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Holy Motors (NR)

Indomina

On Oscar night, a very different Oscar emerged as a cultish specter on social media: Denis Lavant's Monsieur Oscar, a shape-shifting businessman, or possibly performance artist, who, along with limo-driving assistant (Edith Scob), violently yet elegiacally navigates through a dreamlike day of role-playing. Or a fantastical night of sleeping. Whatever the case, Holy Motors gives us Oscar's rooftop duet with Kylie Minogue, which serves as both a meditation on the loss of director Leos Carax's recently deceased partner and as a swan song for the short-lived Indomina film studio, which produced the film and said goodbye with a mere tweet ("It was a fun ride."). From that to the movie's sewer-dwelling gnome, it's all superb. Its thrilling originality was in the hearts of many a cinephile as Ben Affleck accepted Best Picture for his mediocre outing. Call Holy Motors the true "people's choice," a visionary film that'll live on long after "Argofuckyourself" stops being cute. — Justin Strout

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Special Forces (R)

Entertainment One

With gritty procedurals about elite soldiers rescuing white people/killing brown people all the rage, thanks to recent flicks like Act of Valor and Zero Dark Thirty, this well-made international affair, starring Djimon Hounsou and Diane Kruger, provides 109 minutes of quite watchable material. War reporter Elsa (Kruger) gets herself taken hostage in Afghanistan by the dastardly Taliban, and Special Forces are dispatched to save her. The tables turn, however, when the pursuers become the pursuees and have to navigate through the mountains of the Hindu Kush. (That's not what you think it is, Coloradans.) Filled with a steady supply of pulse-pounding tension, eye-opening social commentary, balls-to-the-wall action and some truly breathtaking cinematography, Special Forces is definitely the cream that rises to the top of this aforementioned subgenre and provides a welcome change of pace from Hollywood's version of what they think heroic soldiers should be. — Louis Fowler

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The Package (R)

Anchor Bay HomeEntertainment

The Expendables gravy train keeps a-rolling in the latest blow-'em-up straight-to-DVD actioner The Package. It's as if these producers are spinning a wheel to pick which Expendable is going to star in their films. Here we land Dolph Lundgren and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Austin is Tommy Wick, your everyday nightclub bouncer/Seattle mob enforcer who is tasked with delivering the titular package to a big-time crime boss known as "The German" (Lundgren). But, wouldn't you know it: Everybody wants Wick's package, and a relatively low-budget army comes out of the woodwork to grab it. We can all pretty much surmise that The Package is stupid, but as far as totally mindless, quickly entertaining action flicks go, this is definitely the full package. Austin and Lundgren look like they're having a good time, so I guess there's no reason why we can't, either. — Louis Fowler

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