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The Alzheimer's Project: Take your time with this one. This recently aired HBO documentary series can be the stuff to destroy your every ounce of happiness. But that's no reason not to watch as the cameras follow the daily heartbreak of Alzheimer's disease.

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The Dana Carvey Show: What's fascinating about this quickly canceled 1996 sketch comedy series isn't just the former SNL comedian's assembled dream team of writers – Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Charlie Kaufman, Dave Chappelle, Robert Smigel and Louis C.K. – but how little they cared about their imminent cancellation. For proof, check out Carell's "Screaming German Guy," who unleashes with the gem, "You are a very affordable whore!" (NR)

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Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series: Any fan of Hugh Laurie work on House should take a look back at his early-'90s work on this P.G. Wodehouse-adapting British comedy series. As the rich bachelor Bertie Wooster in the 1930s, he bumbles from one hair-brained scheme to the next with only his loyal servant, the deliciously droll Stephen Fry, there to save him. While Laurie never quite matches Fry's comedic brilliance, the classic stories are intricately designed and the dialogue sparkles. (NR)

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Killshot: It's impossible to judge this Elmore Leonard adaptation with total objectivity once you know (and now you do!) the years-long history of Weinstein Co. interference, editing nightmares and its swift kick to the DVD shelves. Mickey Rourke plays a hilariously accented Native American hitman. The film somehow works as a B-movie, which is all it could hope for after such a debacle. (R)

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Zabriskie Point: Credit Warner Bros. with at least shepherding this purposely forgotten 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni film into the late '90s with a release on DVD after decades in VHS purgatory. The film is mostly famous as the legendary Italian director's great American misstep into flower-child idealism, and the lone extra you get with the DVD is a measly theatrical trailer. While some critical analysis would have been nice, it's worth a revisit for its majestic aerial landscapes. (R)

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