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Why Lie? I Need a Drink (NR)

Apprehensive Films

As the economy continues to crumble and America resembles the opening chapter of a dystopic sci-fi novel, more and more jobless start to accept their station and become a new breed of panhandler. Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen sets out in Why Lie? to create a funny social experiment dispelling such beliefs that the destitute are just lazy, while humorously demonstrating ideas to maximize our roadside earning potential. In this documentary of sorts, Jensen spends time playing a number of characters, from out-of-work CEO to joker in a banana suit, and toys with various signs from the funny to the poignant. It's truly a case of "there but for the grace of God, go I,"put into a hilarious cinematic morality tale. — Louis Fowler

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The 39 Steps (NR) (Blu-ray)

Criterion Collection

On the heels of his breakout The Man Who Knew Too Much, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps reached for greatness and exceeded it. The director was drawn to author John Buchan's work for its "understatement of highly dramatic ideas," as he told François Truffaut, and from Mr. Memory to the bullet in the Bible, the missing finger to the first-ever MacGuffin, viewing Hitchcock's adaptation is like watching the cosmos form: You know why things happen the way they do, but it's hard to fathom how. Luckily, this masterpiece has been re-released by Criterion on Blu-ray, boasting a new restoration, a monaural soundtrack and enough extras to almost reverse-engineer your way through the film. — Justin Strout

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Some Guy Who Kills People (R)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Indie stalwart Kevin Corrigan puts forth an unexpected, moving performance as an ex-mental-ward patient who, as a teen, was the victim of a severely brutal beating by über-jocks on the basketball team. The incident stunted his life, forcing him to quit his passion of comic art; as an adult, he lives with his cold mother and works at a diner. He's soon the suspect in a series of murders of the guys who tortured him. Add to that the appearance of a spunky daughter he never knew existed, who tries to bring him out of his shell, and you have a very heartwarming yet gruesome thriller that manages to defy, constantly, all the genre conventions. — Louis Fowler

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