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Hollywood Residential: Season 1 (NR)

Anchor Bay Entertainment / Starz Originals

The Starz original series Hollywood Residential has been called the "30 Rock of home makeover shows." It never reaches those genius heights, but this two-camera series definitely delivers laughs, usually of the failing-at-life, awkward, embarrassing kind. Adam Paul is the constantly struggling Tony King, who hosts a low-rated celebrity cable makeover show and can't recognize that his co-host (Lindsey Stoddart) is stealing his show, his co-workers can't stand him, and he'll never make it as an actor. As tends to happen with The Office's Michael Scott, you stop laughing at his failures and begin sympathizing with him as the series progresses, wanting him to have just one success. Sadly, season one is only eight episodes long, so we never get to see that victory. But I am glued to it enough now to want to see season two. Louis Fowler


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Rachel Getting Married (R)

Sony Pictures Classics

Completing her transition from Disney princess to drama queen, Anne Hathaway plays an attention-seeking addict on furlough from rehab to attend, and disrupt, the wedding of her older sister (Rosemarie DeWitt). Screenwriter Jenny Lumet and director Jonathan Demme share a perceptive knack for intimacy and immediacy, from which the fine cast draws energy. Less cautious of indulgence and melodrama than Noah Baumbach's similar Margot at the Wedding, this film is more genial. What really matters is how Rachel Getting Married compares not to other movies, but to life. That's how it gets under the skin and why it's a breakthrough for Hathaway, who skillfully evokes the paradoxically comforting and dissociating regression of returning to a messy nest. Features include deleted scenes and commentaries from Lumet and DeWitt, among others. Jonathan Kiefer


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Stash (NR)

Bloody Earth Films

Am I alone in thinking the 1970 backwoods survival classic Deliverance was missing, well, weed? No? The nerve-wracking, disturbing, utterly reprehensible Stash seems to agree, and yet this film from director Jacob Ennis ain't no Cheech-and-Chong pot comedy. As a matter of fact, this is one of the scummiest, most harrowing "retribution" movies since the original The Last House on the Left. Featuring the most disgusting, non-Hollywood group of villains ever, the film's main baddie is the bloatedly grotesque Ol' Bud (Kevin Taylor), a redneck psycho with a penchant for kidnapping girls and keeping them in his basement. When he kidnaps the wrong girl, her family and the local police force spring into action, in what is actually a positive portrayal of law enforcement. Stash is a shockingly taut suspense flick that most of us won't be able to take. Louis Fowler

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