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Touchback (PG-13)

Anchor Bay HomeEntertainment

At first glance, I thought Touchback was a Christian film. I've seen so many of these magically redemptive football stories lately that I guess I just took it as a given. About 30 or so minutes in, I realized it wasn't, but it might as well have been, with the same morally biased lessons in forgiveness, faith and charity being pushed to the forefront over original plot and character development. That said, it's still enjoyable. Former high school football star Scott (Brian Presley) was injured during the big game, which destroyed his life: It caused him to marry a dumpy band-nerd and forced him into a failed farming career. After he tries to kill himself following a disastrous harvest, he wakes up to find himself back in high school, with the chance to relive it all over again. Will he make the same mistakes? Spoiler alert: He doesn't. — Louis Fowler

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Joseph Campbell: Mythos

The Complete Series (NR)

Acorn Media

Sure, Joseph Campbell's teachings have been used, abused, exploited and left for dead by every screenwriter who ever heard George Lucas touting his former teacher's greatness. And I'm no exception, believe me. But the mythologist, who died in 1987 at age 83, did more than invent the modern hero's journey. He brought the many varied (but not that varied, an inconvenient truth that itself has been co-opted by the celestially obsessed) heroes' journeys of all regions and all eras to breathing life with his oratorical beauty. This six-disc set, broken into "The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition," "Eastern Tradition" and "Western Tradition," is a full 15 hours of Campbell going full-on Socratic with enraptured students. Filmed during his final years, this isn't just a must-own; it should be beamed to the farthest reaches of outer space and memorialized for all time. Too much? — Justin Strout

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The Dark Side of Love (NR)

One 7 Movies

Incest. When Americans do it, it's trashy and exploitative, but when the Europeans do it, it's erotic and artful. No matter how sleazy the synth-pop Euro-trash score is and grotesque the Italo-fashions are, it will often be considered a masterpiece of rebellion because the dialogue is spoken by foreigners. The Dark Side of Love is all about the careful dance of seduction an older brother and sister play as they try to realize and rationalize their sexual feelings for each other. Director Salvatore Samperi directs this torrid tale with the line-treading styles of Pasolini and Tinto Brass — one minute, it goes very sensitive, full of guilt and anguish, while the next it's downright dirty. I thought it was a decent romp into one of the most unspeakable taboos of society, but let's not try to church it up: The whole point of it is to titillate and arouse. But, then again, I'm American, so what do I know? — Louis Fowler


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