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Finishing the Game (NR)
IFC Films
I have been eagerly anticipating the DVD release of Justin Lin's mockumentary Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee, even after reading mixed reviews when it was in theaters. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. The premise is awesome enough: When Bruce Lee died during the making of Game of Death, producers decided to finish the flick using look-alikes. True story. Finishing is about the producer's quest to find the actor to fill Lee's shoes. While that should be ripe for smart, satirical comedy, the filmmakers instead resort to gay jokes, horny middle-aged woman jokes, dick jokes ... you get the drift. While there are a few scathing moments pointed at the stereotypes of Asians in cinema, they come way too little, too late. Too bad. Louis Fowler

My Kid Could Paint That (PG-13)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Everyone wants to be a muckraking star. Ever since Michael Moore came onto the scene, it seems that lots of other documentarians can't resist interjecting themselves into every aspect of their films. The latest culprit is the irritatingly introspective Amir Bar-Lev, who places himself in the story of a 4-year-old girl who has taken the art world by storm with her modern art. Later, some insinuate that maybe her father is "helping" her with her work. Thanks to a 60 Minutes report, she becomes a pariah, even receiving hate mail saying that there is a "special place in hell" for the family. Bar-Lev throws fuel on the fire, hoping that it'll make a better documentary, but instead, he comes off like a whiny film student in need of a passing grade. Louis Fowler

The Sister of Ursula (NR)
Severin Films
Being a huge fan of classic gialli (that would be Italian pulp fiction), whenever a rediscovered one comes along, I'll always be the first in line. The problem is, they often tend to run about 30 minutes too long as one piece of exposition after another is punctuated by the occasional gloved murder and unfortunately, that's also the case with The Sister of Ursula. The wholly unlikable Ursula is traumatized by her father's death, while her promiscuous sister Dagmar risks becoming the next dead body as said gloved-killer terrorizes their seaside resort. Red herrings abound, followed by a slick twist-ending, which itself is followed by a totally WTF ending, making you ask, "What just happened?" and "Was it all worth it?" Louis Fowler

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