Food, Inc. For this documentary exploration of America's food culture and its efficient method of possibly poisoning generations by devolving human sustenance into Frankenstein junk, PBS vet Robert Kenner went to two of the scariest people to talk to: Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and Omnivore's Dilemma writer Michael Pollan. As if reading either of those tomes isn't enough to put you onto granola for good (wait, even that isn't safe!), Food, Inc. puts visuals — like the two seconds it takes for an underdeveloped chick to slide down the assembly line from its egg to its death — to the horror that is what we eat. (PG)
Nirvana: Live at Reading One of the most bootlegged concerts of all time and also Kerrang magazine's No. 1 "Gig That Shook the World," Nirvana's U.K. performance finally comes to DVD. Only a few months removed from Nevermind?'s displacement of Michael Jackson on the Billboard charts and just days after the birth of his daughter, frontman Kurt Cobain was in a sweet spot rarely witnessed in popular music — his band's catalog was finally large enough to fill a festival headlining gig and well-known enough for a marathon singalong session. Most of the Nevermind album gets the full-throttle treatment as well as plenty of back material and future In Utero tracks that sound nothing like works in progress. An added '90s throwback: This release comes with a CD of the show. (NR)the show. (NR)
Nothing Like the Holidays It's one of the great Hollywood mysteries (to me at least) that Freddy Rodríguez has yet to ascend to the top of the young-actor heap and start collecting Oscars. Someone somewhere is dropping the ball, because Rodríguez's performance in this Hispanic-themed Christmas tale from last year, in which he plays a Iraq War soldier who comes home to a whole mess of familial problems, is so nuanced and touching that it barely belongs in the film. Luckily, the rest of the excellent cast (Alfred Molina, Luis Guzmán) aren't too far behind him. The mixture of humor and humility make the movie an unfortunately ignored triumph. (PG-13)
You're Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush In this Tony-nominated, epic comedic performance, Will Ferrell summarizes years of his W. impersonation with a heartfelt, hysterical and oddly poignant send-off that not only redefines Bush, but has the ability to redefine one's opinion of Ferrell as well. Ferrell, as the perennial pariah, strikes a balance between an empty-headed frat boy and a deeply wounded whipping boy who just wants to explain himself, a portrayal Oliver Stone only wishes he could have achieved. (NR)have achieved. (NR)
Z From director Costa-Gavras comes this thrilling political morality play in which a Greek politician is murdered and the efforts of the Greek justice system are hopelessly corrupted. From its opening disclaimer — "Any resemblance to real events, to persons living or dead, is not accidental. It is DELIBERATE" — to the edge-of-your-seat ending, Costa-Gavras' stance against censorship still rings as a beacon of cinematic protest and rebellion. (The film was released in 1969, when a military junta was in charge.) Film historian Peter Cowie, always a welcome presence, provides the commentary. (NR)email@example.com
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