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Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (NR)

New Video Group

Picasso and Braque gathers a bunch of endlessly interesting filmic and art-world personalities — Martin Scorsese, Julian Schnabel, Chuck Close — for an interesting discussion, then never gets out of the way. Directed by Arne Glimcher, the documentary states its premise clearly in the title, but the thesis fails to coalesce. Did the burgeoning art form of silent film at the turn of the 20th century influence cubist artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque? Maybe. It seems as though every time someone's about to make a point about it, they talk about something else. At least that something else, with these people, is, well, something else. The doc treats us to Scorsese opining on the last shot of The Departed, along with sequences of dancer Loie Fuller's surreal filmed choreography and footage of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. As sidetracks go, they're mesmerizing. — Justin Strout

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The Kids in the Hall: The Complete Series DVD Megaset (NR)


The Kids in the Hall got me through the early '90s, comedy-wise. In a time when everything pop-culturally was becoming beyond dumbed-down, they were the lone true alternative sketch-comedy voice broadcast into homes on a regular basis, usually at 2 a.m. on Sundays. I've caught them off and on since the demise of their show years ago, even skipping school to see the so-so movie Brain Candy. Still, it struck me how I had completely forgotten just how important they were to me. Enter 22 discs of The Complete Series, featuring all five brilliant, groundbreaking seasons and, as the greatest bonus, their latest work, the 2010 mini-series Death Comes to Town, a self-contained story about the titular Death arriving in the small town of Shuckton to wreak havoc. It proves the Kids are still at the top of their game, and is really what Brain Candy should've been. — Louis Fowler

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The Big Bang (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

The Big Bang is one of the coolest, most stylish movies you'll ever see. Too bad the story can't match up to the astounding visuals, try as it might. A neo-noir crime flick in the spirit of Sin City or The Spirit, it feels like a big-budget demo reel of what director Tony Krantz is capable of, like a calling card to get future jobs. Antonio Banderas does his best as Los Angeles private investigator Ned Cruz, an intellectual detective who gets embroiled in pseudo-intrigue when a Russian boxer pays him to track down the woman he's been corresponding with in prison. A rogue's gallery of bizarre, quirky characters parade through the movie, with cameos including James Van Der Beek as an actor with a fetish for albino little people, Snoop Dogg as a porn producer, and Sam Elliott as a reclusive billionaire scientist who is trying to re-create the Big Bang. Great to look at, not to watch. — Louis Fowler


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