State of Play
A Russell Crowe-starring thriller that entangles 3 deaths, Washington politics, old-school journalism, and new wave blogging, State of Play is by far your best mainstream choice this week. In his review, Jeffrey M. Anderson said: "it's probably the best newspaper/journalism movie in years," and "State of Play moves well, with grace and intelligence as well as a measure of scrappiness and a sense of working by the seat of one's pants." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Tennessee
A movie co-starring Mariah Carrey might not seem like a noteworthy piece of cinema, but it's more than meets the eye. The film focuses on woman and her brothers who set out to find their estranged father in hopes that he will help save their leukemia-suffering sibling. In his review, Joel Keller said: "Tennessee isn't action-packed, but it has a story that should keep you engaged from start to finish." Rent it.

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Unwigged & Unplugged Live Concert DVD
This isn't exactly a film, but seeing that Unwigged and Unplugged was the costume-free tour of Spinal Tap, mixing the band's hits with the musical numbers from A Mighty Wind, it's definitely worth mentioning here. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer sound great with nothing more than their voices and guitars, and add a lot of anecdotes in for good measure. Buy it.

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Also out: Impact, Methodic, Bring it On: Fight to the Finish




Sin Nombre
A road trip thriller and love story, Sin Nombre focuses on three teens making their way to the U.S. border through Mexico. In his review, Erik Davis may have said: "With Sin Nombre, Fukunaga has crafted the sort of too-real-it-hurts story that you simply have to enjoy on the big screen in order to feel the film's beautiful loneliness and share its brilliance with those you care most about," but it's still worth it for the small screen. Buy it.

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Sugar
Another dramatic but worthy film, this feature from the filmmakers of Half Nelson is a sports drama about a Dominican baseball player hoping to make it big in the U.S. big leagues. While definitely about sports, in her review Kim Voynar noted that it's more of a coming-of-age drama, and " the entire film is just gorgeous, like a painting brought to life." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.

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Also out: Take Out, Good Dick, America



First, you have your choice in epic heroes, you can go the William Wallace route with Braveheart, a Blu-ray release that offers a slew of historical HD goodies and looks back on production. Or, go back for Gladiator, another release with a bunch of historical extras and film-centric features like deleted scenes. It's the Scotland v. Roman Empire showdown.

M*A*S*H
Robert Altman's classic isn't a new release full of features, but it does allow you to see all that snarky hospital humor in higher definition. What else could you want, a pack of bandages?

Also out: The Girl Next Door (Unrated), High Crimes, Monster




The best bets for collectors this week comes from Turner Classic Movies. They've got three new collections out that can sate your craving for classics without a lot of random purchases. There's the Murder Mysteries set, which includes The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Dial M for Murder, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, the Science Fiction set with 2001 A Space Odyssey, Soylent Green, Forbidden Planet, and The Time Machine, and finally, the Horror set with House of Wax 1953, The Haunting 1963, Freaks, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941. As a movie fan, you probably already have these, but they'd be killer gifts for the newbie movie fiends you want to culture.

Also out: The Evil that Men Do, Homeboy