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click to enlarge The Hitcher (R)  -  -  - Rogue Pictures  -  - Don't pick up hitchhikers. Just don't. Too bad the main - characters of The Hitcher, Jim and Grace, don't - subscribe to this way of thinking. Because then not only - would they have lived long, happy lives, but the audience - would have been spared yet another pointless remake of - a classic horror flick, reconfigured for teeny-boppers - with a fresh-faced CW cast and a soundtrack filled with - the likes of Nickelback and Five for Fighting. It's simply - meant to earn a quick buck from the PG-13 crowd - looking for cheap thrills. No care or thought was really - put into, oh, I don't know, actually making a good film - here. So, to repeat: Don't pick up hitchhikers. And, for - the love of God, don't pick up The Hitcher. -  Louis Fowler
  • The Hitcher (R)

    Rogue Pictures

    Don't pick up hitchhikers. Just don't. Too bad the main characters of The Hitcher, Jim and Grace, don't subscribe to this way of thinking. Because then not only would they have lived long, happy lives, but the audience would have been spared yet another pointless remake of a classic horror flick, reconfigured for teeny-boppers with a fresh-faced CW cast and a soundtrack filled with the likes of Nickelback and Five for Fighting. It's simply meant to earn a quick buck from the PG-13 crowd looking for cheap thrills. No care or thought was really put into, oh, I don't know, actually making a good film here. So, to repeat: Don't pick up hitchhikers. And, for the love of God, don't pick up The Hitcher. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Starbucking (NR)  -  -  - Heretic  -  - Everyone needs something to live for. Everyone needs a - goal or a dream. For Winter, the focus of - Starbucking, it's visiting every Starbucks in the - world. No reason  it's just something he feels the need - to do. Starbucking is a chronicle of his journey - and a wholly engaging peek into the world of an - eccentric who teeters on the brink of madness, be it - from his own bipolarity or the fact that he drinks, - literally, a gallon or two of coffee a day. He's nervous, - jittery, jumpy, on edge and loves strippers, but there's - still a charm to Winter that dares the viewer to cheer him - on in his useless quest  even as you see that it might - be tearing him up inside.  Louis Fowler
  • Starbucking (NR)

    Heretic

    Everyone needs something to live for. Everyone needs a goal or a dream. For Winter, the focus of Starbucking, it's visiting every Starbucks in the world. No reason it's just something he feels the need to do. Starbucking is a chronicle of his journey and a wholly engaging peek into the world of an eccentric who teeters on the brink of madness, be it from his own bipolarity or the fact that he drinks, literally, a gallon or two of coffee a day. He's nervous, jittery, jumpy, on edge and loves strippers, but there's still a charm to Winter that dares the viewer to cheer him on in his useless quest even as you see that it might be tearing him up inside. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Stryper: Greatest Hits Live in - Puerto Rico (NR)  -  -  - MVD Visual  -  - Whether you're a devout Christian or just a dude who - loves hair metal, can we agree that Stryper holds a place - in all our hearts? Clad in their bumble-bee yellow and - black Spandex, Aqua Net-infused hair and righteous - lyrics about a metalhead's love of the Lord, Stryper was a - household name in the mid-'80s. Now the boys are - older, sans Spandex, and have a more mature sound - (and a much more fervent proselytizing style). But - dammit, try to pretend that "To Hell With the Devil" and - "In God We Trust" still ain't the glam-jams today that - they were yesterday. You don't need to be a believer in - Christ to dig this concert, but being a believer in kick- - ass metal might help.  Louis Fowler
  • Stryper: Greatest Hits Live in Puerto Rico (NR)

    MVD Visual

    Whether you're a devout Christian or just a dude who loves hair metal, can we agree that Stryper holds a place in all our hearts? Clad in their bumble-bee yellow and black Spandex, Aqua Net-infused hair and righteous lyrics about a metalhead's love of the Lord, Stryper was a household name in the mid-'80s. Now the boys are older, sans Spandex, and have a more mature sound (and a much more fervent proselytizing style). But dammit, try to pretend that "To Hell With the Devil" and "In God We Trust" still ain't the glam-jams today that they were yesterday. You don't need to be a believer in Christ to dig this concert, but being a believer in kick- ass metal might help. Louis Fowler

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