Sherlock Holmes
Robert Downey Jr. now gets to boil down the anatomy of a fight, and solve a complicated mystery with wild ease, at home. Guy Ritchie's lively spin on Sherlock inspired Peter Hall to write: "If there exists another film, TV show, or book that makes deductive reasoning and Victorian era procedural investigations as invigorating as the new Sherlock Holmes does, then I am sorely missing out." Buy it on dvd or Blu-ray.

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An Education
Carey Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as a young London teen in 1961 who's swayed from her rigid education for an entirely different and mature education on life. James Rocchi noted in his review: "An Education is superbly constructed, yes, but those elements also connect; a perfectly-picked song cue speaks to a character's mood, a gorgeous camera shot moves the plot forward, an exquisitely painful line is backed with a warm, real performance." Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

I'll hand this right over to John Gholson, who wasn't so charmed with the Chipmunks and their battle of the bands with the Chipettes. He wrote: "Director Betty Thomas brings nothing to the table but a steadfast commitment to doing everything half-baked. The Squeakquel is littered with effects work just passable enough to get the job done, short-shrifted pop musical numbers, and aggressively toothless comedy. I was glad to see the boys again, but not in something this dull." Skip it on DVD and Blu-ray.

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IMAX: Under the Sea







Baader Meinhof Complex
Another European retro feature, one that doesn't involve romantic schooling, Baader Meinhof Complex follows "the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that became increasingly active following World War II." The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009, and earned an impressive 87% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. Rent it and check it out for yourself on DVD or Blu-ray.

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The Yes Men Fix the World

Suitably hitting the shelves on April 1, the Yes Men return to fix the world with a mixture of political activism, performance art, and prankster ways. "Bichlbaum and Bonanno specialize in setting up realistic-looking mock websites that claim to represent famous and powerful multinational corporations, and when they're contacted to speak on behalf of the companies, they deliver absurd satirical presentations that sometimes fool their audiences into believing they've seen the real thing." The documentary earned an 80% fresh rating, so Rent it and enjoy Fool's Day with a side of political activism.

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Also out: 3 Idiots, Afghan Star



The Killer

John Woo's 1989 classic takes the tried and true "one last job story" to high definition, with the added perks of interviews/q&a's with Woo, locations, and trailer gallery. Jeffrey M. Anderson describes the film as: "it's Woo's action that sets this film apart. Remarkably fluid and clear, his camera swings and pans in rhythm with the actors' movements; candles and pigeons add a symbolic, spiritual weight to the proceedings."

Tromeo and Juliet
Proving that everything is headed to Blu-ray sooner or later, the Troma classic is now making its mark in the B-R field with its classic tag-line, "Body Piercing, Kinky Sex, Dismemberment. The Things That Made Shakespeare Great."

Also out: Collateral, The Diary of Anne Frank (2009), House Broken, I Sell the Dead, IMAX: Under the Sea, Vampyres, Red Cliff



Kenneth Anger's: The Complete Magick Lantern Cycle
A collection of the filmmaker's work, restored, from the beautiful short film Puce Moment, to the likes of Rabbit's Moon and Lucifer Rising.

Alice in Wonderland: Un-Anniversary Edition
Now that Tim Burton's twist is out on screens, Disney has released its "Un-Anniversary Edition," featuring a deleted scene, details on making the classic, and more goodies for the kidlets and old-school Disney fiends.


Also out: Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa, I Sell the Dead, Housebroken, Smash Cut, Girly, Sea Devils, Salt of the Earth