DVD Verdict reviews: POINT BLANK, GUNNER PALACE, COACH CARTER, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of COACH CARTER, FREESTYLE: THE ART OF
    RHYME, GUNNER PALACE, JULES AND JIM: CRITERION COLLECTION, POINT BLANK,
    RACING STRIPES, THE SEA INSIDE, SOMETIMES IN APRIL, TAE GUK GI: THE
    BROTHERHOOD OF WAR, and TARNATION:


    COACH CARTER (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 87/100):
    "Coach Carter is the anti-punk flick. Our protagonist instills qualities
    in his players that would be sneered at on the playground: respect for
    your opponents, a curb on trash talking, commitment to academics first
    and foremost, personal responsibility, placing self beneath others."

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

    FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
    score 93/100):
    "After all, after challenging another rapper to a battle, if he doesn't
    give up the mic and abandon all dreams of ever rapping again, then you
    haven't done your job as an MC. A freestyle rap battle can be a
    fearsome thing."

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

    GUNNER PALACE (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 95/100):
    "Gunner Palace walks the fine line of bipartisanship, and manages to
    pull off the feint quite effectively. After all, when you take a 19-year
    old farm boy from the Midwest, put a M60 in his arms and send him out
    onto the streets of Baghdad, having rocks hurled at him, debating the
    finer nuances of U.S. foreign policy become staggeringly irrelevant."

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

    JULES AND JIM: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 100/100):
    "Impassioned and exhilarating, Jules and Jim sears itself into the
    memory like an endless summer kiss that begins, eyes closed, in the
    fleeting moment before the thunder of an approaching storm."

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

    POINT BLANK (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 94/100):
    "With its lyrical approach, fragmented chronology, and layered meanings,
    the influence of Boorman's movie is visible in the work of nearly every
    contemporary mainstream and indie director working in the genre, from
    Steven Soderbergh to Bryan Singer, Michael Mann to Christopher Nolan.
    Point Blank is the blueprint for the modern-day noir genre."

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

    RACING STRIPES (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall score 85/100):
    "The film depends on cutesy animal commentary and crude humor to elicit
    laffs from the prepubescent crowd, with enough poignant moments to make
    this worth a one-time watch for adults. As a Triumph-Over-Adversity
    tale, Racing Stripes is innocuous fun, but Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey
    Rooney -- and, for that matter, Babe -- covered this turf with a lot
    more heart."

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

    THE SEA INSIDE (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 98/100):
    "The legal story is a subplot, nothing more than a contextual backdrop;
    the film is more a moving testament to the brilliance and glory of life
    and love in all forms, not a political statement or expression of
    liberal ideology bogged down in the debate of euthanasia."

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

    SOMETIMES IN APRIL (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 83/100):
    "Peck isn't content with the literally and narratively cramped universe
    of Hotel Rwanda; he wants to show us every level of Rwandan society, as
    well as explaining why the Americans didn't help and dramatizing the
    ways that the genocide persists in memory."

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

    TAE GUK GI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR (reviewed by Erick Harper, overall
    score 94/100):
    "Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War has been compared to Steven
    Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. They bear obvious similarities, being
    graphically violent war films from roughly the same era. The films even
    open similarly, with present-day framing stories of old veterans seeking
    to put to rest the ghosts of the past. Where both films excel is in the
    examination of their respective conflicts through small, intensely
    personal stories of duty and loyalty."

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

    TARNATION (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 95/100):
    "It's a tone poem, a scathing indictment of the Texas public health
    system, a tragedy, and a music video all rolled into one. One thing is
    certain, you've never seen anything like Tarnation."

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

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