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Kill Bill: Vol. 2

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In the second installment of Quentin Tarantino’s outrageously inventive Kill Bill series, the Bride (Uma Thurman) unwaveringly continues on her “roaring rampage of revenge” against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. The woman visits each of her former associates one by one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five until there’s nothing left to do … but kill Bill (David Carradine).

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Starting Out in the Evening

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With aims to revive the faded career of aging author Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella), enterprising graduate student Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose) makes his novels the topic of her master’s thesis and raises his hopes for a literary comeback. All the while, Leonard’s middle-aged daughter (Lili Taylor) remains dubious — both of Heather’s motivations and her own prospects for long-term happiness.

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Restrepo

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Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, teamed with photographer Tim Hetherington and spent a year embedded with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, chronicling the hard work, fear and brotherhood that come with repelling a deadly enemy. Hunkered down with the soldiers in one of the region’s most strategic valleys, the filmmakers uncover the dark humor, sleepless surreality and constant anxiety of war in this Oscar-nominated documentary.

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Resolved

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With competition as fierce as that of any sport, debate teams are a way for high school students to develop techniques of persuasion and reason. They’re also, according to this searing documentary by Greg Whiteley, a hotbed of racial and class bias. Up-and-coming debaters from racially diverse schools challenge the traditional debate method by replacing the impartial, straightforward style with arguments born of personal experience.

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Heat

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As two driven professionals — an illustrious detective (Al Pacino) and a sophisticated thief (Robert De Niro) — face off, they learn how much they need each other, and that the line between cop and criminal isn’t always well-defined. Brilliantly directed by Michael Mann, Heat is a hyperkinetic crime drama about two men on opposite sides of the law who approach life in much the same way. Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore and Jon Voight co-star.

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Hustle & Flow

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Terrence Howard turns in an Oscar-nominated performance in director Craig Brewer’s indie drama as DJay, a pimp with aspirations of grandeur who wants to make it as a rapper but discovers that fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Offering strong characters and notes of sweet romance amid the urban beats of its central plot, this 2005 Sundance Audience Award winner also won an Oscar for Best Original Song (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”).

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Welcome to the Rileys

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Devastated by their daughter’s death eight years ago, Doug (James Gandolfini) and his guilt-ridden wife, Lois (Melissa Leo), lead depressing lives without much meaning. But by forming an unconventional relationship with teen call girl Mallory (Kristen Stewart), the couple begins to rediscover hope. Directed by Jake Scott, this compelling family drama also stars David Jensen, Kathy Lamkin and Lance E. Nichols.

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Adventureland

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Unable to afford the European vacation he’d dreamed of, recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) reluctantly takes a gig at a local amusement park, only to learn that the dead-end job is, in fact, excellent preparation for the real world. Writer-director Greg Mottola’s semi-autobiographical comedy-drama, filmed in Pittsburgh’s Kennywood Park, also stars Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Stewart.

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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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Robert Downey Jr. stars in director Dito Montiel’s autobiographical coming-of-age drama set in blue-collar Queens, N.Y. While his young friends all seem to end up as junkies, inmates or corpses, Dito (Downey) miraculously escapes the same fate. He attributes that to divine intervention from a group of “saints,” who are the same friends whose path he tries so hard to avoid. Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri, Shia LaBeouf and Rosario Dawson co-star.

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Chicago 10

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Blending archival footage with modern animation, this documentary examines the massive protests besetting the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, and the courtroom trial of several activists and participants in the aftermath. Among those featured are Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, who were charged with inciting a riot. Mark Ruffalo, Hank Azaria and Nick Nolte provide voice-over work, and the soundtrack features Rage Against the Machine and Eminem.

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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In a backwater Iowa town, Gilbert (Johnny Depp) struggles to take care of his mentally disabled brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), and provide for the rest of his family. But after falling for the stranded Becky (Juliette Lewis), Gilbert discovers exciting new possibilities for his life. Co-starring Mary Steenburgen, John C. Reilly and Crispin Glover, this tender drama earned DiCaprio an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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Catfish

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Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman document the strange series of events that unfolds when a gifted 8-year-old artist named Abby contacts Nev, a 24-year-old photographer (and Schulman’s brother), through Facebook. After Abby sends Nev a remarkable painting based on one of his photos, Nev begins corresponding with her family — including her seductive 19-year-old sister. Realizing that something’s not quite right, Nev sets out to uncover the truth.

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Big Love: Season 4: Disc 2

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This disc includes the following episodes: “The Mighty and Strong,” “Sins of the Father” and “Under One Roof.”

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Big Love: Season 4: Disc 3

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This disc includes the following episodes: “Blood Atonement,” “Next Ticket Out” and “End of Days.”

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The IT Crowd: Series 3

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In the third season of this acclaimed British comedy series about tech support geeks and slackers at Reynholm Industries, Jen (played by Katherine Parkinson) seeks a new job after her sexual harassment lawsuit ends unsatisfactorily. Later, Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Roy (Chris O’Dowd) turn on Jen when she goes overboard with her role as boss, and the company creates a nude calendar for a fundraiser.

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The Foot Fist Way

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When he gets wind of his wife’s infidelities, control freak Tae Kwon Do instructor Mr. Simmons (Danny McBride) finally loses his cool and sets out on a pilgrimage to see his hero: martial arts master Chuck “The Truck” Wallace (Ben Best). But is the world ready for a meeting between these two over-the-top black-belt egos? Expertly drawn characters and furious action make for a wild ride in this Jody Hill comedy.

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Shoot 'Em Up

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When a mysterious loner named Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) delivers a woman’s baby during an intense shoot-out, he inadvertently runs afoul of the ruthless Mr. Hertz (Paul Giamatti). Now, aided by the enigmatic DQ (Monica Bellucci), Smith must shield the newborn from Hertz and his henchmen. Ramona Pringle and Stephen McHattie co-star in this bullet-riddled action-thriller from writer-director Michael Davis.

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The IT Crowd: Series 2

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The inaction continues in the second round of this BAFTA-nominated British comedy series that follows the desperate lives of three miserable members of an IT support team employed at Reynholm Industries. The show’s sophomore season finds a new boss (Matt Berry) shaking things up. Meanwhile, Moss (Richard Ayoade) signs up for a course in German cuisine and Jen (Katherine Parkinson) lands herself a promotion.

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The American

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On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack (George Clooney) declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him. Although duty will surely call, Jack becomes friends with Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and falls for villager Clara (Violante Placido) in this suspense thriller directed by Anton Corbijn.

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Twin Peaks: Season 2: Disc 6

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This disc includes the following episodes: “The Path to the Black Lodge,” “Miss Twin Peaks” and “Beyond Life and Death.”

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