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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (R)
Sony Pictures
Even though I was a huge fan of the original Starship Troopers, I never watched the first direct-to-video sequel, mostly because of the lack of Casper Van Dien. This is thankfully rectified with Marauder, the latest in the franchise directed by Edward Neumeier. Van Dien returns as square-jawed super-soldier Johnny Rico, who continues his never-ending battle against the giant bugs of the planet Klendathu. Troopers takes place in a pro-war future where fascism reigns supreme, dissenters are hung and the battle never ends. As satirical and bloody as ever, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is a worthy successor to the original's throne. One note: There's a really strange pro-Christianity message, with belief in God helping overcome otherworldly enemies. Huh? Louis Fowler


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Special Needs (NR)
Troma Team Video
Reality television has become fodder for countless witless, utterly forgettable comedies (EDtv, anyone?) that try to pull double-duty as both yuk-fest and subtle commentary on our instant-celebrity culture. They're tired tripe designed to make a quick buck on the latest fad. But not Special Needs from director Isaak James, no sir! I consider this to be the first honestly funny take on the reality TV phenomenon, if only for the fact that there's no artificial heart or displaced saccharine anywhere to be found. The mockumentary follows television producer Warren Piece, who needs another reality hit, so he puts together Handicaps, a brutally offensive idea that I'm sure will come to pass in the next few years. Special Needs is smart and snarky, but best of all, it's freaking hilarious. Louis Fowler


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Masters of Science Fiction: The Complete Series (NR)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
This replacement series aired on ABC last summer and was killed after four episodes. It's easy to see why it didn't catch on: Even with the best of premises, most of the stories are way too talky, coming off like 1950s Playhouse 90 productions. The standout stories include Harlan Ellison's "The Discarded," featuring virus-plagued monstrosities adrift in space, and the nightmarish, anti-war screed "Watchbird," in which Sean Astin creates a new weapon that can intercept your murderous intent with horrific results. Other tales, such as the Orwellian "Little Brother" and the genuinely creepy "Jerry Was a Man," have great potential, but seem not to know where to go. Given another year, this series could have found a fan base. Louis Fowler

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