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Video Bits: 8/22/03

Friday, August 22, 2003

New this week

"Chicago" -- See story.

"Bowling for Columbine" -- Michael Moore won the 2002 documentary Oscar for his incendiary portrait of gun ownership, violence and the media's creation of a culture of fear.

"The Good Thief" -- A casino robbery that turns out to be a front for the theft of priceless paintings is the focus of Neil Jordan's remake of the 1955 French film "Bob le Flambeur," this time starring Nick Nolte as a heroin-addicted gambler.

"The Kid Stays in the Picture" -- The rise and fall and rise again of Hollywood producer and studio executive Robert Evans is chronicled in this well-reviewed documentary.

"All the Real Girls" -- Zooey Deschanel, Patricia Clarkson and Paul Schneider star in this Sundance Film Festival favorite about love and loss among the residents of a small North Carolina town.

"29 Palms" -- Chris O'Donnell, Jeremy Davies and Rachael Leigh Cook are among the cast of this direct-to-video film about an undercover FBI agent who becomes the target of a professional hitman after uncovering illegal gambling activities in the California town of 29 Palms.

"The Fourth Angel" -- Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker and Jason Priestley star in this revenge thriller about a London journalist investigating a deadly hijacking that hit close to home.

"Keep Your Eyes Open" -- Stunts and spills in action sports such as snowboarding, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, BMX and motorcross are the focus of this documentary featuring Latch Brothers music and athlete interviews.

"Rodentz" -- Cancer research results in mutant, aggressive rats -- including one that's grown 50 times its normal size -- on a mission to destroy humans in this horror flick.

"When Thugs Cry" -- Jah-Rista and Soundmaster-T make their acting debuts as brothers coping with drugs, deceit and temptations of the rap world in a movie being called "ghetto gothic."

Also

"NYPD Blue Season Two DVD Collection"; "Laurel & Hardy," a DVD with five remastered films; "The Little Rascals DVD Collection," with 10 remastered episodes; "Back to School With Franklin," full-length adventure inspired by the TV series; "Follow Jade! Let's Go to Market in China" and "Follow Jade! Let's Visit Chinese Kindergarten," live-action, 30-minute videos from Master Communications helping children learn to speak Chinese with songs, stories, games and glimpses of everyday life in China.

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