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Danish filmmaker Janus Metz’s stunning war documentary Armadillo provides insights into the nature of the war in Afghanistan and the lives of the people involved in it. The film is an aesthetic triumph, featuring both excellent cinematography by Lars Skree and powerful editing by Per Kirkegaard.

The story as a platoon of Danish soldiers a preparing to leave for a six month stint in Afghanistan. The camera follows some of the men in their homes, at their farewell party, and as they say goodbye to their families at the airport.

You may never have heard of Marion Woodman, but she’s a figure with something to say. Unfortunately, Adam Reid’s new documentary Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames isn’t the best vehicle to hear Woodman’s message. In fact, the Canadian film comes off as little more than idol worship, leaving viewers better off reading Woodman than watching this film.

First off, Reid seems to assume that his audience is intimate with and/or interested in his subject, and does little to entice us into Woodman’s world. Much of the film is Woodman in conversation with Andrew Harvey, who is presented as if he were a household name. He is called a mystic and seems to hold the status of guru, although his credentials are never clear. The filmmaker clearly reveres both figures and anticipates that the audience will share his enthusiasm simply because they are on the screen.

This summer, Sylvester Stallone attempts a return to glory with his latest action spectacular, The Expendables. Stallone directed and co-wrote the film, which assembles some of the biggest names in action cinema from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren.

The film also features Mickey Rourke, who has recently enjoyed a return to the spotlight, as well as a couple of names notable for their work outside the movie business. NFL star Terry Crews, former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, and WWE professional wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin round out the cast.

Just a couple of years ago, Zach Galifianakis was a comedian with a growing cult and internet following, but wasn’t exactly a household name. Since his breakout role in 2009’s hit comedy, The Hangover, that has started to change. This Fall Galifianakis stars in two more big screen features – It’s Kind Of a Funny Story and Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. and Danny McBride.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hope to score a hit with The Other GuysWill Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hope to score a hit with The Other GuysThere was a time when Will Ferrell could do no wrong. Despite the fact that he made a string of remarkably similar movies – notably Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, and Semi-Pro - the viewing public ate them up. But with 2009’s mega-flop, Land of the Lost, it looked like Ferrell had finally jumped the shark and audiences weren’t buying his schtick anymore. All that is set to change with this summer’s action-comedy, The Other Guys, co-starring Mark Wahlberg.

The Other Guys features a star-studded cast including Ferrell and Wahlberg along with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and the smokin’ hot Eva Mendes.

Lindsay Lohan is the latest celebrity to find herself so far on the wrong side of the law that she ends up in jail. Celebrities tend to have an easier time landing a forgiving judge than your average resident of, let’s say, the Watts neighborhood of L.A. for example. But Lohan now finds herself in a group that includes hotel heiress Paris Hilton, rapper Lil Kim, Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and Tommy Lee, and NFL quarterback Michael Vick as a celebrity who couldn’t beat her rap with community service alone.

Woody Allen is one of the great American filmmakers, but for most of the past couple of decades or so it had seemed his best years were behind him. All that changed with 2008’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, which signaled a return to form. This Fall, Allen’s latest feature, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, promises to keep up the high standard. Ringers like Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, and the uber-hot Freida Pinto can only help.

The once decidedly New York filmmaker has once again returned to Europe for the setting of the new film. Hopkins and Brolin play men with disintegrating relationships. Watts plays Hopkins’ daughter and Brolin’s disgruntled partner, while Pinto catches Brolin’s eye, helping complicate the situation.

New on DVD this month is the instant cult favorite, The House of the Devil. The film is a pitch-perfect homage to the slashers, thrillers, and horror flicks of the early ‘80s and late ‘70s.

Good comedy walks a fine line. Christopher Hitchens writes the following: “A rule of thumb with humor; if you worry that you might be going too far, you have already not gone far enough. If everybody laughs, you have failed.” Carla Zilbersmith, the subject of John Zaritsky’s documentary Leave Them Laughing, seems to get that rule of thumb and then some. Her self-deprecating jokes about her real life situation - slowing dying of Lou Gehrig’s Disease - are heart-wrenching, but reveal a strong woman staying vibrant as she approaches the end of her life. And when they hit, the jokes are hilarious.

She’s been on the pop culture radar for many years, but thanks to the 2010 Emmy Awards and a super successful biopic, Temple Grandin is the latest person of the hour in homes from coast to coast. The autism advocate and author is also well known for her work to improve the quality of life for food animals, particularly cattle. The HBO made-for-TV movie of her life stars Claire Danes and cleaned up at this year’s Emmys.

Almost any time slot is up for grabs by an up and coming network TV show, but Thursday night's slots have often been the exception. For nearly 30 years, NBC has dominated the Thursday night primetime block, producing hit after hit and dominating the air from 8pm until 11pm. In fact, some of the best and most successful shows in television history have been a part of that block, including The Cosby Show, Cheers, ER, Seinfeld, and The Office.

TV Guide’s recently published list of the highest paid stars on television doesn’t contain much in the way of surprises. The biggest name stars who appear in the most popular shows on the boob tube command that largest salaries. Seems pretty obvious. Charlie Sheen gets a hefty payday for his role on Two and Half Men, while Oprah Winfrey rakes it in for doing her long-running daytime show. Other top earners include Judge Judy, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ryan Seacrest, and House’s Hugh Laurie.

Joel McHale isn’t quite a household name yet, but the star of NBC’s fast-rising sitcom Community and host of the E! network’s The Soup is on his way. His sitcom debuted last season to rave reviews and solid ratings, an increasingly difficult task in the age of reality TV, edgy cable shows, and an internet rife with entertainment options.

The upheaval of judges on the Fox reality tv hit American Idol is not settled yet. The recent departures of original judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, as well as the departure of newer additions to the show Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, has left some vacant positions on the show. Jennifer Lopez had been in talks with Fox, but the network now appears to be heading in another direction.

The Office is one of America’s most popular sitcoms, but with the announcement by star Steve Carell that he will be leaving the show, the NBC hit finds itself in a state of uncertainty. Rumors about who will replace Carell’s bumbling Michael Scott dominate the internet. The latest gossip has Rhys Darby, best known as Murray from Flight of the Conchords, and Eastbound and Down’s Danny McBride leading the pack to take over at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

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