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The Words – Pretentious, but partially decent

‘The Words’ tries to get clever with an extended metaphor about fiction versus life and doesn’t really get there.

Lisztomania – No one did excess like Ken Russell

Did you know classical composer Franz Liszt was the world’s first rock star? Or that Richard Wagner was a vampire Nazi? Check out Ken Russell’s demented cult classic ‘Lisztomania’ and you’ll find that classical music isn’t as stuffy and proper as you believed.

The Possession – Don’t tell anyone … that you’ve seen this all before

‘The Possession’ aims to bring something new to the horror genre, but it ends up being a mish-mash of things we’ve already seen before.

Lawless – An old fashioned punch in the face

‘Lawless’ is a good ol’ time, but doesn’t really hit the emotional beats it strives for.

Greek gods and Biblical heroes come to DVD

The Warner Archive Collection heads deep into the vaults to give new life to sword and sandal epics that feature Greek and Biblical heroes.

Premium Rush – Old school thrilling bicycle ride through the streets of Manhattan

‘Premium Rush’ is a high octane chase movie about corrupt cops and the Chinese mafia – it just happens to be all on bicycles.

The Expendables 2 – An explosion that’s not as violent as you expect

‘The Expendables 2′ is a bit of a mess, but is mostly an over-the-top series explosions and punches with more than a few winks to the audience.