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  • Terminal Island

    Terminal Island

    ★★★

    Future stars of MAGNUM, P.I. and VEGAS fight for supremacy of a coastal California island where murderers are forced to live in a movie of greater interest for its progressive values than its occasionally awkward action-adventure ones. TCM aired Vinegar Syndrome's upcoming restoration of the title.

  • Command and Control

    Command and Control

    ★★★

    A chilling documentary about a near-miss nuclear warhead accident in Arkansas in 1980 grows quietly infuriating as young men entrusted with crumbling infrastructure and antiquated procedures are scapegoated for the blame. Declassified information revealed that hundreds of these incidents were reported, and the interviewees agree that a disaster is a question of when, not if.

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  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★★

    A cable favorite in my teens, finally available in a good quality DVD, anamorphically enhanced at last. (Why no Blu-ray?) Its frank, febrile atmosphere is one of those things that got me to Asia, though Singapore was a disappointingly authoritarian place by the time I got there. There's nothing disappointing about the film, though, Bogdanovich's return to movies after a string of flops, a Paul Theroux adaptation made with a dummy script to fool the authorities into thinking it was…

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★★

    A neo-noir masterpiece. That said, if you own Criterion's DVD, there's little need to upgrade to Blu, as the image quality is only a modest HD improvement (it's a well-shot film but intentionally drab) and the extras (director commentary, stills gallery showing some deleted scenes, and booklets) are the same. A must-see in either format, however.