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The IT Crowd: The Complete Second Season (NR)

MPI Home Video

Season No. 1 of Graham Linehan's hit British comedy series The IT Crowd is one of the best purchases I've made this year. And without even stopping to pause, here comes Season No. 2, ready to go! The nerdy computer tech crew returns for another set of episodes, and this time they're attending Gay!: The Musical, befriending a German cannibal, attending their supervisor's dinner party, designing the world's most comfortable bra, and dealing with a sleazy new boss who has numerous sexual harassment suits filed against him. Special notice should be made of Richard Ayoade's Moss character, who can make you laugh until you hurt just by standing there. Since there are only six episodes in each season, here's to hoping that Season No. 3 makes its way onto DVD just as quickly! — Louis Fowler

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Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (NR)

Zeitgeist Video

It's hard to believe that "mallet-wielding diva and irascible feminist art icon" Louise Bourgeois is still on the scene at age 97. She's outlived her famous peers, her detractors and most major art movements of the 20th century, and continues to bark at the camera crew documenting her work in New York City. But most importantly, she's still creating her rough-hewn installations; her 1997 work "Spider" actually stood in front of the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building from 2006 through 2008. This intimate film hits upon Bourgeois' intense personal demons, born in childhood, and her struggle for emotional redemption through 60 years of art, without exploiting her deep-seated anger. Yet despite the film's sunny ending, I was left more with a fascination for Bourgeois as a relic from another era — her anguish similarly ancient — than as a still-relevant artist. — Edie Adelstein

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My Dinner with Jimi (NR)

Rhino Films

As Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story pointed out nicely, most musical biopics take their subjects so seriously that they wind up becoming severe examples of melodramatic acting rather than capsules of the moment when the subjects made actual cultural impact. My Dinner with Jimi, one of the best rock biopics I've seen in a while, is about the Turtles, who are remembered most for their 1960s classic "Happy Together" (though they actually had numerous other catchy pop hits). Dinner tells of the days they were riding high on the charts and traveled to England, complete with highlights of their encounters with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Moody Blues, as well as their disastrous dinner with Hendrix. Very funny, very charming and very honest, this film will delight rock fans as it eschews histrionics for a fun, nostalgic ride. — Louis Fowler

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Spaceballs (Blu-Ray) (PG)

MGM Home Entertainment

I haven't seen Spaceballs, Mel Brooks' 1987 take on the Star Wars phenomenon and arguably his last great film (though I know Men in Tights has its apologists), since I was a kid. I remember liking it so much at the time that I bought the novelization at my school book fair. It tells the story of Lone Star and his companion Barf as they rescue Princess Vespa and try to stop the villainous Spaceballs from stealing the air from her home planet. Seeing it now, in Blu-Ray no less, it still has its moments — the best ones involve Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet — but it's also pretty dated and filled with way too many dick jokes that try too hard. Perhaps it would be best to pass Spaceballs down to your kids, because they'll surely enjoy the antics more than you will, in the same way you did at their age. — Louis Fowler


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