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click to enlarge - Pittsburgh (NR)  -  -  - Starz Home Entertainment  -  - Typically, when a mockumentary goes out of its way to - compare itself to the works of Christopher Guest and his - brood of faux documentarians, the results are far from - stellar. But Pittsburgh, which is currently being - compared to Guest's work, actually proves a funny take - on the genre. With Jeff Goldblum playing himself, the - story follows the actor as he attempts to star in a - regional theater production of The Music Man. - The motivation: to get his girlfriend a green card. This - actually happened, too  but the comedy here lies in the - fact that you're never really sure where the fiction stops - and the truth begins. Goldblum's eccentricity only helps - blur that line. To see him parading about, in full - marching-band regalia, singing "Trouble" in the stage - production is truly hilarious.  Louis Fowler
  • Pittsburgh (NR)

    Starz Home Entertainment

    Typically, when a mockumentary goes out of its way to compare itself to the works of Christopher Guest and his brood of faux documentarians, the results are far from stellar. But Pittsburgh, which is currently being compared to Guest's work, actually proves a funny take on the genre. With Jeff Goldblum playing himself, the story follows the actor as he attempts to star in a regional theater production of The Music Man. The motivation: to get his girlfriend a green card. This actually happened, too but the comedy here lies in the fact that you're never really sure where the fiction stops and the truth begins. Goldblum's eccentricity only helps blur that line. To see him parading about, in full marching-band regalia, singing "Trouble" in the stage production is truly hilarious. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge - Vacancy (R)  -  -  - Sony Pictures Entertainment  -  - Bickering couple Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, after - their car goes on the fritz, spend the night at a super- - scuzzy motel. Not more than 20 minutes after they've - signed their registration card, they realize they're about - to be the latest stars in the motel manager's string of - highly successful snuff films. Masked murderers come - out of every nook and cranny, ready to give their - performances, with videocameras taping everywhere. - That's basically the plot, and yes, it's filled with so many - holes that you'd expect it to sink. But it's actually a - nerve-racking thriller with a seriously slimy antagonist. - The DVD also happens to have the most disturbing - bonus feature of all time: All the snuff films shown in the - film, in their entirety. Who was clamoring for that? -  Louis Fowler
  • Vacancy (R)

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Bickering couple Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, after their car goes on the fritz, spend the night at a super- scuzzy motel. Not more than 20 minutes after they've signed their registration card, they realize they're about to be the latest stars in the motel manager's string of highly successful snuff films. Masked murderers come out of every nook and cranny, ready to give their performances, with videocameras taping everywhere. That's basically the plot, and yes, it's filled with so many holes that you'd expect it to sink. But it's actually a nerve-racking thriller with a seriously slimy antagonist. The DVD also happens to have the most disturbing bonus feature of all time: All the snuff films shown in the film, in their entirety. Who was clamoring for that? Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Snake Woman's Curse (NR)  -  -  - Synapse Films  -  - Set in feudal Japan, Snake Woman's Curse is a - classic ghost story from 1968 that's a real creeper. A - cruel landlord, through his indifferent actions, one by - one kills a whole family in servitude to him. Slowly, the - ghosts of the family come back to haunt the landlord - and his cronies, manifesting themselves in both spectral - form and as anthropomorphic snakes. This drives the - evildoers crazy, causing a self-inflicted chain reaction of - destruction. Beautifully shot and well-paced, Snake - Woman's Curse is actually a very classy affair that - mixes its spookiness with its pathos, emotionally - drawing you into the story unexpectedly. Director Nobuo - Nakagawa, known as the "father of the Japanese horror - film," is waiting to be rediscovered by a new generation - of genre enthusiasts.  Louis Fowler
  • Snake Woman's Curse (NR)

    Synapse Films

    Set in feudal Japan, Snake Woman's Curse is a classic ghost story from 1968 that's a real creeper. A cruel landlord, through his indifferent actions, one by one kills a whole family in servitude to him. Slowly, the ghosts of the family come back to haunt the landlord and his cronies, manifesting themselves in both spectral form and as anthropomorphic snakes. This drives the evildoers crazy, causing a self-inflicted chain reaction of destruction. Beautifully shot and well-paced, Snake Woman's Curse is actually a very classy affair that mixes its spookiness with its pathos, emotionally drawing you into the story unexpectedly. Director Nobuo Nakagawa, known as the "father of the Japanese horror film," is waiting to be rediscovered by a new generation of genre enthusiasts. Louis Fowler

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