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Wild Grass (PG)

Sony Pictures Classics

Nearing 90 years old, French New Waver Alain Resnais takes up his latest challenge with all the jaunty exuberance — and occasional incoherence — of a cinema-blissed teenager. His premise, adapted from Christian Gailly's novel L'Incident, is a simple chance encounter. A man (André Dussollier) finds a wallet, recently stolen from a woman (Sabine Azéma). With help from a policeman (Mathieu Amalric), he returns it to her. Then he apparently becomes obsessed with the woman. Then she apparently becomes obsessed with his obsession. Is it funny, or sad? Resnais artfully dodges this question, granting the film a vividly misty aura punctuated by snappy camera moves and surreal touches. He suggests that sometimes, romance's progress can be as random as that of a weed creeping up through a sidewalk. It's beautiful, and less pretentious than it sounds. — Jonathan Kiefer

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The Robocop Trilogy (R) (Blu-ray)

MGM Home Entertainment

I had actually forgotten just how, for lack of a better word, awesome the Robocop movies are. Unfairly maligned as mindless action/sci-fi flicks, these movies (especially the first one) are brutal satires on corporate capitalism, mass media commercialism and '80s jingoistic heroism. OK, now that the smart part is out of the way, it also features a kickass cyborg cop with deadly firearm accuracy taking on an even bigger mechanical killing machine meant to be his replacement. How can you not be entertained by that? And while original Robocop from 1987 is a bona fide classic, the sequels (written by Sin City scribe Frank Miller) from 1990 and 1993 are just as great, and maybe more fun. They add a real comic-booky vibe that only drives the "big damn hero" message even deeper into the subconscious. Pretty good for mindless action/sci-fi, don't you think? — Louis Fowler

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The Rig (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Considering BP's recent catastrophe, could there be a better time to release a horror movie set on an offshore oil rig? How 'bout one centered on an Alien-esque monster offing the crew one by one? Sadly, it sounds a lot better than it really is. The Rig is actually a pretty boring, completely derivative monster movie, the kind of low-budget flick you'd watch on Syfy on a particularly lonely Saturday night. Since it's directed by Fort Collins native Peter Atencio, you want to like the thing, especially with character actor William Forsythe leading the crew. But he dies in the first act, and Atencio never does anything more than point and click. Too bad there weren't higher aspirations involved when the film was being made. Maybe an oil-monster could have ripped apart a handful of visiting CEOs. See, one sentence and I already made a better movie! — Louis Fowler

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