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Bullhead (R)

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Bullhead has all the marks of a first feature (by writer-director Michael Roskam), including convoluted plotting and an inability to navigate silence. But it contains such a white-hot flame in the form of tortured protagonist Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) that you understand its Oscar nomination last year for Best Foreign Film. The way Schoenaerts' physicality informs his performance as a cattle farmer hooked on the growth hormones meant for his herd demonstrates the film's somewhat successful commitment to making something more substantial than another Raging Bull knockoff. Jacky smolders with rage, but I would've loved to spend more time exploring the beast within than Flemish beef industry politics. — Justin Strout


Mac & Devin Go to High School (R)

Anchor Bay HomeEntertainment

To call this weed comedy "lazy" is not much of a criticism, because what stoner comedies in the past decade aren't lazy? After Half Baked and Friday, it seems like, true to the pothead stereotype, kush-based filmmakers just gave up and started shooting shoddy films that are about as useful as a burnt-out roach of skunk. The worst of the lot is this recent misfire starring Snoop Dogg and weak-ass tween rapper Wiz Khalifa. Wiz is a high-school nerd who is introduced to Mary Jane by Snoop, so he forgoes his education completely to get high, have sex with strippers and ... not much else. It's not funny, it's not entertaining and it's the cinematic equivalent of being sold an ounce of oregano. — Louis Fowler


Wilfred: The Complete First Season (NR)

20th Century FoxHome Entertainment

Wilfred has an interesting premise: Suicidal sad-sack Elijah Wood tries to make nice with the purty next-door neighbor by watching her dog during the day — only he sees the perverted pooch as a grown Australian man in a dog costume who chugs beer, sucks down bong hits and humps everything with a pair of breasts. Wilfred has its moments, but most of the series is a total bore, featuring one supposedly edgy sitcom device after another. It's another show that mistakes dick jokes as a constant stream of unparalleled hilarity. It's just another case of been-there, done-that in this era of Seth Macfarlane-worshipping, low-brow pseudo-comedy. I say: bad dog. — Louis Fowler

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