As Kim Voynar said, Jolie "excels in a powerful performance." Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Simon Pegg has made an amazing comedic name for himself over the last handful of years, fighting zombies and enforcing the law in a small and crazy town. But in comedies not created and whipped up by Pegg himself, they fall flat. Even if he is alienating the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Anderson, and Megan Fox ... we say Skip it.

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Also out: Midnight Meat Train, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Flash of Genius, Quarantine, Alien Raiders, Feast 3: The Happy Finish, Moving Midway, Screamers: The Hunting, Still Waiting




Religulous

Bill Maher teamed up with Larry Charles (Borat) to investigate world religion, and from the mouth of James Rocchi: "Bill Maher doesn't just assert how he believes in one less god than many of us, and he doesn't just craft bold, bizarre and hilarious moments of comedy and discussion with the help of director Larry Charles (Borat)... [He] proposes that religious belief, in an age of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, actively endangers humanity through encouraging conflict, promising rewards for irrational behavior, justifying artificial divisions and enabling other unfounded and unkind forms of thinking." Rent it.

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Dead Like Me: Life After Death
When word hits that a beloved and canceled show will get the feature treatment, it's usually a breath of relief, a reason for excitement (see Arrested Development).This continuation of Dead Like Me, however, is not. In Rube's absence (he's seen the light, you know), the team isn't what it used to be (including a recasting of Daisy), and only worth the trip for those who will take more reaping in any form. Skip it.

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Also out: I Served the King of England, Palo Alto, CA, Out at the Wedding



This week, it's all about the classic, award-winning fare -- just in time for the Oscars. Take you pick between:

Capote/In Cold Blood 2-Pack -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's Capote is teamed with the film adaptation of the book that made him famous. With this gift pack, I guess that means PSH is the official Truman! One Oscar win plus four Oscar nods.

Gandhi -- These days Ben Kingsley is chillin' with an Olson twin, but in 1982 Richard Attenborough made him Ghandi and grabbed an impressive 8 Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Picture.

Kramer v. Kramer -- Or there's Dustin Hoffman fighting Meryl Streep for custody of their children, which grabbed 5 Oscar wins.

The Passion of the Christ -- If the pain of Christ's death wasn't sharp enough, now Mel Gibson's film is available in high definition, a definitive edition with mulitple commentaries and more. The film was nominated for 3 Oscars.

Also out: High School Musical Box Set or just Senior Year or Remix, The Midnight Meat Train, Quarantine




Hobson's Choice - Criterion Collection
Winner of the British Film Institute's Best Film award in 1954, this classic film (starring Charles Laughton and John Mills) gives you a father v. his three daughters story that ends a wee bit differently than King Lear. This release includes commentary, featurettes, and according to DVD Talk, is highly recommended.

Faces. - Criterion Collection
Classic Cassavetes. This time, with a failing marriage between Richard Frost and Lynn Carlin where the former falls for a prostitute played by Gena Rowlands, and the latter falls for a hippie played by Seymour Cassel. DVD Verdict says: "can be absolute torture to sit through if you're not in the right frame of mind," but it is teamed with great supplements.

Older films that are also out: Alice in Wondertown, City Girl, The Helen Morgan Story, Kaiser's Lackey, The Outrage, Silver Chalice, Toto in the Moon, When Time Ran Out, Derby