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Made in Dagenham (R)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

When you're crafting a "based-on-a-true-story" film entirely around hoary clichés and stock characters, it's never a good idea to spike the closing credits with real footage of the people whose stories we've just seen bastardized. It only hammers home how much better our time would have been spent watching a documentary about the same subject. In Made in Dagenham, Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) stars as Rita, a practically-perfect-in-every-way working mother who helps lead the cause of equal pay for her fellow female Ford workers. Rita is initially tabbed to ride along and allow the chauvinistic male union reps to sweep her grievances under the rug, but darn it ... she's got spunk! And quirky friends! And a resentful husband! And a cheeky '60s pop soundtrack! If you can't write the rest of the film in your head, you might be due for a CAT scan. — Daniel Barnes

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The Resident (R)

Image Entertainment

Britain's Hammer Films was the premier horror film studio in the '50s and '60s, before going out of business in the mid-'70s. It recently got back into the game by releasing the horrible vampire tween-splotationer Let Me In — which made me question the validity of this new enterprise. Those fears, however, are proven unfounded with The Resident, starring Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. ER doctor Juliet (Swank) moves into a fantastic Brooklyn apartment, complete with a handsome landlord (Morgan). She obviously didn't read the fine print, because an utterly creepy voyeur is watching her every move through one-way mirrors and secret doors. He also hides under her bed and sucks her fingers as she sleeps, in one of the most disturbing images of the year. This great little shocker, should have made it to theaters. — Louis Fowler

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Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying Dream (NR) (3D Blu-ray)

Image Entertainment

Before Michael Cera stole America's heart as the stuttering hipster imbecile whose 15 minutes are just about up, he was an airplane-obsessed tyke in the clumsily titled 3D IMAX movie Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying Dream. Cera is young Zac, a possibly autistic kid who builds homemade flying machines that constantly end up in a ditch with him injured. He grows up and becomes a pilot, but as uncharismatic and whiny as ever. If you get past the bad acting and broken-English script, the 3D flying sequences and aerial pseudo-combat bits are phenomenal and worth it if you have a 3D-capable TV. Image has also released the thoroughly entertaining 3D IMAX feature Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Narrated by Christopher Lee, it's a far more responsible home 3D purchase. — Louis Fowler


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