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click to enlarge - I Think I Love My Wife (R)  -  -  -  - Fox Searchlight  -  - Chris Rock gets a lot of needless crap for his films - Head of State and Pootie Tang among - them  but as a longtime fan of his, I continue to - support his cinematic endeavors. His latest effort, I - Think I Love My Wife, a marriage comedy based on - the French film Chloe in the Afternoon, barely - made a noticeable ripple in theaters after its initial - release. Rock plays an upwardly mobile investment - banker who, after seven years of marriage, has grown - completely bored in his relationship. At the same time, - he is tempted by an old friend who obviously is looking - for something more than just free lunch with him. This - film is overly dramatic at times, and its style and tone - may be a bit jarring to Rock fans, but it's still very funny, - featuring many of the comedian's trademark witticisms. -  Louis Fowler
  • I Think I Love My Wife (R)

    Fox Searchlight

    Chris Rock gets a lot of needless crap for his films Head of State and Pootie Tang among them but as a longtime fan of his, I continue to support his cinematic endeavors. His latest effort, I Think I Love My Wife, a marriage comedy based on the French film Chloe in the Afternoon, barely made a noticeable ripple in theaters after its initial release. Rock plays an upwardly mobile investment banker who, after seven years of marriage, has grown completely bored in his relationship. At the same time, he is tempted by an old friend who obviously is looking for something more than just free lunch with him. This film is overly dramatic at times, and its style and tone may be a bit jarring to Rock fans, but it's still very funny, featuring many of the comedian's trademark witticisms. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The History of the Machine Gun - (NR)  -  -  - Focus Film Entertainment / Release - date: Sept. 11  -  - Originally broadcast on the Discovery Channel, The - History of the Machine Gun, like the title says, is - everything you've ever wanted to know about the rapid- - firing weapon and more. It starts in the Civil War with the - Gatlin, waves through World War II and Vietnam and ends - with the AK-47 and its current uses in military uprisings. - Oh, and we're also shown a futuristic gun that can shoot - a million (!) rounds a minute. It's all shown in horrifically - gory, and ultimately frightening, detail. Filled with rare - photos and films, this doc admittedly lags whenever its - talking heads start spewing, most notably elderly British - soldiers and the shell-shocked writers of Soldier of - Fortune magazine. The DVD extras are nil, but at - three hours, like a still-smoking stock, you're too worn - to even care.   Louis Fowler
  • The History of the Machine Gun (NR)

    Focus Film Entertainment / Release date: Sept. 11

    Originally broadcast on the Discovery Channel, The History of the Machine Gun, like the title says, is everything you've ever wanted to know about the rapid- firing weapon and more. It starts in the Civil War with the Gatlin, waves through World War II and Vietnam and ends with the AK-47 and its current uses in military uprisings. Oh, and we're also shown a futuristic gun that can shoot a million (!) rounds a minute. It's all shown in horrifically gory, and ultimately frightening, detail. Filled with rare photos and films, this doc admittedly lags whenever its talking heads start spewing, most notably elderly British soldiers and the shell-shocked writers of Soldier of Fortune magazine. The DVD extras are nil, but at three hours, like a still-smoking stock, you're too worn to even care. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Horrors of Malformed Men (NR) -  -  -  - Synapse Films  -  - Based on the macabre writings of the "Japanese Edgar - Allen Poe," Edogawa Rampo, The Horrors of - Malformed Men, a classic film from 1969, is a true - shocker. A young, possibly insane medical student - assumes the identity of his doppelganger in this film, - taking him to a bizarre island where his insane father - has crafted a land full of one surreal art project after - another. The reason for this eccentricity: creating a place - where humans are transformed into deformed monsters, - as a form of maniacal revenge against society for his - webbed fingers. It's a real masterpiece that is better seen - than described. Synapse has filled the DVD with features, - including commentaries, trailers, rare footage and - interviews. Worthy of a Criterion release, Horrors -  transcends its genre, creating one all its own. -   Louis Fowler
  • Horrors of Malformed Men (NR)

    Synapse Films

    Based on the macabre writings of the "Japanese Edgar Allen Poe," Edogawa Rampo, The Horrors of Malformed Men, a classic film from 1969, is a true shocker. A young, possibly insane medical student assumes the identity of his doppelganger in this film, taking him to a bizarre island where his insane father has crafted a land full of one surreal art project after another. The reason for this eccentricity: creating a place where humans are transformed into deformed monsters, as a form of maniacal revenge against society for his webbed fingers. It's a real masterpiece that is better seen than described. Synapse has filled the DVD with features, including commentaries, trailers, rare footage and interviews. Worthy of a Criterion release, Horrors transcends its genre, creating one all its own. Louis Fowler

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