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First Position tops DVD releases

Capturing the dance of life

An incredibly sincere documentary, First Position investigates the world of aspiring dancers looking to land a dream spot on stage, thus proving their worth not only to the audiences but to themselves.

No. 1 — First Position. You may not have heard of this movie, but you surely won't forget it. First Position combines passion and tenacity through the lens of culture, as aspiring dancers from all over the world do whatever it takes to earn their spot on stage. From young boys to teenage girls, the rich and the poor, ballet is the common thread of identity and purpose.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96% Fresh

No. 2 — Safety Not Guaranteed. From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine comes a heartwarming, self-proclaimed weirdo adventure that captures the power of believing. When a writer catches wind of a classified ad concerning a man who can time travel, he thinks he's found the perfect, crazy character for a story. Strangely enough, the man's wild claim teaches the writer and his band of interns invaluable lessons in trust, imagination and persistence.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh

No. 3 — Ruby Sparks. When chronic writer's block causes a young author's career to stagnate, he begins to type up his dream girl. Then, he wakes up next to her. An incredibly original story, Ruby Sparks is an examination of love, imagination, human desire and getting what you asked for. If he can write up the girl, what will their final chapter together say?

Rotten Tomatoes:  94% Fresh

No. 4 — The Campaign. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis get political. Anything goes in this political satire, as small-town politicians duke it out with the extremes to win the vote. Put the kids to bed, though — Cam Brady (Ferrell) punches a baby, among a long list of other ridiculous antics. It may be stupid humor, but this movie illuminates the embarassingly low level that politics has stooped to these days.

Rotten Tomatoes: 66% Fresh

No. 5 — Polisse. International film lovers will rave about this French drama, which investigates the foreign Child Protection Unit and the youth they try to protect. The film does feature subtitles, but that's a small price to pay, considering the impact of this emotional experience.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% Fresh


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