DVD Verdict reviews: WORD WARS, BRIGADOON, SECRETS AND LIES, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BRIGADOON, CHRIS DE BURGH: LIVE IN
    CONCERT: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, CLASS ACTION, DOLLS, JESUS OF MONTREAL,
    THE PUBLIC ENEMY, SECRETS AND LIES, A SNAKE OF JUNE, STRANGERS WHEN WE
    MEET, TO BE AND TO HAVE, and WORD WARS:


    BRIGADOON (reviewed by Bryan Pope, overall score 75/100):
    "One could argue that a Broadway musical's accessibility has a direct
    correlation to how many times it has been performed by high school
    drama departments. Certainly this would explain why so few high
    schools attempt, say, Pacific Overtures or even Rent, and why
    Brigadoon has become as much a part of the high school experience for
    many teenagers as acne, bad prom pictures and Billboard hits mangled
    by marching bands."

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

    CHRIS DE BURGH: LIVE IN CONCERT: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM (reviewed by Eric
    Profancik, overall score 90/100):
    "Put my first two complaints together, and the next time I put in this
    disc, I'll turn up the stereo and turn off the television."

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

    CLASS ACTION (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 85/100):
    "Class Action can't help but seem a little sedate in comparison to all
    the courtroom dramas that have come after it; with a solid story and two
    charismatic leads turning in charged performances, though, there's
    really no need for car chases, hostage crises, or Al Pacino as Satan."

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

    DOLLS (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 88/100):
    "Kitano meticulously builds a profoundly emotional film that never takes
    the easy road of sentiment. Though its pace is languid, its subtlety and
    attention to the details of human interaction make it engrossing."

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

    JESUS OF MONTREAL (reviewed by Neil Dorsett, overall score 85/100):
    "Jesus of Montreal won scads of awards from various countries and
    festivals, including prestigious awards at Cannes, and was nominated for
    best foreign language film at the Oscars. Yet it still has the aura of
    an overlooked film. "

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

    THE PUBLIC ENEMY (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 75/100):
    "Perhaps the clearest symbol of The Public Enemy's intimacy with
    malignance is the infamous grapefruit scene. Tom is having breakfast
    with a petulant Kitty. She says one errant word while he's rubbing the
    hangover headache out of his forehead, and it sets him off. The next
    thing we know, James Cagney is smushing half of a grapefruit into Mae
    Clarke's pretty mug. This scene grabs our attention today, but in 1931
    it was absolutely scandalous."

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

    SECRETS AND LIES (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 95/100):
    "These characters are people we could know -- at least in a 'there but
    for the grace of god ...' kind of way -- and director Mike Leigh (Topsy-
    Turvy) is brilliant at letting us feel like we're privileged to hang out
    with them for a couple of hours."

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

    A SNAKE OF JUNE (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 94/100):
    "Akin to David Cronenberg's Crash, the film tackles the sticky issue of
    desire placed into uncomfortable and challenging environments, of sexual
    repression that runs against the grain of conventional thinking and the
    social limitations of a society. It also examines the sticky and
    delicate subjects of men wearing giant black tentacle-like robotic
    penises that snake around people and strangle them."

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

    STRANGERS WHEN WE MEET (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score
    81/100):
    "Unfortunately, the daring qualities have faded with time, and although
    it remains a fairly intelligent look at why two nice people might wind
    up in an extramarital fling, it doesn't have a lot to make it stand out
    from your basic Lifetime TV movie aside from the stars and the glossy
    production values."

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

    TO BE AND TO HAVE (reviewed by Neal Solon, overall score 83/100):
    "In choosing to construct his film this way -- to show the audience
    everything and to tell them practically nothing -- Nicholas Philibert
    failed to convey one very important thing: the point. The beauty in the
    film is obvious, as is the beauty in the children and in Lopez'
    teaching. One must assume, however, that this simple beauty will not be
    enough to compel most people to watch this film more than once."

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

    WORD WARS (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 83/100):
    "Marlon Hill is an edgy black man who believes the English language is a
    colonial construct, but who mellows with marijuana and is the only one
    of the four who can conceive of talking about someone having a nice rack
    and not mean her rack of Scrabble tiles."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Apr 5, 2005
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