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BY Advocate.com Editors
July 30 2010 5:55 PM ET
Death at a Funeral — This star-studded but often shrill remake of the amusing 2007 British farce finds Peter Dinklage repeating his performance as a gay man who shows up at the titular service threatening to reveal a secret about the recently departed patriarch of an unruly clan, peopled with Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Martin Lawrence. Yet it’s James Marsden and his lengthy nude scene atop a roof that proves the film’s highlight.
The Kim Novak Collection— Blond, beautiful Kim Novak is best known to contemporary audiences for her dual performance in Hitchcock’s mesmerizing Vertigo, but five other films that helped make her the number 1 box office star of 1956-58 are included in this five-film boxed set. Best of the bunch are Pal Joey, with Novak as a sultry showgirl entangled with nightclub playboy Frank Sinatra, and Bell, Book, and Candle, which finds the actress at her most ethereal as a lovelorn Greenwich Village witch reteamed with Vertigo costar Jimmy Stewart and features Jack Lemmon as an impish warlock. Bonus features include interviews and an audio commentary.