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DVDs This Week – Indiana Jones, The Great Debaters and More

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• If you already own the original three Indiana Jones movies, you might want to skip Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection, as it contains only a few extras beyond the original movies. Or wait for the four-movie set that will surely be coming out in the wake of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you absolutely must have this, expect crystal clear transfers of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. At least two thirds of this set is a must have for any lover of great adventure movies. Or lovers of Harrison Ford.

• There are two great reasons to see The Great Debaters, and they’re named Denzel Washington, and Forest Whitaker. Washington, who also directed, is the leader of the groundbreaking multi-cultural college debate team in 1935. Whitaker plays the father of one of the members of the team, and both actors deliver heartbreaking, powerful performances.

• Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes star as three bank janitors who decide to “recirculate” bills headed for the shredder in Mad Money. While the comedy, helmed by Thelma & Louise writer Callie Khouri never quite gels, the three women, and co-star Ted Danson all turn in solid performances.

• Tim Roth stars in Youth Without Youth
as a man who, after being struck by lightning, gets younger and
younger, going from 70 to 40 in a week. The real draw for this movie,
though, is that it’s Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in a decade.
More small, philosophical personal story than the epics he is known
for, Coppola is in fine form with this film, though it was ignored by
both critics and audiences.

• In the great tradition of Fear.com, and Cry_Wolf, comes Untraceable,
the latest thriller to teach us the Internet is full of murderers just
waiting to kill us. Diane Lane slums it as an FBI agent trying to track
down a murderer who broadcasts his victims deaths over the Net. The
movie tries to have it both ways: Damning the public for wanting more
torture and violence in its entertainment; while still showing said
torture and violence in an entertainment product.

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