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Nicolas Cage


By DNA Smith
PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Drive Angry” (R) — You can always count on Nicolas Cage to bring the crazy, and in “Drive Angry,” he brings it with an atomic gusto not seen since “The Wicker Man.”

Cage stars as Milton, a condemned soul who escapes from Hell to avenge the death of his daughter and to save the life of his infant granddaughter, who is to be sacrificed by a bat-guano insane cult leader (Billy Burke). Aiding Milton on his mission is the spunky, conventionally attractive waitress Piper (Amber Heard).

Of course, one doesn’t simply walk out of Hell, and pursuing Milton and Piper is The Accountant (William Fichtner), a ruthless servant of Satan savagely determined to drag Milton back to the fiery abyss. Packed with blood, explosions and breasts, “Drive Angry” is ridiculous, gory, vulgar neo-grindhouse fun. I haven’t enjoyed a film this much since “From Dusk Til Dawn.”

“Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection” (R) — Nine movies, 10 discs, all high-def remastered on Blu-ray, this boxed set contains the best works of one of cinema’s grand masters: “Spartacus,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon,” “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “Eyes Wide Shut.” Also included in the set is a hardcover 40-page book packed with photos and essays about the films.

“American Graffiti: Special Edition” (PG) — George Lucas’ 1973 blockbuster about a group of high-school kids raising hell on their last summer night before college is a rock ‘n’ roll-fueled nostalgic joyride through the early 1960s. Featuring Wolfman Jack, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford and a ton of other young actors who would become big movie stars, and a soundtrack that is a pure joy to listen to, “American Graffiti” is the best film George Lucas ever made.

DOG OF THE WEEK
“Passion Play” (R) — Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch, Rhys Ifans and Megan Fox star in this horrible, direct-to-DVD mess about a jazz musician (Rourke) who falls in love with a winged sideshow attraction (Fox) and is pursued by a gangster (Murray) who must possess the enigmatic, pouty-lipped freak.

TV SHOWS OUT THIS WEEK
“True Blood: The Complete Third Season
“Stargate Universe: Complete Final Season
“Psych: The Complete Fifth Season
“Rookie Blue” The Complete First Season
“Swamp People” Season 1
“American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior”
“Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” Season 5
“Ultimate Factories Car Collection”
“Ellery Queen Mysteries”
“Red Green Show: The Mid-Life Crisis Years”
“Secrets of the Dead: China’s Terracotta Warriors”
“Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon”
“Upstairs, Downstairs” Series Three
“Genius of Britain”
“Nature: Salmon”
“Ben Bailey: Road Rage & Accidental Ornithology”
“The Abbott and Costello Show: Hit the Road”

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