This week, there is a cornucopia of new DVDs hitting stores (and Netflix), many of which have enjoyed a lot of buzz.
This week, there is a cornucopia of new DVDs hitting stores (and Netflix), many of which have enjoyed a lot of buzz. In addition to the titles I'm recommending below, you can also check out Freedom Writers, an inspirational teacher-in-the-'hood flick, or The History Boys for a British inspirational teacher-in-the-neighbourhood flick. Or Smokin' Aces if you're feeling lazy.
The Last King of Scotland
If you haven't caught Forest Whitaker in his Oscar-winning turn, hurry to your Netflix queue and add The Last King of Scotland, stat. Whitaker plays Idi Amin, president of Uganda in the early 1970s, who takes a shine to idealistic Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) and gives him a high position in the nation's health department. Also serving as one of Amin's close advisers, Garrigan observes Amin's gradual descent into madness and brutal dictatorship. The Scottish doctor soon has to figure out how to escape the leader's control. Whitaker won the Oscar for Best Actor for his careful humanization of an otherwise monstrous character.
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