DVD Verdict reviews: AUGUSTUS, PHONE, HYPE, YVES SAINT LAURENT: HIS LIFE AND TIMES/5 AVENUE MARCEAU

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of AUGUSTUS, EVERYDAY PEOPLE, HYPE,
    THE INNER TOUR, THE MATCHMAKER (1958), NEW FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: THE
    FORBIDDEN FIST (VOLUME 2), PHONE, SHINER (2004), SISTER PRINCESS: OH
    BROTHER! (VOLUME 1), SISTER PRINCESS: SIBLING REVELRY (VOLUME 2), and
    YVES SAINT LAURENT: HIS LIFE AND TIMES/5 AVENUE MARCEAU 75116 PARIS:


    AUGUSTUS (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 75/100):
    "Despite its flaws, Augustus is a fairly engaging piece of historical
    entertainment. Just don't go in looking for much historical fact."

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

    EVERYDAY PEOPLE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 84/100):
    "Don't expect any answers here. The film is merely observing, and
    doesn't come to any final judgment on the situation. There isn't even a
    real resolution to the story -- it mirrors life in that way. Everyday
    People feels like cinema verite with really good production values."

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

    HYPE (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 92/100):
    "Five years in the making, Hype captures the whole of the Seattle music
    scene during its height of popularity, and chronicles the tumultuous
    musical buildup that eventually exploded into a global pop-culture
    phenomenon."

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

    THE INNER TOUR (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 85/100):
    "The Inner Tour apparently was quite controversial within Jewish circles
    for its sympathetic portrayal of Palestinians. Though Jewish director
    Ra'anan Alexandrowicz directed the film, The Inner Tour only presents a
    Palestinian perspective, which often paints Israel and Jewish culture in
    a less than flattering light."

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

    THE MATCHMAKER (1958) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 83/100):
    "How you respond to The Matchmaker will depend to a great extent upon
    your receptivity to nostalgia and charm. If these two words signal
    'cheese' to you, you're probably better off seeking something more
    sophisticated. But if they sound inviting, or if you're looking for the
    kind of romantic comedy that you can share with your children, give The
    Matchmaker a try."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/matchmaker1958.php

    NEW FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: THE FORBIDDEN FIST (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by
    Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 40/100):
    "I'm still not exactly sure why a guy who can cause his opponents' heads
    to explode at the touch of a finger feels the need to involve himself in
    long, drawn-out fisticuffs; Kenshiro always ends up blowing up some
    heads, so why not just cut to the chase?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/newfistnorthstarvol2.php

    PHONE (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 86/100):
    "Unfortunately, the plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense until the
    end, and even then it doesn't bother to incorporate the early subplot
    into the eventual resolution. There is little progression between
    individual scenes, and at times it feels like the entire film is just a
    series of good scary movie ideas run back to back. The transitions are
    often confusing, destroying the overall suspense as the audience tries
    to figure out where they are."

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

    SHINER (2004) (reviewed by George Hatch, overall score 89/100):
    "Shiner flashes a lot of male D&A. Some filmmakers try to pander
    full frontal nudity as a selling point. Sorry, folks, but there is
    nothing in this film that is in any way gratuitous. Should you choose to
    watch it for that sole reason, you'll have to contend with two complex
    storylines and some damn good acting, both of which are guaranteed to
    keep your eyes well above the waistline."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/shiner2004.php

    SISTER PRINCESS: OH BROTHER! (VOLUME 1) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 75/100):
    "I wish I could tell you that if you stick with the disorienting first
    couple of episodes you'll get a gem of an anime that is delightful and
    unique, but this is not the case. The story of a lone brother suddenly
    having a gaggle of sisters show up on his doorstep is well-traveled
    anime territory, as fans of Love Hina will agree. Sister Princess is
    just as weird (although in a different way), just as potentially
    overwhelming, just as creepily suggestive of incestuous intent."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sisterprincessvol1.php

    SISTER PRINCESS: SIBLING REVELRY (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 75/100):
    "An argument can be made that this series is worth watching just for
    the girls alone, if all you want to see is endless situations with
    cute anime girls doing cute anime things, all for the benefit of a
    hapless social misfit with questionable future prospects. It's a dream
    come true!"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sisterprincessvol2.php

    YVES SAINT LAURENT: HIS LIFE AND TIMES/5 AVENUE MARCEAU 75116 PARIS
    (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 79/100):
    "If you're expecting something dramatic along the lines of the
    documentary on Isaac Mizrahi, Catwalk, then you are out of luck. Laurent
    is calm throughout the process, and does little other than chain-smoke,
    pet his spaniel, and cry 'Magnifique!.'"

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

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