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Hamlet 2 (R)

Universal Home Entertainment

British comedy wunderkind Steve Coogan does his best to finally garner the notice of American audiences with a lead role in Hamlet 2, a mostly funny take on high school drama that evolves into a satire about how far American culture will go to not only save the arts, but squelch artistic effort when it offends. Coogan is a failed actor turned failed drama teacher, and when those in charge decide to close the drama department, he comes up with his own play in an 11th-hour attempt to save the day. The production, dubbed Hamlet 2, features a time-traveling Hamlet and Jesus, both of whom need to forgive their "fathers." At times, the film does try a little too hard too offend, but when the jokes work, they really work. Louis Fowler


The Alphabet Killer (R)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Even though The Alphabet Killer has the look and feel of a Lifetime TV production, director Rob Schmidt turns what could be the most rote of based-on-a-true-story, serial-killer movies into a Silence of the Lambs-level visceral mystery. Buffy castaway Eliza Dushku does a credible job as an emotionally fragile police detective; trailing this killer already has brought on one nervous breakdown, but when he turns up again two years later, she's back on the case. It's an impressive battle between her psyche and her quest for justice as she tries to solve the murders while beating back the adult-onset schizophrenia that haunts her. Like Lambs, Alphabet is not exploitative or derivative just a top-notch thriller that begs for a smart audience. Louis Fowler


Postal: Unrated Director's Cut (NR)

Vivendi Entertainment

Everyone loves to hate Uwe Boll. Among critics, bloggers and genre film fans in general, it has become a national sport to bash him. We haven't hated a German this much since World War II. And, judging from his previous works, he pretty much deserves it. It's well within reason to call him this generation's Ed Wood, but look: Today, Ed Wood is a cultural icon. Postal, on the other hand, is a real step up for Boll. It's a hysterically funny, extremely offensive comedy that manages to pit crazed gunmen, religious cults and al Qaeda in a trailer-park town at war with one another over dolls containing avian flu. It's South Park meets It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, but, you know, by Uwe Boll. Sensitive types definitely need not apply. Louis Fowler

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