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click to enlarge Idiocracy (R)  -  -  - 20th Century Fox  -  - 20th Century Fox clearly mishandled Mike Judge's latest - comedy, Idiocracy, a scathingly satirical look at - the dumbing down of America. With "King of the Hill" - and Office Space both ingrained in the pop - culture lexicon, you'd think this would have been given - the star treatment. Instead, it was unceremoniously - dumped into seven theaters and then quietly put on - DVD. And it's a shame, because this could have been a - huge hit. Luke Wilson is an everyday Joe who is frozen - for 500 years, only to wake up and find out that he's the - smartest man alive. From jabs at our corporate - obsessions to America's love of all things idiotic, - Idiocracy may have hit too close to home for too - many studio execs.  Louis Fowler -
  • Idiocracy (R)

    20th Century Fox

    20th Century Fox clearly mishandled Mike Judge's latest comedy, Idiocracy, a scathingly satirical look at the dumbing down of America. With "King of the Hill" and Office Space both ingrained in the pop culture lexicon, you'd think this would have been given the star treatment. Instead, it was unceremoniously dumped into seven theaters and then quietly put on DVD. And it's a shame, because this could have been a huge hit. Luke Wilson is an everyday Joe who is frozen for 500 years, only to wake up and find out that he's the smartest man alive. From jabs at our corporate obsessions to America's love of all things idiotic, Idiocracy may have hit too close to home for too many studio execs. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge "Extras: The Complete First - Season' (NR)  -  -  - HBO Home Video  -  - It's a near-impossible task, trying to succeed "The - Office." The workplace TV comedy starring Ricky Gervais - was a British comedy landmark and was successful - enough to spawn an ultra-realized American version. - "Extras," this follow-up from Gervais and writing partner - Stephen Merchant, isn't "The Office," but it's still a - sublime, thoughtfully humorous series about the lives of - movie extras. The pep and zing of "The Office" is gone, - instead replaced with a leisurely swing through the - trailers and back stages of the movies where marquee - actors  guest stars include Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller - and Kate Winslet  act completely against type. "Extras" - is worth a look, as long as you're not looking for a - classic.  Louis Fowler
  • "Extras: The Complete First Season' (NR)

    HBO Home Video

    It's a near-impossible task, trying to succeed "The Office." The workplace TV comedy starring Ricky Gervais was a British comedy landmark and was successful enough to spawn an ultra-realized American version. "Extras," this follow-up from Gervais and writing partner Stephen Merchant, isn't "The Office," but it's still a sublime, thoughtfully humorous series about the lives of movie extras. The pep and zing of "The Office" is gone, instead replaced with a leisurely swing through the trailers and back stages of the movies where marquee actors guest stars include Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet act completely against type. "Extras" is worth a look, as long as you're not looking for a classic. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Cult of the Suicide Bomber - (NR)  -  -  - Disinformation  -  - Tracing a dangerous ideology to its roots is no easy task; - former CIA agent Robert Baer, who inspired George - Clooney's character in Syriana, is one of the few - people qualified. The Cult takes viewers into - Tehran, Beirut and other hotbeds of Western hatred and - extremist recruitment, and interviews people about the - history and effectiveness of suicide attacks. Expect to - see child soldiers and babies in suicide gear; to hear - "death to America" chants; and to feel nauseous about - the future. This film offers footage of explosions to keep - the otherwise interview-driven content from becoming a - heady snoozer. It's not just about Palestine, Israel, the - United States or any other key players: Baer illustrates - how this dangerous phenomenon affects us all. -  Matthew Schniper
  • The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (NR)

    Disinformation

    Tracing a dangerous ideology to its roots is no easy task; former CIA agent Robert Baer, who inspired George Clooney's character in Syriana, is one of the few people qualified. The Cult takes viewers into Tehran, Beirut and other hotbeds of Western hatred and extremist recruitment, and interviews people about the history and effectiveness of suicide attacks. Expect to see child soldiers and babies in suicide gear; to hear "death to America" chants; and to feel nauseous about the future. This film offers footage of explosions to keep the otherwise interview-driven content from becoming a heady snoozer. It's not just about Palestine, Israel, the United States or any other key players: Baer illustrates how this dangerous phenomenon affects us all. Matthew Schniper

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