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Nobel Son (R)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

In this 2007 film from director Randall Miller (Bottle Shock), acclaimed actor Alan Rickman gives a bravura performance as a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who also happens to be a completely insufferable ass. He insults everyone he encounters, with his wife (Mary Steenburgen) and son (Bryan Greenberg) receiving the worst of it. On the day he's scheduled to pick up his big award in Stockholm, a convoluted, near-Ocean's Eleven plot to kidnap his son is set into play. Twists and turns come at you in hyper-speed, making repeat viewing a must; I'll admit I was lost the first go 'round. While the beginning 30 minutes are plot, the last hour is one reveal after another — some of which honestly don't make sense, and some of which are quite smart. Through it all, Rickman delivers one sneering quip after another, making Nobel Son a fun, pulsating ride. — Louis Fowler

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Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live from Madison Square Garden (NR)

WEA/Reprise

Lately, Eric Clapton seems to be trying to tie up loose ends in his musical life. He reunited with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in Cream 2005 and recorded a live CD and DVD. Now he's touring with his former partner in Blind Faith, Steve Winwood. Their new DVD, Live from Madison Square Garden, provides a sampling. The two storm through several Blind Faith classics, such as "Well All Right," "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Had to Cry Today" (which includes an impressive dueling guitar solo from the pair). Clapton and Winwood also throw in a few nuggets from their separate careers. Winwood does Traffic's famous "Glad" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy," while Clapton digs into his catalog for "Forever Man" and "After Midnight." Add some intriguing covers ("Them Changes," "Little Wing" and "Double Trouble"), and you've got a special show. — Alan Sculley

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Strike (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

First off, I know you're asking yourself this: How did the entertainment black hole that is Tara Reid get a starring role in a film? Well, Strike is directed by her brother Tommy Reid, so that answers that. As far as the movie goes: What if Vince Vaughn and Ryan Reynolds decided to remake the bowling comedy Kingpin? Now what if they weren't actually Vaughn and Reynolds, but instead were a couple of smarmy frat boy-types (Ross Patterson and Clayne Crawford) who deliver fifth-rate impressions of Vaughn and Reynolds with numerous jokes about "large balls"? Get the picture? Then you've got Strike, a movie so bad that I never want to see a movie about bowling again. Hell, I never want to go bowling in real life again. This shallow, obnoxious and downright amateurish comedy is the ultimate cinematic gutter-ball. — Louis Fowler

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The Bollywood Horror Collection Vol. 3: Mahakaal the Monster (NR)

Mondo Macabro

A killer with a burnt face and a glove outfitted with metal razors stalks and slashes a group of teenagers via their nightmares. You know this one, right? It's Nightmare on Elm Street, one of the most iconic horror films of all time. But remember the scenes with the Michael Jackson impersonator? Or how about the epic martial-arts fight scenes? And who can forget the song-and-dance number about how much fun it is to go on a picnic with your friends? Oh, you don't remember those? Well then you need to watch Mahakaal, the latest entry in Mondo Macabro's Bollywood Horror series. It's a Hindi "homage" to Nightmare, but with that distinct curry flava that makes these films insane excursions into the best of world cinema. Actually, I'll take Mahakaal over the original Nightmare any day. I do love picnics! — Louis Fowler

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