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Man on Wire (PG-13)

Magnolia Home Entertainment

In August 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit illegally rigged a wire from Twin Tower to Twin Tower and, amazingly, not only walked across, but stopped to dance on it for about an hour, high above the city. As awesome as that sounds, it's sheer insanity. And I'm not the only one who thought so: When Petit came down, he was promptly arrested and taken for psychological evaluation. This documentary goes deep into the how and why he did it, breaking down the secrecy of the setup, the team of conspirators who aided him, and the dangers that awaited him on the ground. Imagine a real-life Ocean's Eleven but, instead of a huge heist, it's a large-scale Jackass stunt for bragging rights. Petit's story is so extraordinarily interesting, it actually makes Man on Wire a must-see. Louis Fowler

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (NR)

The Criterion Collection

Much like Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth is very much a thinking-man's sci-fi film, turning the typical story of an alien on Earth into a beautifully artistic parable of alienation. With this director-approved, high-definition digital transfer Blu-ray release from Criterion, no less it's more visually stunning than ever. David Bowie stars as Newton, (presumably) an alien stranded on Earth seeking a way to bring water to his dying planet. But as he gets closer to his goal, his rampant alcoholism endangers everything. The special features are also top-notch, from 20 minutes of added footage to a once-in-a-lifetime audio commentary from Roeg and Bowie. It's for classic films like this that Blu-ray was invented, and well worth the pricey investment. Louis Fowler

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Beer for My Horses (PG-13)

Lionsgate/CMT

There's a whole new middle-American movie genre catching hold that all you hipsters have not only been dreading, but will spend years decrying: redneck-exploitation. Between the oeuvre of Larry the Cable Guy and now, America's No. 1 ultra-patriotic country superstar, Toby Keith, it looks like we're gonna have our hands full. The Beer for my Horses story: Keith is a small-town Oklahoma deputy sheriff who's got to rescue his girlfriend from a Mexican druglord. Were this movie made in, say, 1985, it would have been a nice little 48 Hrs.-style flick; back then, you could easily put someone like Keith in an action-fueled star-vehicle with no irony and no IQ. Today, it's actually a fun, trashy, stupid action-comedy that's surprisingly entertaining, if you can let your cool veneers down. Louis Fowler

  • Man on Wire; The Man Who Fell to Earth; Beer for My Horses

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