DVD Verdict reviews: MONSTER-IN-LAW, EMPIRE FALLS, THE INNOCENTS, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON
    BURGUNDY: UNRATED EDITION, CAMILLE, THE CARD PLAYER, DEAD RINGERS,
    EMPIRE FALLS, THE INNOCENTS, MONSTER-IN-LAW, and PAUL MCCARTNEY IN
    RED SQUARE:


    ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY: UNRATED EDITION (reviewed by
    Maurice Cobbs, overall score 85/100):
    "Anchorman feels even less like a movie and more like a frat party with
    a multimillion-dollar budget when you factor in the exhausting number of
    cameos featured: Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn,
    Danny Trejo, Tim Robbins, Neil Flynn...What the heck? 'Hey, Tim, you got
    a couple of hours? Come on down and be in this movie. It'll be great,
    you get to chop a guy's arm off ...'"

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

    CAMILLE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 95/100):
    "There was something about Garbo that made me wish I could be as brave
    as her in the face of disease, and made me want to throw champagne
    parties whenever I contracted strep throat (which I did once in high
    school, with disastrous results). Camille seemed like a wildly romantic
    movie to my young mind; a picture of a world where a damaged woman with
    a bad reputation would sacrifice her own happiness for the man she
    loved. It made me believe in the nobility of suffering for someone else.
    I longed for someone to do what Marguerite did for me -- or even better,
    find someone for whom I could sacrifice myself in the same way. In
    brief, Camille probably screwed me up big time."

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

    THE CARD PLAYER (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 91/100):
    "For some, the card game itself may seem anti-climatic, and kind of
    inane. But the way Argento handles it, the technological coldness of the
    process (the cards appear and turn over in a simple, non-showy manner)
    actually heightens the suspense. We do feel ourselves pulled into the
    higher and higher stakes of the games, watching the horribly frightened
    eyes of the victims as they react to every deal, every reveal."

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

    DEAD RINGERS (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 97/100):
    "Cronenberg transformed the material into his most sublime film, a
    steady and empathic study of the descent of man. He was transformed as
    well, from a cult director with a reputation for gore and chaos into a
    mature and cool dissector of character, a skill carried over into films
    like M. Butterfly and Spider."

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

    EMPIRE FALLS (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 90/100):
    "Watching Empire Falls feels like visiting a small town, meeting the
    locals and starting to learn about their sordid pasts through the
    broadly whispered town gossip. Everyone has dark secrets, and living in
    a small town means that few of them are truly secrets."

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

    THE INNOCENTS (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 97/100):
    "A child's voice sings of sorrow and death. Birds chirp in the darkness
    before dawn. A woman clasps trembling hands in prayer. So begins The
    Innocents, one of the finest ghost stories on film ever made."

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

    MONSTER-IN-LAW (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 82/100):
    "The woman who brought to life such rich characters as Bree Daniels in
    Klute picked a simple romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez to make her
    grand return to the screen. Is she nuts? Not really. Jane knows
    something most critics ignore -- people like simple silly comedies."

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

    PAUL MCCARTNEY IN RED SQUARE (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall
    score 95/100):
    "This new DVD, Paul McCartney in Red Square, captures the performances
    from the historic Moscow show as well as the added St. Petersburg gig in
    all their energy and enthusiasm like only McCartney can deliver."

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

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