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click to enlarge Confessions of a Superhero (R) - Red Envelope Entertainment - This documentary, directed by Matthew - Ogens and presented by Morgan Spurlock, is a - fascinating and sometimes comically painful portrait of - struggling, half-deluded actors who stand in front of - Grauman's Chinese Theatre in superhero costumes - taking pictures with tourists for tips. There's a Superman - who claims to be the son of Sandy Dennis; an anger- - plagued Batman who alludes, rather hilariously, to - having been in the mob; a former beauty queen dressed - as Wonder Woman; and a previously homeless country - boy who walks around as the Hulk. Ogens' camera never - judges these subjects, instead letting them do all the - talking, delving deep into what makes each one of them - tick. Bonus features include Batman and Superman's trip - to Comic-Con, which would make a great movie by - itself.  Louis Fowler
  • Confessions of a Superhero (R)
    Red Envelope Entertainment
    This documentary, directed by Matthew Ogens and presented by Morgan Spurlock, is a fascinating and sometimes comically painful portrait of struggling, half-deluded actors who stand in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in superhero costumes taking pictures with tourists for tips. There's a Superman who claims to be the son of Sandy Dennis; an anger- plagued Batman who alludes, rather hilariously, to having been in the mob; a former beauty queen dressed as Wonder Woman; and a previously homeless country boy who walks around as the Hulk. Ogens' camera never judges these subjects, instead letting them do all the talking, delving deep into what makes each one of them tick. Bonus features include Batman and Superman's trip to Comic-Con, which would make a great movie by itself. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Independent (R) - Allumination FilmWorks / Release - date: Feb. 12 The world of indie film is always - ripe for humiliation, and for the first hour The - Independent gets it right. Jerry Stiller is B-movie - director Morty Fineman, who has directed 427 films, with - titles like Twelve Angry Men and a Baby and - The Man with Two Things. As he's trying to get - financing for his latest picture, with help from his - daughter (played by Janeane Garofalo), he's offered the - chance to headline a film festival. Too bad the film falls - apart in the last half-hour, changing from a spoofy - mockumentary to a heart-warming father-daughter - bonding piece that comes so out of left field that it never - recovers. The faux trailers and Jerry Stiller's abrasively - funny performance are worth the price of a rental, but - don't expect a flat-out funny, Christopher Guest-style - masterpiece.  Louis Fowler  -
  • The Independent (R)
    Allumination FilmWorks / Release date: Feb. 12
    The world of indie film is always ripe for humiliation, and for the first hour The Independent gets it right. Jerry Stiller is B-movie director Morty Fineman, who has directed 427 films, with titles like Twelve Angry Men and a Baby and The Man with Two Things. As he's trying to get financing for his latest picture, with help from his daughter (played by Janeane Garofalo), he's offered the chance to headline a film festival. Too bad the film falls apart in the last half-hour, changing from a spoofy mockumentary to a heart-warming father-daughter bonding piece that comes so out of left field that it never recovers. The faux trailers and Jerry Stiller's abrasively funny performance are worth the price of a rental, but don't expect a flat-out funny, Christopher Guest-style masterpiece. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition (NC-17) - Anchor Bay Entertainment - The Evil Dead, the 1983 horror - classic that gave future Spider-Man director - Sam Raimi and future B-movie god Bruce Campbell their - starts, is given the deluxe treatment in a final edition - that all fans need to pick up as soon as possible. - Everyone knows the plot: Young Ash and his pals - while staying in a cabin in the woods  unwittingly - unleash ancient demons that, one by one, possess and - kill the party. This three-disc set offers both widescreen - and full screen versions of the film, commentaries, hours - of documentaries about the grueling filmmaking, as well - as an hour of deleted scenes and a featurette about the - "Ladies of the Evil Dead" as they reminisce about the - filming. This is the masterpiece like you've never seen it - before.  Louis Fowler
  • The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition (NC-17)
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    The Evil Dead, the 1983 horror classic that gave future Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and future B-movie god Bruce Campbell their starts, is given the deluxe treatment in a final edition that all fans need to pick up as soon as possible. Everyone knows the plot: Young Ash and his pals while staying in a cabin in the woods unwittingly unleash ancient demons that, one by one, possess and kill the party. This three-disc set offers both widescreen and full screen versions of the film, commentaries, hours of documentaries about the grueling filmmaking, as well as an hour of deleted scenes and a featurette about the "Ladies of the Evil Dead" as they reminisce about the filming. This is the masterpiece like you've never seen it before. Louis Fowler
  • Confessions of a Superhero, The Independent, The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition.

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