DVD Verdict reviews: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, WALLACE AND GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, and

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BAMBI II, BUSTER KEATON 65TH
    ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, THE CRUISE, FIRST DESCENT: THE STORY OF THE
    SNOWBOARDING REVOLUTION, HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS: THE TEAM THAT CHANGED THE
    WORLD, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE ICE HARVEST, JUST LIKE HEAVEN, NORTH
    COUNTRY, NO WAY OUT (1950), RYAN'S DAUGHTER, and WALLACE AND GROMIT IN
    THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT:


    BAMBI II (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 92/100):
    "Given all the awful sequels Disney has cranked out in recent years,
    Bambi II is likely to be overlooked, another shelf-filler that
    undiscerning parents will grab for their kids and Disney-philes will
    avoid with a sneer. That is unfortunate. On its own merits, this film is
    pretty good."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/bambi2.php

    BUSTER KEATON 65TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (reviewed by James A. Stewart,
    overall score 86/100):
    "These two-reel comedies may be from his waning days, but Keaton has an
    amiable charm that often elevates the standard-issue material. Some of
    the material is lame and there are lulls in the laughs, but there's at
    least one side-splitting gag in each two-reeler; and the performers, at
    least, are always first-rate."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/keaton65thanniv.php

    THE CRUISE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 83/100):
    "No, this is a dadaist manifesto delivered off the pavement leading to
    the Brooklyn bridge. It runs like an hour of poetic jazz -- verbal scats
    and flourishes aplenty."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/thecruise.php

    FIRST DESCENT: THE STORY OF THE SNOWBOARDING REVOLUTION (reviewed by
    Eric Profancik, overall score 80/100):
    "For a movie about such a wild and crazy sport, it is just a bit too
    sedate and a bit too mainstream. They do have their moments when I
    thought they were crazy 'mofos,' but they were too few and far between."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/firstdescent.php

    HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS: THE TEAM THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (reviewed by Mike
    Pinsky, overall score 91/100):
    "The Team That Changed the World may not totally erase my childhood
    memories of the Globetrotters chasing after ghosts with Shaggy and
    Scooby, but I did gain a new appreciation for their historical relevance
    for a generation that had too few black heroes that could show both
    amazing athletic talent and inspiring humor."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/globetrotters.php

    A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 99/100):
    "As a western, as a revenge tragedy, as a character study, as a love
    story, as a family drama, as a deconstruction of American identity, as a
    probing look at what makes us human -- A History of Violence nails it on
    so many levels it almost makes you dizzy. I can't wait to see if David
    Cronenberg can top this one."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/historyviolence.php

    THE ICE HARVEST (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 94/100):
    "But, then, there's a movie like The Ice Harvest, which understands that
    there's more to making film noir than cliches and style. It combines an
    A-list cast comprised mostly of character actors, magnificent source
    material, and a gifted comedy director (Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day)
    working outside of his element; the result is a film that's at once
    fondly faithful to the genre and refreshingly original."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/iceharvest.php

    JUST LIKE HEAVEN (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 81/100):
    "While Just Like Heaven has moments of originality and irreverence, it
    ultimately succumbs to the same boring, formulaic conventions that give
    romantic comedies a bad name."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/justlikeheaven.php

    NORTH COUNTRY (reviewed by Jennifer Malkowski, overall score 82/100):
    "Erin Brockovich was a drama about serious issues that had a lot of
    jokes and light moments. North Country is not and that makes a certain
    amount of sense to me. Caro has the guts to make this a straight story
    and refuses to cut the dramatic and political tension with well-timed
    comic relief."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/northcountry.php

    NO WAY OUT (1950) (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 89/100):
    "Twenty-two year old Sidney Poitier has all the characteristics and
    screen presence that would make him a star. His performance is smooth,
    dignified, and intense. When Brooks finally snaps under the pressure of
    Biddle's racism and the increasing possibility of racial violence
    inspired by his medical decision-making, his loss of faith in humanity
    is an entirely believable bit of tragic character evolution."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/nowayout1950.php

    RYAN'S DAUGHTER (reviewed by Ryan Keefer, overall score 84/100):
    "This film is probably more of a testament to how great a studio Warner
    is. They give the same treatments to the standards as they do for the
    lesser known or forgotten ones."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ryansdaughter.php

    WALLACE AND GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (reviewed by Mike
    Jackson, overall score 94/100):
    "What you get in Curse of the Were-Rabbit is old-fashioned
    entertainment. Its pace is more sedate, its values more friendly. The
    art style in which it's told -- an antiquated, irrelevant means of
    producing movies -- is key to bringing the story to life, because you
    absolutely could not reproduce the charm of Wallace and Gromit with
    paints or pixels."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/wgcursewererabbit.php

    Mike Jackson
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