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Hick Trek and Star Warp'd:

Sci-Fi Double Feature (NR)

Monster Zero Creative

A starship made of two cigs, a Skoal canister and a Budweiser can flies through space, loaded with rednecks on their way to the planet Rodeo, when they receive a distress signal. Hick Trek is Pete and John Schuermann's Down South take on Star Trek, all filmed in Colorado Springs. The insane amount of politically incorrect laughs — plus perfect timing, with a new Trek flick just released — should cement its cult status. Also included is the equally hilarious Star Warp'd, which is the Schuermanns' riff on just about every sci-fi sacred cow, filmed in glorious clay animation, with appearances by E.T., Spock, Vader, Predator, Robocop and the space-baby from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Fans of Robot Chicken take notice: This is a hundred times funnier. — Louis Fowler

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Waltz with Bashir (R)

Sony Pictures Classics

Many people have heard of this animated documentary, since it was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. Waltz with Bashir uses a flat palette of shadows and sickly colors to tell an impressionistic, surreal, often hallucinatory tale of Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman's search for his lost memories as a soldier in the Israeli army during the first war with Lebanon in the early 1980s. As Ari talks with old friends — most supply their own voices, though a few wishing to remain anonymous have their words spoken by actors — the cumulative effect is a profoundly anti-war statement based not just on the horrors of the actual battlefield, but also on the long-term suffering of the men who fight. DVD bonus material includes a commentary track by Folman, a making-of featurette, and more. — MaryAnn Johanson

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The Education of Charlie Banks (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

OK, let's get this out of the way: The director of this film is Fred Durst, lead singer of Limp Bizkit, one of the worst bands of the 20th century. I know this will turn many people off right away, but, surprisingly, Durst has crafted an honest, moving indie film. The Education of Charlie Banks is a sublime, thoughtful story about a young New York City kid in the late '70s/early '80s and how he deals with the neighborhood hoodlum, a dangerous guy with a very bad violent streak. When Charlie goes to college, he thinks he's left that life behind — only to find the tough sitting in his dorm room, wanting to completely assimilate into Charlie's new life. Alternately touching and explosive, Education will surprise just about everyone, and could stop Durst from ever making a record again. Hopefully. — Louis Fowler

Table for Three (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

There are two types of comedians: people who are naturally funny and drama students. Table for Three is a farce — and what drama kid doesn't love farce? — about a lovelorn loser and his quest to not only find the girl of his dreams, but also a roommate. He thinks his problems are solved when the ultimate touchy-feely couple moves in, only to find out, whua-oh, they aren't so perfect! Hijinks ensue! Too bad said hijinks are all forced, because, while Table stars three very beautiful people, none of them are in any way, shape or form gifted comedic actors. (What's missing? Delivery and timing, for starters.) This movie, for all intents and purposes, could be put on by a rather plucky cadre of local just-out-of-college thespians. And it'd be better to see their production than this one. — Louis Fowler


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