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The Birth of a Nation (20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment) takes its title from the infamous D.W. Griffith feature of the early silent era that depicted black people as unflattering stereotypes and treated the Ku Klux Klan as the saviors of the South. The current film is based on actual events. Its borrowed title reflects the intention of its director and lead …

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The Red Skelton Hour In Color (Time Life) contains 12 episodes of the variety show in color, some of which have not been seen in 50 years. The 3-disc set features the last episodes of The Red Skelton Show, which premiered in September, 1951, and ran for over 20 years — one of the longest-running TV variety shows of all time. The son of a circus clown, Skelton created an array of comic characters including Sheriff Deadeye, country bumpkin Clem Kadiddlehopper, seagull commentators Gertrude and …

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American Honey (Lionsgate) is about a Southwestern gang of young scam artists who pretend to drum up magazine sales. A van full of disenfranchised male and female misfits, outcasts, and mavericks has joined together forming an team of grifters. Star (Sasha Lane) is an 18-year- old who’s been recruited to this group. She is taught how to collect …

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Storks (Warner Home Video) is an animated film whose premise is that storks no longer deliver babies. Now they deliver packages for global retail giant cornerstone.com, a thinly disguised version of online retailer Amazon. Junior (voice of Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing a sweet, adorable — and entirely unauthorized — baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle before the boss gets wise, Junior and his …

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The new Magnificent Seven (Sony Home Entertainment) isn’t so much a remake as a new spin on a classic tale of outsiders coming to the aid of the defenseless against overwhelming odds. The original movie of the same name, released 56 years ago, was based on the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. The new film makes a few changes and …

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On a cold winter morning during a routine US Airways flight out of La Guardia, the plane hit a flock of geese, knocking out both engines. The captain, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tried to return the plane to La Guardia but calculated that he would never make it. Trying to land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, too, would be futile and end …

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Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount) is a sweet look at a real-life New York City World War II-era patroness of the arts who funded operatic recitals to raise money for assorted charities. She occasionally performed her favorite arias to a select audience of the city’s upper crust, who would politely applaud, never acknowledging that she was perhaps the worst singer in the world.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (20th Century-Fox), based on the young adult bestseller by Ransom Riggs, is a fascinating foray into fantasy and time travel. The title character (Eva Green) is the caretaker and guardian of a group of children with strange and fantastic abilities. She herself can morph into a falcon and manipulate time, powers that enable her to keep her charges safe.

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Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story (Cinedigm) stars Trace Adkins as Nathaniel Reed, a livery owner who has retired from his career as a notorious outlaw and now leads a quiet, honest life on the Texas frontier with devoted wife Laura Lee (Michelle Harrison). But his past unexpectedly catches up with him when he learns that Woody Calhoun (Kim Coates), the man he once maimed during a stagecoach robbery, is now an unhinged U.S. Marshal who’ll stop at nothing to exact vengeance. Accompanied by his tough female deputy, Bonnie Mudd (Helena Marie), Calhoun sets out to find Reed. After a violent shootout brings tragic consequences, Nathaniel partners with his original gang, returns to his lawless ways, and becomes Texas Jack, the most wanted man in the West.

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Suicide Squad (Warner Home Video) is based on the premise that the next terrorist could be a superhero. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has determined that only a secretly convened group of diverse, despicable individuals with little to lose would be a formidable defense against such an adversary. Assembling a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains and arming them with the government’s most …

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