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The Fernando Arrabal Collection 2 (NR)

Cult Epics

Fernando Arrabal is best known as one of the main founders of the early 1960s Panic art movement. Since that time, he's directed films of varying quality, the best of which are featured in volume one of the Cult Epics collection — which means this second volume is only worth the investment for dedicated completists. The films include Car Cemetery, a sacrilegious punk-rock apocalyptic retelling of the life of Jesus; The Emperor of Peru, a misbegotten children's film starring Mickey Rooney; Farewell, Babylon!, a pretty unwatchable, shot-on-VHS attempt that uses footage from his previous films; and a fantastic documentary from 2007, Arrabal, Panik Cineast, which delves deep into the psyche of his movies. Watch volume one first, and if that makes you a fan, then definitely check out volume two. Otherwise, you're smarter to just go on about your business. Louis Fowler

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2012 (PG-13)

Sony Pictures

This isn't really a movie: it's more an exercise by FX-crazed director Roland Emmerich to call out every disaster film that's come before ... including his own. Plane crash? Earthquake? Aliens blowing up the Empire State Building? Big-ass cruise ship hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic? Bah! Try topping this: The whole damn planet has struck a metaphoric iceberg and is going down, and there is no Jack Dawson to save you. Well, there is John Cusack, and he's so cute he's gonna make everything all right. Right? Actually, this multiorgasmic destructo porn is exhausting, but it is hilarious. I didn't think the end of the world would be this funny. Billions are dead, civilization is over, but preposterous coincidence will go on. As will ridiculous dialogue, schmaltz and hyperbole. And John Cusack will go on. Won't he? MaryAnn Johanson

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Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (PG-13)

Warner Premiere

Warner Premiere's line of animated adaptations of DC Comics may revolutionize straight-to-DVD films, with the DVD releases often surpassing their live-action, theatrical counterparts. They're tightly scripted, stick to the canon and are animated in a style akin to the original artist's. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, is the best of the lot so far. The JLA, led by Superman, naturally, encounters a good-guy Lex Luthor from an alternate universe. He needs the super-team's help to defeat the Crime Syndicate, an evil parallel version of the heroes we know and love. The main reason to watch for non-comic nerds? James Woods' outstanding vocal performance as Owlman, an utterly hopeless, nihilistic and psychotically calm alternate version of Batman, who's hellbent on destroying all of creation. Adults will appreciate it more than kids. Louis Fowler

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Bollywood Hero (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Seeing the name Chris Kattan above the title of this DVD immediately had me assuming that it would suck. Big time. Do you remember Corky Romano? It's that memory that caused me to put Bollywood Hero, a three-hour, three-part feature directed by Bill Bennett about Kattan's fictionalized attempt to break into the Indian film scene, off for about two weeks. And now after watching it, I'm feeling like a judgmental jerk, because I actually loved it. Kattan is toned down and extremely funny as himself, an actor tired of losing leading man roles in America, so when the opportunity arises, he heads to Bollywood to star in the movie Peculiar Dancing Boy. Mixing culture-clash comedy with extremely catchy song-and-dance numbers (written by Michael Penn), Bollywood Hero is a fantastic surprise that, even at three hours, feels way too short. Louis Fowler

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