DVD Verdict reviews: ICE STATION ZEBRA, RANDOM HARVEST, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ICE STATION ZEBRA, JIMMY HOLLYWOOD,
    LEARN TO DANCE SALSA: VOLUME 1, 2, AND 3, MEAN CREEK, RANDOM HARVEST,
    SISTER HELEN, 6IXTYNIN9, and TESTAMENT:


    ICE STATION ZEBRA (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 86/100):
    "Ice Station Zebra is a perfect example of a typical Sturges film: clean
    cinematography, big Cinerama vistas, occasionally creative camerawork,
    mid-level effects, a bit on the long side, chock full of slow-burn
    tension. It's not the greatest Cold War thriller ever made, but it's far
    from the worst. It's a bunch of solidly professional Hollywood people
    creating a solidly professional Hollywood film that's entertaining and
    dramatic."

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

    JIMMY HOLLYWOOD (reviewed by Aaron Bossig, overall score 83/100):
    " He desperately wants to live in the same Hollywood as Gary Cooper.
    This is what makes him real -- Jimmy has an impossible dream. He wants
    to live in a world that is no more, and probably never was. "

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

    LEARN TO DANCE SALSA: VOLUME 1, 2, AND 3 (reviewed by David Johnson,
    overall score 95/100):
    "For those looking to get into the salsa world, this volume will provide
    you with the foundational techniques to get your groove on. There's
    really nothing I can say to disparage it; Learn to Dance Salsa does what
    it set out to do, and does it well."

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

    MEAN CREEK (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 90/100):
    "Writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes spent seven years developing the
    script that would become Mean Creek, his debut film. It was well worth
    the wait, as the result of his long creative process is a quiet,
    meditative, and deceptively simple examination of moral choices in light
    of friendship and peer pressure."

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

    RANDOM HARVEST (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 93/100):
    "If you don't love a good cry, then you're not the target audience for
    Random Harvest. If, however, you love big, sweeping emotion embodied in
    two talented, gorgeous, dulcet-voiced actors like Colman and Garson,
    step right up."

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

    SISTER HELEN (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 93/100):
    "In so many documentaries, it feels as though the directors think that
    the subject is so interesting that much of the work will be done for
    them. Here, though, concepts have been brilliantly weaved throughout,
    and there is a definite feel of progression through the film. It feels
    carefully designed and completely sincere at the same time, which is a
    massive feat."

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

    6IXTYNIN9 (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 87/100):
    "Director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang shows an impressive level of boldness and
    restraint, including plenty of grisly moments without ever letting
    things get so graphic that they are no longer funny. The end is also
    unexpected. Rather than the last ironic twist of similar movies that
    guarantees the continuance of the plot beyond the last frame of the
    film, 6ixtynin9 closes things off in a thoughtful and meaningful way."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/6ixtynin9.php

    TESTAMENT (reviewed by Lacey Worrell, overall score 85/100):
    "Testament brings viewers back to the days when Sting sang about
    Russians, the U.S. had tense dealings with the Soviet Union, and all
    of us lived with the fear that a film like this might well be our
    eventual reality."

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

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